The Best Bars In Worcester, Massachusetts

At the bar
At the bar | Photo by Louis Hansel on Unsplash
Benjamin M. Smith

Worcester offers some of the best nightlife in New England. Although it is the second largest town in Massachusetts, the city feels like a collection of neighborhoods rather than a busy one. With a good selection of neighborhood bars, upscale dining establishments and college hangouts, there is a nighttime spot for everyone in this city. Check out five of the best locales for a drink.

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Armsby Abbey

It’s no wonder that Armsby Abbey has been given the title of Worcester’s best beer bar for 13 years running. With 22 taps of New England and international beers, and over 200 bottles, if it’s good beer, it will be here. The bar itself provides a relaxed ambiance, perfect for a casual gathering for drinks and small plates. The dinner menu has an impressive list of snacks on its “grazing” menu, and caters for large groups looking for that tapas fix.

The Boynton Restaurant & Spirits

Traditionally a haunt of Worcester Polytechnic Institute professors and students, the Boynton Restaurant & Spirits has been a nighttime staple in town since the 1930s. This bar is a great place for a low-key evening of talking and drinking, especially because of their beer specials and food options. Service here is some of the best in town; expect to be able to order food late night, with a prompt, personable front-of-house. The Boynton typically services a younger crowd, however the atmosphere here rarely gets rowdy.


Vincent’s is the best of Worcester’s dive bar scene. The bar is wonderfully dark and its walls and bar are decked with tons of taxidermy. The beer here isn’t of the greatest variety, although they are very reasonably priced. The crowd is definitely local, but the bar draws crowds for its live music and famous meatball sandwiches alike. Strange combinations tend to be good ones, as is the case at Vincent’s – especially when Maxim Magazine has the final say!

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