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The Moan and DoveThe Moan and Dove

Type: Bar, Eatery

460 West St
Amherst, Massachusetts, 01002-2988
United States

(413) 256-1710 | map

Voted the #1 Place to Have a Beer in 2006 - by BeerAdvocate.com reviewers.

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Reviews by mikeys01:
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4.94/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Drove up to the Moan and Dove today as part of the day's adventure through the Northampton/Amherst area. The Moan and Dove is a bit out of the way, located a few miles south of Amherst center, out in the country a bit, it's easy to miss and indeed we did the first time by. From the outside, looks like a respectable pub, not flashy, nice trim, looks cozy. Step inside and it's exactly what I want and hope to see in a good drinking establishment. Subltle lighting, simple decor, peanuts by the barrel for snacking, and lots of taps pouring amazing beers. Nice large bar with plenty of barstools, plenty of room to socialize and enjoy your beer.
We happened in for the tail end of the Moan's Big Beer Fest, meaning they had 14 draft beers over 8% - and what an incredible selection. We sampled such wonders as DFH Old School Barley wine, Arrogant Bastard, DFH 90 min IPA, etc. Would have had lots more if we didn't have to drive back to CT! The bartender was friendly and very knowlegeable, and good music was playing the entire time. This is a great place to relax, talk, have a few or many beers, and enjoy the best that beer has to offer. Certainly the best beer bar I've been to in the area, I will be back!

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Photo of zotzot
3.59/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 1

Defiantly not a hipster bar
More a local dive
Good beer selection

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4.35/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of betterthanyourbeer
3.58/5  rDev -22%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3

By far the best place in Amherst, but thats only among 3 other bars. fairly dry place considering UMASS is there. in the bigger picture, considering all the outstanding small brewers around that area, their draft selection is weak. they seem to have the same names over and over. there is only so much tow roads and victory beers to drink. i feel like its the owner that just keeps cycling through the same high profit margin beers over and over. once in a while they'll add a keg of something local and good.... personally, id rather go get some good beer and drink at home.

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3.07/5  rDev -33.1%
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 -8.1%
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 -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.68/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

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4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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4.81/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

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5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of SpicyGose
3.85/5  rDev -16.1%
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 +8.9%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of markdrinksbeer
4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
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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The Moan and Dove in Amherst, MA
4.59 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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