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Max's Taphouse

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

170 Reviews
Reviews: 170
Visits: 260
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: n/a
Taps: 145
Bottles: 1,200
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

737 S Broadway
Baltimore, Maryland, 21231-3407
United States
phone: (888) 675-6297

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @maxstaphouse

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Reviews: 170 | Visits: 260
Photo of BeanWolf
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 1.25

Best beer bar in Baltimore by miles, second best in the whole metro area after ChurchKey. All 100+ taps are available as 4oz samples, love this, and the 800+ bottles are available to go.. many at reasonable prices (maybe 10% over retail?). I landed a few small whales/walruses here. The tap list is loaded with unusal and hard to find offerings. My only complaint is the food is absolute dog food, the only edible thing on the menu is the guacamole (actually it is excellent) but for 10 bucks you get a tiny portion. But, who cares....drink 2 flights, walk to Taqueria Sinola eat 3 tacos, back to Max's for another flight, go to Pitango for a macchiato, go for a walk and grab dinner to sober up. (697 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Thank goodness for the complimentary Charm City Circulator! It doesn't look far from the Inner Harbor on a map, but after walking around Baltimore all day, any way to cut out walking was a bonus. We were dropped off a few blocks west, walking eastwards, and we pop upon a neighborhood with a Bohemian flavor. Lots of bars around, and easy to identify at the corner was Max's Taphouse. A quick ID check at the door soon led me to a haven of different beer.

Max's Taphouse feels like it belongs in this neighborhood. Lots of people inside this relatively large taphouse, a long bar with a high number of taps and bottles scattered throughout. Paper beer menus were scattered around the place, and eventually I found one. The draft menu lists the beer name, style, and alcohol percentage (but no price!). You have to really push yourself between patrons at the bar to grab a drink, but luckily finding a bartender is easy to come.

Too many different containers of beer to account for, well over 100 taps (albeit over different 70 tap beers per their beer menu), plus 4 casks! In my experience, only Brussels' Delirium Cafe can beat Max's in terms of numbers. But despite the high numbers, there are many interesting and high quality options to be found. Not only the options, but different pieces of glassware utilized, proper temperature, and untainted taplines show that Max's cares for their beers. As for names, I stumbled upon beers from D'Achouffe, Against the Grain, DuClaw, Amargar, Allagash, Green Bench, Laughing Dog, Mikkeller, Union, Stillwater, Thornbridge, and a lot more.

For options galore, Max's Taphouse is an absolute must see! I would have loved to stay for more than two beers, but I wasn't going to bore my non-beer drinking brother who was with me. (1,774 characters)

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.73/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

In Baltimore, it's Maxs... Then everywhere else. Without a doubt the largest craft beer selection. As others have said, the food is okay. But if you're looking for the largest selection of beer around, Maxs is your place. (221 characters)

Photo of Big_V
4.95/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

V- cool atmosphere. Pub style where you kinda seat yourself.
Q- this is a MUST to visit for beer advocates like myself.
S- excellent service, our bartender knew his stuff and some great recommendations for us. He gave us 2 free bombers upon leaving.
S- over 100 tap selections and great bottles, many not able to get without trading. I was able to get Jester King and Grimm.
F- typical bar food but it was unique and excellent. Suggest the drunken wings marinaded in Guiness stout. The wifey had the mussels which were excellent. (530 characters)

Photo of PuppyClawz
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Max's has without a doubt the best selection in the city. Typicall bar food, nothing spectacular but not bad either. Make sure you stop here if you are in Baltimore. (165 characters)

Photo of ConradKenney
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

When it comes to beer selection and quality, you really can't beat this place in Baltimore. A boatload of different beers on tap, and a huge bottle list. Only knock on this place is that because it's so good, it is always packed and some times hard to get the attention of the bartenders. Food is pretty slammin' too, though there are better places in Baltimore for food obviously. (384 characters)

