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Max's Taphouse

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172 Reviews
Reviews: 172
Visits: 264
Avg: 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: 172 | Visits: 264
Reviews by SheepNutz:
Photo of SheepNutz
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

I was very stoked about this place due to their over 100 draft selections (including 2 casks) and over 200 bottled beers. I called them a few days before I went to see what time they opened on Monday, and they told me noon. Well, I get there monday around 12:15 PM, still closed. I had the fun opportunity of sitting in the park outside watching drug deals go down and chasing off pigeons and beggars in the rain until they finally opened at 1:45. Once inside though, I forgot about it all. The large number of taps lined up along the never-ending bar. The huge refrigerators just full of bottled beers. The beer lists were awesome and they had almost every selection you could think of, except they were out of cask ale and my first selection (Magic Hat #9). Not a problem for me though, because there were still plenty of beers there that I've never tried or seen. The service was fair being that I was one of the 4 people that were inside the whole building. The staff were friendly and very knowledgeable about beer. The prices are fairly good too. If you stop by, don't forget about their large selection of cellared ales as well. This place is can't-miss if you are in downtown Baltimore.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JamLand
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25

Fairly typical bar vibe, in a chill part of Baltimore, near the water.

Service was decent, but nothing special.

Selection was very good, they had Lunch on tap while we were there.

Food was below average. I wouldn't eat here unless you had to.

Overall, good spot. One of, if not the most famous craft beer bar in Baltimore. However, their prices reflect they know this. It was expensive even compared to the rest of Maryland and DC. I would still recommend stopping by if you have a chance. More than likely they'll have something you're going to want to try.

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Photo of elkinbrown
3.81/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of mothman
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of JerryP
3.18/5  rDev -28.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

OK, service lacked personality for such a highly rated place. Lots of choices but the beers on tap just didn't suit my tastes. No waitstaff so you have to order throught the bartender. Not a problem for us since it wasn't busy but tough if it were busier

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Photo of Barracudas
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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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.

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Photo of hjspencer94
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Photo of JArt
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

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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.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Visited on our 19th wedding anniversary. Great, great selection!

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Photo of ShanePB
4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Jbrett13
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Hmbnovotny
3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of onthabay
4.86/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great staff, great selection of brews on tap & bottle selection! And the food is pretty damn good as well!

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Photo of PA-Michigander
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

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.

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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.

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Photo of slasich
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD
98 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.