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Max's Taphouse

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

175 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
98
Reviews:
175
Ratings:
280
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
7.01%
 
 
Taps:
145
Bottles/Cans:
1,200
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
Max's TaphouseMax's Taphouse
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

737 S Broadway
Baltimore, Maryland, 21231-3407
United States

(888) 675-6297 | map
www.maxs.com

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Reviews: 175 | Ratings: 280
Reviews by coldriver:
Photo of coldriver
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited on day 4 of our June 2011 Northeast pub crawl. For lunch time it was already well-populated - you get the feeling that this place gets wall to wall later on.

Huge tap selection (as well as bottles) including many local brews I've not seen elsewhere. Great updated menu was a plus and our server was knowledgeable and attentive. Sat next to an older gentleman who's lifetime goal is to sample 10,000 beers (he's up to 8,800) and he was going wild with the selection. Great vibe - lots of friendly laid back types enjoying great beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of eluvah
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of johnnnniee
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

The place was packed with beer geeks on a Thursday night, of course there was a convention of us in town. Old wooden bar spanning most of the right wall of the place. Tables to the left and in back. Huge tap list and I hear the bottle list is even better, but I never got past the taps. bomb! and parabola on tap and a hundred of their friends. I had a chicken sandwich that was messy but tasty. Service was pretty good for how busy it was. It is a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for I guess. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Resuin
4.01/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Spoda1983
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of ZEB89
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of FSUlaw-and-brew
4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Went to Max's 4 nights in a row when I was visting.
The vibe was great, looks similar to a college style bar, but you know its a serious beer bar
quality was on par with some of the best bars I've ever been to, 102 taps plus hundred and hundreds of beers in the bottle, that you can take with. When I was there they had one bottle of Madagascar left. Service was also awesome, they never let a glass of water or beer get close to empty, and the last night I came, three bartenders said hello, shook my hand, all remembered my name, and one started a tab for me immediately, with first and last name. Awesome place, if I could come back to Maryland just for Max's I would.

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Photo of Fpscheler
5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Tomkob11
4.51/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Lettsgo3
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great place with great beers. Their rare and obscure menu is awesome when it comes around. Highly recommend checking this place out! If I lived closer I would definitely be a regular.

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Photo of Hitchcock
4.64/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.64/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Budlum
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of cheggly
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of MikeTucker
4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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

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Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD
98 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.