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Crescent Moon

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Crescent MoonCrescent Moon
BA SCORE
95
world-class

44 Ratings
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: n/a
Taps: 37
Bottles: 100
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

3578 Farnam St
Omaha, Nebraska, 68131-3304
United States
phone: (402) 345-1708

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @beercornerusa

Notes:
Place added by: bditty187

Per Omaha City Ordinance, as of October 1st 2006, this establishment is non-smoking throughout.

Open:
Monday - Saturday: 11am - 2am
Kitchen closes at 11pm
Closed on Sunday
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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 28
Reviews by benito:
Photo of benito
3.2/5  rDev -25.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

My final stop during the Nebraska beer tour. It was preceded by its reputation as the must-visit beer bar in all of Nebraska. Rightfully so, maybe...

Perhaps I can't appreciate what it means to have a great beer bar in Omaha, but I found this place lacking. They did have a nice variety of taps that drew from across the country (Colorado, Missouri, the Coasts), and they did a fine job of featuring brews from many Nebraska breweries (Spilker, NBC, Empyrean, Modern Monks). As it was Monday, they had a killer deal on NE beers--$2.50 a pint. That sort of deal gives this place legs!

It's a dark, carpeted, single room with lots of brewery schwag adorning the walls and ceiling. It does feel a little cluttered. The bar sits prominently in the front, and they have several chalkborads displaying the current offerings. I was disheartened by the bartender's inability to locate one of the Empyrean taps (I eventually found it for him).

The fact that the Belgian beer bar, the German beer hall, and the great beer store are attached does make this a sort of must-visit location for beer travelers. Just don't expect Falling Rock, Horse Brass, or the like: in a 'craft beer city,' Crescent Moon would be second tier.

More User Reviews:
Photo of rfarrellmt
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Amazing place, enjoy my annual visits greatly. Awesome beer, staff and good food. Best beer spot for 500 miles in any direction. THANKS!

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Perhaps the premier craft drinking experience in Omaha, with a ton of taps and bottles to choose from. This place had Founders Devil Dancer on tap, a beer I had never even seen on this side of the Mississippi, no less the Missouri. Servers really know their beer which is no surprise, as next door is the best beer store within perhaps a 500 mile radius. Outstanding.

Photo of APB
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

One of my favorite bars to go to in Omaha, Ne. Great tap list and bottle selection. 2 other bars and a bottle shop all attaches making this an all around great experience. Also the food is too notch, blu burger is my favorite. The crescent moon is an awesome place to go wether your just going to hang out and grab a beer or party with a group of people. The service is awesome and everyone working there is very nice and knowledgable about their beers and menu.

Photo of quaybr
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My wife and I stopped by here on a trip back home over the winter holiday.

We were there on a Thursday night and this place was packed. Felt really nice - warm - being in a bar full of people.

Quality of the brews were phenomenal. The place itself was tidy and comfortable.

Service was excellent. We were in and out in under an hour.

Selection was great. They had quite a bit of stuff from the smaller regional breweries.

Food was delicious and reasonably priced.

If you find yourself in or passing through Omaha, this should be on your list.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

To start with, Crescent is part of a complex of beer bars. There's the Uber Haus downstairs, the Belgian bar through a hallway, and Beertopia bottle shop next door. So yeah, really the best building in Omaha, if you ask me :) It's a little compound of beery goodness.

Crescent has amazingly good prices for draft beer, especially on their happy hours and special nights, which are every weeknight basically. There's a Boulevard night, a New Belgium night, a free pint glass night, .40cent wings, half price apps, etc.

Two of us can get dinner and two beers a piece and our bill's only $20. That's what I'm talkin' bout!

Tap list is really nice, over 20 taps I believe, with local goodies as well as a good Colorado showing (Odells, NBelgium, boulder, etc) and goodies from farther away.
Food is damn fine for pub grub, and service has been good the last three times we've been. It's become a new favorite for the wife and I...she has like 6 IPA's to choose from and me with my saison or whatever tickles my fancy that night. Good locals vibe.