Photo of Clint_Yoho
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

The beer selection is awesome. The fests they have especially Belgian Beerfest are awesome. The bartenders are awesome. I just wish the food was awesome. It is your standard barfare. (186 characters)

Photo of HankFinkel
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I live in the Pittsburgh area so this is not a regular stop for me. This was my second visit to Max's. Went last year (2014) for the Belgian Beer Festival and enjoyed it so much made a return visit for the 2015 Festival. Found the entire staff to be extremely friendly, especially notable considering the huge crowds they bring in for the festival. Really enjoy the atmosphere, located in a great area (Fell's Point). Can't wait for next year's event though I would really like to come back when the crowds are not as massive. Definitely worth the trip. (559 characters)

Photo of Antoine
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Great atmosphere to have a drink and watch a game. Plenty of space which is rare for pub in Fells Point. You feel a real sense of community and belonging. (155 characters)

Photo of Klebe
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

The exceptional level of beer served up cannot be denied, will not be denied. The service on the other hand does range from on point to conjuring up the scene from the Seinfeld episode "Soup Nazi". Depending on the bartender/server, just know what you want and ask no questions. Sure, you could blame this on how ridiculously busy they can get, seeing as they are in the heart of Fell's Point and are pouring the best beers town. The reality is however, after numerous visits with different groups, we still have had questionable service at times and it just is what it is. Would I go back? You betcha. (608 characters)

Photo of daryk77
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Amazing selection of beers, best place in MD imo. If possible be sure to attend the legendary Belgian beer weekend in February, one of the greatest events in the DMV area. Constantly changing beer list, never know what you may find. (232 characters)

Photo of shivtim
3.89/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5

A great stop in Baltimore.
It's a dark space, kind of dive-bar-ish, lots of beer crap on the wall. Nice long bar.

The beer selection is huge and has quite a large variety. My one complaint is the huge lack of local beers. There were only 3 Maryland beers on the list, plus one from DC. There appeared to be some sort of Sierra Nevada tap takeover. I'm sure the list changes a lot, but the current list was a bit disappointing for an out of towner.

Service was OK. The bartender seemed disinterested, and gave the wrong beers to each person. He kept checking his cell phone. (575 characters)

Photo of dpc
4.51/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

My favorite bar always changing beer selection. a must hit in Baltimore it can get a bit busy and hard to get a beer, but they always have a tap beer list which is of great help. Also don't forget to move around to the 2 floors and the other tap rooms every one has different beers on tap. (289 characters)

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This bar rules. There's about 100 taps, hundreds of bottles, lots of beers I've never seen or heard of before. Many many high quality brews. They also have adjunct lagers for the less adventurous presumably mostly college crowd.

Our bartender was super knowledgeable about beer. We talked to him for a while about the different beers we've tried. He had us split two rare beers we'd never heard of for free. He brought us water without us asking to cleanse our pallets. I ordered the new Game of Thones beer, Blood and Fire and said it wasn't very good. He also agreed with me that only the first GOT beer was any good and these beers only sell because they're A. Ommegang and B. Game of Thrones. It's not often you get to speak with such a knowledgeable craft beer connoisseur as bartender. He even apologized for the price of one of our beers. I wish people in New York would feel bad about charging $7.75 for a fantastic imported IPA. We conversed with another guy we met at the bar and even he hooked us up with some sour stout that was absolutely delicious.

If you're looking for quality craft beer choices in Baltimore look no further. This place can't be topped. This is one of the best bar's/bar experiences I've had, period. (1,236 characters)

Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This taphouse has a selection like I've never seen before. I've only had the opportunity to visit a few taphouses in my life, and the selection here is second to none. Just the other day, they had goose island bourbon county and succaba on tap, in the middle of July. At all times, there are over 100 beers on tap. The bottle selection is so extensive, that they can't fit it all on one menu. They also have events every once in a while where they sell/tap rare beers that are very difficult to find. The atmosphere can suck sometimes because it's in the middle of fells point, and drunken a**holes tend to walk in and gather on occasion. I've had the reluctant opportunity to almost brawl with someone there because i was quote "rubbing up on his crotch" even though he was so drunk, he couldn't talk straight or stand straight. Anyways, other than the annoying drunks, the service is reputable and the staff is very knowledgeable. Prices are a bit on the steep side, but that comes with the amazing selection. (1,011 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Visited on a Wednesday for lunch. Sat at the bar. It was slow so great service. Was able to talk with all the bartenders and mangers et. al. Good insight to bar and beer business.

