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Armsby Abbey

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Armsby AbbeyArmsby Abbey
BA SCORE
100
world-class

139 Ratings
Ratings: 139
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 6.41%
Taps: 22
Bottles: 85
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

144 Main St
Worcester, Massachusetts, 01608-1105
United States
phone: (508) 795-1012

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @armsbyabbey

Notes:
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(Place added by: dougnboston on 08-02-2008)
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Photo of Dida
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Great folks here. Price is right for the quality of food that you get. It's nice to have a place to eat fresh local food in the woo, AND it has an amazing beer and drink menu! This place is on point in every way. it's our go to place for sure for dinner and for brunch.

Dida, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of krantul
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Hardwood floors... an amazing, locally constructed, custom-built bar... towering shelves of Belgian glassware... adjacent to the bar, a drink rail built from a slab of recovered wood, stretching between a pair of exposed support column... it's a cool place, classy without being stuffy. A great variety in clientele, from beer nerds in t-shirts to attorneys in suits... but all having a common interest in good beer, good spirits, and handmade food.

Everything here is high quality. 22 taps with 6 dedicated Belgian lines: all craft beer, no crap, no faux-craft. Over 150 bottles, with at least 80 Belgians, in case nothing on draft strikes your fancy. A small, but carefully selected wine list, and a dizzying array of artisanal spirits--nothing mass market there, either. $5 is the norm for a standard pint, with imports and higher-gravity beers sometimes a bit higher. Naturally, the Belgians can run a bit higher, but all of the pricing is fair.

The food is freaking amazing. The menu is very focused: cheese boards, salads, sandwiches, and pizzas are the norm. Some entrée-type food shows up as a special from time to time, and the stuff they prepare for the occasional beer dinners ranks with most ambitious gastropubs. Special accolades for the in-house baker/pastry chef--the breads and desserts are the best that money can buy.

This is a world-class beer bar and easily one of the best in New England. A must-visit beer destination for anyone in the northeast

krantul, Jun 02, 2009
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pisano, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of ml67
5/5  rDev +6.8%

I’ve been going to the Armsby Abbey regularly since its opening in 2008, and manage to get there a minimum of 2 times/month. It’s a little out of the way for me as I live in NH, but it is well worth the drive.

The bar itself has a definite Belgian feel to it. One of the first things you notice is the impressive glassware displayed on the wooden shelves surrounding the stainless steel tap manifold. The brick, polished wood, tall stools and high ceilings complete the clean, but welcoming look.

The food selection is eclectic, locally sourced and even better than the menu descriptions. And yes, the jerk chicken really is hot!

There are beer bars that have more variety, but none in my experience that cover a broader spectrum of quality, and often rare, local, domestic and European (Belgian-centric) craft beers. The 22 taps assure regular rotation, so you never have to worry about experiencing a beer past its prime. Alec Lopez rightfully takes a lot of care and pride in selecting which beers are featured. The bottle selection is fantastic, with some genuine rarities featured on the first page of the beer menu.

The beer dinners and events at the Abbey are really well done and a lot of fun. The recently held 2nd annual Founders Breakfast and Stoutfest events were simply sublime. Where else can you enjoy Founders Breakfast Stout, KBS and CBS with stunningly prepared food – all before noon!

I’ve been fortunate to travel around the world in my work, and seek out beer and beer places at every chance I get. For me, the passion and uncompromising strive for quality in everything they do make the Abbey my favorite place to enjoy good beer and food with friends. The Abbey really is a jewel, and with the Dive Bar, elevate Worcester to a desirable beer destination.

ml67, Apr 20, 2011
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Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA
100 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.