The Wharf Rat
Taps: 40 / Bottles: 25
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
4.16/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.75 | $$
Anyplace in the US that has four active beer engines is outstanding for me. The Wharf Rat had a delicious English IPA (which had a nice American hop kick), a quaffable red and pale, and a winter warmer that was spot-on--no lame spices, just the right mix of malt and hop. I enjoyed these four cask ales so much I didn't bother with the food--which if it looked better I might have. Not that it looked bad, and not that the staff didn't work very hard on the pizzas I saw made, but it just didn't look worth the distraction from the great beer. The service was outstanding as well, which we all know can make or break a place. Sean made sure I had plenty of water to "stay hydrated", was well-informed, and made the place feel warm and welcoming.
02-15-2014 22:28:21 | More by fulcrum
4.29/5 rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Wow, what a wonderful place. Very few bars feel so cozy right off the bat. This is the bar I would want to build in my basement. In fact, I plan on ripping off the plans for the bottle cap table. The selection wasn't diverse, but the quality was great, Best of all was the five taps on the 100+ year old hand pump cask system. Even getting my ass absolutely handed to me in pool didn't dim the glory. Great bar, great story, great beer. I would go back to Baltimore just for this place. I did order mussels which came cold, but upon pointing this out to the bar, he discovered the cooker was broken, took the food back and offered to replace it no charge, but our group was headed out so I will say I didn't try anything.
04-11-2012 02:48:19 | More by mdwalsh
The Wharf Rat in Baltimore, MD
91 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.