Photo of harlanhu28
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I was in town for the CWS we went to the beer corner for everything I found the staff friendly and knowledgeable and using proper glasses and washing and even had a glass sprayer to wet the draft glasses. I went on a few nights while i was in Omaha and found all the bars there to be original! I do have to hand it to this place it is one of the best bars i have been in the Monks Café was flowing and I couldn't get enough of it! One night was Boulevard pint night and a very good deal buy the glass and 2 buck boulevard fills. The food was quite good my largest recommendation is to go down stairs and get a few real hot German pretzels! Great place great people!

Photo of climax
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

For the Midwest, this is an excellent beer bar to go to. They have a very good selection of draft and bottles, and large seasonal rotation.

There is a rowdy German style bar downstairs from the main bar, selling German beer (watch out for Das Boot - $16), and a Belgian Bar in the room next to it selling Belgian beer.

All the beers I had were fresh and served in the correct glassware. Prices were quite reasonable, considering the quality of the beer being served.

My Reuben sandwich was excellent (they blurb on the menu said the Reuben was created across the street). Substitute your side for onion rings and thank me later.

Photo of lambic3120
2.95/5  rDev -31.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I might be new to this website but I am not new to craft beer or craft beer in Nebraska. I was a long time Moon regular but things are not the same anymore. I know enough of the details (key people leaving and other private matters) and I am not going to post them here. What once was the best beer bar in Omaha has fallen at time as the competition has risen. The Moon is not the only kid on the block or the top dog any longer. Jake's in Benson, Brass Monkey in South Omaha, The Foundation in downtown and Library Pub in NW Omaha are all in the mix for best beer bar in Omaha (or at least a good alternative to the Moon). Still, it doesn't matter as the BEST beer bar in Nebraska is Bricktop in Lincoln. Period.

Yes, the tap selection is very good at the Moon but years of seeing the same old Boulevard/New Belgium beers renders 8-10 taps pointless. Sure, no BMC but plenty of common craft beers on-tap. Bottles of American craft beer tend to get old in the back cooler, stick to draft. Also, fear clear and green bottle beers too (I've smelled skunked Stella across the bar). Hell, even some of the taps have produced off beer and if it is the taps it is the half-ass job the bartenders do cleaning the glasses. I've had more than a few no head retention, soapy tasting beers. I'm tired of it.

The service has gone downhill a mile over the last few years. I think I know why but I'm not posting it here. Let's just say the quality of help has fallen. Good people have left... some fired from what I've been told. Slow table service (especially during the day); bitchy waitress... really poor service. Also don't be shocked if your server or bartender is tipsy (if not drunk) if you come at night. Doing shots, stepping out to smoke and flat out ignoring patrons is also common now. I remember 5 years ago or so... this was not the norm at the Moon then but it sure is now. The young college crowd is taking over this bar. It is a drunkfest.

Okay pub grub food... they can turn out some good dishes and they can crank out some duds too. The food at, say, Oktoberfest is awesome. Day to day... more hit or miss.

The Moon reminds me of John's Grocery in Iowa City. Yes, they are cool places that have been around a bit and because of that regulars overlook all the flaws and all the shortcomings. They ignore how good it once was. I was bummed about the Moon's fall but not anymore. I have choices now and I am thrilled to frequent them. Bye Crescent Moon, you might see me on occasion but as a regular not so much. Your lack of carrying about your customers is obvious. The King is falling...

Photo of clarkm04
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My favorite bar in Omaha.

I love the constantly changing line-up and the fact they don't clutter a single tap with BMC. They have great connections with CO breweries so there is a constant influx of hard to locate beers on tap that no other bar except maybe the Brass Monkey have kegs of the various Yetis from Great Divide and I love how North Coast's Old Rasputin is always on tap.

They also have some great brewfest events from Sunfest to Extreme BeerFest. Last fall they had a great beer release of DFH/SA Life and Limb.

The food is definitely above average for bar food. I've eaten a variety of dishes and have never been disappointed with the freshness or preparation of the food.

The best part is that the Crescent Moon is part of a much larger complex with a Belgium bar and beer store next door along with a German bar in the basement.

