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170 Reviews
Reviews: 170
Visits: 260
rAvg: 4.42
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

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Reviews: 170 | Visits: 260
Photo of lessthanhadley
5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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. (516 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Visited the establishment on a Thursday afternoon. The bar was almost empty with only one other table being occupied. The bartender asked us if we were there for food, beer, or both. When I answered yes, he gave me the on-tap and the food menu so we could get started. What a massive selection of beers. And then to see an ale from Scotland on cask? And then to have it served in the proper glass and at the proper temperature? Had I died and gone to heaven? We placed out food order which arrived as I was finishing my second beer selection. The food was excellent. The protion size was enough to be filling without being too much. I also ordered a six-pack to take along which the bartender was happy to kepp refrigerated for me while we continued to tour Fell's Point. It was the perfect drinking and dining experience. (822 characters)

Photo of PudTinkler
5/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (839 characters)

Photo of JoeKahn84
5/5  rDev +13.1%
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? (2,497 characters)

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This bar rules. There's about 100 taps, hundreds of bottles, lots of beers I've never seen or heard of before. Many many high quality brews. They also have adjunct lagers for the less adventurous presumably mostly college crowd.

Our bartender was super knowledgeable about beer. We talked to him for a while about the different beers we've tried. He had us split two rare beers we'd never heard of for free. He brought us water without us asking to cleanse our pallets. I ordered the new Game of Thones beer, Blood and Fire and said it wasn't very good. He also agreed with me that only the first GOT beer was any good and these beers only sell because they're A. Ommegang and B. Game of Thrones. It's not often you get to speak with such a knowledgeable craft beer connoisseur as bartender. He even apologized for the price of one of our beers. I wish people in New York would feel bad about charging $7.75 for a fantastic imported IPA. We conversed with another guy we met at the bar and even he hooked us up with some sour stout that was absolutely delicious.

If you're looking for quality craft beer choices in Baltimore look no further. This place can't be topped. This is one of the best bar's/bar experiences I've had, period. (1,236 characters)

Photo of Big_V
4.95/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

V- cool atmosphere. Pub style where you kinda seat yourself.
Q- this is a MUST to visit for beer advocates like myself.
S- excellent service, our bartender knew his stuff and some great recommendations for us. He gave us 2 free bombers upon leaving.
S- over 100 tap selections and great bottles, many not able to get without trading. I was able to get Jester King and Grimm.
F- typical bar food but it was unique and excellent. Suggest the drunken wings marinaded in Guiness stout. The wifey had the mussels which were excellent. (530 characters)

Photo of Asher1982
4.95/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The first time I was here was for the Belgian Beer Festival in 2007. It was probably the greatest time I have ever had sitting in a barstool for 7 hours, if not the only time. I returned again several months later to find that their beer selection, both on tap and bottled, was still insane and full of a lot of the awesome Belgians I had tried previously, but with plenty of other micros and imports to satisfy my taste for something new.  The atmosphere in this place is very chill mixed with a little bit of crazy.  I don't know if it's because of the sixty-some tap handles and the hundred-some bottles that makes me think the place is awesome, or if it's because of the people on both sides of the bar that makes me think it's awesome.  All I know is that I always look forward to taking a trip to Baltimore. All the bartenders I have encountered here have a great knowledge of beer and will take time to help you make a selection that you will be more than happy with. But, I have to say that Jamie is my boy. He took care of me and my friends both times I was there. I can't wait to kick it with him again at the 2008 Belgian Beer Festival. (1,150 characters)

Photo of mendvicdog
4.94/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Definitely the best bar in bawlmore. They have the most taps, and they go through them quickly. So there is always something new to try and everything tastes fresh. I try to avoid going when I know it will be super busy, but the service has always been excellent. It's a bit dark inside and I would prefer if they had a larger bar area, but it's still a great place. I'm there for the beer, so the atmosphere is not that important to me. I have only had fries once, so I'm not going to comment on the food. I have not heard good things though since I don't think they have a true kitchen. I would plan on eating somewhere else. (627 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.94/5  rDev +11.8%
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! (1,058 characters)

Photo of sketchcornwell
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is great. A layed back atmosphere with a realy cool looking bar and tap area. Very large and pletty of room for seating. The beer selection here is fantastic. A bunch of great belgians on tap and an even greater selection of bottle beers. The service was outsatnding as well. All three of the bartenders know everything we wanted to know about beer. The were very helpful in selectiong some to try both there and to go. I didn't try the food but the menu looked good. Reasonable prices for what you are able to get. To go beer was sold for closer to liquor store prices then at the sticker price for the bar.
They also have a celler of some rare aged beers.
I will deffinitly be going back here next time I am in Baltimre. (734 characters)

