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The Moan and Dove

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The Moan and DoveThe Moan and Dove
BA SCORE
100
world-class

91 Reviews
Reviews: 91
Visits: 111
rAvg: 4.58
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: 111
Reviews by slander:
Photo of slander
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Davo was talking about taking this in on the way home from the AOBF and I thought he was kidding because I know the layout of New England and understand that this is at the other damn end of the state of Massachussetts and would put us hours out of the way, but that Davo,... once he gets something into his head, you just can't tell him "boo", so...
Rolled in on a Sunday afternoon during graduation weekend at some of the "finger schools". The place is dank and dark, with an L shaped bar to the left and at least a dozen or so tables throughout otherwise. It was kind of hard to tell what the layout was about as they had a graduation party for 3 primadonna's with their large families group taking up a good portion of the bar, tables thrown together to hold them, others covered with fruit and cheese spreads. Anyway, we scored some space at the end of the bar and held up there. Tap selection? The Cantillion Lou Pepe Kriek headlined a blackboard list of a dozen and a half + great tap selections. Regional micros and great imports, not a clunker in the lot and they've got a bottled list that runs 150 + easy, broken out by style type. The list itself is printed on a heavy cardstock and is like a 13" X 20" or I would've folded one up and lifted it. Some of the higher end bottled stuff was ridiculously pricey but, hey, you've got to pay to play. They had the most extensive bottled Cantillion selection that I have ever seen in either a bar or beer store.
They don't do food here, but they've got a big barrel of peanuts at the door for you to gnaw on. The decor is dark wood with a TV here and there. Crowd is going to be the college kids from the neighboring schools who know better than Bud bars, and beer folks from far and wide who travel for the good stuff.
It did put us hours out of the way but it was well worth it. (1,838 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.22/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

great selection no doubt, but a bit dingey and too swankey. (59 characters)

Photo of slasich
4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of SABERG
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DanG3
4.81/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Cfearey
5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of SpicyGose
3.85/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of magnificent70s
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of josephmullett
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of rockrob
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of markdrinksbeer
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (477 characters)

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of mcintire78
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of JShattuck
5/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (1,236 characters)

Photo of alee42
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have visited the Moan and Dove a few times now with my friends. I like it so much I think this place will become a regular hangout spot whenever I'm in town. It's in a nice location and not too far from the neighboring universities. It's a little dark inside, about 12-13 bar stools and tall tables in the middle. Bench tables are on the side for sitting. You might just catch the big barrel of peanuts on the right side when you walk in. You can pile 'em into a bowl and snack on with your beer.

The they feature their beers on-tap on a blackboard above the bar. Only about 20 beers, they do have a rather large bottle menu - I haven't tried anything of it yet. The staff is friendly, and they do ask for IDs if guy at the door isn't there to do so. Arguably the best bar for the beer and the fun in the Amherst area. (821 characters)

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