Armsby Abbey


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Armsby AbbeyArmsby Abbey

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(508) 795-1012 | map

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Added by dougnboston on 08-02-2008

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Photo of mgmfallon
4.21/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

I've been going to the sister establishment of this place, The Dive Bar, for several years. The Abbey is a nice, medium-size place with a large selection of about 20-25 drafts, about a 6-7 belgiums. Seating is mostly high tables and stools (fancy ones), with a couple of tables in the front. A room-length bar- beautiful and a nearly room-length chalk board with the draft list- you can see it from anywhere in the place. Reasonably-priced local, bistro-style food. The beer prices are as high as any in Boston beer bars, but you know it's fresh.

This bar rates with the best I've seen while traveling across the country.

Best bartendar at both locals- Mike! He's a very nice guy and his music selections are my favorites-very eclectic. All of staff are quite good, though.

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Photo of mclynch
4.46/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Nicely tucked away in Worcester, MA on a nondescript street. Very unassuming exterior, but warm & woody interior.

Great draft selection with nice domestic & imported offerings. A ridiculous bottle list as well (although pricey!)

Their food is phenomenal... home-baked breads, artisan pizzas, cheese slates - so much amazing goodness. I was blown away by how delicious everything was.

Be warned that if you go with friends you will drop some dollars here! I went with my wife and spent $75 for beers and dinner... not outrageous, but not something we do a lot.

When in Worcester, though, catching a game or whatever, absolutely drop in for a pint and more!

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

Showed up for dinner on a Saturday night and were told about an hour wait for a table so we grabbed some great beers (I had a peche mortel on tap) and because there was no room at the bar, decided to try the table outside which was empty (it was pretty cold). To our delight, about 15 minutes a table had opened up for us.

Service was great, and the food was very interesting and tasty. I had a pulled pork sandwich as a meal which was superb and we had some cheese platters as an appetizers all of which were very interesting and tasty (not huge). Everything was super fresh and local which was great.

Each beer I ordered came in its respective glassware which was cool and there were a lot of great choices on tap. The place was a little loud which was to be expected on a Saturday night and did not detract from the experience. Highly recommended!

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Photo of slander
4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Because there was just no way I could scribble notes during ‘The Festival’ pregame; standing room only and an amped up tap list. Was just not happening. Let’s just say it’s considerably less jammin’ now, 3 months out on Monday, just after 5. Parked and meter fed until 6, and an easy jaywalk across Main Street, Worcester…

Ground floor corner of a bricky building on the strip. Past a handful of metal tables sidewalkside, and in. Front vestibule glass door with narrow windows bordering, and a wrapping iron piece over the door for the pull curtain. Corner nooks to both sides below vertical windows holding dangling ornamental stars, and horizontal windows above. Pale olivey walls & big brick, and 3 pillars down the center of the room. Slat wood floorings, and a black ceiling with matching ductwork, drop cheese wheel lamps over the front corners, and sunken & track spots about.

Wood bar with a rounded lip, panel base, & squared bar foot rail to the right; seating for a dozen and a half or so on leather swivel chairs. The barback holds a fat pillared center unit arched with panel mirrored backing over the taps from end to end below on a single row. Glassware shelved below and bottle selections housed in glass front cooler trios to each side. Tiered booze all countered up to both sides with windows above holding Belgian gnomes and mosaic glass pieced candleholders or, um, something. And then shelving units on the ends running to the ceiling; glassware glassware glassware, and display bottles & growlers along the top shelves. Clearly, some of this glassware is way out of reach and is just for show.

A bar counter wood beam with mosaic candleholders, a few stools, & piping foot rail connecting two of the center pillars, and some more bar counter space to the rear. 5 hightops on the far wall, a pair of 2-seaters between the next set of pillars, and a pair of 2-seaters in the front nooks on wraparound bench action with pillowings.

Events board on the far wall up front (movie night, shuckin’ truck raw bar), and a looong horizontal blackboard further down listing tap selections, origin, ABV & pricing. Orval & Dupont tins to both sides of that, and a doorway to the building bathrooms shared. T shirts displayed up front alongside the bar, and a single flatscreen in the rear corner.