All the staff are very friendly and I always enjoy my monthly visits there. The only downside is that there are times when the service speed is slow. Slow on getting orders in or delivering the beer. Having said that, many bars have slow service but when coupled with the outstanding beer and food selection, The Moon is a great bar with a great experience.

Photo of Mud
3.43/5  rDev -20.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

No place in Omaha and maybe the country can top the Crescent Moon for Beer. They are the Grandaddy of them all. They made it possible for others to exist here in Omaha.

31 Beers on tap all Craft or Import and NO BUDMILOORS!!!....but the are little heavy in there allocation of taps towards certain brewer's. 4 Boulevard, 4 New Belgium at all times!!! They have a leaning towards is what I would consider the (Becks, Guinness, Stella i.e, regular dreck of Micros) One of two taps will be one of those exceptional crafts. I.E Unibrowe, Big Sky, Ska, Sierra offerings.

The atmosphere is like that of Peanuts in K.C but not as grungy or a dive bar version of Applebee's

The food is exceptional and reasonably price. Pub food not foo foo. The Ruben was invented across the street and is awesome and you have to try the twice baked potato soup.

The service well...it SUCKS!!!! The staff are a bunch of pretenders. 97% of the staff know nothing about beer really. Some that think the know about beer and B.S. really well about it. Consider yourself fortunate to see your server at a table under 15 mins....if they are not busy doing shots, texting, playing the crack machine, or outside smoking. This is not some passing statement here...let's just say I have witnessed it well over ten years regular patronizing the place. In short I don't sit at the tables but I sit at the bar and have spotty service there. There are only a few talent and knowledgeable bartenders so don't expect much and you won't be disappointed.

You are not going there for the service you are going there for beer and great food in a fun frat party atmosphere.

Photo of BigDank
4.45/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is a great bar / ale house and probably the best one in the area. We have traveled here a couple times just to visit this place. It's also connected to the best beer store in the city, Beertopia. Huge selection in the store of which about a quarter is available in the bar. Also you can bring beers over from the store for a moderate corking fee of $4 (about the average price for a tap beer). The main part of the bar is mostly beer with some liquor available also and is a regular american bar with decent food available at a reasonable price. It is a three part bar with one downstairs being a german bar with strictly german beers and live music and one connected by a doorway being a belgian bar with only belgian beers. Great place to visit and I would recommend it to anyone who happens to make their way through Omaha. Easy to get a hotel close by (downtown) and take the shuttle back and forth so that makes the experience even better when you can stay all night and enjoy as much beer as you like with a free ride back.

Photo of BigBossMan
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The food really is great. The beer selection is the best in Omaha, the bartenders are knowledgeable (the owner is usually even around), and the atmosphere is a lot of fun (especially in the German beer hall downstairs)... but the food adds to the experience - everything from sandwiches to flat bread pizzas. This is the best bar in Omaha, and should be frequented whenever possible. The recent addition/opening of Max & Joe's Belgian style bar really adds to the experience. I also love that they constantly have something new on tap. Right now, try the Sierra Nevada Brown Saison. It's a great temporary addition, and they even serve it in a pint glass.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Parking in lot behind building.

Clean older building with bar in center with tables for food and beverages in the back and strairs down to Huber Haus.

Thirty standards taps with New Belgium $2.50 pints on Wednesday. All were good drinkable brews with many beers I cannot get in the Great Lakes area.

Freindly bartender with good knowledge of brews and good crowd of tasters and a couple of brewers from Minnesota.

The menu had starters and sandwichs.

Nice location and I will stop again when I am in Omaha.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

What surprised me the most about the Crescent Moon was how good the food was. Sure, it's just standard restaurant/bar & grill food, but it was actually very well done. And it was reasonably priced. That said...

I knew they'd have a very good beer selection, and they did. They tap selection is top notch, and they have a few locals on. And the bottle selection is quite varied, and pretty much covers the globe. This is all to be expected, right? I mean, that is their reputation.

The only other thing then, is the atmosphere. I was expecting kind of a college bar, kind of not, and that's exactly what it is. It actually has a kind of college feel in the blue colored carpets and chairs that look like classroom chairs (they probably are), but it also has a kind of lodge-like feel. It's nice, but not too nice, if you know what I mean. I found it very comfortable. They have an ATM and a digital jukebox, and there's plenty of beerephenalia. The large Metz Beer sign is great, and the display of tap markers on peg-board just screams "midwest".

