Armsby Abbey

BA SCORE
100
world-class

140 Reviews
Armsby AbbeyArmsby Abbey
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(508) 795-1012 | map
armsbyabbey.com

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Added by dougnboston on 08-02-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
100
Reviews:
140
Ratings:
255
Avg:
4.6
pDev:
5%
 
 
Taps:
22
Bottles/Cans:
85
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 140 | Ratings: 255
Photo of Lgradyma6
5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of BeTheBall
4.69/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of sholland119
4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

HV

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Photo of Bannazwei
4.98/5  rDev +8.3%
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

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.74/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Sammy
4.23/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of DMcGirr
4.41/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of hit728
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
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!

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Photo of Buchu70
4.78/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.46/5  rDev -3%
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!

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of -Rick
4.63/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.88/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of LeeeMare
4.88/5  rDev +6.1%
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!!!

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Photo of batch19
4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Jebburrows
4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Johnct
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
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 +8.3%
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 +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?

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Photo of Himself
4.01/5  rDev -12.8%
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 +1.7%
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 +8.7%
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 -0.2%
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 +6.5%
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 -0.2%
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 german beers. The list was a little heavy on ipas and pilsners but the world class quality of the offerings makes up for the lack of variety. As mentioned below, I wish the styles were mentioned somewhere on the menu.

Our server was pleasant and helpful. Unfortunately, the host and hostess were neither.

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

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Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA
4.6 out of 5 based on 255 ratings.
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