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Taps: 42 / Bottles: 120
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1621 Oak Lawn Ave
phone: (214) 628-7900
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vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$$
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
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
So much wonderful beer! I have been here on numerous occasions and have always had a great experience. The beer samplers are a great concept and help you really discover the drink you want. I will make this place my local very soon. The food is delicious too!!
02-20-2013 01:07:04 |
More by SiCoBoy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
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
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Meddlesome moth (Mother of a Tap House) was a phenomenal experience. I was visiting Dallas for one week and went twice, wishing I would have gone more instead of wasting time at other establishments. Upon the first visit, I was struck by the atmosphere and bar service. The bar is clean, crisp, and fresh appearing. One of the best looking bars I have ever experienced. All beers are written with chalk above the unlabeled taps, leaving the gaudy tap handles elsewhere. The great thing about this is it clearly shows they are constantly changing their taps and often obtaining hard to find brews. The staff is incredibly knowledgable about their brews and you won't find miller, Budweiser, etc on tap although there are over 40 taps.
On my second visit I found myself sitting next to a pleasant, friendly man, Keith, a co-owner of the bar. While he was there enjoying the evening with his wife, he spent a significant amount of time discussing the background of the bar and the details behind it. It was obvious they pay attention to detail, thoroughly cleaning the lines during handle changes, selection of beers, etc. Throughout my visits I spent the majority of the time drinking Petrus pale, boulevard saison Brett 2012 ( on tap ), and lagunitas investigation shut down ale; however, Keith and I did share a bottle of The Brux (Sierra Nevada and Russian river combo Brett beer).
Overall, this is a great place if you enjoy microbrews and hard to find rare beers. This is not a place to go if you are looking to get "wasted" and loud. I did not try the food, other than the farmers board of cheeses and meats, and look forward to the next time I'm in Dallas to have dinner there!
This is not your typical beer bar and is actually an upscale, classy, yet unpretentious, bar. Highly recommend!
08-09-2012 23:06:18 |
More by Iparedman
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
This is a bar that hordes their best beers in the back for employees and special occasions that one must be invited to. I highly recommend going to the Common Table which is only a couple miles from the Moth. Their beer selection is just as good, but they actually let you purchase their rare-find beers. One more thing, one of the mangers at the Moth (Tim) is quick to jump on people having fun there if you're too loud or too rowdy. However, the management at the Common Table will hang out with you and get to know your name. They treat you like you're welcome there.
03-16-2012 23:04:45 |
More by ShaneMullen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I've been here only once before, and with DFH 120 on tap, it was high time I paid a second visit. Parking is "free" valet (which you obviously would tip, so not free), which I personally can't stand at all, but since it's hip/upscale, I understand. BF & I elected to instead use the plain ol' street parking just a little ways down. I expect there might not be as much of that convenience at a busier time, though, so keep that in mind.
The overall atmosphere/vibe is a great. Slightly upscale and trendy, but still quirky (loved the music) and not snobby. We were both wearing jeans and didn't feel uncomfortable, but it was for an early dinner rather than a night out, so just keep that in mind. Since it was early in the evening, bf and I got a huge comfy booth to ourselves. The clientele appeared to be foodies or beer nerds also wanting that "only served on tap in Texas" DFH 120.
Service was good but nothing extraordinary. Waitress wasn't able to answer a question about an ingredient on the menu, but she was more than happy to run back to the kitchen to check for us. I've had better luck at the bar the last time I was there - those people seem to know their stuff, which is great for a place like this.
Selection is lots and lots of beer. The bottle list is generally what you can get at your craft beer bottle shop (and with the markup, wasn't that interested); however, their taps are great. Love the chalkboard - after all, that tap list is always changing. They do rare/special tappings frequently and post about them on social media (Facebook/Twitter), so it's very helpful if you've got your eye out for something specific and special. The taps are reasonably priced for what you're getting (my DFH 120 was $6 for the glass - again, remember, this is a nice place). No crap beer at this place.