22 tap in a row on barback center with nondescript wooden knobby handles; roughly 1/3 of them MA craft offerings (High & Mighty Sono Distrutto, Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union, Cisco Grey Lady, Pretty Things Saint Botolph’s Town, Blatant Session Ale, BBC Coffeehouse Porter), another 1/3 craft offerings regional (Allagash Fluxus 2012, Maine Peeper Ale, Smuttynose Strawberry Short Weisse, Victory Prima Pils, Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter), and not so regional (Port Wipe Out, 21st Amendment Hop Crisis, Greenflash West Coast IPA), and the other 1/3 very good imports (Drie Fonteinen Beersel Blonde, Tilquin Gueuze, Jandrain VI Wheat, Djaevelbryg Schopenhauers Vilje, Mikkeller Hop Bomb Challenge, Trois Dames Fraicheur Du Soir, Ca L’Arenys Guineu Riner, Freigeist Abraxxxas).

Oh, I don’t know, maybe a sampler. You get 4 shorty 4oz glasses of the ‘you pick’, so I did, and then bummed samples of things, and of course, drank Phil’s beer when he went out for a smoke. Had some things I really liked (Trois Dames Fraicheur Du Soir, Drie Fonteinen Beersel Blonde, Mikkeller Hop Bomb Challenge, Blatant Session Ale, Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union).

The bottle list holds some 80 selections, of which roughly ½ of are Belgian. I like that about a 1/3 of the list overall is made up of Gueuze, Lambic, Flanders, & American wild ale entries. Does not suck. Benchmark (lovely) Orval runs $12, just on the edge of pricing sanity.

And a light bite before we get back on the road home, thinking to split a sandwich. The roast beef sandwich was under serious consideration due to its sounding of awesome, but we opted for the apple bacon grilled cheese sandwich (Tougas Farm apples, house smoked bacon, Vermont cheddar, Smith’s Farm smoked gouda, & braised Swiss chard on house made honey oat bread). It was a kickin’ grilled chee, came with greens and everything.

Eriktender behind the bar. He dealt samples when I asked for them, and gave honest answers when questions asked, i.e., ‘is this any good?’, etc. Kickin’ selection, comfortable house, good crowd, fine eats. Worth the detour en route to points anywhere...

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Photo of mtchaput
4.78/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

When i think of Worcester, Mass - Armsby Abbey just doesn't seem to fit in.

When you walk down the street, it looks like your average small bistro, but when you walk in, its a whole different story. The atmosphere of Armsby reminds me of someplace you'd see in small town America. The Bartenders are friendly, to the point where you wonder if you somehow know them. It's warm, and welcoming.

In regards to Selection, Armsby may not have the 30 page beer menu, or the 30 page food menu that some other bars do - instead, they bring you offerings that are from local farms, and use whole healthy ingredients. Their beer offerings may not be as exotic as you might find in Boston, but everytime i've been there i find a beer on their chalk board menu that i've been dying to try, or haven't had in forever. They seem to specialize in bringing you beers that A) Suit the seasons, B) Compliment the menu and C) are Expertly crafted. The best part is that they know their beers, and they know them well.

Now, one of my favorite things about the menu, is that there isn't a ton of anything. By this i mean that they have a few of each thing on the menu and when it runs out - thats it. To me, that SCREAMS freshness. If you're looking for some real neat food choices, (when available) check out; The Duck Confit, The Smoked Marrow Plate, The Olive Platter, and the show stopper - The Macaroni and Cheese. I have never had a Macaroni and Cheese like that in my life.

Overall, while it's not someplace that i could afford every night, i do make sure to frequent it as often as i can. If not for the amazing beers, If not for the amazing food, If not for the amazing service, than its definitely for the fun folks you can meet sitting next to you at the bar. Good Company all around.

Oh... and they don't balk at you for whipping out your tasting notebook. I like that.

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Photo of ajohnson2371
4.95/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is my top place for going out and having a beer. I never look at the extensive set beer list, but always look to the "What's on tap?" board. There are typically at least twenty selections, and a third of them are always Belgian brews.
Prices for a single glass will range from $5 up to $12 or so, depending on what you're getting, but the staff is well-trained and highly knowledgeable on the beers they serve. I would expect nothing less from a place that specializes in imports, craft and microbrews.

