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Meddlesome Moth

Meddlesome MothMeddlesome Moth

Taps: 42 / Bottles: 120
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
96
world-class

41 Ratings
Ratings: 41
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 10.3%
$$$ - a bit pricey


[ Bar, Eatery ]

1621 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, Texas, 75207-3401
United States
phone: (214) 628-7900

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @mothdallas

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(Place added by: SSW117 on 05-09-2010)
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drbenderdo

Michigan

4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Visted Dallas for a conference and had a chance to check out the Moth on a Friday night. Parking: valet or do what we did and use the free lot a block away. Very cool exterior. We didn't have reservations, so there was a 1.5 hr wait for a table...good thing we like to eat at the bar ;-)

Took us about 15 min of hovering (enough time to check out the monster tap selection) to get prime seats at the bar. We were greeted quickly and drinks and food arrived promptly. Had the duck wings and steak tartare...very good! Beers were phenomenal...Prarie Bomb was a nice treat for a Michigander!

Prices were what I would expect for the selection, menu and atmosphere. Primarily a younger crowd. Good music. Gave a lower rating for service since it seemed like forever in between rounds, even though we were smack dab in the middle of the bar. Found our bartender (and fellow Beeradvocate member) quite knowledgeable about beer. Looking forward to my next trip to Dallas!

02-23-2014 23:07:24 | More by drbenderdo
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Thankin_Hank

Texas

4.24/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$

A special treat. I took the time to study the menu(of beers) online before I got there. I always want to try something I haven't had before. The aged Scottish ales were on my radar and they did not disappoint. Remember Harviestoun.
Our party got "share" plates of food. I got to try different things and they were all good. I have been back and will be excited to return. Trying something new and different is exciting for this old timer.
I thought the wait staff were very knowledgeable about their beers and food. The gastropub itself was different. It was a crowded, busy evening my first time. The din was becoming unbearable for me and my wife. It may have been our seating location because the next time it didn't seem so loud.

01-24-2014 02:23:58 | More by Thankin_Hank
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$

The Moth is an absolutely must-visit spot in Dallas. I sat in both the huge indoor area and the also very large and beautiful patio, which are each great in their own way. The overall atmosphere is fairly upscale and the food is excellent.

The tap list is very impressive, with a cask on as well. They also have a nice big bottle list and a second bottle list with more limited selections and vintage selections that you have to ask for (be sure to ask for it, you won't regret it).

Service was very good and very friendly. Location is a touch out of the way, but if you are going to an event at the arena, it is only a 10-15 walk away.

11-27-2013 12:54:39 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$

The Meddlesome Moth is the best, closest-to-downtown beer bar Dallas has. Still, it's about two miles away. The atmosphere is Dallas chic--a modern bar with an open kitchen, which I appreciate for the smells wafting into the dining area.

It's a dark place with the bar to the left as you enter. The dining room, to the right, features tablecloths and trio of large stained glass lights that highlight early rock and roll legends (Chuck Berry, Elvis, but I can't identify the third--possibly Bill Haley). The bar is 20 yards long and became very, very busy as the night wore on.

The service was above and beyond--the bartender brought me eight different Texan micro bottles to consider.

For food, I ordered Tandoori Lamb, which was superb. The "raiti" sauce was like tzatziki and it was delicious.

Overall, this was a very good experience. My only wish is that it was closer to downtown.

10-28-2013 00:34:22 | More by smcolw
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$$

The Meddlesome Moth is a cool and classy beer-centered restaurant and bar in the upscale "Design District" area of Dallas. I was expecting a Ginger Man redux and was floored to find such a beautiful, well-designed space.

I love the bar area, where you can seat not only at the bar proper but at a slim long back bar overlooking the dining area (great for people watching).

Tons of beers on tap, with a bit of everything: Double Jack, Real Ale Kraken, North Coast Rasputin, Lakewood Temptress, Dogfish 90, Stone Sublimely, St Feuillien Speciale 2011... plus the biggest bottle selection I've seen in the DFW area! Lots of sours and rare brews.

The food is outstanding- we had a steak tartare and shishito peppers with goat cheese mousse, pricey but truly delicious. This is not your typical bar food!

Service at that back-bar area where we were was spotty, but it seems to be alright in the dining area and the bar itself.

Expensive all around, no doubt, but oh-so-worth-it. Shall return soon!

08-07-2013 00:54:45 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$$

The worker at the Dallas Contemporary suggested this place for a bite to eat since I was so close. Fellow BAs had brought it up, but with mixed reviews.

A - They apparently bought stained glass windows from the the failed HardRock, which were very cool if too big for the space. It was one of the only funky items; everything else was upscale and gastropubish in aesthetic.

