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Max's Taphouse

Max's TaphouseMax's Taphouse

Taps: 145 / Bottles: 1200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
98
world-class

178 Ratings
Ratings: 178
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.8%
$$ - reasonable


[ 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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ZagZagg

Pennsylvania

4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

02-21-2014 01:55:51 | More by ZagZagg
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needMIbeerinMD

Maryland

4.07/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$

A low key bar in Fells that has one of the best selections in the city. Getting a beer can be a bit of a task at times depending on the business level. I personally recommend walking or taking a cab if your visiting from out of town as parking can be challenging.

02-08-2014 16:32:47 | More by needMIbeerinMD
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Runofthemiller

Maryland

3.87/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | $$$

Great place, however The fat bald bartender is the worst bartender I've ever encountered. Rude Disgusting. Fire him and this place is awesome.

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.

01-26-2014 06:14:38 | More by Runofthemiller
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JohnCassillo

California

4.21/5  rDev -5%
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.

11-22-2013 23:26:27 | More by JohnCassillo
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dexterk1

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I would like to start by saying this is probubly 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.

10-20-2013 19:57:26 | More by dexterk1
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Gravitron

Maryland

3.64/5  rDev -17.8%
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'.

09-10-2013 03:26:32 | More by Gravitron
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fortheunheard

New York

4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

08-08-2013 20:58:09 | More by fortheunheard
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Tuckersmth

California

4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$$

Love seeing their amazing east Coast Beer selection that I cant get in Cali. Lots of Mid Atlantic Selection with impressive Bottle list. Bartender was friendly and knowledgable. Crab Sliders are face melting (some of the best Pub food I have ever had). Clean bathrooms and free wifi were a plus.

08-05-2013 15:58:17 | More by Tuckersmth
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5 | $$

I was in Baltimore over the weekend and had been looking forward to coming to Max's since I booked the trip a few months ago. Let's just say they leave alot to be desired. The girlfriend and I walked a few blocks in the pouring rain to get here on a Saturday night, and upon entering, easily would have walked right back out into that rain if it wasn't for their ridiculous beer list. You know that bar Swayze gets the job at in Roadhouse? Yeah. It's a bit like that. (and I'm talking pre throat ripping out)

I'm not one to bash a good dive - some of my favorite spots near home are dives. I'm also not one to bash a "diverse" crowd - I think it typically makes for a fun experience. But this place is just miserable. My girlfriend and I were tucked in what I thought was the quietest corner in the place, and we could barely have a conversation over people chanting "CHUG! CHUG! CHUG! CHUG!" What conversation we did have usually involved me saying things like "I'd be so pissed off if I lived near here and this bar with this incredible beer list was tempting me but this crowd just kept me away."

TL:DR Food was very typical bar food. Beer was incredible. No table service. Have to go to the bar and fight for a spot like it was some college kegger. However, the bartenders were VERY attentive and I never waited too long. Should probably be avoided on a Friday or Saturday night.

07-16-2013 03:42:21 | More by mikeburd1128
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jmaharaj

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.25 | $$

For beer, Max's is a 5, but it does suffer in some other areas. Of course none of those other areas matter if what you want is good beer. First the good: large, well thought out, beer selection with some hard to find offerings. Great service from interesting people. Really a mecca, it goes far beyond your normal beer-centric pub, odd beer. one-off beer; they get it. The bad: it looks like your average college bar and attracts such a crowd on weekends. 21 year olds drinking miller and screaming for shots. slightly better than average pub food.
Here is the bottom line: who cares about the bad? I don't. I can get great food and a calm old-man environment at a ton of places, but you wont get beer like they have at max's many other places.

07-12-2013 23:22:31 | More by jmaharaj
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Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD
98 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.