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Max's Taphouse

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world-class

245 Ratings
Ratings: 245
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: n/a
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 joeren
4.58/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Went to Fells Point, in Baltimore to look at our daughters apartment before starting at JH last March. My wife and I wandered past this place one late morning just as Bob was getting the place ready to open. I walked in to see what they had on tap and was very pleasantly surprised. We've been back several times since then. If you drink good beer and you visit Baltimore, Max's Taphouse should be on your list of places for lunch or dinner. If you are visiting the Inner Harbor, Max's is a 15 minute walk straight up Lancaster to Broadway..

Joe
Amsterdam, NY

Photo of alysmith4
4/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Went to this bar for a beer festival, so it's hard to give it a normal review of beer, service, selection, etc. But I can say that it was a great space, and a ton of fun to enjoy some unique brews in. And from what I can tell, they are dedicated to good, quality beer, so I imagine that any time you go, you won't be disappointed. The festival was a blast, and I'd like to go again. They had a huge selection, and all the proper glassware to serve the beers in. A standout for me was this strawberry ale, delicious!

Photo of Yetiman420
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Stopped in for two beers on the way to the airport.

64 beers on tap with the only ones I wouldn't consider being Bud, Guiness, and Woodchuck. Everything else, I would call world class.

Ellezelloise Hercule Stout on draft? Lots of other Belgians, probably 2/3 of the menu devoted to Belgians. Cazeau, Contreras, De Dochter, De Regenboog, Lefebvre all had multiple offerings on the list.

We went with Burton Baton and oak aged Ten Fidy. Three chalices of Burten Baton came in at $24 (and this was around 2:30 on a Tuesday.

A spectacular bottle list that included the first time I've seen a focus on vintage offerings. Anchor 1.5 liter holiday back to '95 ($70) and SN Bigfoot back to '99 ($20).

I'm sure that if a beer is available in Maryland, Max's has or had it.

Photo of blackie
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

stopped by with the parents after a visit to Fort McHenry - the place was pretty well packed and quite loud, but we were able to secure a table in the deserted back room, the upstairs was roped off at the time

located on what seems to be a pretty awesome stretch in Fell's Point, Max's is a spacious place with an old-school well-worn pub feel, wood floors and a long wooden bar, beer paraphernalia and other random curiosities all over the place, lots of tv's - this place can obviously go from chill spot to full-on sports bar game days and weekends, bottles displayed in a glass fronted cooler behind the bar

the most frustrating thing about bars specializing in Belgians is being forced to blindly pick some obscure name from a long list of them - but when essentially the whole list is quality chances are you'll luck out, ended up pretty pleased with my choices of Emelisse Winterbier and De Ranke Noir de Dottignies, Belgians are king here (though my visit closely followed the annual 72 Hours of Belgium, so this probably varies), with a few interesting local selections as well, glasswear was appropriate - don't really care for the heavy chalices but that's probably a personal thing

prices on the menu would be nice - not sure what the deal is with that

bartenders were extremely efficient given the crowd, thumbs up to them, the doorman's attitude was questionable

chose the crab dip for a pre-dinner snack, the portion was large and it was tasty - could have used a bit more on the left side of the crab:cheese ratio, but no biggie

Photo of Caesar024
3.85/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

Been to Baltimore several times and a trip to Max's is pretty much always on the list (a couple pegs down from a visit to Brewer's Art). The place is in the heart of the Fell's Point bar district, so plenty of the party crowd comes in whether they're after the good beer or not. Max's has them covered, too because the place is enormous with what looks like about a hundred taps with lots of craft and imports, but plenty of BMC mixed in. Lots of TV screens everywhere with news and sports and sports news on to draw your attention away from the neon and conversation with your neighbors. It would have been nice to get away from that scene, but the upstairs was closed off the last two times I was there.

But the beer, again. There's a lot of great beers on tap, and I finally got to see a bottle list last week and am truly impressed by their Belgian selection and prices. Cask beer is available, but the Lagunitas New Dogtown I received was far too cold and in a huge plastic tumbler.

Service for drinks at the bar is quick, efficient, and most the bartenders really know their stuff. One even recognized the out of town brewery shirt I was wearing and chatted me up about it for a second. Unfortunately it was too busy to really talk to the bartenders about beer at all.

As far as table service, I don't think there is any because we cleared our own glass and had to order food at the bar. And the food is (unfortunately) merely alright: fried foods, burgers, and chicken sandwiches.