Vibe – Looks, feels and smells like a BEER bar. Definitely not pretentious. A Baltimore feel. Working class. Based on some discussions with the staff sounds like it gets quite crazy some nights. Rest rooms need some work for those who might be a little picky. Probably not a place to take your kids unless it’s off hours. 4.5

Quality – They clean all taps at the same time every two weeks. Say no more. 4.5

Service – Food was delivered quickly. Bartender was attentive and friendly. Knowledgeable and ready to give a recommendation (I asked about which of the Flying Dog cask options I should choose for my last beer.) 4.0

Selection – 60+ taps. An excellent selection. Something for everyone. Terrapin wake n bake barrel aged on tap. Also had a Flying Dog Doggie Style dry hopped citra cask. A couple hundred bottles in coolers. - 4.75

Food – Good bar food. Not sure I need any more than that. Had the Black n Blue burger. Nicely cooked. Moist. Tasty. Good fries. 4.25

Price – $$ - Good prices. Lots of happy hours and specials - 4.5 (1,233 characters)

Photo of SCbrewpubfan
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Had lunch here about a month back on a Friday around 11am. We were taking in an O's game around 1:30, so we had some time to spare.
Took a couple of rounds for the bartender to warm up to us, but he eventually started really recommending good stuff. Can't remember the guys name, but he said he is usually a manager and just filling in today at the bar.
We ordered around 20 small pours in addition to lunch. The draft selection was top notch. Got to try a lot of stuff that I've never had before, and I get the impression that selection changes often. Lunch was decent, but certainly nothing to write home about. I had the salmon wrap which was fairly tasty.
The place was absolutely dead when we arrived, and there were only a few other parties at the bar when we left. I'd go back to this place in a heartbeat. Wish I could have made their rare bottle sale. (863 characters)

Photo of Jono0284
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.25

Max's is a craft beer lovers dream. The selection is unparalleled in MD and could go head to head with anyone in the county. The staff is friendly and knowledgable and quick to offer help in your selection. The prices I have always found to be fair and even during beer events any beer can be served in a sample size.

This really needs to be a destination if you want to drink good beer and have a nice time. The food is ok (its bar food) but there are some gems on the menu like the Drunken Monkey Wings. (507 characters)

Photo of ricknelson
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Max's Taphouse is by far the absolute best pub that I have ever been to, so far. Did a three day trip that included going to DogFishead brewery, DC and Baltimore. At Max's my brother and I met the owner who took us upstairs and showed us his bottle collection. He said he was trying to set the Guinness record for having the most number of beers in stock. Think he said he had over 2,000.
Took the Water Taxi to Fells Point and received a coupon good for a free beer at Max's just for taking the Water Taxi. Great deal.
While in Baltimore we went north of the city about 20 miles to Andy Nelson's BBQ to meet Andy Nelson who shares the same name as our father. This Andy played football for the Colts with Johnny Unitas and for the Giants with Y.A. Tittle. What a super great guy. Gave signed photos of him with the Colts, and free T-Shirts. I gave him a quart of Vermont maple syrup.
Max's is a must see for any true BA'er (923 characters)

Photo of ZagZagg
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Atmosphere: This place is rustic and filled with more beer paraphernalia than you can imagine. Signs, mirrors, quotes, tap handles, pictures, and displays. Just shy of cluttered, but brings a beer-orientated ambiance.

