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Max's Taphouse

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Max's TaphouseMax's Taphouse
BA SCORE
99
world-class

226 Ratings
Ratings: 226
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.46%
Taps: 145
Bottles: 1,200
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: 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 by Slatetank:
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4.4/5  rDev -2%

I have been coming to Max's for about 10 years and had the chance to stop in for a few beers when the LBC recently hosted a pub crawl to Baltimore. I find the atmosphere to be good but depending on the day/time of day can be a tad obnoxious. It can ge super-crowded and the ability to choose several areas to relax in is a plus.

I have always considered the selection and quality at Max's to be top-notch. You can get many bottles and drafts that other places just don't carry, like Pannepot. I enjoyed the food almost every time I have been there which is basically bar food or a notch above. I find the service to be very good considering the location draws a unique blend of patrons. They usually know what to suggest or at least give you friendly service. I find the experience at Max's to be overall above average and reasonably priced.

Slatetank, Oct 02, 2007
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

yemenmocha, Sep 25, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Dogum, Sep 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Afroman, Sep 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

Klebe, Sep 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

oline73, Sep 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

daryk77, Sep 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

pwoody11, Sep 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Devman171, Sep 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

kevintaraross, Sep 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

MaximumYuks, Aug 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

BeerBucks, Aug 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

AMAZING! Go Here!!!

aj_tuna, Aug 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

BigRizz62, Aug 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

reebtaerG, Aug 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

MCress, Aug 17, 2014
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3.89/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

shivtim, Aug 13, 2014
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4.51/5  rDev +0.4%

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.

dpc, Aug 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Guden, Aug 04, 2014
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4.97/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

ArsMoriendiOU818, Aug 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Jack_Frost79, Jul 31, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Makea, Jul 30, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

MaltLickyWithTheCandy, Jul 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

ProV1392, Jul 25, 2014
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4.41/5  rDev -1.8%

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

Sludgeman, Jul 23, 2014
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Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD
99 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.