Photo of JoeKahn84
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Simply put; I love this bar.

While I've never been a resident of Baltimore, my work has found me in Charm City fairly often, and usually for extended periods. Early on in my tenure in the Land of Present Living (Okay, I'll stop) and still in the early days of my love affair with beer, I heard tell of a place with what I thought was a fairly unique promotion: Every Wednesday from 5 - 8, Max's would serve the nights featured beer in a logo pint glass, and at the end of the night, you got to keep the glass. Seemed like a neat idea to me, so I checked it out and, at the risk of abusing an old cliche, my life would never be same.

Upon entering, I was blown away. At this point in my beer drinking career, I knew very little about what was out there. I could name perhaps German or Belgian beers, and maybe 30 American Micros. So needless to say walking into Max's was a wake-up call. I very quickly became a regular.

Max's has an extensive beer menu (an ever changing tap list of over 60 beers, hundreds more in the bottle, as well as their 3 beer engines) so there is always something new to try, but what makes this place special is the staff. Every one of Max's bartenders (or beer-tenders, as they like to be called) has forgotten more about beer than I'll ever know (there I go with the cliches again) When not busy, they are more than happy to help you select a beer, and have recommended quite a few exceptional brews to me in the past, not to mention steering me away from beers worth avoiding. Be aware , however, that Max's does get busy, especially on weekends, and its not always possible for the staff to maintain the level of personal service. Also, if you are a jerk, beware. I've seen the Max's staff put many a rude customer in their place.

While the food is "general pub food" it is delicious. Burgers, wings, fries, nachos, etc... all do well to help soak up all the beer.

I should also mention that Max's hosts a few annual events, including Belgian and German themed weekends with special menus and often including some very hard to find brews. And if rare beer is your thing, they also host an annual "rare and obscure beer" weekend. And every Tuesday they host a "beer social" witch features special beers, special guests, and who knows what else.

Max's is the meter stick against which I measure every other bar I visit. It opened me up to a world that I never knew existed, one that I've been exploring since. How many people can say a bar changed their life?

Photo of Reagan1984
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Visited here on a recent trip to Baltimore.

Really enjoyed my evening at Max's.. About 50 or so beers on tap and an insane bottle collection. All of the usual suspects from the craft world and some regional gems. Good foreign beer collection. (England, Germany, Belgium etc)

The atmosphere is slightly above a dive bar. You can tell the place has been around for a while. Has a lot of character and loads of characters at the bar. Seems like there are many regulars at the bar. Really love the neighborhood and the location.

Service is friendly, yet a little rushed. The first beer that I was served is one that I did NOT order. The bartender was so busy talking he confused himself. Luckily it was one that my buddy wanted to drink. So I moved on and it did not go to waste.

This is a place to go for the beer and not the food. Typical pub fare and nothing special. We had some wings and also a couple of sandwiches. Average at best. Don't let this keep you away, just eat somewhere else first.

I will definitely go back on my next trip to Baltimore.

Knowledgably staff and good selection are the strengths...

Photo of drabmuh
4.16/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Went up to visit a friend in Baltimore and had to stop by this place. Bonus, we got to watch the UF game (12 - 0). Bonus. There were about 70 taps (impressive) and really no crap on tap. There were a couple of questionable beers on draft but overall a great selection.

The bar feels a little like a sports bar, which is fine. Lots of wood, lots of TVs, seating at the bar and at tables. Several rooms, a pool table, we sat for several minutes before I decided that we probably had to order at the bar. The bar tender asked me my name and then remembered it all night, I was impressed and she was attentive and filled my orders without any problems.

I ordered beers on draft and no bottles but after my second beer I asked for a bottle menu and this is where I got really impressed. Not only were there a lot of bottles (100s of bottles) there were really rare and really expensive beers. If I lived in Baltimore I would be there all the time wasting my paychecks.

No one in my party ordered food so I won't comment except to say that there was food there.

Overall, table service would be nice, maybe prices on the draft menu (there were prices on the bottle menu) but for a beer bar it was a good place with great selection. There was also a full bar, usually this annoys me but I didn't see anyone really ordering liquor.

