The Wharf Rat
Taps: 40 / Bottles: 25
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 22 | Show All Ratings:
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4.16/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.75 | $$
Anyplace in the US that has four active beer engines is outstanding for me. The Wharf Rat had a delicious English IPA (which had a nice American hop kick), a quaffable red and pale, and a winter warmer that was spot-on--no lame spices, just the right mix of malt and hop. I enjoyed these four cask ales so much I didn't bother with the food--which if it looked better I might have. Not that it looked bad, and not that the staff didn't work very hard on the pizzas I saw made, but it just didn't look worth the distraction from the great beer. The service was outstanding as well, which we all know can make or break a place. Sean made sure I had plenty of water to "stay hydrated", was well-informed, and made the place feel warm and welcoming.
02-15-2014 22:28:21 | More by fulcrum
4.29/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
4.75/5 rDev +16.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Ok, maybe I'm biased as a Baltimore native. But after living in England, I think this place is the absolute closest American equivalent to an actual English pub. Atmosphere is outstanding, not flashy, but worn in and comfortable with plenty of old knick nacks hanging on the walls. I think only one or two small tv's (I hate sports bars with a tv on every wall). As far as the beer is concerned, they've got mainly Oliver's and High Seas varieties, which, to me, are some of the best English style ales in the U.S. Understand that this place is intended to be an English style pub, and it's dead on in that respect, it isn't a beer distributor. Like any actual pub, they've got one or two main breweries available and then a few more common beers. As far as the food is concerned, its typical pub grub; burgers, fries, pizza, etc. Their crab dip is awesome and i'd guess the same for any of their seafood. Some people complained about not being served by a waiter at their table. Once again, most, if not all, English pubs ask that you order your drinks and food from the bar. All in all, this pace is as British as it gets in Baltimore, or anywhere else in the U.S. for that matter, and if that's not your scene, go somewhere else.
03-21-2012 23:25:04 | More by sfk20
3.79/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Tomorrow: Max's Belgian Beer Festival. Tonight: Dinner at Brewer's Art followed by a pint at the Wharf Rat. For all the days spent at the old Wharf Rat (now Pratt Street Ale House), I'd never been here.
Atmosphere: An old English pub, Americanized. The obligatory red phone booth is to the right on entrance. Two bars abut seating, more seating upstairs and a pool room to boot. Kinda reminds me of the Pratt St. Wharf Rat back in the day.
Quality: Good beer, varied selection. No table service; clean heads. I really enjoyed sipping through my pint here.
Service: Order drinks and food at the bar. As per my guidelines, that warrants a 3.0. Bar staff was friendly though, so...
Selection: I counted at least 8 Oliver's offerings, including two on hand pump along with 15 or so additional brews. Hop Devil and Loose Cannon joined Oliver's Best Bitter and ESB on the handpump. I had the aforementioned Best Bitter, ksak went with the Oliver's Scottish Ale (on CO2).
Food: Food is prepared by your bartender right in front of you. I perused the menu but didn't partake, so I'll pass on a rating.
02-18-2011 01:45:39 | More by akorsak
3.79/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
The Wharf Rat is a very cool sailor's bar in the "wateriest" area of Fells Point. Lots of character!
Pretty good but not great service in a very slow/dead early afternoon. He was a little busy chatting away with some bar folks, but fine.
Selection is pretty good but not great. Lots of Oliver beers (anybody know the straight story on this?), all of them English-style. Too British for my taste!
Nothing outstanding, no crazy American craft brews. Mostly lagers and smooth ales. Five cask ales, though, including Victory Storm King, which was too hot for my taste.
They had a focus on Oktoberfest beers, and also Guinness, Hoegaarden, Stella, Yuengling, Stella... this is quality beer for the masses! :-) Not the best selection, but acceptable.
Nice deals on pricing, though. I had the "try 3 beers for $5", and the pourings are huge! Full mugs of any beer. On Fridays, three casks for five dollars.
Didn't try food, looked very basic, the bartender cooks it all... how good could that be?
I had Heavy Seas Prosit, Victory Storm King cask and Paulaner Oktoberfest just because bartender recommended it, even though I know I'm not a big fan of it.
I wouldn't come back here, considering the amazing Max's is a block or two away, but it sure is worth coming at least once for the atmosphere and the British-style ales.
10-26-2010 21:22:08 | More by DoubleSimcoe
The Wharf Rat in Baltimore, MD
91 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.