Armsby Abbey

BA SCORE
100
world-class

139 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:
139
Ratings:
251
Avg:
4.6
pDev:
5%
 
 
Taps:
22
Bottles/Cans:
85
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 251
Reviews by Durge:
Photo of Durge
4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
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!!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

One of the best bars I've ever been to, with the most knowledgeable staff I've ever come across.

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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 grahuba
4.31/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of mig100
4.61/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of dippy
4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Bgevans1
4.55/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Great beer, good food but no parking.

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Photo of dcisco44
4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of MilaMila
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of jefferson_39
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Buddance
4.88/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Rizzy17
4.31/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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 McGee666
4.69/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.89/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of daisyapplegirl
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great food, great beer selection, and great service.

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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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Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA
4.6 out of 5 based on 251 ratings.
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