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Armsby Abbey

Not Rated.
Armsby AbbeyArmsby Abbey

124 Reviews
Reviews: 124
Visits: 221
Avg: 4.61
pDev: n/a
Taps: 22
Bottles: 85
Cask: 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

Place added by: dougnboston on 08-02-2008

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Reviews: 124 | Visits: 221
Photo of Johnct
4.3/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Very pretentious crowd. Only food available on weekends is an artisanal cheese menu. That kind of place. They always have 4 or 5 Hill Farmstead taps, plus 5 to 10 others. Good quality. Great service. Expensive and snobby.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.98/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

absolutely the smartest selection i've ever seen, 21 taps when you want, nay desire 19 of them is better than 100 drafts that you've had 99 of and weren't that impressed by, food is right on but a little pricey, with good reason, artisan and mostly local, this is a bar you can sit at and are sure to meet beer tourists and advocates extrordinaire, and the staff are well versed in their wares

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Photo of richobrien
4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Been to Armsby several times and always love the chance to stop in. The service is fantastic and the staff really knows their stuff.

Great selection and what's better than having multiple taps of Hill Farmstead?

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Photo of MacQ67
4.01/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Armsby Abbey is a great place to get some really good beer. I went on a Saturday, the place wasn't too busy yet but the bartender was too busy putting glasses away to greet me or give me a menu. I had a couple Hill Farmsteads, never had one in a bar outside Vermont (yay!) I had a breakfast sandwich and although it was good, it definitely wasn't worth the money I spent on it, neither was the stout waffle my neighbor ordered. Definitely a good place for beer but the food is not worth the money, even though the provisions are locally sourced.

Edit: Returned on a Monday night, ordered a burger was ask "The burger is cooked medium rare, is that all right?" I said yes and was given a burger so over cooked it would have made a better hockey puck. 2 taps were Idle and I was told that the kegs had kicked early in the day. I asked what was going on in their place and was told "Nothing, we will tap more kegs tomorrow" I have NEVER seen this happen before in a place that touts it's self as a high end craft beer establishment.

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Photo of BenCannon171
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great place with tons of craft options. Regularly has rare choices like Hill Farmstead, Maine Beer Co. and Tree House. Farm to fork style food with a relaxed atmosphere. No TV's so not a place to watch the game or anything but a lot of fun for a relaxed night out.

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Photo of CayseyW
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is near-perfect. The food and beer are at the absolute highest quality. The service is also impeccable. My only minor complaint is some of the seating is a bit too tight.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

This place had a great atmosphere and friendly staff. I ended up at the bar one of my nights here sipping a KBS and striking up one of the best conversations I ever had with a stranger. The food I had was great, but a bit overpriced. I'd like a little wider food option. I always got served but had to wait for a beer a few times, I chalk it up to a laid back atmosphere. This is a must visit and a place I will be going back to for sure.

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Photo of HopsnMalts_NJ
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Stopped in here on our way back from a MA/ME Beercation for one last pour before it was back to reality. The Hill Farmstead beers were fantastic (I had Society & Solitude and Double Citra) and the food was wonderful. Knowledgable staff and ridiculous draught list.

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Photo of AirBob
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Excellent and fairly priced farm to table menu. Tried the pickle slate, heirloom tomatoes, poutine, chorizo flatbread, and blueberry crumble. The crumble was raw/underdone but everything else was great - easy to tell that everything is crafted using quality, fresh ingredients.

Beer menu is also excellent. Tons of HF and some other locals like JA and Oxbow along with some belgian and getman beer. A little heavy ipas and pilsners but the world class quality of the offerings makes up for the lack of variety. As mentioned below, I wish the style s were mentioned in the menu.

Our server was pleasant and helpful. The host and hostess were neither.

Overall one of the better tap lists in MA and outstanding food.

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Photo of matthewp
4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

For a hop head this is a great destination. From an IPA perspective this is a 5 for selection, their rotating beer selection for local (New England) beers is phenomenal. If you were going to hit one bar for great IPA's in the state I'd recommend this place. I haven't had a lot of their food (yet) but what I had was great and they have great attention to detail in ingredients and selection.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.89/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Found myself in downtown Worcester, MA and after reading about the acclaimed AA, I had to visit. Long wooden bar with built beer glass shelves. All of the right styles:pint, chalice, weissbier, snifter, etc. with a nice assortment of brand names. Looking at the beer selection and it was micro beer nirvana. Five Hill Farmstead beers on tap ( only 4 servings in a tasting flight ) plus other fine selections. The HF beers alone would save at least 8 hours in my life transmitting to & from the Northeast Kingdom. Needed food to go with the tasting flight and selected the breakfast sandwich. Heartily recommended with a collection of locavore farm ingredients: egg, brisket, etc. Excellent! I now know where it is located and will make it point to head there again and again. i strongly recommend you do the same.

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Photo of tatooedsn
4.03/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5

Beer variety is kind of limited. 98% of the selections are IPAs, which is great if you are a hop head.. not so much if you're not.

A bit annoyed the beer menu doesn't list the style unless it's in the name. Even worse when I need to struggle to read someone's hand writing to Google it. Maybe I'm just too cranky to work for my beer today.