Q - I'm glad I sat at the bar because the wait staff didn't seem to have a clue about the beer selection. My food was good, and fairly priced, but the beer was pricey.

S - Bartenders were nice and knowledgeable, but not very fast. I got a bit annoyed when the guy corrected my pronunciation of "mikkeller" when I know I was correct because I met Mikkel's brother.

F - I had Thai curry mussels ($13) and they were quite good. The prices were fair and the menu wasn't obnoxious, so I don't have much to complain about.

V - The moth wasn't cheap, but it wasn't outrageous either. Their bottles were high, but it was what I was expecting. I did not ask if I could bring a bottle with me, but I would not have been able to since I was traveling in a group. JK Funk metal was $25, JK/Mikkeller sunbelt was $18... Taps were high, too. JK El Cedro was labeled $10, but I was charged $9 (lunch discount?).

03-19-2013 00:03:51 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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SiCoBoy


4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

So much wonderful beer! I have been here on numerous occasions and have always had a great experience. The beer samplers are a great concept and help you really discover the drink you want. I will make this place my local very soon. The food is delicious too!!

02-20-2013 01:07:04 | More by SiCoBoy
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reverseapachemaster

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$

Meddlesome Moth is the upscale version of the Flying Saucer -- they are all owned by the same owner. Meddlesome Moth is more upscale in the food offerings, which are delicious. The Moth tends to get more eclectic offerings from the Flying Saucer, which is nice. There is frequently a cask offering and some random new stuff. The downside is there's no updated list online to know what beers are on tap. I can appreciate the business strategy of making it a mystery to have to come see what's there and since you're there, drinking. However, there's enough options around town that if I don't know what you have I'm not showing up to find out. Just post it online. At least air it out on facebook more frequently. There's usually several beers I'd like to have on tap but if I know somewhere else has something I really want, that's where I'm going.

Meddlesome Moth is not the typical dive-ish beer bar. It has a very trendy, upscale appearance and appeals to that clientele. It's not snobby but it's not covered in dudes with beard in shorts at midnight, either.

Biggest gripe I have is with the servers. For being a beer-forward place, none of the servers are well versed in the menu. I can't recall a time I've had outstanding service but I have had really terrible service several times. Bar service is usually pretty good although with all the people sitting at the bar when it's crowded it's hard to find a place to order.

11-28-2012 04:35:15 | More by reverseapachemaster
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Iparedman

Pennsylvania

4.84/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Meddlesome moth (Mother of a Tap House) was a phenomenal experience. I was visiting Dallas for one week and went twice, wishing I would have gone more instead of wasting time at other establishments. Upon the first visit, I was struck by the atmosphere and bar service. The bar is clean, crisp, and fresh appearing. One of the best looking bars I have ever experienced. All beers are written with chalk above the unlabeled taps, leaving the gaudy tap handles elsewhere. The great thing about this is it clearly shows they are constantly changing their taps and often obtaining hard to find brews. The staff is incredibly knowledgable about their brews and you won't find miller, Budweiser, etc on tap although there are over 40 taps.

On my second visit I found myself sitting next to a pleasant, friendly man, Keith, a co-owner of the bar. While he was there enjoying the evening with his wife, he spent a significant amount of time discussing the background of the bar and the details behind it. It was obvious they pay attention to detail, thoroughly cleaning the lines during handle changes, selection of beers, etc. Throughout my visits I spent the majority of the time drinking Petrus pale, boulevard saison Brett 2012 ( on tap ), and lagunitas investigation shut down ale; however, Keith and I did share a bottle of The Brux (Sierra Nevada and Russian river combo Brett beer).

Overall, this is a great place if you enjoy microbrews and hard to find rare beers. This is not a place to go if you are looking to get "wasted" and loud. I did not try the food, other than the farmers board of cheeses and meats, and look forward to the next time I'm in Dallas to have dinner there!

This is not your typical beer bar and is actually an upscale, classy, yet unpretentious, bar. Highly recommend!

08-09-2012 23:06:18 | More by Iparedman
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ShaneMullen


3.15/5  rDev -27.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$$

This is a bar that hordes their best beers in the back for employees and special occasions that one must be invited to. I highly recommend going to the Common Table which is only a couple miles from the Moth. Their beer selection is just as good, but they actually let you purchase their rare-find beers. One more thing, one of the mangers at the Moth (Tim) is quick to jump on people having fun there if you're too loud or too rowdy. However, the management at the Common Table will hang out with you and get to know your name. They treat you like you're welcome there.

03-16-2012 23:04:45 | More by ShaneMullen
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Meddlesome Moth in Dallas, TX
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