The food is top quality, mostly (if not all) from local farms, and all organic. You may have to pay a little more, and wait a little while, but it is definitely worth the time and money. The brunches are always top notch.

The place is usually packed at nights, and especially on weekends, so it's a good idea to get in early, but you can usually find a place to stand and have a drink. There's no loud music, no bands, no fluff -- just a place to relax, drink up, and enjoy yourself.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

A little re-reviewing after my second visit to Armsby Abbey. Busy on a Friday night at around 9:30pm but we managed to find a table. Service was excellent. I finally got to try the smoked bone marrow and it was spectacular. But I'm knocking down the "selection" score because, again, I was disappointed by the lack of variety. Lots of weird European beers you never heard of, and a ton of IPA's, but not a good Imperial Stout or big beer in sight. Great bottle selection with vintages and rarities, but pricey.


It is the wife’s birthday weekend and we are headed to Maine, where we spent a beautiful birthday years back. Worcester (say “Woosta”) is on the way, so why not enjoy some art at the museum and have lunch at Armsby Abbey!

Located in Downtown Woosta, this is a high-quality beer joint in a town more likely to drink Bud Light than quality beer. Unfortunately, the interior is bland,generic, lacking personality. Soulless like a McMansion, or imagine Applebee’s doing a beer bar. There is no charm here.

But you’re in for a good time here, with good beers and food. The draft list showcases rare and pricey beers from Europe and elsewhere (Hitachino Nipponia, $12; Oppigards Amarillo, $9; De Molen Op&Top, $10, Spain’s Guineu Riner, 2.5%) plus local/regional drafts from Allagash, Sixpoint, Hill Farmstead, Pretty Things… plus Port and Anderson Valley from Cali. All around good,with some treasures (Hill Abner!!!) but lacking variety. No Imperial Stouts, barleywines or big beers.

Food is mighty nice. We had “rillons”, which is deep-fried pork belly, and tried to have the smoked bone marrow but they were out. The bacon-onion pizza was delicious too, and huge. A ton of cheeses, but pricey. Pizza and apps are a better option.

Prices are all over. Hill Abner only $6, imports $9-$10, no price listed on cocktails and spirits but wine does have it. Great bottle selection with cool stuff like Parabola, but pricey ($35 for Parabola, $55 for Old Stock Reserve).

Very good service at lunch on a Friday and overall a great experience. Will return next time I happen to be in Woosta. Oh, parking before 5pm is street only and not too easy… plan accordingly.

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Photo of 00766
4.95/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Excellent bartenders. Well informed and very helpful as is the wait staff. THe food is interesting and never disappointing. Great, interesting unusual pizzas. excellent macaroni and cheese. If you have non beer drinkers in your party they have good mixed drinks I am told. Breads are excellent and made there. Ambiance is great,. No TV, Music, and other noise. You can actually hear the people you go with.
The beers on tap represent the world and the US. Great choices, nice people, all around a great place to go for a drink and a bite to eat.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The Abbey was one of the first places I checked out when I moved to the MetroWest part of MA. I've never ever been disappointed during any of my visits.

It does start with the atmosphere. Initially it does seem to come off as high-end, but once you get settled in, you realize that it's just as welcoming as any comfort/dive bar you've been in. The bartenders are always nice and very cordial, willing to help out with your beer/food choice. When it gets busy, this, as expected, gets toned down, but you must understand that basically everything they do is labor-intensive. They're not just pouring you a cocktail, they're creating it in front of you. Even when pouring beer, if the pour isn't just right, they'll do whatever it takes to make sure it is.

The selection is unbelievable. On-tap, I honestly think they blow any place in Boston completely out of the water. Their bottle selection is extensive and its always worth checking out as they get any possible Cantillon that is sold in the state, although the Cantillon bottle prices are a tad higher than in some places i've gone to in Boston, but at the same time, I've had Fou Foune and '09 LP Kriek on tap for about $8-$9, so that's not something I'd hold against them.

The food has never been a disappointment. The prices are probably a tad more than most would like to pay, but it is also comforting to know where all your food is coming from. Not to mention everything is of top-notch quality. The brunch also may be the best in the state.

I know some will laugh at me suggesting that the value is reasonable here, but for what you are getting, it really can't be beat. Highly recommended.

