1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Alewife

Not Rated.
AlewifeAlewife
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

51 Ratings
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 14.08%
Taps: 40
Bottles: 100
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

21 N Eutaw St
Baltimore, Maryland, 21201-1718
United States
phone: (410) 545-5112

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @alewifebaltimor

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: dankopp on 09-20-2010)
Place: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of garfscores
1.5/5  rDev -63.6%

Photo of Daltonmoo
2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

Photo of wisrarebeer
2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

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.

Photo of qchic
3.75/5  rDev -9%

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.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of mltobin
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of snowghetto
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of bheilman
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Good atmosphere. Lots of people that cared about what they drank and a mix of 40 somethings through mid-20s. Solid music in the background. Friday night was mostly older somewhat new wave, I feel like New Order and Devo came up a feww times. Saturday afternoon was closer to current indie/emo music. The bar was cool in a sort of industrial style with lots of sort of bar classic wood mixed in.

Had about 40 draft beers maybe more. It was a little difficult to understand exactly what they had. They had a chalkboard with the drafts and some had ABV, some listed prices, but some were labeled with nothing. They had a paper list of drafts but it was also incomplete. On the other hand, they had about 20 Dogfishhead on draft. That's more than I've seen anywhere, including the brewery in Milton, DE and the restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, DE. They also had a strong selection of Stone, ~10 options. So I had plenty to choose from and overall, those complaints are pretty minor compared to my overall experience. They also had a cask, and it featured Victory Hopdevil. I love Victory, so I defintely was delighted with this option and with the flavor.

Bottle list was impressive, with a lot of solid Belgians and some other europeans and american crafts, but I did not have time to try anything there. My guess would be on the level of 60-80 options.

My service was fine. I went there twice in 2 days. Once for dinner and the next day just before my flight out of town. The afternoon service was fine for me, but I do have to mention that a couple got up and left because it took a while for them to be served and they went to the bar a few times to request service. I do believe it was a miscoomunication between the server and the bartender, but figured I had to mention it. The food was solid. I had Ox tail on top of panco crusted mashed potatoes and fried onions on top. It was excellent. I also ordered some tempura battered frites. Not sure exactly why I ordered it because the concept sounded a bit ridiculous, but I like tempura and I enjoy belgian style fries. Anyway, they didn't really come out so great. The tempura batter was fine, but the inside was sort of like a slimy, barely cooked slice of potatoe. Not awful, just not all that great. I do applaud the effort to be creative, I would just remove this from the menu and go with traditional tempura and traditional frites. Both can be awesome and improved with some subtle additions.

The food was a little expensive, but I thought the beer prices were pretty good. In general, these prices are fairly reasonable considering it is so close to the inner harbor and I had a crab cake sandwich for lunch at another local restaurant that was around $15.

Photo of smakawhat
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located not too far from the Lexington Market subway station Alewife is a place easy to miss.

Entering though you are in a giant large ceiling building that has been redecorated and screaming new gentrified fashion, while still remaining old world charm. The patronage is diverse, and the place was very busy for a Tuesday night when I visited.

Aside from one foul mouth racist drunk in the corner trying to stir things up (who didn't last long), everything here is quite comfortable and pleasant. The building and crowd reminds me a lot of the nice places I frequent to drink in DC, although the clientel in Baltimore is classic locals who are different from their nearby DC counterparts.

Service is ok, some minor attitude but nothing you can't really fault. Beer selection here is a step up and also contains lots of good glassware to go with it.

Didn't get to try all the food, but the fries in duck fat never fail, and the burger is rich if perhaps a little too rare but no major complaints.

I really like the atmosphere of this place the most, it really feels and gives me an idea of what the residents of Baltimore look like and what their city has to offer, and the building is real nice inside. I will always keep this place on my radar when visiting Charm City.

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of MaximumYuks
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of BeerThursdays
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Klebe
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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?

Photo of jmel10
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Was looking for a bar Friday night during my visit to Baltimore last weekend and decided on Alewife because I thought I had heard something good about it at one point in time. I was pleasantly surprised upon walking in when I saw there were 40 beers on tap.

It was a Friday night so the place was full but definitely not crowded. The atmosphere was laid back and enjoyable. We were able to get seats at the bar almost immediately.

Both the draft and bottle selections were good. The service was also good. I didn't try any of the food.

I did feel that the prices were maybe a little high but I had a good experience and I would come back if in the area.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of Jesstyr
4.08/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Pumped to check this out pre-O's game, and was glad to give it a shot. Overall this was a good experience with a great waiter, interesting beer selection and decent food - overall worth a shot in the area.

Love the old bank building, and they did a great job making this place comfortable, but interesting. Cool bar, stained glass, bank doors, etc. Was really pleased by our friendly and knowledgeable waiter - helpful picking out food and beer to pair, just a good guy.

