Armsby Abbey

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Bar, Eatery

144 Main St
Worcester, Massachusetts, 01608-1105
United States

(508) 795-1012 | map

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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.89/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The vibe is somewhere between bar and decent downtown eatery with foodie tendencies. But the beer list is impressive, with several Hill Farmstead offerings, which I always appreciate, and a nice range of choices, always solid where I am familiar with the selection. The result is an extraordinarily well built drinking experience. On top of this, the service is both friendly and knowledgeable. The food is pretty shockingly good. The beer cheese was a wondrous spread served with toast and local radishes. I am not a fan of radishes, but these were delicious. The burger was exceptional, a lush blend of marrow and cuts that built something far more flavorful than a standard beef patty. If I am ever near Worchester again, I'm coming back.

Jun 16, 2019
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Armsby Abbey

This restaurant and bar is right in the middle of Downtown Worcester. I conveniently parked in a lot a couple blocks up as I could not easily find street parking. 1PM on a Tuesday and sat right down at the bar with no wait. Several open tables at this time as well.

Cool vibe. Hip vibe. Hip music playing. Exposed brick wall and HVAC. Rustic meets industrial. Dark wood bar with stools. Standing bar running down the middle of the restaurant. High top tables along the wall and in the back room.

About 20 taps with a clear and clean printed list for the day. Also a large chalk board on the wall displaying the selection. Not the largest selection, but an amazing, diverse, well curated selection that is the epitome of quality over quantity. 6 different Hill Farmstead beers across various styles, Horus, Jester King, Jolly Pumpkin, Trillium, Mahr’s, Naparbier, Fox Farm, among many other nice options. I drank the Fox Farm IPA and it was amazing. They focus on proper glassware for styles too.

Ordered the smash style burger made with a blend of ground chuck, heart and marrow. A super flavorful patty. Could’ve used a double patty, but it was an excellent burger. Nicely charred and perfectly seasoned.

Excellent service. Super friendly guy and gal behind the bar, who were laser focused on new customers walking in and existing customers. Really a great spot. I drove from Boston to have lunch there on my way out to Tree House and I would highly recommend stopping there if you are in the area or making the same drive.

May 02, 2019
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gbiello from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

One of the challenges of going to a great place is they're usually crowded. There aren't a lot of places you can get Hill Farmstead out of Vermont. Add to this other world-class beers, and you have a great place to go. A limited menu, but that is fine with me. The food was outstanding, although the service was a touch slow. Can't really complain all-in-all. If you want some great beer and you're in the Worcester area, this is a must-stop place.

Feb 02, 2019
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.78/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

A legendary spot in a very unlegendary city. From nearly every tap flows a top quality beer from around the US and Europe. Vibe is reminiscent of Belgium and the food is on the same level. Great place to take a date or just catch up with friends. Top notch.

Nov 20, 2018
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baldy00 from Connecticut

4.93/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Trillium and Hill Farmstead dominated the draft list...improbable if not impossible to match that...service was fast and friendly and food was super. The decor and interior arent unusual or spectacular, but nice and clean traditional pub. It also has parking! Treehouse brewing is about 20 miles down the road too.

Feb 10, 2018
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Lgradyma6 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Heavy French influences with a high emphasis of Farm to Table dining. The meal was amazing. They had some gorgeous cheeses to choose from as well as a variety of dishes. Their beer selection was a large assortment of IPA, sours and stouts of some craft local breweries. It will be busy when you go. Reservations are recommended.

Mar 13, 2017
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BeTheBall from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Went on MLK Day, 2/16 for a late lunch, and later for dinner. Drinks with both. The beer selection is fantastic, quite unique to this area. I consider myself well educated on craft beer, and had to look up every beer on the tap list to be sure I knew what I wanted next. Both our dining area server, and later the bartender were very knowledgeable about their beers. I love the bar setup and decor as well. Ordered a flatbread with winter vegetables, etc., and it was kind of bland tasting, but it wasn't bad or anything, just nothing exciting either. Food selection is quite limited, but the fact that everything is locally sourced is also unique.

Jan 20, 2017
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sholland119 from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

A delightful spot for dinner when we stopped overnight in Worcester on our way to Portland. Loved the openness and cool vibe. Outstanding taplist including 3 or 4 Hill Farmstead selections (for me, HF is the one endlessly hyped brewery that always makes great beer). Service was very pleasant and capable. Only slight disappointment was some of the food. The cheese and charcuteries plates were really great (wonderful duck rillette) but the other stuff we had was rich but bland, not my favorite combo.

Overall though, well worth the stop. I'd jump off the highway anytime i was in the area.


Nov 15, 2016
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Bannazwei from Maine

4.98/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

In town on business and found the Abbey. Easy location to find, on street parking right out front and a parking garage right around the corner. If you are familiar with the town of Worcester it isn't what you immediately think of for a higher quality eatery and beer. You walk in and instantly has a feel of a large Old English club. Beautiful bar and woodwork, great atmosphere, a little loud, but it's a big open space and that is to be expected.

