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Armsby Abbey

Not Rated.
Armsby AbbeyArmsby Abbey
BA SCORE
100
world-class

153 Ratings
Ratings: 153
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: n/a
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 SunDevilBeer
3.15/5  rDev -32.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I was looking forward to trying AA after hearing all the glowing reviews. A day trip for biz put me in the Worcester area around dinner time and I was finally able to give the place a shot.

If I can sum up my opinion of this place in 1 word: PRETENTIOUS. Though the draft/bottle list seem to have alot of thought put into it, I kept thinking everything about this place was extreme overkill. The pricing for everything, from the food to the beers is overdone as well...$12 sandwiches and $15 individual pizzas give you an idea of what you can expect....for WORCESTER????

From the moment I sat down at the bar (& summarily ignored by the hipster barkeep as he chatted up a regular) to the time I left, I felt uncomfortable, like I wasn't cool enough to be there. Though the beers I had were tasty (but short-poured) and the sandwich was OK, the whole atmosphere was a turn-off.

I guess if you're a twenty-something, single hipster beer geek with unlimited disposable income, this place could be your nirvana; for me, not so much.

Photo of sheikyerbouti
3.7/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Pros: great beer, very good beer selection, good food.
Cons:expensive beer/food. $8-9 for a short pour of belgian beer seems steep to me, as is $12-15 for a sandwich. At least offer beer and food specials.

I really like the atmosphere and the selection, its just pricey. The past 3 or 4 times we've gone, we ended up leaving after waiting over an hour just to get a seat. Expect to see a very yuppie crowd texting their friend sitting next to them as well as an hour plus wait on the weekend to sit down.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.78/5  rDev -19.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Armsby Abbey has an amazing beer selection that includes 22 taps and over 130 bottles (each listed in an easy to read menu listed by style, price, and abv). They really have something for everyone, all extremely fresh, and served in appropriate glassware. I enjoyed a Founder's Breakfast Stout, and a St. Bernardus abt 12 during my visit, and also enjoyed one heck of a pork bbq sandwich. Food is very unique and creative, and also very impressive. Tons of Belgians in bottles offered here of varying styles, but also plenty of American micros in a variety of styles, and even a very creative drink/martini menu if your company prefers that.

The bar itself is extremely clean, great low lighting and a terrific bar setup with older looking wood and a huge blackboard displaying current taps.

I do have one complaint, and to be fair, no other reviews report anything similar, so hopefully my experience was the exception. I had brought a couple of friends who were very skeptical and are not into stretching their beer palate, but I had re-assured them the friendly staff would help them pick something they would like. More than one staff member was borderline condescending when asking questions about the menu and taps, and in addition, we were kept waiting on both food and drink orders at various points while staff socialized with patrons for extended amounts of time at one section of the bar. It was rather frustrating, and embarassing for me having recommended the place so highly.

All in all, the food was GREAT, the beer selection amazing, but all that said I am not sure I will return. For me, I frequently remember the way I am made feel and that my business is appreciated above all else. That was not the case here.

Photo of ncuba
3.95/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a really good place. The few things I found off-putting (e.g. loudish music, variably poor lighting) would be easily fixable, are perhaps not a problem to others, and should certainly be considered in light of what kind of bar this is, that is to say, not a loud and dark bar at all.

I've been 3-4 times, and found the service to be either ok or sub-par. There seems to be some real knowledge at every level, which is great, but perhaps in selecting for that some more fundamental shortcomings (e.g. good waitering, polite conversation) were overlooked. Anyway, no big problems, and with such a small number of visits my impression might have just been luck of the draw.

Simply put, the beer is great. There's opportunity to branch out or seek shelter in old favorites.

There's some really good food here too. Most everything I've tried has been fantastic, only a few items on the cheese plates have fallen flat, and the real knock-outs on the plates kind of make up for them.

All in all a very nice place. You will likely spend a good deal of money here, but the quality of product more often than not justifies it. I will return and would recommend.

