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Alewife

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

29 Reviews
Reviews: 29
Visits: 58
Avg: 4.17
pDev: n/a
Taps: 40
Bottles: 100
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

21 N Eutaw St
Baltimore, Maryland, 21201-1718
United States
phone: (410) 545-5112 | map
alewifebaltimore.com

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Place added by: dankopp on 09-20-2010

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Reviews: 29 | Visits: 58
Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by here while staying in Baltimore near the stadiums. I saw a handful of good reviews here on BA so I gave it a shot. From the outside it looks like an old Library or former Education building of sorts. I almost walked right into the glass covering the opening of the "front doors" (actual entrance is to the right). Cool vibe going on inside including a huge handwritten chalkboard draught list. They have high ceilings with a second floor deck overlooking the main bar and restaurant area.They had about 40 beers on tap when I went, and another 95 in bottles. The beer selection was nice and well packed with local brews which is cool. The food menu was short and sweet with a few small plates, artisanal sandwiches, mussels, calamari etc. I had a big tasty burger and some of the calamari. Both of the bartenders working that evening were helpful, personable and friendly. I'd recommend this place to anyone looking for good beer and a cool spot. I'll be returning here on my next visit.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tomkob11
4.21/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Overall a great bar. Only problem is the insanely high prices.

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Photo of Xenoreactive
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My favorite place to go to in Baltimore. Before reviewing everything, alot of the negative reviews of this place seem to be attributed to the fact that individuals were seated at a very busy, yet small environment. Service can obviously be lackluster even in slow times when the personnel are prepping for peak hours.

Vibe: A bit chilly, but beautiful. There is definitely a dark and sinister atmosphere to this venue where dim-lighting and close-quarters bring a tight-knit and open-ended resolution to the joint. Nevertheless, a diverse crowd always comes out, be it visitors, tourists or local beer-snobs. Love going there late at night when it's generally packed and everyone is enjoying their time off.

Quality: Exceptional. Be it food, drink or service, this place is top-notch. Their brew selection is phenomenal ranging from international players down to the local one-offs. Fantastic rotating tap with roughly 40 beers always ready for your enjoyment.

Service: Love all the bartenders that I meet here. They are welcoming, appreciative of good conversation and always open to doing a shot when offered in the right setting. Tip them well, since they have alot to juggle throughout the day. Food comes fairly quickly as well.

Selection: Incredible. For such a small venue, I could not be more satisfied. A definite hot spot for anyone in the business center of Bmore. Well-priced and free-flowing.

Food: Phenomenal. Had a few of their artisanal dishes. Was impressed by the presentation, balance and overall flavor. Although the food may be a bit pricey, the quality definitely speaks for itself. Portions are on the short side, but it's not leaning towards greasy big-portion bar food, so much as catering to delicious pairings. Loved the mac n cheese along with a particular fresh scallop dish.

Overall: Will always visit whenever I'm in this great city.

Edit: Not to scare anyone, but this place is haunted for sure. A few voices can be heard where you least expect them...

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Photo of seanchai
4.21/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Devman171
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of TedStrosser
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of PuppyClawz
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have been to Alewife several times and each time I wonder why I keep going back. I think they have a decent selection of drafts and bottles. The problem each time I have been there is the service. On a weekday afternoon while sitting at the bar you should not have to wait 15 minutes to be waited on. There are plenty of other great places in the city to frequent. The food is ok but overpriced and a very limited menu. Each time I go is a disappoint which sucks when they have pretty good beers on tap.

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Photo of needMIbeerinMD
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of ricknelson
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MaximumYuks
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of wisrarebeer
2.75/5  rDev -34.1%

I've wanted to visit Alewife for awhile and finally got the chance. We specifically stopped by to sample a few beers they had on tap based on their website. When we arrived we were told the beers were no longer available and that approximately 5 taps were dry. We were also told that there were beers in the cooler that could be put on the taps but that they were waiting for the weekend to start tapping them. Very disappointing.

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Photo of jaymo18
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of qchic
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Good beer and food (and cocktails). Interesting building--old bank--which explains why it doesn't give me the warm and fuzzies. Loud, too, but I like the low light. The location can't help them, but I love me some Bmore and don't scare easily. I wish I was more compelled because it's around the corner from the light rail. Still, I recommend.

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Photo of Klebe
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Great food and equally matched draft list. Oh and LOTS of bottles. But then hey, who goes to a bar and drinks bottles when the tap selection is on point?

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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Alewife in Baltimore, MD
92 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.