Max's Taphouse

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Max's TaphouseMax's Taphouse
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97
world-class

168 Reviews
Reviews: 168
Visits: 256
rAvg: 4.41
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: 168 | Visits: 256
Reviews by slander:
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4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I think it was (like) 2 years ago that Handsome Ed started with his "We should do a weekend in Baltimore" talk; a terribly good idea implemented never. It was always something with him, you know? "We're trying to move to Pennsylvania and buy a place" or "I have to work 83 days straight to finish this highway project". I might have considered it him just talking smack and let the whole thing go but I'd developed a want for crab smashing so I had to put it away in the back of my head and wait and wait and wait. Eventually they moved to PA and the highway project got done. He finally got a breather and I moved on it, no rest for the wicked (me, not him). Get your shoes on, Ed, we're going to Baltimore...

Easily parked and all metered up, we backtracked up and around the block to Max's. Taking up residency at the bar, we had some good attention this early Saturday afternoon. Seating 2 dozen and then some, this long straight wood bar with an "L" on the end runs the length of the whole place. A copper foot rail below and the bar top done up slat wood with beer labels and then varnished over, plus inlayed "chill discs", of which Phil says "They are an abomination".

72 unique tap selections spread over everywhere. 24 taps in a row on the middle of the bar, a 5 tower tap at each end, and then 2 rows of taps (9 atop 14 below) to both sides of center on the barback wall. Also, down on our end, I think I saw a single Delirium pink elephant tap, and there were definitely 2 hand pumps as well.

A center wide counter on the bar back holds booze 5 tiers high, and a pair of flatscreens above with a neon "prescriptions" sign there. To each side, rows of taps and 2 or 3 coolers with flatscreens and a row of TV's above. A cooler with vintage selections and a cigar display case at the end of the bar. Pressed tin ceiling with fans, well worn wood floors, brick walls and windows looking over Broadway, mounted lighting and sunken spots, pillars here and there, and an adjacent bar counter. A shelf above and behind you holds glassware, steins and old beer cans. The walls done up with brewery pub signs, mirrors, neons, metal signage, a blackboard on the far wall with bottle beer specials, and a giant 5' X 8' framed mirror on the back wall. Shirts, hats, kids bibs and wing sauces displayed here, and 10 tables in a slightly raised pen near the staircase leading to the upstairs cigar bar/lounge, with a bar holding 2 dozen taps.

Access to a rear room just past the looking glass. The "L" shaped bar seats a dozen, glassware and booze hanging upside down above, and shelved on the bar back. 2 dozen taps in a single row on the barback. English pubby bar with an airplane propeller mounted on its overhang and lined with coasters. An adjacent bar counter with space for a dozen below stucco walls, a blackboard listing the tap selections, a De Dolle Randy Oer Bier portrait, and Sam Smith prints. Lighting on the ceiling fans on the old pressed tin ceiling above. And out the back side to a rear rear room. 5 dart boards in a row on the far wall running its length. Faux bindings packing bookshelves below and on the opposite wall, a mounted Yak's head, a wooden Indian, a cigar display, animal skulls, and "Max's" barrel heads above.

A side room holds a single pool table and Phil's golf game (complete). A bar counter runs the far wall, a showcase on the opposite wall displays 8 years of Gales Prize Old Ale & JW Lees Harvest Ale vintages, and a nice collection of tap handles wrapping around the border above on 3 walls.

An absurd selection of taps, roughly half of them micros, local and Mid Atlantic/NorthEast regional (Brewer's Art, Heavy Seas, Wild Goose, DogFishHead, Southern Tier, Ommegang, Brooklyn, Blue Point, Southampton, Magic Hat, Smuttynose, Cape Ann, Harpoon, Sam Adams, Troegs, Victory, Weyerbacher) and beyond (Oskar Blues, Avery, Flying Dog, Great Divide, Rogue, Sierra Nevada). The remainder being imports, some interesting (Samichlaus, Liefman's Kriek, Peche Mortel, Hoblon Chouffe, Witkap Pater Single), and some of the usual import suspects, and even a handful of macros.

And an equally ridiculous bottled collection. The list holds 200 and change, roughly 1/3 of them US micro, another 1/3 Belgian and German, and the rest English, various beers of the world, maltos, meads and Champagne Bieres. Also another 40 big bottles (mostly Belgian and US), and 2 dozen special reserve selections, primarily vintage JW Lees, Gales, A. Les Coq, Thomas Hardy, Fullers, Sinebrychoff, etc.

They let us try a little of this and that, service was attentive, beers were clean and fresh. Simply outstanding. I believe it was EyeDrinkAleOutOfASmallRefidgeratorInTheBackOfMyCar who said "Yeah, I think Max's is the best beer bar in the North East, definitely one of my top 5 in America". Second time he's been right about something in a month's time. (4,881 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of JArt
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +12.2%
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 -0.5%
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 -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of PuppyClawz
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of ConradKenney
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.5/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Hmbnovotny
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of onthabay
4.86/5  rDev +10.2%
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 +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Clint_Yoho
4.85/5  rDev +10%
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 +5.4%
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 +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of wilhelm_phoenix
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of PowhatanBrewer
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
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 +0.5%
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)

Photo of Baltimore_Adam
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Great place, nice vibe and great bartenders, but sub-par food keeps it from getting 5s across the board. (104 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of Baltosteve
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of SicEmChris
5/5  rDev +13.4%

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Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD
97 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.