Photo of HeavyDandtheGirls
4/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

A little re-reviewing after my second visit to Armsby Abbey. Busy on a Friday night at around 9:30pm but we managed to find a table. Service was excellent. I finally got to try the smoked bone marrow and it was spectacular. But I'm knocking down the "selection" score because, again, I was disappointed by the lack of variety. Lots of weird European beers you never heard of, and a ton of IPA's, but not a good Imperial Stout or big beer in sight. Great bottle selection with vintages and rarities, but pricey.

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It is the wife’s birthday weekend and we are headed to Maine, where we spent a beautiful birthday years back. Worcester (say “Woosta”) is on the way, so why not enjoy some art at the museum and have lunch at Armsby Abbey!

Located in Downtown Woosta, this is a high-quality beer joint in a town more likely to drink Bud Light than quality beer. Unfortunately, the interior is bland,generic, lacking personality. Soulless like a McMansion, or imagine Applebee’s doing a beer bar. There is no charm here.

But you’re in for a good time here, with good beers and food. The draft list showcases rare and pricey beers from Europe and elsewhere (Hitachino Nipponia, $12; Oppigards Amarillo, $9; De Molen Op&Top, $10, Spain’s Guineu Riner, 2.5%) plus local/regional drafts from Allagash, Sixpoint, Hill Farmstead, Pretty Things… plus Port and Anderson Valley from Cali. All around good,with some treasures (Hill Abner!!!) but lacking variety. No Imperial Stouts, barleywines or big beers.

Food is mighty nice. We had “rillons”, which is deep-fried pork belly, and tried to have the smoked bone marrow but they were out. The bacon-onion pizza was delicious too, and huge. A ton of cheeses, but pricey. Pizza and apps are a better option.

Prices are all over. Hill Abner only $6, imports $9-$10, no price listed on cocktails and spirits but wine does have it. Great bottle selection with cool stuff like Parabola, but pricey ($35 for Parabola, $55 for Old Stock Reserve).

Very good service at lunch on a Friday and overall a great experience. Will return next time I happen to be in Woosta. Oh, parking before 5pm is street only and not too easy… plan accordingly.

Photo of JShattuck
4.05/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have been to the abbey a few times. It is a great bar, but far from an A+.

Beer- Great beer. A wide variety of selection of only quality beer from around the world.

Service- Both times I had a table with a group of friends. The server had a bad attitude and ruined the experience. I will be sitting at the bar next time and I suggest doing the same.

Food- Great local food from local farms. Very pricey, but it the food is worth it.

Overall a great bar, but not an A+. There are a few bars that blow this one away.

Photo of Tomas77
4.13/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Downtown Worcestor.
Great place not far off the highway. Has a full line of your favorite belgian beers as well as plenty of american styles. Long line of draft lines also of belgian beers. At least 20. Food is great and prices are not bad. Fair enough considering the great beer they serve. Once you find the place you realize its location is pretty convenient for most people. Nice stop to make if your traveling from Boston back to Western Mass. At least it is for me. If you have the chance, please check it out.

Photo of mltobin
4.15/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Worcester, particularly the downtown area, does not have too many positive connotations associated with it. However, it has gotten better in recent years. One of the businesses that seems to have helped in this is Armsby Abbey.
There is a long bar, as well as a good number of tables. For taps, I believe they have about 20 selections. During a couple visits, I have seen MA brewers including Mayflower, Jack`s Abbery, BBC, others. New England as a whole gets attention, and some Belgians and other US brewers are in the mix as well. For bottles, there is a list with some great options covering different styles, but is not one of those bottles lists that sometimes are larger than necessary.
Food is very good, although a bit expensive. Service is very good, even when they are busy. It is nice to see that have done so well, and with that, it can get crowded at "peak dining/bar hours".

