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Max's Taphouse

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

227 Ratings
Ratings: 227
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.84%
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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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%

Went to Max's this weekend as part of a bar crawl. Probably the 4th time I have been there. Atmosphere is good & the overall space is interesting & much bigger than it appears. It gets crowded at times & I am glad B-more is now smoke free. Outstanding beer selection and quality. I have been to events at Max's (Belgian beer fest) & the beer is just as good on a random day. Service is good especially since they are busy. I have never eaten there since John Stevens is around the corner. Prices are reasonable considering the quality of the brew.

Highly recommended.

SkinnyElvis, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of mtstatebeer
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%

Visited a few weekends ago. I was in Baltimore for the weekend and had to visit this place on both Friday and Saturday nights. What a great selection and very eclectic. They had a good variety on their 80 tap head and too many bottles to even make a decision. Service was good both nights. Didn't try the food. If I recall, the prices weren't all that bad either.
The second night my buddy won a Leine's boat and case of beer which was just the icing on the cake.
I will definitely visit again next time in Baltimore.

mtstatebeer, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of pjt34122
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%

We hit this place every year in and around May. The selection is unbelievable, 80 on tap and over 800 in bottles. They have a menu for tap beer and a separate for bottle beer. The first time I have ever sampled Rouge's Double Dead Guy, was in this place, and I can safely say that it may be the finest ale I have ever drank. I can say that I have never had a bad beer in this place. Happy hour kicks ass, $6 for 32 oz beers on tap, with the exception of stouts, which come in a chalice. This is a good place to start a day of beer drinking and to end a good day. I can't remember eating food here, but that isn't to say that it isn't good. Far too many beers to try, to even think about food. I would recommend this place to anyone, even my worst enemy.

pjt34122, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of mltobin
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%

Max`s Taphouse on S. Broadway in Baltimore is most certainly the best beer bar in the city. I recall about 30 beers on tap. In addition, they have a wide variety in bottles, say another 40-50. Their tap selection included offerings from Southern Tier, Cantillon, Corsedonk, Fullers, McChouffe, etc. The bottle selection is similar variety of american craft beer, belgians, and other great selections from abroad. Their prices are fair and the crowds can swell on the weekend evenings. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable in their offerings. Would go back to gain in a heartbeat when I make it to Baltimore again.

mltobin, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of Spacegrass
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%

Ah, Max's. If you want the largest selection of beer in the area this is it. You will always find something new at Max's. The staff is usually very good despite the massive crowds that can appear at times. I will never stop going to Max's but I definitely suggest going during non-peak hours. It can get very crowded and full of people who are just out to get f-ed up on cheap beer and be loud. I'd rather drink a few high alcohol beers and go to a Slayer concert if I wanted a real drunken loud experience. A word of advice if it's packed: order a beer downstairs then go upstairs. It's usually less crowded, but the bar up there doesn't have much selection.

Regardless, you can't pass up Max's. The tap selection is unbeatable and they often get many rare beers. It's great to have to spend 5 minutes staring at a beer menu, just to take it all in before ordering.

The food is good here too. I've had a number of things to eat but the nachos are always a sure-fire bet -- and I'm not usually a nachos guy. Just make sure you have a friend or two to split them with.

Well worth the visit.

Spacegrass, May 20, 2009
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.47/5  rDev 0%

Max's is great. It rotates about 60+ taps and often has special events such as "Belgina Beer Fest" and "American Beer Fest", which means lots of great shit including casks.

The beer is always served in appropriate glassware and is usually a good pour. The staff works like crazy to get everyone their drink fast.

For a bar in Baltimore, Max's is very big, but the fact that it's always full during peak hours is a bit of a turn off (especially the fucks that go to a beer bar and order Miller Light).

However, the music is always WAAAY too loud. Conversations are nearly impossible.