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Photo of grotonmarketguy
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Armsby Abbey is hands down the best place to "experience" beer in the area, in all of Massachusetts, and possibly beyond. Alec Lopez the owner goes the extra mile to acquire the worlds finest beers on a regular basis. Always a good mix. Always something for everyone. Their bottle list is very extensive and he always keeps a selection of rarities in there to tickle the connoisseur. The staff is very friendly and informative and downright AWESOME. They also now how to navigate you into a pleasant experience if you are new to these kinds of beers or have a preference to certain styles. They allow tastes as well so you will never get poured a beer that you might hate. Food is out of this world. Many a whole pig have been slaughtered for your culinary delight. The produce is all sourced from local farms as is the cheese. The Cheese plates draw me back time and time again. What better to cut the edge of a De Dolle Dulle Teve than a nice hannibelle? My only complaint about the Armsby Abbey is that the tap handles could be made of artisanal hand blown glass that would be cool.

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Photo of mltobin
4.15/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Worcester, particularly the downtown area, does not have too many positive connotations associated with it. However, it has gotten better in recent years. One of the businesses that seems to have helped in this is Armsby Abbey.
There is a long bar, as well as a good number of tables. For taps, I believe they have about 20 selections. During a couple visits, I have seen MA brewers including Mayflower, Jack`s Abbery, BBC, others. New England as a whole gets attention, and some Belgians and other US brewers are in the mix as well. For bottles, there is a list with some great options covering different styles, but is not one of those bottles lists that sometimes are larger than necessary.
Food is very good, although a bit expensive. Service is very good, even when they are busy. It is nice to see that have done so well, and with that, it can get crowded at "peak dining/bar hours".

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

Located in an unassuming city in central MA Armsby Abbey has 22 rotating drafts and tons and tons of bottles ranging from $5-$65. The beer prices are reasonable and the selection is great and always changing for the drafts. You could probably come here every day and never have to drink the same thing twice, and you will definitely be ordering more than one beer. The food was nice and the waitresses know what goes well with what; atmosphere was also really good. Packed by 5pm on the weekends!

Reservations for parties of six or more only.

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Photo of SalMineo
4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've lived in Westborough all my life and I recently just found this hidden gem in the Worcester area. I took my now ex girlfriend out for her birthday her and she loved it.
The atmosphere is probably the biggest drawback being overly dark so it's hard to see anything. But that's as bad as it gets. It's a clean bar and well taken care of.
The service is incredible every waitress/bartender has a good deal of knowledge of what they are talking about and always makes good recommendations with a smile on their face. It's obvious that they love where they work. Why wouldn't you? They get your food and drink out to fast and properly. You can tell they really respect the beer they serve which is always a plus.
Selection-This is my favorite part. For a "beer bar" their selection is out of control. I get as excited as Todd Haug right before he meets people like Kerry King, Vinny Paul or Max Calvera. I'm a huge lambic/geuze fan so you can imagine my content when I see Cantillon on the menu and it's served to me in a Cantillon tulip glass. It seems that they have almost every glass to match every beer they serve. (Being a beer glass collector this excites me to see such rare pieces being served to the public). Their great selection ranges from Cantillon, Founders Breakfast Stout, Aerobier, Fantome, Drie Fountaine, Lost Abbey, Mikkeller, Firestone XV, Stille Nacht, Rigor Mortis by Brasserie Deiu du Ciel,
to all sorts of stuff. With over 130 bottles on tap even the most hardcore beer snob would be hard pressed to find something he didn't enjoy. Oh did I forget to mention that they also have 22 taps which always are changing up.
The food is great and pretty basic. I recommend the mac and cheese it's to die for.
The Abbey is a little bit on the expensive side but that's the cost of being able to drink things you would have a lot of difficulty finding in even Julios or Marty's.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.83/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I've lived in Worcester for most of my life and let me tell you, I did NOT expect to ever find a place like this here. The atmosphere is awesome. It's hard to explain but it's old fashioned and modern at the same time. I really don't know how to describe it except the perfect beer bar atmosphere. There aren't even any TVs in the whole place so there's no chance of someone stumbling in thinking that it's a sports bar. This place is designed for people who want to hang out and drink great beer. Speaking of great beer, the selection is fantastic. One of the best menus I've ever seen. The prices are a little steep especially for some of the harder to find bottles but that's expected. The quality is great as well and the staff really knows what they're doing when it comes to their beer, the right glassware, and the correct pour. I was thoroughly impressed. Also regarding the staff, the service was pretty quick, especially when it comes to keeping you filled up with beer. I was here on a Tuesday night, and I imagine it could get pretty busy on weekends, so maybe I lucked out on the service end. I also had dinner here and the food was great. I went with my family, and food that we all got included hummus for an appetizer, the soup du jour which was tomato, lentil, and bacon soup, the beets salad, mac n' cheese, and tomato & mozzarella pizza and everything was delicious.