Photo of rousee
4.2/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I have stopped at the Armsby Abbey a couple times recently while driving by Worcester. It is a great spot to hit for lunch/brunch and it sure beats the hell out of hitting some rest service area on the highway. It is pretty close to I-290 and really isnt much out of the way if you are on the Mass Pike to begin with. As you approach Worcester --take 290 east and take exit 17 and it is within a few blocks of the exit. Heading back east--you can take 290 west and then Rte 146 (towards Providence) south to Mass pike which doesnt require going back as far west as when you had begun on I-290.

Both times I have been-- it was on a Saturday afternoon and they had their brunch menu going. We had gotten this breakfast slate which is a cheese plate featuring cheeses and other items from some local farmers. In fact, most of the menu here is devoted to locally grown and produced ingredients/items. You could even say that the people that run this restaurant are somewhat of "local"-vores meaning they try to feature as many locally produced items as possible and it really helps in the quality department.

We have also had the corned beef hash calzone which was absoltely fantastic and their mac and cheese --also fabulous. I also had this eggs benedict pizza thing that was good but not as fantastic as some of the other items I mention.

Their beer selection is great and seems to change around with a good degree of regularity. The first time I went which was around Thanksgiving--most of the beers were more Belgian oriented. When I went back after Christmas--the focus was more on American craft beers. I tend to prefer the American crafts a little more as they can easily have a higher freshness level than something from overseas but just the fact that they change them around regularly is a good thing and definitely ensures freshness. The thing that I really liked about the beer selection is that they do these little flights of 4 beers in 4 oz samplers--this is perfect-- since many of them can be high in abv and you wouldnt be able to try as many and its not gonna really affect your ability to drive if you just have one flight-- where a few big glasses of big beer might make it less than safe to drive away from here. So this is an excellent way of doing the beers.

The service each time has been very friendly, prompt, attentive, and professional. She seems to know her beers pretty well too. I don't believe in testing people's knowledge as it is not that important to me but everytime I have discussed my opinioons on this or that-I got the impression, she definitely knew a good amount about the beers they serve here.

The pricing is a little on the expensive side but the emphasis is on quality, not mass produced junk--so overall, I'd say the pricing is fair but it isnt gonna win any "cheap eats" awards.

Overall, a fantastic place and a great addition to the Worcester scene. I have been driving by Worcester for years and never knew anywhere good to stop for food and a drink. Now I do and I wish this place much success. It is a great place for food and beer.

Photo of mgmfallon
4.21/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

I've been going to the sister establishment of this place, The Dive Bar, for several years. The Abbey is a nice, medium-size place with a large selection of about 20-25 drafts, about a 6-7 belgiums. Seating is mostly high tables and stools (fancy ones), with a couple of tables in the front. A room-length bar- beautiful and a nearly room-length chalk board with the draft list- you can see it from anywhere in the place. Reasonably-priced local, bistro-style food. The beer prices are as high as any in Boston beer bars, but you know it's fresh.

This bar rates with the best I've seen while traveling across the country.

Best bartendar at both locals- Mike! He's a very nice guy and his music selections are my favorites-very eclectic. All of staff are quite good, though.

Photo of Jayli
4.22/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Visited Armsby on 2/13/09
From the outside, it doesn't look like much. Upon enterting, nice place - exposed brick with woodwork throughout. The walls behind the bar have extensive barware - of which the bartenders make sure that your beers are poured in the appropriate glassware. Seating is first come first serve, so luckily we hit this place up early enough on a Friday. Tap list is listed on a chalk board, and 4 page bottle menu that caters to an extensive amount of belgians. Sample of what was on tap for last Friday: Troegs Hop Back Amber, Southern Tier Back Burner, BBC Coffeehouse Porter, Boulder's Oak Aged Never Summer, Honest Town Pale Ale, Berkshire Scotch Ale, Bear Republic's Greenhouse Lager. Nice mixture! Service was pretty decent - we sat at the bar. Serving of the food was slightly slow. However, the bartenders were good at checking in on drinks (and actually to make sure the other 'tender got our foodorder). Food was FANFREAKINGTASTIC! Now - it is definitely on the pricey side, but one of the patrons advised that local markets are used for the food. OK - I can get with supporting local business'.. and I won't be hitting this place up on a frequent basis. Got a poached pear and goat cheese spinach salad - AMAZING...and pineapple and ham pizza. The food was definitely as good as the beer. If it weren't for an hour drive - I would be here more frequently.