DavoleBomb, May 18, 2009
Photo of iNHaze
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%

Great bar that manages to cater to the regular 'goin' out and drinkin at happy hour' crowd and the craft beer lover alike. Max's really pulls in the feel of baltimore, with a lot of wood and paneling and low lighting. Very turn of the century.

Every beer I've ever had here has been served properly and in excellent condition. Service is almost always fast, and they all seem to know what they're talking about when it comes to beer.

The selection is incredible - 80 rotating drafts and a ridiculously huge selection of bottles, and often they'll even have some awesome cask beers too.

As far as food, I've only ever tried the nachos, which were on the high side of good, but everything I've seen other people get smells and looks delicious. Definitely not the cheapest bar in baltimore, but I imagine the costs of keeping so much quality stock can be rather high, so I feel like it's justified, and in no way ridiculous.

iNHaze, May 07, 2009
Photo of Sycodrummer
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%

Recenty got to the chance to go here while in Baltimore on business. It was quite crowded both at the bar and throughout but the service at the bar was prompt. Beer list was extensive, but there seemed to be too few of them around for the crowd. One side of letter sized paper offered the beer names and countries - but no other information about the beers was provided.

Big glass doors on the coolers behind the bar made it easy to see bottled selections, and you could make out drafts by the tap handles. Did not stay long, but enough to have two beers which came promptly. Basic pint glasses were used for both of my beers, but I saw others with correct glassware for Belgians, Hefes, etc...

Prices were reasonable (compared to what I'm use to they were actually inexpensive). The atmosphere was a good mix of older college aged mixed with those a few years removed. All in all it was a good stop with a healthy selection, prompt service, and fair prices.

Sycodrummer, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of kb199
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%

I recently moved just up the street from Max's, and have been spending quite a bit of time there. The list is, quite frankly, amazing. They've had Maharajah on tap for two weeks now, and, needless to say, I've been drinking a lot. The thing that sets Max's apart from other top notch beer bars are the waitstaff. The bartenders actually make an effort to learn your name and preferred styles, and, if you then return on a weekend (when its PACKED), they will jump you over the legions of frat boys that inhabit the tavern on weekends. Its like coming over to a friend's house and cracking open a brew or two, except that your friend has one of the most tremendous cellars ever. It doesn't hurt that their wings are good too.

kb199, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of claytri
4.03/5  rDev -9.8%

Max's is a pretty good place to drop in and have a beer or four. And, the fact they generally have over 100 beers on tap, plus another 200 or so in bottles will make you ponder your decision long and hard. The beers are always in good shape, and served in a generally appropriate glass. The service is very good when the bar is less busy, but when packed it can be a bit tough to get to the bar and get a beer. A second option is the bar in the backroom, but then you've cut your selections down to about 12 on tap and 30 or so bottles. But to have a seat, and get served it's worth the cut as the beers there are generally very good. As already noted the volume of selection alone puts them in a different category than most beer bars. Then, they add to that by taking steps to get uncommon beers. Their festivals such as their Belgian Beer Fest really step up the range, and give you things like 5 Cantillon's to choose from on tap? They also usually have 1 or 2 beers on cask which is a find in itself. They have a basic pub style menu, and everything on it is fine. Hey, they sell beer, and the food is there to eat while your drinking so a reasonable burger at a reasonable price is fine. I do find that there pints are a little over what I pay at other venues for the same type of beers, but I do drop in and pay the premium to get the selection. If you're visiting Baltimore this is one place I would seek out you won't be disappointed, and you might be delighted at what you find on tap.

claytri, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of joe1510
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%

Of all the planned beer related stops on my recent trip back East Max's was the one I most looked forward too. A long bar runs from the door to the back of the bar with a lot of room throughout and a scattering of tables. I really enjoyed the roomy feel and look of the place. I met up with fellow BA Dyan and as I walked in he handed me their bottle and tap list menus, my eyes opened a little wider as I looked over all the goodies. Everything I sampled, and there was quite a lot that night, was in top notch shape.

