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Max's Taphouse

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

223 Ratings
Ratings: 223
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.48%
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 Spacegrass
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%

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 -0.2%

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 +6.7%

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 -4.5%

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 +2.7%

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 -10%

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 -0.9%

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 -5.8%

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 +7.1%

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 -6.3%

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
Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD
99 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.