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The Moan and Dove

Not Rated.
The Moan and DoveThe Moan and Dove

91 Reviews
Reviews: 91
Visits: 112
Avg: 4.57
pDev: n/a
Taps: 23
Bottles: 175
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

460 West St
Amherst, Massachusetts, 01002-2988
United States
phone: (413) 256-1710

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Reviews: 91 | Visits: 112
Reviews by Ruds:
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2.46/5  rDev -46.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

I did deliberate as to write this review (or non review as it happens) but decided to in the event that anyone else from England decided to pop by without a passport !!!

We called by on a Saturday night around 8pm and the place was deserted (hence my low atmosphere rating)

I went to the bar to order with my friend and was ID'd.

For the first time ever on a trip to the states I didnt have my passport on me (ok - my mistake I realise ... ), but did have my UK picture driving licence which clearly displays my date of birth.

Now lets put things in perspective, I'm in my mid 30's and look mid 30's!

The girl behind the bar refused to accept my UK pitcure driving licence as valid ID (It's a plastic card with hologram etc and actually looks a lot more secure and un-fakable than my friends MASS state driving licence)

I asked her straight out, do i not look 30+?

yes she replied you do, but its company policy to ask everyone for ID.
Ok - I get that 'jobsworth hat etc', however I had visited the sister pub, the Dirty Truth the previous evening and was NOT asked for ID !!!

No surprise there were only 3 or 4 other people in there !!!

Wasted 20 minutes of our time seeking this bar out and headed straight back to the people's pint!

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Photo of Ppeterson1981
3.07/5  rDev -32.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.75

Heard about this place from friends with nice beer selection but nothing I haven't had before. I'll comeback to see what's on next time.

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4.22/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

great selection no doubt, but a bit dingey and too swankey.

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4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

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4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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4.81/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

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5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.85/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Went here a few days ago. Great little bar that doesn't serve food but you can bring in your own. Great for picky eaters. Great tap list of rare imports and craft beers. Big bottle list that you can conquer over a few years. It's a nice place to bring a friend for drinks.

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -7%

Photo of markdrinksbeer
4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Dark atmosphere, but welcoming and comfortable, especially if you go in the Fall or Winter.
Eclectic choice of music is most often playing, but rarely ever too loud to hear each other talking at your table.

No food, but peanuts are free.

The beer selection is impressive, and the beer tenders have always been very helpful and knowledgeable.

Not a place to sit down and drink a Beer Light to "watch the game". It is a place to sit with friends, and enjoy some amazing beer.

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of JShattuck
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The moan and dove is by far my favorite bar. I have yet to find a bar that compares to the moan and dove. (Dirty Truth and Lord Hobo are not quite as good).

Beer- Great selection on tap that rotates between standard styles Pale Ales, IPA, Stouts, Porters, , Pilsners, different Belgian styles, along with some rare styles of beer. Some standard beers are always on tap like Guinness, at least three IPAs, etc. Every Wednesday they have a different beer on Cask. They also have a lot of bottles to choose from ranging from $2 to $60.
Mug club if you drink the entire bottle list over a year.

Food- No food. Peanuts for free at the door. You are welcome to bring in pizza or subs from Sibies (best pizza and subs in Amherst), chinese next door, and Latinos around the corner for South American food. There is also a Hess next door for snacks.

Great vibe and great music played by the bar tenders. There is always a dog or two hanging out or sleeping on the floor. All of the bar tenders will take the time to talk to you and help you find the right beer. Tastings and half sizes for half price are available.

The majority of the crowd is friendly and regulars. I have been searching, but no bar beats or compares to The Moan and Dove.

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The Moan and Dove in Amherst, MA
100 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.