The bottle list had some gems including a few Heavyweight brews. Two casks were pouring during my visit, Nugget Nectar and Sykes Old Ale, both of which were very good, the Nugget Nectar being the better of the two. The tap list had some rarities on there and was quite long. A couple Brooklyn tap only brews, Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier, and some other gems. The bartenders and beer guy, Casey, were all accommodating and knowledgeable. Both bottle and tap list were very impressive and the bar had a very laid back, relaxing vibe. I can't wait to make my way back.

joe1510, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of tigerpaws
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%

My wife and I enjoyed Max's very much on our visit. The atmosphere is nothing special or fancy, it's just a good beer bar.

We enjoyed the interaction with the bartender and he knew his stuff. The beer selection was one of the best I've seen I had a hard time deciding what to try. (I tried to many lol)

The food is typical bar fare, nothing fancy but was good. We had the wings which were very good and on the bartenders recommendation the BBQ pork nachos...wow.

I'll be going back when I visit Baltimore later this year.

tigerpaws, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of filthyphil
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%

Max's was the first real tap house that i had ever been in. And, i would have to say that it is still one of the best. The selection is incredible, they have sufficient beer options in all beer styles, they range from cheap domestics to the ridiculously expensive vintage bottles that i have to work 14 hours to pay for. Bottom line because of the excellent service, fantastic selection and descent food. Max's isn't just the best beer bar in the bar rich fells point area. BUt maybe all of baltimore!

filthyphil, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of Pencible
4.2/5  rDev -6%

If you're in the Baltimore area, you've got to check out Max's. There's nothing too special about the atmosphere, and it can definitely get a little crowded on weekends. Food is good, but nothing too memorable. But their beer selection is absolutely fantastic, which truly makes Max's mark on the map.

They have well over 100 beers you can choose from, with over 20 of them on draft. If you venture upstairs to their lounge area, they have a beer cellar where you can buy aged beers (for a hefty price). But if you have $50 to spare, why not indulge yourself with a 20 year old Harvest Ale?

Pencible, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Fish113d
4/5  rDev -10.5%

My wife and I hit this place late in the evening over the weekend on a visit to Charm City. Walking in, I could tell that this was a prime spot, and the mass of people inside showed it's popularity. However, considering the mass of taps on the wall, on the bar, and behind the bar, I still saw many people drinking Coors Lite, Miller Lite, and mixed drinks, which I found "interesting" (not the word I want to use honestly). I ordered a triple belgian stout that I knew absolutely nothing about that was about 12% abv. My wife ordered a pumpkin ale from a small brewery out west that I can't remember the name of.

Because of the mass of patrons, service was a bit lower than hoped for, but I'm sure this place would be wonderful during the day when I can actually sit down and THINK about what I really want to order instead of ordering something just because the barkeep wants to get my drink to run to someone else quickly.

I'd definitely like to go back, but just not while all the Miller Lite drinkers (partiers) are all there. However, the ladies were definitely not a low point as the place was loaded with ready and waiting females.

Fish113d, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of danadeny
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%

This has to be the best beer bar in Baltimore based on the 166 tap selection alone. Add to that a huge bottle list, and then bartenders who are pretty well educated about beer and are not snobs about it is a winning formula. The atmosphere is a kick ass sports bar feel with a long bar, tables, pool and some video game action. TV's are everywhere so if you want to catch the game and some great beers this is the place to go. All of the beers I have had on draft and bottle have been in good shape. The service is good and knowledgeable. The bottle variety is good; I found some rare beers that were impossible to find when I lived in Boston. The food I had was typical bar food. I only sampled some appetizers, so I can't speak for the main menu. If you are in Baltimore, this is a must visit.

danadeny, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.38/5  rDev -2%

A great East coast (and Baltimore/Maryland) beer institution.

Tons of taps, lots of Belgian offerings, deep roster of bottles, couldn't ask for more from a beer place. Draught beers rotate continuously. Tasters are available for a small price.

