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.
Armsby Abbey, 144 Main St, Worcester MA, USA, +1 508-795-1012
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.
Nick’s is a bar for people looking for a low-key hang out with fantastic live music. While it may not look like much on the outside, the interior of the bar reveals a different tune, with its tin-paneled ceiling, old hardwood floor and friendly bartenders. The live music tends to change frequently, while the service and atmosphere does not. Nick’s also serves food; an extensive list of sandwiches and small plates.
Nick’s, 124 Millbury St, Worcester MA, USA, +1 508-753-4030
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!
Vincent’s, 49 Suffolk St, Worcester MA, USA, +1 508-752-9439
The Dive Bar
With an ever-changing tap list of seasonal craft brews, The Dive Bar is a highly recommended venue to springboard a night on the town in Worcester. This neighborhood bar stays close to the preferences of the town, with many New England brands on tap, tasty fish tacos and live music – a bar can’t get much better than this. The Dive Bar hosts many seasonal specials and activities, like their annual Hogtoberfest – a pig roast pitted against seasonal autumn craft beer aplenty.
Dive Bar, 34 Green St, Worcester MA, USA, +1 508-752-5802