Photo of bbeane
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Atmosphere- In a nice happening part of town. Walked in on a Saturday, mid to late afternoon... very busy. Loud, well lit and seemed to be a very upbeat establishment. Lots of TV's, neons, other beer signage. We were there for a pretty extended amount of time, and found that every person we talked to were super friendly... and many were very beer knowledgeable

Quality- Pretty nice. My only observation was that the bathroom smelled a bit like a porta-potty, though my girlfriend said the women's bathroom was fine

Service- This threw me off a bit... We got into the bar, found a table with a few dirty glasses on it, and sat and waited a bit... no waitress. Gotta pretty much get your own beers and order your food at the bar and a server will bring it to you when it's ready. Food seemed to come pretty quickly though dirty glasses seemed to pile up a bit along with the 2 dirty glasses that were there from before we got there

Selection- Beer selection was absolutely phenominal... draft and bottles

Food- Not a super huge selection, though I think anybody could find something they would like. Thought the food was a bit expensive, though it was all very tasty (chips and salsa... $5.50, ceasar/portabella mushroom wrap... $9.50, dozen wings... $9.50)

All in all, a very great experience and definately worth the visit... will go back.

CHEERS!!

Photo of Daniellobo
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

A tremendous beer classic in Baltimore's Fell's Point neighborhood. Enormous draft selection, very diverse, and nicely taken care of, with decent pub food, and atmosphere.

After many visits to Baltimore I was still very much looking forward to a chance to visit Max's, and three of us finally could make it on a weekday around lunch time.

The place was unsurprisingly very quiet, with almost a single bartender taken care of the whole main space peppered by a few patrons. His service was good and pleasing. We were entertained by the draft list that he promptly offered, and requested little help after that.

The selection was very impressive and diverse, including three brews on cask. 70+ beers on tap as per the print-out list of the day. All the things we tried around the table felt rather fresh and stimulating with some highlights. For me, and without a doubt... I'm still in awe remembering the cask Lagunitas Lucky 13. The bottle selection looking at what was held behind the bar, and some other locations with vintage old ales, and barleywines seemed also rather enticing, full of classics, and very diverse.

The food was adequate pub fare, but nothing memorable, it did the trick to support the session nicely and without much pretense. Likewise, it felt like a large beer pub, good to spend some time with friends around quality brews. All in all, an absolute must if one is into craft beer and setting foot in Baltimore. I'll be back...

Photo of InspectorBob
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Went to Baltimore for a conference and I said to my buddy, we must go to Max's Taphouse. Let me tell you, after hearing so much about this place, it lived up to all the hype. I never saw so much beer in one place. DFH 120 on tap, are you kidding me! They had to have close to 200 bottles of brew in the refrigerators behind the bar, maybe 40-50 taps? We arrived around 1:30 in the afternoon, so we had the place much to ourselves, and we started drinking. Allagash,Duvel Red,Green on tap, Stone 13 Anny on tap, Ruination, I could go on and on. Had a big plate of mussels which were awesome. Five hours later we left, totally beered out. Good thing we took a cab.. I'm kicking myself in the ass for leaving the tap and bottle list on the bar when we left, so I can't remember everything the two of us drank. All I can say, if you go to Baltimore, this is a must stop if you love beer.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.94/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I made my first trip to Max's (and Baltimore) this past week (10/16/09). I have to say that their beer selection is just incredible (both on tap and bottles)! I didn't have any problems finding quite a few brews I wanted to try. Any place that has Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA on tap is fine with me! All the beer I had was served in its proper glassware, too. Prices seemed fair. The service at Max's was also really good. It wasn't crowded when I got there, but by the time I left they had quite a crowd in there and the bartenders still did a great job when it was time to place my order for another beer. They were all knowledgable about beer and were cool to talk to. I didn't have any food there so I can't say how that was. The people there were all pretty nice, and I met some cool BA's there too. All in all I thought it was a great place to hang out and have some excellent brews, I recommend Max's to anyone who either lives in the area or was visiting from out of town like me. I'll definitely be going to Max's again on my next trip to Baltimore!

Photo of Zeisloft
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I visit Max's quite a bit, for the reason of drinking beer. On the weekends it can get crowded, which may lead to a wait for your beer, but the beer is worth it. The ever changing selection allows for your choice, or just ask the bartender to grab you one of any certain style. Most of the bartenders know what is going on and can help you though the beer. The food is ok, very edible, but it is bar food. They have no waitresses, so that can get old, but it also makes it so you aren't dodging or bumping into them. The best time to come is in the afternoon, grab a stool and enjoy the brew. With tables outside, it makes a beautiful afternoon even better.