Photo of Rekrule
4.25/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Roguer
4.29/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Very nice place, good size for a bar but not huge. Fairly dark interior; music was kept low enough that conversation was easy.

Great tap list from around the country, with a couple from Germany and Belgium, as well. Excellent selections across multiple styles. Very impressive bottle selection, too, mostly focused on Belgians: 3F, Cantillon, etc.

Food is very modern farm-to-table kind of fare: fancy cheeses, mushrooms, etc. They also have more traditional pub fare, like burgers and fries. What I ate (and saw) was excellent.

Service was fine and friendly on my visit.

Truly an outstanding spot.

Photo of Cedromar
4.3/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I've now made a few trips to the Abbey since the one evening I had terrible service and I'm happy to report the service has been wonderful each time since. So much so that I decided I needed to complete redo my review.

I was there just last night enjoying an Older Viscosity and a Belgian sugar waffle. Both delicious. The vibe of the place was great because it wasn't packed but not completely empty either. Plenty of lively conversation going on around the entire place with folks enjoying good brews. The service was wonderful and perfectly balanced, never overdone but certainly not lacking. The sugar waffle was delicious and I really wanted another after finishing mine.

The selection is fantastic on draught and the only negative is on the bottle list, but that's only due to the lack of Cantillon/Drie Fontienen bottles. However, with the demise of La Resistance (thank G-d), I'm sure that will be 'corrected' so to speak in the very near future.

Photo of morebeergood
4.3/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Finally had the chance to stop in here the night before Thanksgiving with some friends. Parking is a bit tight in the area if it's a busy night, but we got a good spot right on Main Street. Nice look from the street, brick building with huge windows and a very bold sign. Also very classy looking when you walk in. Brick everywhere, gorgeous wood, and cool ambient music playing. Bar itself is gorgeous, with all the Belgian beer glasses on display. A bit of a crowd for Wednesday night, but it's a big night to go out, so it was expected. There is a long bar to sit at, with a stand up bar behind it, separating the table areas. I can see how people can complain about the place getting crowded, as there does not seem to be a lot of room to maneuver if you are seat-less. Bartenders were very helpful, and the waitresses working the floor were very friendly. Huge chalkboard with the draught list, and a menu sized book for the bottle list. Impressive to say the least. I tried the '07 Pizza Port Old Viscosity, the Founders Backwoods Bastard, and the '07 Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence. PP and Founders came in snifters, and Omm was served in a branded glass. Our entire party was impressed with the beer. A friend ordered a pizza, and while I did not eat, it looked decent. The food menu look impressive also, but a bit on the high end price side. I have also heard that the portions are not immense. But I would love to come back soon to eat and judge for myself. Based on what a great time we had, the Abbey is definitely on my permanent must-visit list when I am back home. Plus, being so close to the Dive Bar, that's where we went after for late night drinks. Alec for Mayor of Woostah!

Photo of John_M
4.33/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped by for brunch on my way out of town yesterday (Sunday) morning.