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Me and my buddy went to Max's on a Tuesday afternoon, and had a blast! The selction is ridiculous (they had 102 beers on tap when we were there)! They have tons of rare & one off beers that you won't find anywhere else. I had Stillwater/ brewers art Red wine barrel Debutante & Duclaw Retribution! Delicious! The service was outstanding, our bartender Bob was a really nice guy. I bought a vintage Mikkeller Black Tie to go afterwards and he gave me a complimentary beer snifter glass! We will be going back every tuesday we can possibly make! (543 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I have visited Max's in the past, but my visit during the 72 Hours of Belgium were quite memorable. Easily accessable from the Inner Harbor by a short cab ride. Hit the bar early afternoon and we took up residence at the bar. The bartender was extremely friendly, and was quick to ask where we were from (based on the Jersey accents I guess). He handed us a Belgian menu and touted a few beers to try. Plenty of breweriana to look at, like tap handle collection and glassware. Pool table adorns the back room area. You got to love the "Prescriptions" neon sign just over the bar.

The tap selection was tremendous because of the Belgian fest, but they still offered plenty of the mid-Atlantic's finest beers such as Victory, Brewer's Art, Clipper City, Oliver's, etc. My visits in the past never disappointed from a beer selection point either. Hundreds of bottles from many micro breweries are clearly visible in the large glass refridgerators. Simply put a great selection that included west coast beers like Great Divide. We did not try the food but it looked quite good, especially the wings.

If there is one place to hit on a visit to Baltimore - it is this place. You can still get the Brewer's Art and Oliver's beers here along with everthing else in the region. Every time I have visited Max's I have experienced friendly service. You will get the college kids wanting large 32 oz lite macro beers to get drunk on Friday and Saturday nights, but be here in the afternoon for a relaxing and pleasurable bar visit with great beer selection. (1,553 characters)

Photo of asabreed
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is one of the musts in Baltimore. As my friend told me, however: "Be prepared to spend a lot of money." This is certainly true, but it's one of those times -- as long as you don't drink so much that you don't remember what you're having -- that he's right. That said, of course you can go and have two or three and leave, but there's just so much to try.

The atmosphere -- and granted we were there on a Friday night -- was a little chaotic. It's expected, I suppose, but I still am not a huge fan of going to places where it's tough to get up to the bar, though people are usually pretty friendly and will let you through. Ideally, it's best to meet someone there fairly early in the evening, someone who already has a seat at the bar, and have them order drinks for the crew, or one or two, depending on your party.

I have to give a huge credit to the bartenders; despite the claustrophobia, the service is usually very good. And not only that, but in all of the chaos, they make sure to have proper and heavy glassware, which enhances the experience, especially when you're paying a decent amount for good beers.

The list was pretty nuts, in my opinion. A lot of things I hadn't heard of. Specialty brews, and almost every brewery I could think of was represented at least somehow, even if they only had one style or one particular brew from a brewery. I say the prices are fairly expensive, but again, if you're looking for those hard-to-find brews, this is your place. And they have enough to keep the folks who aren't beer nerds or connoisseurs happy.

Glad I got to experience this place. I'd definitely go back if I'm in Baltimore again. But remember, to make it a better experience, bring your wallet, and don't go during the peak hours. (1,758 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Wow, this is one of the best beer bars I've been to. I've been twice, both in the afternoon, before any crowds descended.

The restaurant is set in historic Fell's Point, right off the square, giving it a wonderful ambience, much like inner harbor Annapolis and other classic old seaside urban settings. Enjoy your beer at one of the tall metal tables fronting the plaza.

Walking in you'll notice in a crossbeam a wonderful quote, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." The main bar extends down about eleven big-screen TV lengths, fronting batteries of spigots and six double-doored fridges. Several rooms lead off the main bar--upstairs by the wooden indian, the game room off the side, and a hook to the main room in the back

Decor: dark wood floor, brick walls, floral patterned ceiling tile; paraphernalia scattered around the various rooms; draft handles for window crenellations.

Now the beer. When I went there were 102 beers on draft. Not a dog in the bunch. The Maryland beers are set in bold, in case you wish to go local. All prices were very reasonable. I had an astonishing set of beers, for about $5 each, including Heavy Seas Plank I. The food I had on my first visit was ok, but the mediocrity is not difficult to forget once you get into the hops of the place.

Make Max's a part of your beer journey in Balto. (1,352 characters)

Photo of ricknelson
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Max's Taphouse is by far the absolute best pub that I have ever been to, so far. Did a three day trip that included going to DogFishead brewery, DC and Baltimore. At Max's my brother and I met the owner who took us upstairs and showed us his bottle collection. He said he was trying to set the Guinness record for having the most number of beers in stock. Think he said he had over 2,000.
Took the Water Taxi to Fells Point and received a coupon good for a free beer at Max's just for taking the Water Taxi. Great deal.
While in Baltimore we went north of the city about 20 miles to Andy Nelson's BBQ to meet Andy Nelson who shares the same name as our father. This Andy played football for the Colts with Johnny Unitas and for the Giants with Y.A. Tittle. What a super great guy. Gave signed photos of him with the Colts, and free T-Shirts. I gave him a quart of Vermont maple syrup.
Max's is a must see for any true BA'er (923 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Max's Taphouse, Baltimore. 102 beers on tap!! And 102 beers of quality, mind you. No bull here. No Guinness and Bud fillers. Not even Victory Pils filler! :-) This is serious stuff.

