Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...
Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest BeerAdvocate updates delivered to your inbox.

Max's Taphouse

Not Rated.
Max's TaphouseMax's Taphouse
Grab a complimentary copy of BeerAdvocate magazine here while supplies last.
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

Notes:
Place added by: BeerAdvocate

No notes at this time.
Place: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 170 | Visits: 260
Reviews by dexterk1:
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)

More User Reviews:
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. (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 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. (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 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! (64 characters)

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. (165 characters)

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. (384 characters)

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! (106 characters)

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. (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 slasich
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of wilhelm_phoenix
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of PowhatanBrewer
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

Could only stay for one beer but excellent beer selection. (58 characters)

Photo of Brandonparrent
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

had a great time. one of the best sections I've seen/had. can't wait to come back. (82 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD
98 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.