I haven't been downstairs to the Huber House, or next door to Max & Joe's, but I liked the Crescent enough that I'll definitely be going back! Certainly worth seeking out in Omaha!

Photo of surfnebr
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The Moon is laid back and does a great job at making sure you understand what is available and what to expect from the beer. The food is great, recommend the wings. Solid beer selection; when coupled with the two other bars in the complex you have access to near 60 beers on tap. Well over 300 beers available via tap and bottle. If I can offer one downer its that its becoming so popular that, during the weekend, its tough to grab a place to sit sometimes.

In cooperation with Beertopia and all the bars in the complex, beer festivals occur many times throughout the year (Summer, Winter, Holiday, Spring, Extreme, Oktoberfest, etc.) as well as select tastings. Specials occur daily.

Photo of Andbrew
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I found this place here on BA and it was recommended by several locals. Apparently Warren Buffett frequents this establishment and met with lebron james here for financial advice - must have been interesting.

Great selection and friendly attentive barkeeps keep this place at the top of the Omaha list. Looked to be about 20 taps with everything from the standards to some great local craft brews. Atmosphere is that of a standard bar with karaoke on Saturday nights.

The great bottle selection to include many unibroue selections and great imports is unmatched in this city. Better than that, they serve the right beer in the right glass.

The selection makes this one stand out, a livelier crowd with perhaps a live band would make it even better.

Photo of Gatch
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A pretty cool place. One of the stops on our Cross-Country Road Trip. It's outside of the main area of Omaha, which is along the river, but I can imagine it's one of the better places to get a beer. Two things that kind of disappointed us, but had no bearing on our opinions of Crescent Moon. For one, Omaha doesn't seem to be the most lively city, and two, the Old Market District seems to be where the best restaurants/bars are, besides Crescent Moon and the Huber Haus. We stayed right off of Farnam St. next to Crescent Moon, which isn't bad, but there wasn't anything else to do unless we took a cab into downtown.

A great selection of Midwest and West Coast beers as well as some East Coast. There were plenty of seats and the service was good. We arrived around 11pm, so we just missed the kitchen. I never ended up meeting Bill the owner, but I'm sure this won't be my last time at Crescent Moon. Somehow I will find my way back in the Midwest. I like the fact that you can alternate between the two floors whether you're craving a German lager at the Huber Haus downstairs or an American craft brew at Crescent. Other than being outside of downtown, the Crescent Moon seems like it can't be matched by any place in Omaha. Although there was a pretty good crowd for the middle of the week, it's too bad we were there on a Wednesday night.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.45/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I finally got a chance to check out the Moon, after about two years of trying. This is easily the best beer bar in Omaha. Has a draught list that covers an entire sheet of paper on the front with a bottled beer selection filling the back side, both separated by region. Not only that, but it seems like they do a great job of maintaining all of their lines and keeping their stock as fresh as possible. I had a Sierra Nevada Celebration on tap on April 2nd (about a 1/4 year since my store sold out of it) and it still tasted as fresh as it did from the bottle shortly after its release.

To be honest, I didn't spend any time looking around the store, since we took the first booth to the right of the door with a large window facing out to Farnam Street and the historic Blackstone Hotel across the way. From what I could see, the store was decorated with an abundance of brewerania, such as neon signs, banners and posters, beer labels (including labels on the tables under a layer of polyurethane finish). Overall the place looked kind of busy (in a decoration sense of the word), unexpectedly, but it really made the atmosphere seem serious about their beer leaving all pretentiousness aside. Seems pretty "townie," though to be fair, I visited during noon on a Tuesday when only a few regulars were at the bar. I imagine it gets much more packed during the nights, especially if they are able to get through all of that stock without serving stale beer.

