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Armsby Abbey

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

132 Reviews
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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
Place Score:
100
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
243
Avg:
4.61
pDev:
6.72%
 
 
Taps:
22
Bottles/Cans:
85
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 243
Reviews by taez555:
Photo of taez555
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Armby Abbey is located on Main Street Worcester, just a few blocks off of 290. The atmosphere of this place is very cool. Small 20 person bar, a standing area behind it with only about 10 tables behind that for seating. The whole place must not fit more than 100 people max. Dark woods and lots of exposed brick give this small place an amazingly cool, cozy, dark, good craft beer drinking, vibe.

Beer selection is outstanding with nearly 2 dozen taps and 100+ bottle list. An amazing constantly changing mix of American Craft and Belgians. Tap beer is evenly split with a mixed bag of the best of current American Craft and Belgian/Belgian Style beers. The bottle list is neatly organized by style and price, and although it focuses mostly on American Craft and Belgian, has a good world mix. A great touch is they have a very nice selection of vintage beer. Overall the best way to describe their selection is that the cheapest beer they have is Allagash White. And of course all the beers are severed in the proper glassware.

Wine & Spirits definitely deserve a mention here since they pretty much carry only local and domestic, small producer wines and liquors. I was extremely impressed with all the high quality local Massachusetts wines (Running Brook Vineyards is the hidden jewel of MA). Very cool

Food Selection isn't huge, but the size is made up by the quality. Artisanal is the name of the game. Cheese plates (slates), Comfort classics like Mac and Cheese, Pizza, Sandwiches and more. Pretty much everything is made with local ingredients and has an artisanal twist (Goat Cheese, Figs, Balsamic Glaze, etc). An interesting side note, no fried foods (French fries, etc). Overall, everything is fresh, filling and fabulous

Armsby Abbey is hands down the best new quality Craft Beer Bar in Massachusetts. This is seriously what The Publick House Brookline felt like back in the Anam Cara days before it got overrun by BC students. I don't know what more to say. Why it took me a year to get out is beyond me, simply killer.

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Photo of Buchu70
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
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 -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of smb
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of dippy
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Bgevans1
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
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 -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of MilaMila
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of jefferson_39
4.7/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Buddance
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Rizzy17
4.31/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.46/5  rDev -3.3%
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 DrunkinYogi
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
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 +1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.89/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of daisyapplegirl
4.75/5  rDev +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 +0.4%
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 +5.9%
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 +5.9%
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 Jauten
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of batch19
4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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 tylergoov
4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Jebburrows
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
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 -6.7%
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 Btip1969
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA
100 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.
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