Some folks enjoy drinking and socializing in a dirty, gritty dive, while others feel most comfortable in a loud kinetic sports bar, a well-known meat market or a fancy place with bartenders in vests and leather-bound seats.

But for social drinkers and eaters looking for something in between — a balanced mix of a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with high-quality food, booze and service — try Moe’s.

Moe’s Restaurant is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018. The restaurant sits north of the “hustle and bustle” of most Front Street establishments, and the surrounding scenery ain’t much to look at, unless you enjoy staring at cars you don’t own parked on dealer lots.

Nevertheless, Moe’s unassuming low-key storefront leads to a choice: Sit on the fine dining side of the restaurant filled with nice tables with linen tablecloths, or the tavern side, which also sports some fine linens plus a pretty cool bar.

The bar area (which we are frankly more interested in) is cozy but not cramped, and doesn’t have that pre-fab “standard contemporary restaurant design 101” look or feel. If you don’t feel like sitting on a stool, there is a wall of booths opposite the bar and a few larger tables in the back of the room suitable for small groups.

After dark, they keep the lights comfortably low, and the music on the night I visited was bumping old school R&B from the ’70s and ’80s. Moe’s is definitely the only place I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy a few drinks in a bar with cloth napkins while grooving to the smooth Philly Soul sound of the late Teddy Pendergrass’ Close The Door, the thumping P-Funk of Bootsy Collins’ Stretchin’ Out (in a Rubber Band) and Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s A Real Mother For Ya.

As for what you can eat and drink while doing the Hustle in your stool or seat, as with most restaurants these days, Moe’s has a fancy cocktail menu that includes a slew of martini variations for $10 a pop, and a nice array of small batch bourbons and single-malt scotches, to go with a varied and well-stocked beer cooler and surprisingly large wine list.

The food on the menu isn’t cheap, but it’s damn good. Moe’s switches out its main entrees monthly and April kicked butt (sorry you missed it). Most entrees are around $25-$30, and included pan-seared duck on lemon and goat cheese risotto, a big sexy hunk of salmon on top of mozzarella and parmesan risotto, walnut and bleu cheese ravioli with a cream sauce and asparagus for the grazers, and for me a plate of perfectly pan-seared scallops along with a few tasty potstickers stuffed with veal and more scallops, all on jasmine rice.

Brian Nichols of Stow and Matt Gorday of Munroe Falls have been regular customers at Moe’s for more than a decade.

“These drinks,” Nichols said pointing at his espresso martini, “and this bar staff is definitely a 10.”

He added, “They are friendly and they talk a lot; they’re just good people.” He’s even gotten to know a few of the staff outside of the restaurant.

“The first time I came here he told me about it, and their food is awesome. I’ve never had a bad meal here,” Gorday said, picking the chicken wrap as his favorite.

Happy hour is from 3 to 6 p.m. and there are dinnertime specials throughout the week, such as retail wine Mondays, $6 burgers and house-made chips on Wednesdays, and $1 shrimp cocktail on Thursdays.

Moe’s Restaurant has found a good balance between casual drinking and fine dining, and folks who don’t mind spending a bit more for good, fresh food and healthy portions should add it to their list of hot spots.

It’s definitely added to mine.

Malcolm X Abram can be reached at mabram@thebeaconjournal.com or 330-996-3758. Follow him on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/1lNgxml or on Twitter @malcolmabramABJ.