Max's Taphouse

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

253 Ratings
Ratings: 253
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: n/a
Taps: 145
Bottles: 1,200
Cask: 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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Ratings: 253 | Reviews: 172
Photo of tjthresh
4.01/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of jjboesen
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of saltydog
4.58/5  rDev +2%
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!!!

Photo of Hefe
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of PudTinkler
5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of farHillsBrewer
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of ChrisBowers
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of QXSTER1
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD
99 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.