Max's Taphouse

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170 Reviews
Reviews: 170
Visits: 260
Avg: 4.43
pDev: n/a
Taps: 145
Bottles: 1,200
Cask: Y
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737 S Broadway
Baltimore, Maryland, 21231-3407
United States
phone: (888) 675-6297

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Reviews: 170 | Visits: 260
Photo of BrewAStorm
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I make the drive from Philly to Baltimore three times a year just to go to Max's. Mainly for the beer but the people of Baltimore make it a great place to drink with friends.

Another reviewer stated tons of wood...its like they broke into a bowling alley and pulled up all the lanes and laid them on the floor. Nice size bar with more taps then I can count and a selection that I never get tired of.

I come to Max's with the mindset of trying something new and not sticking to my usual stout or tripel...and I always leave with a new "gotta get that at home" beer. On an interesting note the beer always tastes fresh, with that many draught beers running at once its rare not to find one beer thats past its prime, not here.

But the crowd that always packs Max's really makes being there that much better, no stuffy attitude from the bartenders or other customers, and someone is always there worthy of conversation.

There's a reason why I make this drive every 4 months and it isn't because of I-95!

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.65/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is downright fantastic. I heart Max's. Without a doubt the most impressive beer bar I have ever been in.

Walking in, you get your choice of two floors, or an extra tap room on the ground level. Lots of wood everywhere, and an extremely attractive bar. The multitude of taps are all arranged pleasingly, row after row after row. You also get to view their coolers (i'd say at least 6), filled with shelves of bottles. Every time I've been in, it seems that pains are even taken to make sure the bottle labels are facing outward, so you can easily identify your choices.

How could you possibly ask for a better selection than this? It is seriously hard to make a decision when faced with this many choices. You could spend a fortune at Max's just trying everything. The tap selection is constantly changing, assuring that you will have something new to try every time you stop in. I believe there are even more bottles than taps. All sizes too - I always see 750ml bottles in the fridges.

I was even blown away by the food! I ordered the hummus platter, and it was delivered to my table in decent time. Normally hummus is not anything to be excited about, but they fried the pita that came with it, which was an excellent suprise. Damn it was delicious. I wish I had some right now.

On the other side of the wall from the bar area, Max's has a chalkboard with specials and new deliveries. If you're on a budget, there is almost always an interesting beer to be had for $3-$4. This visit the special was Sierra Nevada Summerfest for $3 a pint. Awesome! And on the new arrivals list was Shipyard's Pumpkin, which I tried (and reviewed).

There are great happy hour specials at Max's as well. Possibly my favorite is friday's - you get a 32 ounce beer for $5! A true steal. I greedily had my cup filled with Smuttynose pumpkin.

For being located in an area where rent is surely not cheap, Max's has really great prices. Most drafts I have ordered have been $4.50, which is very decent for city prices. And like I said above, there are always specials to be had, as well as happy hour, if money is tight for you.

If you are in the Fells Point, Baltimore area, absolutely DO NOT miss Max's On Broadway. It is an awesome experience.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

From the perspective of a West Coast visitor, it's the best beer bar in town. Located right in the heart of Fell's Point, it's a large rustic beer hall with lots of great beer memorabilia. They had a fairly long bar with a well diversified inventory of taps, featuring several regional beers. The beer list just went on and on. It's impressive what they keep on hand in their huge refrigerator. Beers from everywhere, and some very good Belgians too. We didn't eat there, but in retrospect, maybe we should have. Crabby Dick's across the street was a complete disaster. I can't believe we left such great service and beer at Max's on Broadway only to walk across the street for a crab dinner and service nightmare.

We enjoyed the humor of the bartender. She was not only friendly and efficient, she was fun and loved to joke around. One of their t-shirts read, "You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning." This is a place you could spend many hours enjoying the good beer and service. The patrons were all very friendly.

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Photo of nickss
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Like Wonka, I usually swing by for Pinch the Pint night... nothing like a free glass to put a big smile on my face.
They have some decent specials on the other days of the week, but nothing too mindblowing.

