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BA SCORE
100
world-class

137 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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PLACE STATS
Score:
100
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
249
Avg:
4.6
pDev:
5%
 
 
Taps:
22
Bottles/Cans:
85
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 137 | Ratings: 249
Reviews by Jwale73:
Photo of Jwale73
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited the Armsby Abbey on 10/24/09 while in town for an Aikido Seminar. I was really excited to try this place, but have been a little put off because of the distance (close to an hour away from my house). I was really excited to find out that it was less than a mile away from where I was training (score), so I took a long lunch. I was not disappointed. Believe the hype; this place is great. Although not a large establishment, it maximizes the space it has. A large L-shaped bar, accommodates about 22 patrons. The rest of the space consists primarily of high-top tables and stools - some 2 person intimates and 6-person parties - probably serves about 50 additional patrons when packed to the gills. Lots of wood and brass. The tap list, which is comprised of about 20-22 taps is constantly rotating, so I won't go into too much detail; however, it is seems to be consistently updated and has a great balance ranging from Belgians to locals to offerings from California. Also quite a few harder to come by Germans on-tap, which was a nice bonus. The tap list is posted on a large chalkboard opposite the bar, listing not only the taps, but also the abv and price, so you know what you are getting yourself into. I didn't spend too much time perusing the bottle list, but what I can say is that it is huge. Once again, varietals from everywhere, as well as some harder to find offerings. The Abbey also offers a full range of cocktail options and wine, so it shouldn't be a hard sell to the non-beer geek. Great ambience - not really an eclectic crowd per se, but not your typical beer nerd sword fight either - couples enjoying lunch, larger mixed parties, etc. Food was absurdly good. I had the BLT which was incredible and my friend had a beautiful salad. The menu itself is pretty simple, with hardy fair, although a little pricey for Worcester in my opinion (but not exorbitantly so). What is nice, however, is that it consists of local produce and products, which are indicated on the menu. Tap pricing was reasonable - about $6.00/pint served in appropriate glassware; as previously mentioned, I didn't really look at the bottle list, so can't really comment on price. Service was excellent. Our server was prompt and attentive, without being overly intrusive, and also seemed knowledgeable about the tap list and offerings. All and all, this has to be one of the best beer bars I've visited - I really loved it. Now I just need to find more reasons to visit Worcester. If you are in the area, the Armsby Abbey is a must stop.

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More User Reviews:
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

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 smb
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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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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Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA
4.6 out of 5 based on 249 ratings.
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