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Max's Taphouse

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

215 Ratings
Ratings: 215
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.5%
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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filthyphil

Georgia

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!

01-13-2009 04:40:10 | More by filthyphil
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Pencible

Virginia

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?

10-20-2008 16:37:20 | More by Pencible
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

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.

09-08-2008 23:57:40 | More by Fish113d
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danadeny

Colorado

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.

08-26-2008 14:45:36 | More by danadeny
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USCTrojanBrian

Maryland

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.

08-12-2008 05:33:31 | More by USCTrojanBrian
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

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

08-10-2008 21:38:21 | More by sholland119
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lessthanhadley

Pennsylvania

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.

07-28-2008 14:17:51 | More by lessthanhadley
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countmeoutt

New Jersey

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.

07-07-2008 21:06:17 | More by countmeoutt
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Burt

Rhode Island

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.

05-16-2008 18:32:42 | More by Burt
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francisweizen

Alaska

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.

04-03-2008 20:55:37 | More by francisweizen
Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD
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