Unfortunately I don't live in the Worcester area anymore, but whenever I come back, I'll be sure to stop in at Armsby Abbey again. If you're in the area and haven't been here yet, do yourself a favor and go. I highly, highly recommend it.

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Photo of bled
4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of my favorite places for both beer and food, and I try and stop in whenever I can.

They have 22 rotating taps that change every few days of mostly Belgian and obscure beers. They also have a lot of bottles available along with a selection of craft liquors.

The food is very good and has many local farm sourced ingredients. The Mac and cheese is my favorite, along with the always excellent desserts. Brunch is really tasty on the weekends as well.

If you are in the Worcester area and are looking for good food and/or high quality beer you should definitely give them a try.

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Photo of ajc4
4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Great spot. Pleasant atmosphere for lunch. Delicious healthy food. The beer selection was broad, well chosen, and novel. Beer was well served. I started with the Farmhouse Edward on tap, and then had a Saison Dupont from the bottle with my delicious sausage and leek pizza. Struck up a conversation with a real beer guru at the bar and learned a bunch, including about Beer Advocate! I have not been able to get beer off my mind since, and I had no idea that Worcester has a place like this. I definitely will be coming back soon.

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Photo of beenitty
4.6/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Checked this place out at the Hill Farmstead Tap takeover.

Im reviewing this based on the crowd that was there, but I believe that on a normal night the atmosphere would be different, and I'm giving them a fair assessment. I'd seen some of the crazy tap takeovers this place has had and was definitely excited to see what they would offer.

Decent sized place. Few tables, mostly hightops with stools. I arrived at 1145 when they opened at 1130. Entire wrap around bar is filled and all tables are reserve or seated with patrons. Damn.

Looks like they had about 15-20 taps, 15 Hill Farmstead and a few Belgians I'd never seen on draft. Great selection. I found myself at the floating bar in the middle of the place, had to stand but I had no issue with that.

What I did notice is that the hightops all had 6 stools so if a four people who didn't know each other were sitting at the hightop there were two seats between the couples empty. When new ppl came in the had to sit in between those couples in an already cramped space.

Most of the ppl seemed annoyed at first, then started chatting it up with everyone at their tables because they really didnt have a choice.
That being said, If you want to eat with any room at this place I'd suggest making a reservation and asking for a table NOT a hightop or your basically sitting right on top of another person.

They make the best of the room there but its not very intimate to say the least, but its a beer bar so it is what it is. I didn't eat but the menu looked great and the food I saw looked super tasty.

I had a good time overall, based on the events they're able to throw, if you're from out of town, this is a place you're just gonna have to deal with the crowds, so adjust accordingly.

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

Stopped here on the way home from Maine. A random pick off of Google ended up being an amazing visit! The atmosphere was just awesome...a Belgian Cafe with dark ambient lighting and a large bar with great interior. I knew I'd be happy here from the moment I walked in the door. Lots of beers to choose from, and not just Belgian brews though I stuck to having quads as I was in the mood for them.

Service was excellent. Our bartender was very knowledgeable. The food here was a full 5.0 for me. I got the hummus platter which was simply amazing. My husband got the potato pizza which was phenomenal! This place reminded me of a lot of places near our home outside of Philadelphia, but with better food. Prices were a bit high on everything, but not too bad. I wish we lived closer! Next time we make a New England trip we will certainly be going back.

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Photo of JShattuck
4.05/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have been to the abbey a few times. It is a great bar, but far from an A+.

Beer- Great beer. A wide variety of selection of only quality beer from around the world.

Service- Both times I had a table with a group of friends. The server had a bad attitude and ruined the experience. I will be sitting at the bar next time and I suggest doing the same.