The layout is a high point with several different bars inside. The main bar when you walk in is the largest and probably the most generic. Plenty of light plays on the wooden interior. Towards the back of the downstairs theirs an area I’ll refer to as a ‘nook’, much more private with a much smaller bar. This area is low light and quite intimate. The upstairs houses yet another bar, but is split into two deck areas. The floor plan is slightly more open and seems more European than the main bar.

Atmosphere overall reminds me of Delirium Café in Brussels

Service: Bartenders seemed flustered, but that is to be expected during the festival. The ordering strategy was 3-4 oz samples ordered with flight cards. From what I could gather, everyone seemed friendly as they could be and knowledgeable as well.

Selection: My experience was during the Belgian Beer Festival. The quality was impeccable. The amount of beers on tap including the bottle selection was unbelievable. This is Max’s strong suit.

Value: The flight style samples were all $3.50 regardless of the beer, which afforded the ability to taste a lot of world-class beers. Overall, this place is at the pinnacle of the beer drinking experience. If you find yourself anywhere even remotely close, stop by. (1,503 characters)

Photo of Runofthemiller
3.6/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Great beer list, however The bartenders are the worst bartenders I've ever encountered. Rude Disgusting. Obnoxious. Conceited.

Great beer selection. Fun crowd. Great location. Avoid the bald bartender with glasses. He is rude and obnoxious and gives this place a bad name.

I will not return until they show that they value their customers. There are plenty of other great places in Baltimore to get beer, like Heavy seas.

Avoid this depressing place because the wait staff will make you angry. (500 characters)

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Was in Maryland for the Syracuse-Maryland football game a few weeks back, and Max's was at the top of my list in terms of drink stops. It did not disappoint.

Beyond the fantastic tap list (over 100 beers, ranging from local brews like DuClaw to tons of others from around the country), they also have a stunning bottle list of well over 1,000. Too much to really begin to wrap your head around in one night, though I did try.

Was there on a Friday night, so admittedly, atmosphere got a bit packed and busy, but it didn't take away from the ambiance. Bar tenders are incredibly attentive and knowledgeable, and are more than happy to make a recommendation.

Only mild drawback might have been the simply "standard" pub fare, but don't let that detract from an otherwise amazing beer experience. (796 characters)

Photo of dexterk1
4.42/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I would like to start by saying this is probably the best beer bar in Baltimore. The selection of beers on draft alone is very impressive. They also go through them quickly so there seems to be no worry about dirty lines do to over doing it with the number of taps. Service was very good. I sat at the bar only and did not try the food. Quality of the selection is also excellent! It is a place to come back to again and again if in the Baltimore area. (452 characters)

Photo of Gravitron
3.64/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 2

If you're going for quality and quantity of the beer itself than you can't do any better in Baltimore than Max's. Fell's Point is a drinking destination in Baltimore and in Fell's Point Max's is the place that every beer tourist ends up at. Sure, they have 140 taps. That's impressive. Go there during the day or at night on a weekday and you'll have plenty of room to check everything out. Go there on a weekend night and you'll be competing with way too many people being way too loud and asking for Miller Lite and shots. The bartenders at the front bar are kings. They know what it's all about. If you can get a seat there than you're good. Food is marginal at best. Sorry. People don't go there for the food. The soft pretzels are pretty good but hey. Basically, this place is great for beer. If you want a great bar with cool people and a nice place to just hang out than keep it movin'. (893 characters)

Photo of fortheunheard
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

07/28/2013 - this was my second visit and it was even better then when I went last year. The bartenders were all extremely knowledgable and were providing top notch service. You can easily tell that they aren't just trying to sell you tons of beers to get a better tip. The food was excellent especially the Drunken Monkey wings. All of the beers that I had we're very fresh and poured into the proper glassware. I'm a big sour fan and they were able to provide a large variety of options between the draft and bottle lists. Overall I would recommend this bar to anyone who visits Baltimore and loves amazing beer. (614 characters)

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Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD
98 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.