The food is well...I felt like I was eating from menus from Top Chef. It is upscale, no doubt about it. I liked the small plates for sharing, definitely helpful for big groups. The food is in the "a bit pricey" (a bit, not overly) area for what you get. It's fancy food, but the menu is overly complicated in my opinion if I can find several words and wonder "What the hell is that?" It's for foodies, and I'm not that. But the quality was great, I'll give them that. Got my bf to try tofu for crying out loud!
Overall, if you're in Dallas and you like beer, you should try this. However, not really going to be a regular hangout for me, since I don't live in the neighborhood. I'd consider it a special treat type of place.
01-02-2012 08:08:11 |
More by fragilehearted
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Fascinating little spot this is. There is a neat sculpture overhead as you walk in and while small and cozy, the atmosphere is big in here. I love the stained glass windows with pop icons painted in. Creates a wonderful ambiance from the colored light coming in.
Sat at the bar and had a nice chat with the bar maiden. We lucked out coming in on a weekend of an event and getting to taste some rare tappings.
Price is on par with other trendy craft pubs and the food menu is amazing. Food is certainly not your average bar fare and the price reflects that. They have a very nice balance with the rotators vs. staple offerings. Will definitely come back in next time I was in town.
Recommended to us by everyone in Dallas within the craft scene.
11-30-2011 17:30:02 |
More by LadyOfMuchBeer
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Visited the Moth for the first time this weekend. It was recommended to us by almost every other place we hit in Dallas. It was relatively easy to find although there was a little construction near it. The free parking lot was a short walk away, would be nice to park close without valet but its nice joint so its understandable.
Walking in we felt a bit underdressed. For a bar/lounge place it was very upscale and trendy. We almost got a table but since we were only interested in the beer we sat at the bar. Very comfy stools btw. The 40 taps or so they had were all nicely arranged with chalk board above to write whatever was on that tap, guess they change them often enough.
We got there during a cellar fest, so they had afew rare and cellared beers either on tap or bottled. I had the Mikkeller Black Hole (red wine), which was really awesome. The beer selection in general was impressive, rivaling that of the Flying Saucer.
All in all i liked the place, but it was a bit pricey and we didnt even eat. Couldnt go there as often id go to the Saucer just for that reason. But for special occasions it would fit just fine.
11-29-2011 02:52:09 |
More by shoky01
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Atmosphere: A nice upscale place, low light, able to have a conversation, crowd seems a bit yuppy Dallasite, not a hippy hangout by any means.
Service: Friendly, professional, but a little lacking in beer knowledge. I've been twice and both times the servers didn't really know much about beer, once bringing me the wrong beer.
Selection: A good, but not great selection. Maybe I've become a little jaded, but I expected to see some more local representation. They did have some Live Oak Hefe, which is always nice.
Food: This is where they shine. Bacon Lollipops were decedent.
Value: Pricey, but worth it. Small plates mean you can get out with a reasonable bill.
Overall: I try to visit whenever in town.
11-25-2011 02:02:28 |
More by HardTarget
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
visited on a Saturday afternoon. A little surprised that they had valet parking going on with the self parking a block away. Great selection of taps with lots of local Texas and other crafts with not a Miller lite in sight. They were in their afternoon to dinner transition and the bar staff situation was very confusing with four different bartenders waiting on us over the course of a few hours, often two (or sometimes none) at the same time. But all-in-all the service was pretty good with very knowledgeable bartenders. Really liked the easy to read chalk boards over the taps - would like to see that elsewhere in the DFW area. A little uneasy on the vibe - it's a beer bar trying to be an upscalish restaurant. Bar area was attracting beer-nerd types with the restaurant (which is open to the bar) attracting a very different cliental. Didn't try the food but it looked interesting. Overall a very enjoyable beer venue.
08-28-2011 22:10:30 |
More by coldriver
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Meddlesome Moth in Dallas, TX