Nice location near the harbor in Fell's Point, slightly tricky parking in the area but you can almost park right in front at times if you time it right.

Nice 2nd story second bar upstairs I wish was open more. Dart room. The one legit knock on Max's is the vibe, it's real run down and oddly lit. But it's also inviting in a way, very casual and relaxed feel.

There are few better places in the Mid Atlantic if you're serious about craft beer. A must-stop during the Belgian Beer Fest every late winter/early spring.

USCTrojanBrian, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%

A killer bar in the Fells Point section of Baltimore.

The bar has a very good atmosphere, a bit of a sports bar vibe but still very welcoming.

Quality and selection in this place are beyond amazing! 50, 60, 70 tap? I could not count that high by the end of the night. Little or no crap in the tap list either. Local taps, national craft beers from across the country. The bottle list was similarly insane. Easily a couple of hundred bottles, again all high quality.

Bartenders are outgoing and knowledgeable. You don't need to be a regular to feel right at home.

Food was good.

Can't wait to go back.

HV

sholland119, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of lessthanhadley
5/5  rDev +11.9%

This is my first review but decided I should give it a go after being asked to by my bartender. Truly one of the better beer bars I have ever been to, this coming from a guy from Philly. The selection is great, and the staff was one of the more knowledgeable I have ever seen. We discussed different styles of brews, particular beers, and was even recommended nearby diner locations for my girlfriend and myself. The one we chose being phenomenal. I cannot say enough good things about my experiences with the staff.

lessthanhadley, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of countmeoutt
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%

Stopped by here on a trip to an O's game with my wife and friends this past weekend. It has a great atmosphere and is just plain cool. They have a large assortment of tap handles on the wall for decoration..I'm assuming most are past beers they have carried. To the left there are some tables and it looks like there is an upstairs though i didn't make it up there.It wasn't too crowded when I arrived and we found a bar seat easily. Definitely the largest and most obscure tap selection I've seen in the Baltimore area. For instant they had Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale,Rogue Imperial Porter and a host of others that I rarely or never see on tap. They also have a lot of bottles.. hundreds I'm sure, I'm not too positive because I never saw a beer list. The only thing I was less than pleased about was the bartender giving me a Stone IPA and a Franziskaner when I asked for a Green Flash West Coast IPA and a Southern Tier Heavy Weizen..but I'm not one to complain and it was kinda loud in there so he could have just misunderstood me.

After the Stone i finally got my Green Flash and my wife ordered up a Heavy Seas Loose Cannon. I really, really liked this place as I've been meaning to get here for years and I'll be coming back every time I drive down to Maryland.

countmeoutt, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Burt
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%

Max's Taphouse was awesome. Was lucky enough to catch the Red Sox playing this week and Max's had there 2nd Annual American Craft Beer Fest.

A. Nice wooden bar that had old labels of beer bottles that were polyurethaned in, bunch of tables to sit and eat, lots of coolers with full view of beers from all over, too many to list. Couple of nice TV's, typical hard liquor set. Pool table, Golden Tee 08 were together, in that area they had old tap heads that went around the room, way to many to list. A dart room, that had 25 drafts that was not in use. Also had a room/cigar shop that you could bring in a beer and have a smoke. Late eighties to nineties rock playing in the background.

Q. All the beer was fresh and served in the right glassware.

S. Bartenders were knowledgeable and eager to serve.

S. Not sure if they carry all these great draft selections year round but we had stuff that is almost impossible the get here in RI. Some that drafts that come to mind were Dogfish Head's 120, WWS, Fort, Red and White, Pala Santo Marron, Rouges Double Dead Guy, Victory V12 (on the way down we stopped at Victory Brewery and they did not have the V12 on tap), Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, too many to list.

F. Did not have anything to eat while we were there but I did see some of the plates and they looked good.

V. Prices were good

I would like to see the selection is after the beer fest, but I was spoiled rotten with what they had.