Beer selection both on tap and in bottle was great. Definitely seasonally focused, but a great mix of local craft and great beers from the world, including St Bernardus on tap, and a strong selection of bottled unique beers (JW Lees, etc). Food was just so-so - the cheese grits were as good as I've ever had, but the mussels were not good. Similarly kobe hot dog was great, but shrimp (with heads on in bbq on grits) were not well executed.

Worth a shot if you are in the area.

Photo of Gravitron
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

For a beer destination bar in Baltimore Alewife is up there. Great decor in an old style bank. The bar itself is beautiful. Bartenders are always on point and know their product. Don't leave without sampling the food menu. Burgers are bangin'. Conversation is easy and the crowd is pretty diverse from theatre crowd to University of Maryland medical grad student happy hours. Alewife is only 5 blocks north of Camden Yards so if you're a beer snob and want something nice before you go buy $8 Miller Lites at the ball game than hit this place up for sure.
Bring your wallet though. Those beers add up. You get what you pay for though.

Photo of jmaharaj
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Overall Alewife is fantastic, good beer, good food, interesting(but usually great) service. As a beer place alone its very good but the selection while expansive (40 or so taps) doesn't seem greatly balanced. also it seems like they are out of a lot of bottles on the menu. Don't get me wrong, I am stoked to have a bar like this around, but its just that sometimes the selection seems weighted too heavily towards one genre. The food is wonderful, great jazzed up versions of pub favorites. and they do a late night menu for stragglers.
Beautiful dark wood interior with lovely large windows, but you never know whether its going to be crowded with loud music or calm and quiet.
Honestly this is my go to bar, despite the fact I live moments from max's. Its got its warts but it rivals the brewers art as the best beer and meal place in town.

Photo of akorsak
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped by on a Saturday, late afternoon early evening before heading to Ottobar for the Greg Dulli show.

Atmosphere: The nicely restored building, both inside and outside. Alewife is across Eutaw St. from the Hippodrome theater and seemed to do good pre-show business. On entrance, I was greeted with a huge (and very tall) bar and seating area. A small alcove, maybe four tables, overlooked the bar. A couple of TVs but nothing that would dominate the scene. There are two huge chalkboards of tap and bottle offerings.

Quality: Service was a bit slow in the early going (strange because it wasn't that busy) but that quickly turned around. Restrooms were very clean and I noticed, over time, that the booming stereo was gradually lowered.

Service: Again, a little slow at the outset. That didn't linger for long though and, by the end of the night, I had no complaints.

Selection: This is where things got interesting. There were remnants from the Stone night a few weeks back and I led off with a Vertical Epic flight (06 through 09), topped off with a goblet of 10 for good measure. Plenty of other Stone offerings, along with a number of Victory, Boulder and Stoudts brews as well. The website isn't as up-to-date, so use that with caution. A nice bottle list. And I had to chuckle at the special: Southern Tier Cuvee 2 bombers for $5. You couldn't pay me $5 to drink one of those!

Food: Appetizers to soups and salads to sandwichs to entrees. I had a cubano, my only complaint that the gruyere was a little too overpowering.

Photo of 321jeff
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Stopped in here for dinner on Saturday night with my wife. It's kind of a pain to get to, especially coming from the south, you sort of have to go a couple blocks above it and circle back, but once you get there, 2 public parking lots await less than a block away. Usually parking is the worst part about these places. Valet is advertised, but no one was outside when I pulled up. Inside is a trendy setting with two-story ceilings that make it feel very open. We sat downstairs and didn't venture up to see the 2nd floor bar. Bottle and tap lists are written on the wall in chalk and aren't easy to see from some of the seats, be prepared to get up from your seat to order a beer. Beer selection was decent. I visited in late September and found lots of American and European Oktoberfest beers. Stone seems to be their featured brewery as they had a higher percentage of their drafts and bottles over the others. IPA's are broken out on a separate list, neat idea. I had a Wienstephan Hefewiezen, which you don't see on tap every day. They ever served it in a .5L Wienstephan glass. The food was probably the highlight. Our shrimp appetizer was average, but my wild mushroom risotto cakes and my wife's chicken were both top notch. Prices were a little on the high side for the food (although it was worth the premium - the waiter made a point to tell us that everything is made from scratch on site.... even the ketchup) but my .5L Hefe was only $6... I would expect that same beer to be about $10 at some of the other local establishments. Service was also good, we got lots of attention as there wasn't much of a crowd there. I probably wouldn't go back for an average happy hour because I live closer to some of the other local beer bars, and they are easier to get to for me.... but I don't think I'll have any trouble talking my wife into going back there for dinner every few weeks to enjoy some good food and beer.

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Alewife in Baltimore, MD
92 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.