It is kind of interesting that this is actually three bars in one (with the best beer store in Omaha located next door to boot). The adjacent bar, Max & Joe's (if I remember correctly) is the Belgian themed bar, The Huber Haus downstairs is the German themed bar, while the Moon itself seems to have more of a focus on the American craft. When I visited, Max & Joe's was hosting a private party, so I was not able to check it out, and I didn't check out Huber Haus either. There will always be another time, and based on what I've seen at the Moon, I'm looking forward to both.

The place serves typical bar food. I had a great sourdough patty melt while my mother had the reuben, an homage to the original reuben sandwich first made across the street at the Blackstone. Nothing too inventive on the menu, but it is quite tasty nonetheless. Service is quite attentive.

While looking at the menu, I noticed they had a list of daily specials, for instance Tuesday night is Pint night when you order the "featured beer" you get to keep the glass. I think I also saw a day that offered free appetizers. The prices are very reasonable, and the specials only offer more incentive to return. I will definitely be back on my next visit home to Omaha.

Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

To do justice to this place, one should probably visit on multiple nights to see and experience everything. I spent my time at the bar on the main floor, but read (and could see) that there were multiple tap rooms in this place. No matter. What I did observe was plenty good enough.

The CM has a very nice vibe to it, with what looked to be between 30 and 40 tap handles. For out of towners like myself, they listed a number of local Nebraska beers, which was just what I was looking for. The also had a goodly selection of Boulevard beers (which were on special for $2.25 a pint) on tap, as well as a number of micros from around the country. There were something like 5 or 6 TV's overhead, all with various sports events on. The food looked pretty good and the salad I had was hearty and filling.

The service here was good enough, though I can't say I exactly got the impression the young lady serving me at the bar either knew much about beer, or cared much about it. Still, she obviously knew her stuff well enough, as there was no confusion when I ordered a glass of maudite they had just recently put on line.

There is no doubt that if I lived here the CM is a place I would soon make my home away from home. The impression I have is that they are constantly rotating in new stuff, as well as featuring monthly beer events. This place is just excellent.

Photo of woodychandler
4.58/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This was another corner location with the door right on the corner, so that everything seemed just a wee bit cockeyed. Oh right, that is just my perception kicking in. Whoops!

Entering through the vestibule, the (now former) non-smoking section was to the immediate right and consisted of all of three booths and two tables, plus a foosball table. A local law has since banned all smoking, hallelujah! Further on, still to the right, was the “U”-shaped, emerald Formica-topped bar. Each flank of the U housed a bank of approximately twenty (20) taps, for a total of approximately forty (40) taps and absolutely NO BMC products in sight. In Omaha. Nebraska. Get it? This is the state where I was told that the average consumer will send a beer back as being “bad” if he/she cannot read the Sunday paper through the liquid. This was a highly notable finding. Bditty187 informed me that the big account there is Boulevard, and is in fact, the largest Boulevard account outside of its home in Kansas City, Missouri.
Speaking of Boulevard, I really dug their annual Stout promotions, the posters for which were still on display during my visit. 2000: “Stout on a Limb.” 2001: “Stout of This World”. 2002: “Stout to Lunch”. 2003: “Stout Cold”. 2004: “You Make Me Wanna Stout (A Little Bit Stouter Now – in bottles)” and “Stout on the Town”. Ha! Hey, I’ll make the puns around here, thanks.

Continuing aft on the left-hand side was a display case of logo wear and above it, a display of old tap handles. Aft of the bar, in the center of the space, was the (then-smoking) restaurant section, with a bank of booths along the far right wall. All of the way aft, on the right, was the kitchen with the washrooms slightly to the left. Above the bar was a skylight and the whole place was festooned with Breweriana from Storz, Columbus All-American, and Falstaff. I bought a “Farewell to Falstaff” t-shirt out of that display case that I mentioned earlier. Regional breweries are dead/dying. Long live the regional breweries! They had a promotion going with New Belgium BC that if one drank all five or six NBBC beers that they had on-tap, one would be entered in a drawing for a beach cruiser bicycle that was hanging above the bar. I was really inspired by that bike, thinking about how if I won it, I might use it to bike across Iowa in the RAGBRAI, but they never called to say that I won. 8=( Oh well, at least I drank some great New Belgium beers. The entertainment consisted of, among other things, an ancient Ms. PacMan, a Golden Tee machine, and electronic darts. This was a great time and on a subsequent visit, the owner showed me around and gave me a beer coozie.