Burt, May 16, 2008
Photo of francisweizen
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%

This is a great, great beer bar in the downtown fell's point neighberhood in Baltimore city, MD. Atmosphere is cool, this place is BIG with a LONG light wooden bar stretching accross the perimeter and a games/billiards room in the back. Quality is very high, as was service with the bartender being very knowledgable and friendly. Of note, is the fact that as of 12/07 you can still smoke inside, great for me as a smoker, not so great for some other BA's I am sure. Selection is one of the best that I have ever seen at an east coast beer bar, especially the bottled list which had a tone of rare northern european beers as well as a great mix of rarities from the east coast and mid west. I had a samicalus helles bottle, and two hopdevils on draft on my last visist. A great place to go in Baltimore.

francisweizen, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of sinistrsam
3.55/5  rDev -20.6%

I had lunch and a few beers with my girlfriend on a Saturday afternoon. We beat the rush, but by the time we left it was pretty crowded.
Max's sits in a prime location and is an excellent physical space; cool bar with huge glass-fronted coolers which allow you to see almost everything they have, and they have a lot.
Unfortuntaely, it took me 15 minutes (literally) of standing at the bar to eevn see a menu, and I was one of a dozen people in the place; the one bartender was talking to a patron casually at the one end of the bar, while the other bartender was slowly cleaning glassware. Althogh I know both of them saw me, I finally had to wedge myself between 2 people at one end of the bar to get the guys attention. My next big problem was that they didn't have an inventory list of the beers in the coolers; I was told it was due to a belgian fest they ahd a few weeks back, but the problem began when it got crowded and you had to lean between 2 people and stare at the coolers to find something you want. NO garuntees you could even see some of the stuff they had, and if it was behind another bottle, you're SOL.
The food was good and the beers I did get were fine, but the service really disapointed me. I would definitely go back, and see for sure if this was how thigns usually are, or if this was a fluke.

sinistrsam, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of gus
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%

Attended the Belgium Beer Fest. Lets say i will be attending next years fest also. The bar was packed on the saterday of the fest, the beer was excellent. I tried as many as possible, and all were great. The food was pretty good and went along with beer, alot of cheeses and an excellent ham sandwich. Atmosphere of the bare was excellent i met so many other people who just wanted to drink good beer and hang out. I would like to come back on a regular weekend and i am sure with out the same amount of people the place would still be an excellent beer bar. The service for the fest was pretty good considering the total number of people. And the prices for the beers that were consumded was not bad. I would reccommend Max's for anyone visiting Baltimore.

gus, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of akorsak
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%

Max's Belgian Beer Festival, what a great time to belly up to the bar. My observations are based on the goings-on during the festival and may not be indicative of a normal day at Max's.

Atmosphere: A crowd of 20-25 people greeted my wife and I at 10:45 on Friday morning. All beer geeks jazzed up for some awesome Belgians. The bar itself was long and wooden, immeasurable tap handles dotted it and the wall behind the bar. Great place. And did I mention that it is smoke-free?

Quality: The 4 hours spent at the bar were met with nothing less than great service, good food, and great beer.

Service: The bartenders were quite attentive (they had to be, the place was jampacked at 3PM when we left), fast to refill either samplers or full chalices. They get kudos for having to tend to so many of us.

Selection: 100 taps! That is not a type, 100 taps adorned the bar and wall. All Belgian, some of which I've never seen or heard of before. Coolers full of bottles were present, stocked with a nice array of Belgian and American offerings. The big winners of the day were Ommegang's Saison de Gewurz and Les 3 Fourquet's La Fourquette.

Food: Belgian-inspired offerings abounded. We went through a cheese plate, jambon and chicken sandwiches and lots of frites. Delicious.

We spent a nice chunk of change but the experience was well worth it.

akorsak, Feb 20, 2008
Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD
99 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.