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Bertha's

Not Rated.
Bertha'sBertha's
BA SCORE
88
very good

12 Ratings
Ratings: 12
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.68%
Taps: 15
Bottles: 15
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

734 S Broadway
Baltimore, Maryland, 21231-3406
United States
phone: (410) 327-5795

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(Place added by: nrpellegrini on 02-16-2010)
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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Visited November 2012:

I found this place more out of convenience and accident than anything. The night that I visited I had planned on going to Max's, but they were holding a charity event that required a $35 cover. While I am sure that the cause was worth it, I looked in and the place was packed, overly so, so I decided to skip it, plus I was on the company dime and wasn't willing to shell out my own cash. Without any research, I walked across the street and noticed people streaming in at a good clip, so I thought that it couldn't be all that bad, plus they had a Victory Brewing sigh in the front, so I figured that they must at least have a few craft selections. Upon entering, you enter the bar area, I took a seat and the bar tender walked over, introduced himself and proceeded to let me know what they had. They had a decent selection, Stoudt's, Victory, the Brewer's Art Resurrection in a can, and my favorite of the evening, Heavy's Seas' Pale Ale, an English Pale Ale on cask, which the bartender stated was the house beer.

I ordered food, mussels of course. They were good, nothing spectacular about them, as well as an appetizer. The service was good, the bartender engaged in small talk most of the evening, mostly about beer and the Baltimore beer scene. The place filled up nicely over the two hours that I was there. Friendly scene, and a band started up around 9:30pm or so. Overall, a good experience, but as long as they have the Heavy's Seas' Pale Ale on cask, I will be back the next time that I am in Baltimore.

Photo of Gavage
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2

This is a well known bar in the Fells Point area which has a focus on mussels. Since we were in the mood for some, we stopped in to give it a try. Defintely an old worn down interior with plenty of maritime and other nic nacs around. The bar area is not that large, and there are a only a few beers here worth having like Victory, DFH, and Olivers. Numerous macros here. We ordered some beers and two orders of mussels. The beers were fresh, but the mussels were rubbery and tiny. Not a fan of the dipping sauces or bread either.

Service was prompt as the place only had a few people in it, and bartender engaged in some small talk. Overall the mussels were a disappointment, along with the beer selection. There are too many other bars in the area to hit for better seafood and beer selection.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

"EAT BERTHA'S MUSSELS"

If you live, play or even just walk/drive occasionally by the Fell's Point neighborhood of Baltimore, you know what to do and (hopefully) where to go.

Bertha's is the quintessential Fell's Point tavern. Cozy, pirate, maritime, British, dirty, unkempt. You gotta love it, or get outta here! The Christmas lights inside the bar are funky cool, as is the weird 60's psychedelic music and the general shabby chic look.

You are here for one thing only, of course. "EAT BERTHA'S MUSSELS". Yes, they are good. Very good! No wrinkled, sad-looking mussels like a cat's penis here. Those belong to the FFB's (Fake French Bistros) of NYC. Bertha's mussels are plump, fresh, briny. They taste of the ocean, and go oh-so-well with all the sauces she provides (mostly butter-based, yum!).

The only disappointment was the sheer amount of empty shells we got in our serving of mussels. I thought it said, "EAT BERTHA'S MUSSELS", not "EAT BERTHA'S EMPTY MUSSEL SHELLS"! (I wouldn't mind a sticker of that, though)

Beer selection is limited, but you are here for one thing only, right? "EAT BERTHA'S MUSSELS". Lots of Oliver Ales, plus Victory Hop Devil and Stella, Guinness, blah-blah-blah. I'll stick with the mussels. Also a cask selection, always a bitter. Excuse me, we are British indeed!

The Hop Devil I ordered for my wife was slightly warm, which I thought great but she is not a big fan of cask-y beers.

Service was alright. There is a dining room in the back, but we stayed around the bar (much more authentic). It's pub service, and the bartender is classic British port tavern circa 1856, with his stevedore hat and an accent I could only trace to some decrepit rowhouse in the cockney slums of yesteryear London. He might not be the best bartender, but he sure is the greatest character.

Prices are OK. Cheap beer (under five bucks) and fine price in mussels. "EAT BERTHA'S MUSSELS". And then go to Max's across Broadway to get some beer.

Photo of Umbra
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

This place has a nice ambience that mixes well with locals and tourists alike. Nice bands jam in a smallish bar that is significantly different now that you can't smoke in Bmore taverns.
Service at the tables is good and they will steer you in the right direction for what is good that day.

Quality/Selection gets an average. Yes, they have a gravity pull. But you won't find anything beercentric. it is slightly better than the run of the mill macros on tap, which is nice if you are looking for something different in Fells.

Overall: This isn't a beer bar. Enjoy your beer elsewhere (say, across the street at max's) and come here for some better than pub grub grub, but start with the mussels of course.

Photo of waldoiverson
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Came in on a calm Wed. evening, had the mussels (white wine) and they were big and amazing. I also had the clipper city cask pull. It was a very nice bitter though nothing amazing. The amazing part about this place is the ambiance. It is a bar that has been used and used lovingly for years. The gentleman bartender was soft spoken but very accommodating. He knew about the bar's history and the beers that were being served. The beers were a mix of a couple of local brews and the rest were fairly pedestrian though higher end options. I think the selection could be improved. Would I go back? Absolutely.

Bertha's in Baltimore, MD
88 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.