A quick and easy guide to finding the best graduation fare near the DCU Center—morning, noon, and night.
It is graduation season at the DCU Center, and if you have not yet planned your busy day around the flurry of excitement that is about to take hold in downtown Worcester, no need to worry, we have you covered—at least in the food and drinks department. Wondering where to go before or after an event at the DCU Center is pretty common, considering the wealth of great eateries and hidden gems that make it difficult to choose while being mindful of time.
Figs & Pigs Kitchen & Pantry
50 Franklin St., Worcester, MA 01608
Going to an early ceremony and need a substantial pick-me-up to get you through? Have your breakfast sandwich and coffee to-go, or settle in for lunch with a hot sandwich from the griddle and the house lemonade. This little eatery makes a big impression, and with it attached to the DCU Center, you will not have to travel far.
Tip: If you are still looking for a perfect grad gift that celebrates the city of Worcester, Worcester Wares is also attached to DCU Center. You will find the colorful storefront at Door 22, Commercial Street.
Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am – 2:30pm
Mezcal Tequila Cantina
30 Major Taylor Boulevard, Worcester, MA 01608
If you're looking for a salty margarita to end your day of commencement, why not make it a meal and grab a table at Mezcal. Locals have been enjoying their traditional Mexican plates for years. There's also a guacamole menu if you consider yourself a connoisseur. Bonus: Mezcal is located within close walking distance of the DCU Center.
Tip: You will want to call ahead and make a reservation at this well-known spot.
Hours: Mon-Fri 11-4pm | Mon-Wed 4pm-11pm | Thu-Sat 4pm-1am | Sunday 4pm-10pm
Visit: www.mezcalcantina.com Call: 508.926.8308
144 Main St., Worcester, MA 01608
Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, this award-winning gastropub is a city favorite, with its farmhouse fare, a wide selection of craft beers (be sure to ask for their massive, leather-bound book of available beers and spirits), and a macaroni and cheese dish that changes lives. Armsby Abbey is located right on Main St. so you will not have to travel too far from the DCU Center.
Tip: We suggest calling ahead for a reservation. This spot is pretty popular.
Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am - Midnight | Sat-Sun 10am - Midnight
Visit: www.armsbyabbey.com Call: 508.795.1012
281 Main St., Worcester, Ma 01608
Also located nearby, this seasonal, American restaurant inspired by the New England landscape, is passionate about their work with farmers and fisherman throughout the Northeast. If you happen to be a guest in their dining room for the evening, they offer an à la carte and chef's tasting menu unique to the season and the region's available ingredients. Deadhorse Hill is surely a unique way to end the day of ceremony.
Tip: Make sure to get a reservation.
Hours: Tue-Sat 5pm and 4pm on Sunday | Weekend Brunch: Sat 11-2pm, Sun 10-2 pm
Visit: www.deadhorsehill.com Call: 774.420.7107
50 Water St., Worcester, MA 01604
Located in Worcester's Historic Canal District, Lock50 is the most upscale recommendation on our guide. But don't let this fool you. Lock50 is a rather cozy place to gather with family and friends to reminisce about the days that led your graduate into their cap and gown. Here you will find contemporary, American cuisine inspired by the flavors of the world. Share their small plate options or try one of their unique dishes that can be enjoyed on your own.
Tip: Lock50 is a quick drive from the DCU Center if you're looking at the time. Make sure to call ahead and get a reservation.
Hours: Tue-Thu 10am-10pm | Friday 10am-10pm | Saturday 9am-4pm | Sun 9am-4pm & 4pm-8pm | Bar open until midnight Fri-Sat. and during lunch Tue-Thu.
Visit: www.lock50.com Call: 508.379.3400
Revolution Pie + Pint
50 Franklin St., Worcester, MA 01608
If you're looking for quick, familiar fare, Revolution Pie + Pint spins, or more accurately, rotates their specialty pizzas in a revolving (Revolution, get it?) oven at 700 degrees to finish in less than three minutes. We highly suggest the MCPHS pizza with a bechamel sauce, mozzarella, roasted chicken, bacon, and caramelized onion. You might also enjoy the number of local and regional craft beers on tap. Their sprawling, monochrome bar lined with TVs covering any available game is quite impressive.
Tip: In the Grid District, this eatery is just a quick drive from the DCU Center. If you are in the mood for something more polished, Craft Table + Bar is located next door and offers a variety of beers, wines, and inspired dishes. There is even a Bloody Mary bar.