There were several references that came to mind during my visit to this establishment. The first was BeerTravel’s comment about his heartburn with places that bill themselves as “Ale Houses” and serve nothing but macro lagers. Not here! Then there was TheRealBeerFly’s quote about PA having small, firm taps while other states allow big, floppy taps. These were big, but they were still pretty firm. Finally, as an homage to IlikeBeer, the logo here was very evocative of the Lunacy label.

Photo of hoffman
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I finally did my duty as a BA in Omaha and stopped in at the Crecent Moon. The ambiance in this place is contagious...it has a clean small town feel, really nice to the point that after being there for under 30 minutes I did not want to leave, ever. The beers on tap are by far the best I have seen in Omaha, SN celebration and MOJO were my two choices for the night....but there were several other nice taps with about 30 to choose from. The service was very good, beers were poured well and served quickly. Nice stuff. I really enjoyed my short time spent here and the next time I stop in it will be an extended stay...I will also try the food.

Photo of naderator55
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The Crescent Moon. The best place in town for draft beer. I haven't tried any of the bottle selection, so I can't judge that. But when you sit down and order the beer menu you have a wide variety to choose from. Beers are all good you have all of your common fairs around here New Belgium's, Boulevard, Odells, but there are some that I've drank for the first time and have been pleasantly suprised. The service is good, ask the bartenders for a paticular type of beer and they'll will tell you what their best offerings is. The Huber Haus is a hell of a good time. If your ever down there with a group of friends give the boot a try. Good selection of German beers, but a lil pricey for my college wallet, so i do tend to shy away. Beer is always fresh up and down stairs. Parking does suck if it is busy. But definetely worth the visit.

Photo of Fugazme
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I've been going to the Crescent Moon for quite awhile... absolutely love the place. I took the holiday beer tour last year. A great amount of seasonal brews always. They also have pint nights on Tuesdays where you get to keep the glass of the featured beer with dollar re-fills. I love being able to try something new almost everytime I go there.
Added feature: Across the street from where the Reuben sandwich was invented (Blackstone Hotel), they have the best Reuben sandwich in Omaha. If a Reuben is on the menu, I'll try it... so far there's is the best in town.
Don't miss this place if you're in town!

Photo of mlomaw
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I made my first trip to the Crescent Moon Ale House this weekend, and let me tell you; this place lives up to its press!

First of all, the selection of beers on tap is fantastic! I was able to try five or six differing kinds of beer and was not able to even make a dent in the 20+ selection. Sierra Nevada Celebration, Sierra Nevada Porter, Thunderhead IPA, and the hard to find Hopalleluia were just some of the beers I enjoyed on this first trip. The bottle varieties looked very appealing, too, but the true treasure is in the numerous local breweries represented in the taps of the Crescent Moon.

There is also a very good ‘shot’ list for those who do not fashion the beer in the ways that the rest of us do. My roommate had a Woodchuck on tap, and then decided to make her way into the shots.

We only had one item from their menu, but as an appetizer it was quite good. The atmosphere of the place is comfy, if only a bit too smoky. The bar is prominent as you walk in with the taps readily visible. The whole place is just a big box, but the seating is not too crammed in together, and the whole place was very clean (even if a little dark).

I enjoyed excellent service (though on a Saturday afternoon, there was not much of a crowd for me to compete with).

One other item of note; yes the crowd here is mainly regulars, but I found them all engaging and friendly, and hope soon myself to become a regular. Any sort of beer snobbery is handled very tongue in cheek, and I would say everyone there enjoying their beers really had an appreciation for the jewel that the Crescent Moon truly is.

I was also very excited to learn that they are finishing up a major remodel in the basement; transforming the whole downstairs into a German Bier Haus. I am very much looking forward to returning to see the selection (I believe I was told 6-7 dedicated taps of German beers downstairs) and the atmosphere of the German styled area.

There is only one bar in town that is any sort of competition, but the numerous taps at the Crescent Moon make it the Omaha winner in my book!

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Crescent Moon in Omaha, NE
95 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.