Photo of qchic
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Just another glowing review for Max's...

I visit semi-regularly for the stellar lineup of draft beers and enjoy taking in the view of all the bottled offerings behind the bar downstairs and upstairs in the lounge. Can't imagine ever being disappointed with the selection, and beers are always served in appropriate glassware. The experienced bartenders know what they're doing and aim to please as long as you don't come in acting like an arse. Weekend nights are full of light beer drinkers, so I suggest visiting on tamer weeknights to relax and appreciate this place. Some might complain about the lack of table service, but I'm pretty self reliant, so def not a problem for me. Cool fests throughout the year are becoming increasingly popular, and cool opportunities to sample the various offerings that Casey wrangles (don't know how he does it!). I prefer to eat elsewhere but the short menu could provides ok bar food in a pinch. A landmark in the craft beer world that one should visit when in Baltimore.

Photo of thain709
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I wasn't even trying to find this place in Baltimore...but I saw all the tap handles hanging in the window and I was intrigued. What a place. I loved how they used the tap handles for decorations.

Speaking of tap handles...there were about 70+ working handles...plus 3 casks I believe. The selection is unbelievable in both the tap list and bottle list. The bottles line almost the entire back wall.

I was able to try Heavy Seas Big DIPA (they also had it on cask). It was very fresh and served to me promptly. The service was very good for how busy it was. The bar was full...tables all but full...and people standing around.

There's not much else to say that already hasn't been mentioned. The bottom line is...visit Max's when in Baltimore (I know I'll be back!)

*UPDATE: Well, I returned. This time we were able to try some food. The wings (ten in an order) were a nice size, not too saucy, and had a nice crunch to them. The cheesesteak quesadilla was big enough for two people to share (there could have been a little more cheese though!). Everything came out together and it didn't take more than 15 minutes.

Photo of alleykatking
4.58/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Stopped off here while I was in Baltimore. Nice looking hole in the wall bar on the outside with a massive suprise on the inside. Behind the bar it's just loaded with beer beer and more beer. More handles than I have fingers many times over. Bartenders were very nice and prompt. I drank some Wild Devil on tap and Hop Wallop out of a cask. This place was a nice treat. Wish I could have spent more time here but I had to run. Friendly enviroment and I can tell this is the place to be on the weekends. My next stop out this way will surely bring back to here again and again. Would recommend to anyone from out of town that wants to find a place for good beer.

Photo of morebeergood
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Second stop on our Baltimore pub crawl. After a great crab dinner near Litte Italy, we made our way over to Fell's Point. This was where I wanted to start the evening. Very comfortable feeling inside. Looks like a great beer bar, but also has a laid back dive-bar vibe to it. Loved sitting at the bar and having all the beers displayed in front of you in the coolers. We were served as soon as we sat down, and checked on regularly. Bartender even took the time to explain to us Northerners who "Natty Boh" was. Nice. Selection was crazy. Tons of beers on tap and in bottles. I found an Allagash beer that I haven't even seen on tap in New England. The smoked Burnham Road was served in a fat goblet glass. Very tasty. I can see why this bar is a must-see if visiting Baltimore.

Photo of beertravel
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This was our first visit to Max's. It was a hot and humid day and our walk from the Harbor really worked up a thirst. Upon arriving we were blown away by the selection. I would not find most of these beers in SNJ! We enjoyed several new beers to my list and had a very filling lunch. The food was quite good and lots of it. We could not eat it all and took the rest with us. The bartender was very attentive and ran up and down the bar stopping and talking to each group. We'll have to return again when we can stay over and enjoy more of their selections! Looks like a Fall road trip to me!

Photo of jgasparine
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I have lived in Baltimore for 12 years now, and it took me a few years before I discovered the Tuesday Beer Social at Max's... absolutely brilliant!

The selection is unparalleled here, and I have NEVER said to myself "when's the last time they cleaned the draught lines?". Everything tastes fresh, it's always served in a clean and appropriate glass, and the staff is extremely knowledgeable.

The crowd is more beer-centric on a weeknight... you'll see more people drinking Miller-Lite on a weekend...

The food is good- gets the job done. Pricing is fair - I mean, you get what you pay for. I HIGHLY recommend that anyone visit Max's if they're in Baltimore- ask for Casey (the Cellarman).

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of mtstatebeer
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of pjt34122
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of mltobin
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of Spacegrass
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

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.

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