Hours: Sun-Wed 11am-10pm | Thu 11am -11pm | Fri-Sat 11am-12am
Visit: www.pienpint.com Call: 774.530.9020
Birch Tree Bread Co.
138 Green St., Suite 5, Worcester, MA 01608
This spot takes a quick five-minute drive or a nice walk to Green St., but this place is a bread and pastry-lover's dream. Gourmet sandwiches, pastries, soups, and salads rule the menu. There is even fried dough. With their casual and relaxed atmosphere, Birch Tree Bread Co. sets itself apart with locally sourced and fresh ingredients as well as a long list of specialty drinks. If you have time, Wednesday and Friday nights host Pizza Night; complete with a live band, hearth-baked pizza, and beer.
Tip: There are great shopping opportunities right next door. Crompton Collective, Seed to Stem and Bedlam Book Café, are a few worth the visiting if you still need that perfect gift for you or your graduate.
Hours: Tues-Fri 7am – 5pm | Sat 8am – 6pm | Sun 10am – 3pm
Visit: www.birchtreebreadcompany.com Call: 774.243.6944
123 Front St., Worcester, MA 01608
Anything goes at this trendy, downtown spot that offers a relaxed dining experience for casual and formal diners alike. You may find yourself sitting at one of their horseshoe-shaped bars with a burger and a beer, or kicking back on their outdoor patio, warming up to one of their fire pits, sangria in hand.
Tip: Only a few blocks away from the DCU Center, so be sure to call ahead.
Hours: Mon-Tue 11:30am-9pm | Wed-Thu 11:30am-10pm | Friday-Sat 11:30-11pm | Sun 11:30am-9pm
Visit: www.110grill.com Call: 774.420.2733
Railer's Sports Tavern
90 Commercial St., Worcester, MA 01608
We love a beer garden, and the one you will find at the Railer's Sports Tavern does not disappoint. Here, your outdoor bar is a Wachusett Brewing's Airstream Trailer and yard games, live music (Friday through Sunday), and a full pub fare menu are all at your fingertips. If you would rather celebrate indoors, the Railer's Tavern offers their elevated pub fare and a full bar of 20 draft beers and specialty cocktails. And if your favorite team is playing, catch them on one of their 22 TVs. Bonus: Railer's Tavern is right next door to the DCU Center, making it an easy trip.
Hours: Bar openly nightly until 2am. Food served Mon-Thurs 4pm-10pm | Fri-Sat 11:30pm-Midnight | Sun 11:30am-10pm.
Brew Yard Beer Garden Hours: Thu 4pm-10pm | Fri-Sat 12pm-12am | Sun 12pm-5pm
Visit: www.railerssportstavern.com Call: 774.420.7636
Greater Good Imperial Brewing Co.
55 Millbrook St., Worcester, MA 01606
Best Brewery Winner at the 2019 Brew Woo Beer Festival here at the DCU Center, Greater Good Brewing Company is a must visit for their fresh-made daily brews. Don't miss out on their famous grilled cheese sandwiches and pretzels from their restaurant TOAST: Test Kitchen.
Hours: Tue-Thu 4pm-10pm | Fri-Sat 11:30am-11:00pm | Sun 12pm-7pm
Visit: www.greatergoodimperials.com Call: 508.926.8736
72 Shrewsbury St, Worcester, MA 01604
Come have a beer, get your growler filled, and get to know the faces behind one of Worcester's favorite craft beers. The Wormtown Taproom overlooks their "brewing pit," making your visit truly unique.
Tip: Call for a free tour on Saturday & Sunday at 12:30pm, 1:30pm & 2:30pm
Hours: Tue-Thu 12-9pm | Fri-Sat 12pm -10pm | Sun 12pm-7pm
Visit: www.wormtownbrewery.com Call: 774.239.1555
Redemption Rock Brewing Co.
333 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA 01604—Entrance on Putnam Ln.
Redemption Rock's taproom is unique in many ways, one being the indoor, picnic table seating on Astroturf. Free WiFi and games come with the hot and cold nitro coffee drinks and fresh craft beer brewed and served in-house. There is also a projector for movies, TV, and sports. We think all of this is well earned, graduate.
Hours: Sun-Wed 10am-10pm | Thu-Sat 10am-11pm
For more Worcester eateries and hotspots not listed here, be sure to visit www.discovercentralmass.org.