There are three different bars, so there is at least a variety of ambiences for you to choose from. That being said, if you're just there primarilly for the beer as I usually am, you will most likely be able to find anything you want at the main bar downstairs. Incredible selection, with new taps being rotated in quite frequently. As others have said, selection ranges from Fantome, Dupont, DFH, Troegs, and Heavyweight on tap, to pretty much anything imaginable in bottle. Maredsous, DFH WW Stout, some Three Floyds Brews, Delerium, St. Bernadus, and Okocim Porter (nice one Mike). Of course, they have the usual suspects as well (Duvel, Chimay, some Sammy Smith, etc).

As for the service.... I must disagree with anyone who has said the service is bad. The other night was the only time I had mediocre service, and that was only for about 30 min, and was partially my fault since I was sitting at the very end of the bar by myself. Once I switched seats, the service was quick, professional, and with a smile (and it didnt hurt that one of the bartenders was very easy on the eyes as well). Additionally, the correct glassware is always used, which wins them some bonus points. Over all, the service has been very consistent in my experience.
I hate to break it to the previous reviewer, but $1 per beer as a tip is pretty standard, nothing bartenders will get excited about here in Baltimore.

Overall, along with Mahaffey's and Brewers Art, definitely one of my favorite places in Baltimore. Top notch.

Oh... almost forgot. Not sure if anyone else has mentioned this, but here it goes. Max's is expanding their Broadway location to include yet another bar... the construction has already started. Word on the street is that it is supposed to be a "Belgian Bar", with 25-30 Belgian taps in a row. Certainly nothing that is going to hurt them in my book =)

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Photo of SundeyPSU
3.2/5  rDev -27.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 2

OK, if you want Selection, Selection, Selection.., then go here. They have an incredible selection of beer. The taps seem endless, and the bottles are too many to count. They have beers/ales at Max's that I have NEVER seen anywhere else, and some on tap that I have only experienced in bottle. The Rogue Chocolate Stout is great on tap. The food is crap, but will soak up the beer if that is all you are looking for. Their cigar bar on the 2nd floor is nice. They have a good selection of cigars, if that is what you are looking for. You can relax and smoke a cigar on the 2nd floor. Here is my complaint. I have lived in Baltimore for 8 yrs, and NEVER had good service at Max's. They act as if they are doing you a favor by waiting on you. If you have questions, forget about it. They act like asses, and act as if you are a Gomer for asking a question. Once I sat there for a couple hours with a friend and tipped a dollar every time I ordered a beer. Finally, me and my friend had just enough money for 2 more beers and no tip. We ordered anyway. When my friend jokingly said "keep the change", the one bartender showed the "tip" (about 20 cents) to the other bartender, and he got pissed off and threw it across the bar. I would think a dollar tip for every order would have been enough. When I tended bar in Dallas, I rarely got a dollar every time someone ordered. Maybe every other time. I don't think those two work there anymore, but that pretty much sums up the bartender's attitudes I have encountered at Max's. That said, I still go back when I crave a Old Speckled Hen or a Rogue Choc Stout.

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Photo of Wonka
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The environment on a typical Wednesday when I stop in for ‘Pinch the Pint Night’ from 5 pm to 8 pm is casual and not crowded. Every Wednesday, while supplies last, the buyer of a specified beer receives the brand’s pint glass. My favorite to this point is my Lancaster Hop Hog pint.

The service is solid. The bar managers are always generally energetic and open for questions and suggestions which is very important since I typically have 4-6 people in tow that are expanding their beer tastes.

The draft and bottled beer selection is the best in Baltimore. Recently I have enjoyed bottles of Fantome Black Ghost, FFF Dreadnaught, Stoudt's DIPA and Fraoch Heather Ale, Williams Brothers Red on cask and 97 JW Lees on draft. The view from the barstool to the selection in the beer coolers is a big plus after a stressful day.

As a non-smoker, the air is typically very tolerable and thankfully, there is a cigar zone on another level. The relatively open air helps me actually taste the beer and the food which is nearly impossible in some bars. Concerning food, I have eaten there twice and the burger and the chicken breast were on the mark. Honestly, the burger was one on the best I have eaten in a while.

On Wednesday’s there is always ample parking directly outside and the location is spot on for other Fells Point attractions and the water taxi. While I’m focusing on an off-peak time of the week, the beer selection, great service and food will always be there. Parking can be difficult during the weekend and of course crowds and smoke will always bump up a notch.

Overall, its my favorite beer bar in Baltimore.