AA is a modest size restaurant with a long bar running all the way to the back on the right when you walk in off the street. There is also a pretty good amount of tables and chairs (15 to 20 or so I would guess) in the dining room, and I liked the high ceilings and amount of wood in the place. AA does not have any TV sets, and seems more like a fairly nice restaraunt that just happens to have a great selection of beer. On this day they had 22 beers on tap, with the Berkshire coffee porter on nitro. The selectoin was very solid, with a nice mix of beers, incuding 7 or 8 Belgians (St. Bernardus 12, De Ranke XX, Duvel Green and the like). Roughly a third of the menu was made up of local and regional beers (Allagash, Baby Tree, Berkshire, Southern Tier, etc.), which was something I was very happy to see. Tried the Scotty Karate and Berkshire porter while I was there; both were excellent, fresh and served in proper glassware. Service was quick and attentive, and I had the impression my server really knew something about the beers they had on offer. Food was very good here; had the breakfast pizza which was excellent. Prices were a bit less then what I paid over at the Moan and Dove (Belgians were in the $8 the $9 range, with pints of standard craft offerings closer to $5. Higher alcohol and/or limited release stuff were more expensive of course), but still what I would call fairly high (a pint of sculpin was $9 on my last visit in 5/11). However, I think that's pretty much what people are accustomed to paying for good beer in New England.

In any event, this was a very solid place, and one I found to be considerably superior to the Moan and Dove. I'd certainly go back.

Photo of Durge
4.35/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Right on main street, not far from I-290, this is a small to medium sized barroom restaurant, one room with a number of sit down areas for eating (or drinking). It's an old building with retro charm, fairly unassuming from outside but a bit trendy on the inside. Casual but this is not you typical Worcester blue collar bar & grill. 22 taps with an outstanding variety of quality brews. Not a sniff of a macro unless we want to call Victory's Hop Devil the evil empire of brewing. Creme broule stout from Southern Tier, Bear Republic's Black Mamba, Mayflower IPA, Avery's Maharaja, Urthel Hop-It, Brooklyn Grand Cru, Great Divide's Wild Raspberry, Berkshire's Coffee House Porter, Stone's 12th Anniversary Stout(?), St. Bernardus Abt 12, Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Weistenstephaner Hefe, and others with a very good selection of bottled brews as well, with a bit of an emphasis on the Belgian and other imports. Good music for the thoughtful listener, no TV. One of the owners introduced himself and confirmed that this place is doing great in its first few weeks and he obviously knows his business after 20 years at it and so much success with the coveted Dive Bar. It isn't too easy on the wallet but it is pretty unprecedented for selection for this area, or any area for that matter. I also enjoyed a "gourmet sandwich that was excellent. Almost everything here is a bit fancy faire, sort of pub grub for the discriminating Epicurean. What a pleasure to have this available. I'll be back, and so should you!!

Photo of Billolick
4.36/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

From their website "22 Rotating Craft Draughts
(6 dedicated to Belgian), 1 Cask, Over 120 Unusual Bottles (70+ of which will be Belgian), and will include some of the rarest beers on the planet." Beer wise this place has the goods, when I visited a few days ago, here is most of the draft list:

Founders Breakfast stout
Founders Backwoods Bastard
Ommegang Abbey
Piraat IPA
Samichlas Helles
Petrus oud Bruin
Allagash Grand Cru
BBC Cabin fever
Southern Tier IPA
2 from Honest Town
A Smutty selection
A Mayflower selection
Koninhoeven Quad
Pizza Port
Great Divide
Extensive bottle list LOADED with very BA worthy selections. BA's will find total beer satisfaction here. Belgians, locals. they have it.

Pleasant, classy atmosphere, dim lights and Jammy music at an intelligent, conversation inducing level. Mixed crowd, older/younger, a few groups and couples. Large windows looking out onto the mysterious Worcester night. Appropriate glassware in full force. Respect for beer clearly going on here. No time for food, but the menu is full of tasty looking options, made with local products, cooked in house, reasonable prices. I will be back, and this place would be a no-brainer favorite place if I was local.

Photo of jneiswender
4.4/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went to this place around 2pm on a weekday afternoon. Located a couple of blocks from the courthouse.

Around 22 taps and 5 pages of bottles on the menu. Nice variation of styles. Mark up as far as cost of the beer.

very knowledgeable staff. Can answer a question you may have on the spot.

Food is really nice. Menu describes the food well. I had the jerk chicken sandwich (very hot and very good). Entrees are in the $12-20 range.

Parking can be tough. Depends on the time of day.

