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Ale Mary's

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15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: n/a
Taps: 4
Bottles: 15
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1939 Fleet St
Baltimore, Maryland, 21231-3024
United States
phone: (410) 276-2044

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Place added by: Dithyramb on 04-04-2005

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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 11
Photo of lackenhauser
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Popped in here for a beer or two before I had to go meet my wife. Quiet, lunchtime on a gorgeous April Thursday. Practically empty. Floor to ceiling windows open to the street. Nice, fair sized bar area opening into a slightly more formal restaurant area. Very "pub like" overall.

Not a huge number of beers on tap. Cetainly no Max's. They had Brewers Art Resurrection, Delerium Tremens, Mary's Pale Ale, Guinness and 2 others that escape me. Service was quick and attentive. When asked if I needed a menu and told him I was heading to meet my wife he told me where the breathmints by the door were "just in case".

Did not try the food and forgot to look at the menu. From the signs and t shirts for sale I would say that tater tots must be popular. They had 3 or 4 lunch specials listed on a sandwich board at decent prices.

Off the beaten track. Spotless and comforting. I would like to try again and stay longer. DO NOT miss the sausage store 1/2 block north. Thats how I ended up here to begin with.

Just an update in FEB 09. Stopped in on a Saturday at 230pm. Decent crowd but not crowded. Girl behind the bar was working the tables as well. Nice, easy going pace. Had 2 orders of the tots. Great vibe, friendly folks, and a nice atmosphere in general. Oh boy to live around the corner.

Photo of jjboesen
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Needing respite following several glorious hours at Max's 72 Hours of Belgium, I walked a few blocks up Fleet to this homey establishment that combines the ambience of a local tavern with a delicious, but affordable, dining experience.

Ale Mary's is small: a single space that provides a moderate size bar upon entry and an intimate dining room in the rear, all of it being overlooked by an open kitchen.

The owners run this place with care in terms of food (my blackened catfish po'boy made this po' boy feel good) and beer selection - even after several hours of imbibing Belgians I still had room for a pint of Clipper City Abbey-Style on tap.

While Ale Mary's will never compete with the aforentioned Max's, it is still a worthy adversary to charm the empty stomachs and parched throats of any Beer Advocate.

Photo of ManofWax
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Ale Mary's is a great bar to check out for dinner thanks to the solid food and reasonable prices. Beware the crab soup, however. It is simply too thin, not a good example of Baltimore crab. That being said, the Chicken Chesapeake is quite edible, as is most everything else. Selection skews toward Belgian and Belgian style beers with some craft brew basics. Nothing too fancy and rotation is rare. The house ale is middling at best. Service is friendly and the crowd is unpretentious. I generally don't make it here as often as other bars in Baltimore, but it's worth a visit when I'm looking for a change of pace.

Photo of Umbra
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere: Explained pretty well by Dithy. They've since added some tables outside for the warmer weather. Bar can get smokey, but that'll be illegal here in B-more in a few months...

Quality/Selection--Have stepped up the last few months with really creative and rare brews on tap. Time before last allowed for a Rodenbach and a seasonal one-off, this last time was for Caracole. The only other place with that Belgian locally was Max's, and they have hundreds of taps, instead of 6-8. Only locals, micros, and quality brews on tap. Macros in bottles for those that need it. Fine selection of national micros and Belgians in bottle form at fair pricing.

Staff: Owners really know their stuff and it shows.

Food: Great, interesting pub grub with some twists. Reuben dip, cheese covered tots, and Krispy Kreme bread pudding will soak up the brews and ruin your diet at the same time. Gumbo recently beat out everyone else in Fells for an award.

Incidentals: Proper glassware for each brew (Brewer's Art and Belgian came in brewery glassware, nice touch). Offers samples, has beer events, and has good info explained in their up to date menu.

Photo of joedon
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I was a bit cranky with high expectations when I visited this place. It took a seemingly long time for the waitstaff to pay me any attention. Also, out of 18 customers in the pub, I was the only person not smoking!

Notwithstanding the above, I thought the atmosphere and service were pretty good. Very nice English old pub decoration with a elegant old walnut bar and lots of old-looking decorations in the dining area.

Very good beer list with about 8-10 craft brews on tap. (no macros on tap) Good selection of Belgians and other European beers in bottles. Also the local macros and BMC in bottles.

As I mentioned earlier, service started out spotty then improved greatly. The very hot waitress was making up for previous failures by offering my free samples and discussing the tap beers and their reputations.

I drank four tap beers: Resurrection Ale [Brewer's Art in B-more], Ale Mary [made for this pub locally], Holy Otter [also custom brewed] and Old Ruffian; a monster Barley Wine from Colorado. All were excellent. I could barely see straight after the last two but fortunately, I was walking/taking light rail back to my local residence.

For food, I had the crab cake sandwich which was outstanding. Also available was a Sunday brunch selection of mostly brunchy items as well as snack-appetizer choices.

The prices were quite reasonable; $5.00 for a full pint of barley-wine, etc.

I had intended to vist Max's after Ale Mary's but my thirst had been fully quenched so I will save that for my next Baltimore stop.

I would very much recommend this establishment. Despite the slow start, my visit here turned out to be very satisfying.

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