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Photo of Solidarity1
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Went to Max's on Broadway and the site at Inner Harbour, near Camden Yards. Max's on Broadway has an incredible selection of beer - over 70 on draft and over 300 bottles. The Camden Yards location doesn't have quite that selection, but boasts a list to proud of. We went for a Brewer's Convention in Baltimore and were pleasantly surprised by the knowledge of beer and professionalism displayed by Bob and Kacey, the managers and barkeeps. These fellas know beer - they know what is good and what isn't - and best of all, they aren't afraid to tell you. They were accomodating and friendly, despite an incredibly busy happy hour prior to an Orioles game. Seriously, they have some beer I have NEVER seen anywhere in the states - much less on draft. Big Thumbs Up!!!

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Photo of cubedbee
4.16/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Located in the middle of Fells Point, Max's is always packed full of the college crowd on the weekends, making it hard to get decent service from the few bartenders working. However, the lack of service is more than made up for in the wonderful selection of beer. Max's has always has a wide range of both hard to find imports, local gems, and quality American micros on tap. Was able to have Chimay White, Weihenstehpaner, and Robert the Bruce on my last visit. Have never had the chance to eat here, but I think this is mainly a beer bar, not a restaraunt. Great for what it is.

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Photo of tjthresh
4.01/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Love Max's on Broadway

The atmosphere and service leave a bit to be desired. From what I observed, it was just one room with a bar, some tables, and a pool table, packed with people, and playing loud ass music. The only employees that I saw were bartenders and security. So everytime my crew needed a beer you had to go to the bar and wait to be noticed. I guess it wasn't too bad, just annoying for the prices we paid.

Not the selection and quality were top shelf. I didn't stray from the Racer 5, but I had a buddy drinking Rodenbach draws. Another was drinking a stout that slips my mind right now.

Basicly, if you are looking for great beer, this is a great place. Just be sure to bring plenty of cash.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Max's Taphouse is my favorite Baltimore beer bar and well deserving of the perfet score for selection: 100 oft-rotated taps. They offer every style available, along with many hard-to-find brews. Of course, they usually serves several treasures from Brewer's Alley of Baltimore. Include great service from knowledgable bartenders (Bob, this means you) and you will have a wonderful beer drinking experience. Even the food has been improving in the ten years since I first entered their doors.If you can take the sports bar atmosphere - and the weekend douchebag contingent - with a grain of salt then you will truly enjoy yourself. Plus, the Fells Point location can't be beat if a hearty pub crawl comes to mind.This is a MUST when in Baltimore.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I finally found my notes from June. Here is what I thought at the time. Nice old-school bar area, nice old wooden bar, no trendy steel or lighting. It was pretty loud and crowded inside, so it was difficult to have a conversation, and it was smoky. Lots of nice beer signs all over the place. Very good selection, over 200 bottles and 30-40 on tap. Also a beer on cask. Very wide selection from local to American and imports. I was very happy to see beer served in proper glasswear. Good beer menu that seemed to be accurate. Bottles are on display in coolers to help with selection. Bartender seemed to be friendly and had some beer knowledge. We talked briefly about the Dogfish WWS that I ordered. Overall, a great stop for a wonderful selection of beers. If you really want to talk beer, go at an off-peak hour.

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Photo of saltydog
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I have to totally revise the review from my earlier posting. I just returned in August of 2004 and loved the place...great beers, wonderful selection of both draft and bottle beers, and the people that work there are very cool. I had a wonderful time, and would easily rate this as one of the top 5 beer bars in the US. The funky vibe does not hurt either. I remember at a previous visit a few years ago having a problem with loud TVs playing when I was there but there was nothing like that this time...I was here for a weekend and ended up returning to this place twice! Anyway, I'm rating this place way up!!!

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Photo of Hefe
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Popped in for lunch and a pint or three on Monday 8/16/04

The atmosphere is fairly standard, beer paraphanalia on the walls, wooden tables and stools, several pool tables, several tv's displaying various sporting events, yada yada yada.

The Beers are well poured into appropriate glassware, barstaff is quick, friendly and polite. Food service was quick, and the food was hot. The hummus dip was mighty tasty, and the burgers were damn tasty. There were a several other selections on the lunch menu, standard pub fare really.