Then you look at the beer list... Hill Farmstead on tap, WHAT!?!?! Foundation, Trillium, you name it. The menu is slightly limited, more small dishes than full plates, but the food is fantastic. We got the cheese board, selection was large, recommendations were spot on.

Looking forward to going back

Oct 01, 2016
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kalosjakar from Rhode Island

4.74/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I went here not fully knowing what to expect other than an AMAZING tap list. The first thing they do is serve you a glass of water, which is great.

The tap list is obviously amazing, with 2-3 beers from Hill Farmstead always on tap. Other great breweries like Medusa, Oxbow, Trillium and Kent Falls are also on tap.

Their tap list is updated frequently on line.

The food was incredible, a bit pricey but its farm to table with the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients so its understandable.

Everything was great except I felt the staff could be a bit more engaging with its customers. The fact that 90% of the people at the bar were glued to their cellphones may have played a part though.

Sep 10, 2016
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Sammy from Canada

4.23/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

First rate bar, the best I have been to in Boston. The only bar in Mas. that has Hill farmstead. Also Oxbow, Tired Hands, and of course Trillium. Perfect lines, great carbonation. On the way back to Canada from Boston.

Aug 26, 2016
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DMcGirr from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Good beer selection, particularly Belgian beers and stouts. Food is very good. Nice assortment of cheeses. Bonus points for a very enjoyable Bloody Mary bar.

Aug 20, 2016
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hit728 from Connecticut

4.56/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Have been twice mid afternoon for lunch and drinks while passing through town. Not crowded. Tap list was very diverse from blonde ales to sours. Beer prices were average. Service was solid and knowledgeable. Food was good to very good. Food cost was above average but the food was quality (not overpaying for shit food). I would definitely recommend it for drinks and or a meal. Cheers!

Aug 10, 2016
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Buchu70 from Germany

4.78/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Awesome little stopover while at a local museum and waiting for an afternoon Tree House run. Beers on top that few can beat and the food, mmmm. The artisan sandwiches and soup rocked my belly.

Jul 18, 2016
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada

4.46/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place is a complete hidden gem in a town that otherwise doesn't have much of a reason to draw me to visit. Staff is knowledgeable and helpful, tap selection is outstanding, consisting of 4-5 HF taps plus other good options. The food is very good, albeit pricey!

Mar 14, 2016
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Rustic brick and wood hipster vibe...took a bit to get noticed but after that all smooth sailing. Incredible tap list, HF, Trillium, Oxbow etc. Great atmosphere, great food...a bit on the pricey side but worth it.

Feb 21, 2016
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-Rick from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

If you are in the central MA area, this is by far the best tap list in the area (maybe the state) Always a rotating tap list of rare beers from across the country, but still has the local hard to find stuff. From Hill Farmstead and Trillium IPA's, to Prairie and AleSmith stouts, you never know what you will find there. It does not hurt that their food menu is also amazing. Fresh farm to table food, always something great to try. A world class place!

Jan 26, 2016
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edward_boumil from New York

4.88/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

V: Space itself was pretty nice, standard and rustic but nothing crazy. Hipster vibe, but it was a chill place to take the gal out to.
Q: Everything was high quality
Ser: Our waiter was great. Laid back, cool kid, attentive and friendly but not intrusive.
Sel: How can you beat multiple Hill Farmstead, Trillium, Oxbow, and rare imported beers on TAP? Food selection was phenomenal too.
F: Food was also amazing too.

In general probably my favorite place I've been to as of late. Without a doubt will return.

Jan 25, 2016
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LeeeMare from Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Everything you can ask for is at this spot. The beer selection on draft and in bottles is top notch, and their food offerings are just as good. Bard tenders are super friendly and the vibe is great!!!

Jan 24, 2016
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batch19 from Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great selection of beer with always at least 4 Hill Farmstead beers on tap.

Food is delicious, locally sourced, and the menu is always rotating. I recommend the mac and cheese (always on the menu) as well as anything else they serve. I also highly recommend their brunch on the weekends.

Service at tables can be very slow at times but service at the bar is always good.

Definitely a hipster laid back vibe.

Jan 21, 2016
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Jebburrows from Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in during a day long tour of MA breweries. Excellent burger matched w the opportunity to try 5 Hill Farmstead beers; Abner, Conduct of Life, Edward, Mosaic and Harlan.

I will stop here every time I can coming through Worcester.

Jan 02, 2016
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Johnct from New York

4.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Dec 01, 2015
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irrevjim from Massachusetts

4.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Nov 15, 2015
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richobrien from California

4.74/5  rDev +1.3%
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?

Nov 11, 2015
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Himself from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Nov 10, 2015
Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA
Place rating: 4.68 out of 5 with 270 ratings