I would go to this place again (and again).

Photo of donway
4.4/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My first visit, with three friends on a Friday after work. Got very crowded, mostly younger crowd with some older businessmen as well.

Extensive beer selection, pretty good service for as crowded as it was. First beer, Saison Dupont, was good, cost $9. We were more attentive to prices for our subsequent selections, available starting at $5.

Had pizza, good like the beer but a little pricey at $15.

Overall, good place though pricey, glad I tried it, but will return to Dive Bar or try The Boynton next. Prefer Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland RI.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.44/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

An oasis within Worcestor. The downtown part of this city has seen better days, and I"m told it will again soon. For now, though, it's not a gathering place. However, if you are there you must stop by this Abbey of a bar. Small and quaint, longer than wider, it will seat a good amount of people. Small little outside area is where I sat while visiting a friend who's attending Clark College. Good amount of bottles, from local to Belgian. Taps were changing out when I got there, but were ready in about 30 min.

Friendly service and appropriate glassware. Food? I dunno, didn't look. I'd say the only problem is the location...right under the Sheriff's office!

Photo of natasharai
4.45/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place is great! The server knew something about each beer, which was great! The atmosphere is awesome, a bunch of high tops to sit at with a few friends and chat and a nice bar. From the outside this place looks like nothing special, but once you walk in you know you are in the right place! All taps are listed on a chalk board and they have the belgian taps on one side. They had about 15-20 well chosen taps on and a good selection of bottles. They have the correct glassware for each style of beer, and are sure to serve everything in the correct glass. I got a spinach artichoke pizza which was yummy. The other food looked good, but was kind of a side note to the good beer.

Photo of mclynch
4.46/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Nicely tucked away in Worcester, MA on a nondescript street. Very unassuming exterior, but warm & woody interior.

Great draft selection with nice domestic & imported offerings. A ridiculous bottle list as well (although pricey!)

Their food is phenomenal... home-baked breads, artisan pizzas, cheese slates - so much amazing goodness. I was blown away by how delicious everything was.

Be warned that if you go with friends you will drop some dollars here! I went with my wife and spent $75 for beers and dinner... not outrageous, but not something we do a lot.

When in Worcester, though, catching a game or whatever, absolutely drop in for a pint and more!

Photo of SalMineo
4.48/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've lived in Westborough all my life and I recently just found this hidden gem in the Worcester area. I took my now ex girlfriend out for her birthday her and she loved it.
The atmosphere is probably the biggest drawback being overly dark so it's hard to see anything. But that's as bad as it gets. It's a clean bar and well taken care of.
The service is incredible every waitress/bartender has a good deal of knowledge of what they are talking about and always makes good recommendations with a smile on their face. It's obvious that they love where they work. Why wouldn't you? They get your food and drink out to fast and properly. You can tell they really respect the beer they serve which is always a plus.
Selection-This is my favorite part. For a "beer bar" their selection is out of control. I get as excited as Todd Haug right before he meets people like Kerry King, Vinny Paul or Max Calvera. I'm a huge lambic/geuze fan so you can imagine my content when I see Cantillon on the menu and it's served to me in a Cantillon tulip glass. It seems that they have almost every glass to match every beer they serve. (Being a beer glass collector this excites me to see such rare pieces being served to the public). Their great selection ranges from Cantillon, Founders Breakfast Stout, Aerobier, Fantome, Drie Fountaine, Lost Abbey, Mikkeller, Firestone XV, Stille Nacht, Rigor Mortis by Brasserie Deiu du Ciel,
to all sorts of stuff. With over 130 bottles on tap even the most hardcore beer snob would be hard pressed to find something he didn't enjoy. Oh did I forget to mention that they also have 22 taps which always are changing up.
The food is great and pretty basic. I recommend the mac and cheese it's to die for.
The Abbey is a little bit on the expensive side but that's the cost of being able to drink things you would have a lot of difficulty finding in even Julios or Marty's.

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Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA
100 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.