Max's is an expansive but cozy bar in the cool Fells Point area of Baltimore. Old school, with lots of wood and charm.

Super friendly bartender! Her name is Jessica and she is a doll. Will make you feel like a local in your first visit. She knows her beer too! All the other employees are really friendly too, specially Bob the morning bartender. Also The Ass Master and everyone around. Great people.

Selection and quality... absolutely top-notch. I mean, 102 taps! And all of them REAL! Five casks to boot...

Many rarities, like five Bruery beers on tap, Italian crafts from Del Borgo and Del Ducato, micros from New Zealand and Canada... Eight Maryland beers too. Lots of oak-aged stuff and big beers.

All of them are, according to the knowledgeable and super-friendly bartender, cleaned and cleared periodically to make room for new taps (even daily). All beers tasted very fresh.

I tried Flying Dog Double Dog Nitro (my first time on nitro), Harviestoun Ola 18, Dogfish Burton Baton, Sierra Bigfoot 1999, Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog, Flying Dog Fresh Hop... serious stuff!!!

I feel like I've said this before, but this is the most interesting selection EVER! I have seen large selections of draft beer before, but with a lot of boring handles. Nobody approaches the depth and expertise of Max's.

Food is good but not great. Efficient Mexicans cook average pub grub that sometimes rises. Their crab dip is delicious, served in a bread bowl. Also their baked-potato soup. They've got a yummy chorizo quesadilla. Their burger is also very tasty. But I mean, don't come here expecting fancy fare. Pricey too.

As for beer prices... I have to rate them reasonable. Sometimes I think they're pricey, but they really are not. I mean, most beers are $5-$6, even the rare ones. Then some extra-special ones like Harviestoun 40, Dogfish Bitches Brew or Dogfish Burton Baton will run you $7-$8, but still, not bad! Big samples are about $2.5 a piece.

I wish they had a regular happy hour, but they do have a really cool special: $6 for a 32-oz fishbowl of most beers (including big stuff like Hebrew Lenny and Southern Tier Unearthly) during game nights. Wow!

This is definitely, absolutely, forever and ever my favorite bar on Earth. I want to move to B'more just to be near Max's. (2,479 characters)

Photo of Clint_Yoho
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

The beer selection is awesome. The fests they have especially Belgian Beerfest are awesome. The bartenders are awesome. I just wish the food was awesome. It is your standard barfare. (186 characters)

Photo of Jono0284
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.25

Max's is a craft beer lovers dream. The selection is unparalleled in MD and could go head to head with anyone in the county. The staff is friendly and knowledgable and quick to offer help in your selection. The prices I have always found to be fair and even during beer events any beer can be served in a sample size.

This really needs to be a destination if you want to drink good beer and have a nice time. The food is ok (its bar food) but there are some gems on the menu like the Drunken Monkey Wings. (507 characters)

Photo of InspectorBob
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (883 characters)

Photo of Scottw86
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

This is a great place. The beer list is impressive and the prices are decent. The bar is very long with lots of seating and the bartenders are great. The beer list is constantly changing so there is always something new there every time. Max’s will usually have a good amount of people all day long on the weekend during the summer, and the atmosphere is really good too.

They also have a large bottle collection that you can browse, but bottles are pretty expensive. Stick to the tap list and you'll have plenty of great choices including some rare Belgians. (562 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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). (694 characters)

Photo of filthyphil
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 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! (501 characters)

Photo of napetry
4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great atmosphere and friendly people willing to talk beer and otherwise chat about the local brews and neighborhoods. Selection of draught and bottle beers is fantastic. Only 3 or 4 beers on the draught menu that were familiar to me. Bartenders extremely helpful and service oriented regardless of the fact they were extremely busy. Will definitely go back next time I visit Baltimore. (385 characters)

Photo of iNHaze
4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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. (925 characters)

Photo of MsRogueRed
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I love this place and wish I lived closer so it could be my neighborhood bar.

You can't ask for a better selection of bottled or tap beer. They have almost anything you could ever ask for.

Service has always been topnotch. I've never had to wait for a beer and if I had any questions or wanted recommendations, they've never lead me astray.

Food is great too, with fast service.

This place is worth the drive. We live about an hour or so away but try to make it down here as often as possible. The only downside is that you need to stay over night to really enjoy the selection. (590 characters)

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Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD
98 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.