Food- Great local food from local farms. Very pricey, but it the food is worth it.

Overall a great bar, but not an A+. There are a few bars that blow this one away.

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Photo of AutumnBeerLove
4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

What a gem. My friends and I often travel an hour to go to Armsby Abbey. Completely worth it every time. Usually have the best tap list around and delicious food to compliment. At the same time, we usually have to save our money for a bit to head over there.

We often start with a cheese platter and go from there. My personal favorite is the macaroni & cheese. Talk about perfection.

The range of beers is great and is always changing. On top of that, they usually hold some of the best local beer events.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

An oasis within Worcestor. The downtown part of this city has seen better days, and I"m told it will again soon. For now, though, it's not a gathering place. However, if you are there you must stop by this Abbey of a bar. Small and quaint, longer than wider, it will seat a good amount of people. Small little outside area is where I sat while visiting a friend who's attending Clark College. Good amount of bottles, from local to Belgian. Taps were changing out when I got there, but were ready in about 30 min.

Friendly service and appropriate glassware. Food? I dunno, didn't look. I'd say the only problem is the location...right under the Sheriff's office!

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Photo of cbutova
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I have worked in the Worcester area for over a year now and am glad I moved closer for a reason, Armsby Abbey. I can't say I am a very frequent visitor but everytime I do go, it is usually a great time. I first came here because I saw they had Older Viscosity on-tap (almost two years ago now) on their website, it was also my girlfriends 21st birthday. We both really enjoyed the evening. Atmosphere is that of a craft beer drinker's bar (like Monk's, Moan and Dove, etc). Nothing fancy, no sports games playing, all about the beer. The glassware display is impressive and fun to just gaze at over and over. Quality of beer and food is always excellent, fresh beer and local ingredients in most of the food. Service is quick, the correct glassware is used, water is always provided. Selection is always above average, with a good selection of both imports, locals and craft beer from other parts of the country on tap. Great bottle list (although I have always had a problem with some ridiculous prices for some bottles, my only real gripe with the Abbey). I have had food here a lot, it is a treat. Jerk Chicken sandwich is a must for spicy food lovers and the breakfast version is superb. In fact, going here for brunch is the best thing about Armsby Abbey, amazing brunch. On the pricey side of things but it is worth it to go here for a nice dinner, brunch or round of good beers once in a while.

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Photo of syrupjoe
4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a great joint. Stopped here with some friends I was visiting, per the recommendation of multiple BA's. Very nice, clean, place with a decent tap selection (for a beer bar) and a huge bottle selection (with some vintage brews, some upwards of $100/bottle). Each time we ordered beer, it took them awhile to get it to us, but we were enough immersed in conversation that it didn't bother us too much. I would advise ordering your next round before your glass is empty! The food is delicious - the owners are opening a bakery adjoining the bar in a few months so we asked if we could just have some baguette and olive oil, even though it wasn't on the menu - they were down with that. Great bread!

I would recommend the porchetta sandwich and the chipotle pork sandwich, both were delicious.

A bit spendy but definitely worth it if you don't go every week. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Rifugium
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Located right off the highway in Worchester, MA (whatever highway that is), this place was incredible. Nice atmosphere, simple, with a kind of early 20th century American pub feel. There's a good sized bar and plenty of seating. A selection of about 20 beers on tap, and many of them were things you just can't get anywhere else. I first visited in 2011 after their stout-fest when they still had a great selection of stouts leftover. Service was fine. Bartenders were attentive and seemed knowledgeable. And the food... Lemme just say, I got the potato & herb pizza, and it was just about one of the best things I've ever had. My lovely wife got the hummus slate, and that was also amazing, and I don't even like hummus. I look forward to visiting again.

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

Went here for the first time for Stoutfest and was extremely impressed! Unbelievable beer selection and terrific food from local farms. Gotta love this place's commitment to excellence!! I enjoyed plenty of rare stouts from literally around the globe.The bar itself is a beautiful woodworkers work of art. the crowd in there was very friendly as well. the service was great considering how crowded it was and would definitely go back in a heartbeat. Great atmosphere to enjoy a brew and enjoy some unbelievable food!!!

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Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA
4.6 out of 5 based on 254 ratings.
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