Food is kinda pricey, but it comes with the hipster territory. Nice selections of local cheeses and healthy menu items. For the adventureous there are some quirky items like pork jowl, smoked bone marrow, and a plate with beef's tongue and pig's feet.

Presentation of the food is quite impressive. A young lady was even kind enough to explain what came on my cheese plate. I kind of left feeling a little spoiled.

Overall I think it's a pretty cool establishment with a real friendly environment. I wouldn't come back for the beer, but I would for the great service and tasty food.

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Photo of GJ40
4.41/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My wife and I stopped in while passing through town based on the BA rating and the seven Hill Farmstead offerings on the tap list. I went with high hopes but it was even better than I expected.

We didn't have a lot of time so we maximized our impact with two four beer samplers. We got the seven HFs and a Maine Lunch. They were all fantastic!

The woman behind the bar was a bit rushed and unhappy. I think she was upset that the guy with her left her with too much to do. He was more outgoing and engaged. We were there very early on a Saturday and they had brunch going. We just split a yogurt parfait because we were heading to meet family for lunch. It had fruit, honey and granola and it was outstanding.

I was disappointed we had to leave without eating and drinking more. But it was a great visit and I hope to make it back soon.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This was such an amazing experience. Only the best quality here, farm fresh ingredients and the best New England beers on tap. This is the tops when it comes to quality. Love this place

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Photo of SRBush1974
4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Wish I lived near this place! Found out about it on a thread and stopped in for a pint on Friday since they had plenty of HF on tap. Could have stayed all night!!!!! Will be back again when up that way.

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Photo of darkandhoppy
4.83/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

been going to the Armsby for several years now. I now look for even the most minute reason to go to Worcester, as it means a stop at Armsby. Overall, the place is exceptional and I recommend without hesitation. Things have changed a bit over the years. Last time I went, I ordered a flatbread and it seemed like the crust was very different. It's been forever since some of my fave brunch items have made an appearance (please bring back the Monte Christo or the Croque Madame with all due haste!) Other than a few minor, picayune complaints, the place is pretty much peerless. Go!

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Photo of kevdemers
4.66/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Fantastic place! Great taps - I enjoyed a Hill Farmstead George and Tree House Double Shot. The food was also outstanding: we tried many smaller plates including the pork rinds, bagel chips with jalapeño jelly, jerk chicken wings and a cheese plate. All were very tasty.

My only nitpick is there were not a lot of low chairs, so in our case a member of my party had to streeetch a bit to get into a stool after a recent mid-section surgery. Keep that in mind and call ahead to get one of the few low tables if you have anyone mobility impaired attending.

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Photo of rab53
4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great place, went frequently when it opened. Unfortunately, became overrun with scene-sters and people more interested in snapping photos of their food than eating it. However, would love to go back, just not on a weekend.

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Photo of MystikCelt
4.98/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I've been to the Extreme Beer Fest for the past three years running. But what I look forward to -most- about that is the chance to stop at Armsby for Brunch on the ride home Sunday.

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Photo of apex_predator
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I have been to the Abbey many times, and I have never left disappointed. Their beer selection is among the best I've ever seen. Their food has an incredibly short journey from farm-to-table. Their service is spectacular. I can honestly say that this might be the best spot in all of Massachusetts.

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Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Hands down the best draft list in central mass. Now they offer Hill weekly...it is ridiculous! Always have great local beers on like Treehouse and Trillium, as well as amazing belgian offerings and favorites from up and down the east coast.
Their mac and cheese is bubbly, gooey goodness that pairs perfectly with everything. They have a serious meat and cheese plate menu with awesome pairing possibilities. The staff are very knowledgeable and always super friendly. The events they have are always top notch as well. This is a great place to hang out with old friends or talk beer with new ones. They have a stellar brunch lineup as well. The only deterrent is that this is known as the hot beer bar and people flock here, so it is definitely crowded most of the time. But, that would never stop me from stopping in anytime I am near Worcester.

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Photo of Fernans
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A beer geeks, beer bar. All interesting and different craft on their non-descript tap handles with many different styles of both U.S. and European beers. Clean with a solid wood with a vibe of people who understand and appreciate beer. This place also does real cocktails (made the old fashion way).

Though the food was well done, the menu is very limited, unless you like cheese, alot of cheese. Best in class. Definitely a place worth seeking out. Only 50 minutes from Providence or Boston.

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Photo of boredalready
3.96/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

My only real issue with Armsby is the service. It seems that every time I go the bartender is a condescending jerk. I live very close by but after a dozen or so visits over the course of a year I don't plan to go back no matter how good the beer and food. But with the selection they have they won't miss my business and people won't stop going there anyway.

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Photo of Strickzland
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

This place is a hidden gem! If you are anywhere in the Worcester area this is a must stop! Great locally grown food, great craft selection, and great vibes! A small hole in the wall with just a great atmosphere filled with a diverse group of great people.

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Photo of Roguer
4.3/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | 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.

Edit: they now have a contract with Hill Farmstead, with several offerings on tap.

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Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA
100 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.