Now we come to the meat of the review. Holy selection Batman! Cantillon Rose' de Gambrinus and De Dolle Bos Keun on tap! Great variety of Micros and imports, several cask beers, and about 200 some odd bottled beers to choose. Come on now, how is a weak, lowly beerdrinker such as myself supposed to resist such temptation. Answer: Dont resist! Drink up! When in Fell's Point you know where to go.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Nice,old style bar feeling to it.Right in Fells point-great place for a crawl.While there I had both a Jenlain Amber and a Rogue Chocolate stout,both of which were just great.The selection is amazing.It really ran the gamut of styles.They advertise 70 taps and the menu reflected the same.Did not see a bottle menu but looking in the cooler doors it was just as impressive.The bartenders were both great and very personable.

We were there 2ish on a Saturday and it was quiet.I have been there on a Saturday nite when its jumping and with the decent size that it is it really wasnt a mob scene.Well worth checking out when in Baltimore-take the water taxi to get to Fells Point-they give you coupons for various bars in the area.

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Photo of PudTinkler
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I absolutely loved this place. If travelling to Fells Point via Ed's Water Taxi, they give you some tickets for a 2-for-1 draft purchase at Max's. Take advantage! The service was fantastic and the bartender was consistently checking my progress to see if refills were needed.
70 beers were on tap during my visit...the bar is quite large with lots of room to move. The bartop has some laminated beer labels, which is pretty cool to check out and see how many you've tried.
While I was there, I had an Oakham cask-conditioned, as well as Rogue Chocolate Stout among others.
There are many different styles to choose from...almost any palate can be satisfied. IMO, this is the best beer bar in Baltimore. True, you don't want to stray too far from this area if you're wandering. But why wander? Just stay here and drink their selections.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Max's has the best selection in Maryland. From local craft brews to Belgians to west coast standards, you can have any style any time. My most recent visit was for the SPBW cask ale society monthly meeting, which featured four top notch cask ales topped by the Troegs Nugget Nectar IPA, which was just heavenly.(See my review of that). Before the firkins were tapped I sampled 2 outstanding Imperial Pilsners by Clipper City and Rogue. Ther were at least 10 promising craft brews I have yet to sample. A bonus is the Tuesday Night Beer social upstairs which features rare and special brews along with their brewers, and serious beer talk.
The food menu is limited but the service is friendly.
Not to my liking was the smoke as Max's is "cigar friendly", but beer drinkers usually have to put up with that everywhere. I detracted a point on atmosphere for that.
Don't let that scare you away, the beer is worth it and I'll be going back soon.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.21/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This place has an incredible selection. Over 100 taps on a giant "tap wall." What kinda irks me though is their ability to not give any idea of what the pricing is like on their beer lists. I got burned on a $6.25 Hoegaarden that way. Puting that aside, no bar in Baltimore has a better selection of beers. Atmosphere is more akin to a college bar than anything else, with pool tables, loud music, etc. But its a good place to go where you can meet your non BA friends and still have a ridiculous selection of beers for yourself to enjoy.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Photo of QXSTER1
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A walk through Fell's Point is a must experience for anyone visiting Baltimore. Restaurants and bars line the cobble streets of this old former rowdy sailors hangout. With plenty of places to eat and drink Max's has alot to recommend it. It resides in a fine old building with an ornate wood facade and windows filled with old taps. Inside is probably the best beer selection in the area. Advertised at over 90 taps, although a few were vacant on my visit, there is an enormous variety. Anyone with Chimay White and Rogues Hazelnut Brown Nectar can have my business. There is some crap for the swillers, but plenty for the beer geek. Worth a stop amidst the other joints in this great neighborhood.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Max's on Broadway is a cool little bar in Fell's Point (possibly the coolest area in all of Maryland) which has a huge multi-tap setup that turns over quickly and remains fresh... although tends to be a little mainstream (for seasoned beer drinkers) at times. If you're a late night person, Max's sometimes has GREAT bands. If you're a cigar person, this is also a place for you although one of my problems is that it can get a bit smoky (and I usually try to get in between lunch and dinner!) There's a little food window kitchen which is very cool when you've had one too many and decide that a greasy burger might hit the spot. It is, however, very college oriented - so if that's a problem for you stop in during lunchtime. Even on weekends it's fairly relaxed.

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