The Dive Bar

The Dive BarThe Dive Bar
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The Dive BarThe Dive Bar

Type: Bar

34 Green St
Worcester, Massachusetts, 01604-4121
United States

(508) 752-5802 | map

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Added by goz on 03-02-2007

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by eberkman:
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4.64/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Excellent little pub near downtown Worcester that specializes in craft brews and high-end imports. Located on Green Street, it definitely looks like a "dive bar" on the outside. Inside, it's a long, narrow establishment and the walls are festooned with nautical kitsch (hence the name "Dive Bar") and vintage beer ads

Nice, well-chosen selection of a couple dozen taps and a cask, plus a wide array of bottles. The night I was there, they had St. Bernardus 12 on tap, as well as its cave-aged Grottenbier, Left Hand Milk Stout, Dogfish Head Raison d'Extra, Founders Centennial IPA, and a number of other outstanding brews at reasonable prices. Loads of bottles too, from Belgian lambics, guezes and abbey ales to English bitters to German doppelbocks to double IPAs to, well, you name it. Except for, of course, Bud/Miller/Coors products. Which is a plus in my book (though if cheap fizzy watery pale lagers are your thing, they do have bottles of 'Gansett for 2 bucks a pop).

Very chill atmosphere and cool bartenders too, who tried very earnestly to be helpful to the 3 nitwits who came in demanding pitchers of Bud Light and were pretty rude about it when told there were no pitchers or Bud products. The bartender graciously tried to point them in the right direction and gave the leader a small sample of a pale ale they had on tap and he downed it like a shot, said it tastes like piss and the kids walked out. But the whole thing was taken in stride. Loud live music in a small place makes conversation a little tough at times, but whatever. With beers like that -- minus the mob scene of some of the Boston establishments -- it's a great little gem if you're passing thru Worcester or if you live in Metrowest. About 20 min from Framingham.

No kitchen here, which is a downside -- some of these beers pair so well with different kinds of food. But supposedly it's on its way?

Not cheap, but prices are very fair for these selections, especially considering all the external factors impacting the cost of beer this year.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

The name of this place is so perfect and it described exactly what it was. That being said - my kinda place!

The bartender knew her beer and was clearly passionate about it. Sixteen taps total and three of those were from Hill Farmstead = impressive (especially that far South). Pulling lines from local brewers = very cool. No crappy taps here and come with a pocket full of change because it's cash only!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.26/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This is a really cool spot that is worth a visit, even if you have spent the night at the Abbey (make for a great nighcap). Although "divey" it is clean and safe and the service is friendly. Has 4-5 HF on tap, with some different options than the Abbey had. Be warned that is it CASH ONLY if you plan to stop by.

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Photo of JohnnyB
4.93/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of SveNss0N
4.61/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Gatch
4.57/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Small but cozy inside with a great, wide open patio that I can imagine is fun on a summer night. But in late October, it was just me...

Top-notch selection with Hill Farmstead always on as well as Tree House and other good local stuff. Prices are typical...$7 for a pint of HF. Staff is the expected grungy, slightly hipster but maybe emo type. Craft beer seems to attract a certain personality, haha. Anyway...I much prefer a place like this that has 20 consistently great beer choices as opposed to a place that has 100 and maybe 5-10 are worth the trip. Great spot!

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.67/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of blisscent
4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of rjp217
4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of OleDixie
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Knapp85
4.17/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I've stopped in here several times and it's never a bad experience. The dim lighting and musty smell really emphasize the Dive Bar vibe. The tap selection is always above par. The service has always been very good too. It's definitely a chill spot in a kind of dumpy area of town but still worth checking out, and yes it's CASH ONLY, so be prepared.

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.01/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of wingwalker3
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of John213
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Nichols33
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Love this place. The inside part is a hole in the wall with a 15" tube TV and is cash only. That's about the only negative to this place. The tap list is normally outstanding, pricing is pretty cheap for the quality of beers, the bartenders tend to be a bit more friendly than their mates at Armsby and the outdoor patio area is outstanding in the warm weather.

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Photo of WoostaBia
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of wfuqua
4.76/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Don't be fooled by the name or lack of signage, this is not a dive bar. It may have been at one point, but the new owners (who also happen to own Armsby Abbey) have transformed it into one of the best beer bars in Massachusetts. They have 10-15 top notch draft selections from around the country and a HUGE outdoor beer garden with hops growing around the perimeter. The hop trellises double as drink shelves. Beers are $6-$10 which is pricey for Worcester, but worth it. The only downside is that it's cash only.

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Photo of Mersh
4/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev -12.5%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Dicers
4.25/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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The Dive Bar in Worcester, MA
Place rating: 97.9% out of 100 with 47 ratings
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