The Wharf Rat
Taps: 40 / Bottles: 25
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
4.83/5 rDev +18.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
This is a great pub. The beer is in fantastic. Hands down, I have not found a brewer that makes so many different styles of ale that are consistently this good across all styles. The Oliver line of beer is insane. They have a GREAT Irish Red, ESB, Cream Ale, Blonde, Porter, Iron Man Pale Ale, and list goes on. The food is typical pub food, which means it is perfect for drinking ale. The fish and chips are good. The Crab Dip is INCREDIBLE, and they make a great pizza. The atmosphere is a real time water front pub. The help is sometimes a bit less than friendly, but all the women servers are very nice. Either way, when you are there for their 3 beers for $4 deal (daily 10:30am to 7pm and all day & night on Thursdays) who cares how nice the staff is to you?
07-14-2005 19:56:29 | More by SundeyPSU
4.8/5 rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $
Serves the same beers as their Camden Yards location, so the beer is still phenomenal.
The thing I liked about the Fell's Point location was how quiet it was. It had more of a neighborhood bar feel than the other Wharf's Rat.
The bartender was talkative, friendly and had a nice, long coversation about beer, which I love to do at any time.
The music in the background was eclectic, with Frank Sinatra followed by Led Zeppelin. There's also a pool table in the background.
The Wharf's Rat is also located around the corner from a closed police station, which was used in the filming of my favorite show, "Homicide.'' I know that has nothing to do with beer, but I found it extremely cool.
09-27-2006 17:45:43 | More by n0rmann
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
4.36/5 rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
This is one of my favorites. In the British lower class style, you almost feel as if you are on the docks in Jolly old England.
The beer selection is top notch and very English. They don't disguise it either.
The Wharf Rat in Fells point even has an open fireplace that roars on cold nights while you sip their Merry Old Ale or their Pagan Porter. Their 3 for $4 deal is a great way to sample their fine beers.
True English fare on the menu as well as the standard pub grub. However, I don't go here for the food. The beer and atmosphere is second to none.
12-02-2005 22:21:03 | More by Terp96
4.34/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Ain't ever been down here and I want to see Baltimore and more, but we can't do everything, or so I've been told. No matter, we've got some daylight to burn yet, twilight, moonlight, too, lots of it best I can tell and no end in sight 'til we say so. Handsome Ed's done this show once or twice before and knows a place this way not far up some. Just when I get settled in we're up and on the go again...
I kind of feel like what you pick up on the approach is a decent tell of what's to come. Brick walls, dark slat wood ceiling over green painted rafters decorated with boat oars and lined with coasters, bar towels, and strung Xmas lighting. Ceiling fans, lamps and lanterns, shuttered windows, beaten wide plank floors. A straight wood bar seating 9 sits off to the right side, with an open kitchen & oven down on the end. 2 towers of 7 each on the bar at different points and tiered booze over mirrored backing on the barback. A single flatscreen views above in the corner, and an English tele booth and a brewery schwag display case up front, one to each side of door. Some 8 tables riddled throughout the main room.
To the rear, a narrower room with another bar seating 8, mirrored barback unit, tiered booze, and ceramic mug club clubs above, on corner shelving and down below. 4 small square tables lie adjacent here. The area is lined with figurine heads, each with it's own deadly sin.
In the far back there, a small room with brick floorings, the walls painted red below high panel wood walls covered and trim lined with ship models, urns, steins and mugs, period pieces, maps and paintings, below a high high ceiling with an arched window. Tight, but large enough for a fireplace, a single red felt pool table, and a pair of tables.
14 house beers, 2 house casks and 5 guest taps (Hoegaarden, Bass, Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat, Yuengling, Woodchuck Coder). Attempting to hit a sampler, they threw me a curve. Their samplers are 3 mugs for $4. Not a bad deal but I'd have to drink, rinse and repeat to take in everything I'd want, so we all just mixed and matched instead and got a good view of things. The Oliver Blackfriar Stout was roasty and chocolatey malty; the Bishop's Breakfast, an oatmeal stout, was also nicely chocolatey and had some great licorice about it; the Oliver Pagan Porter was smooth, dry and a bit to the licorice as well; the Oliver Blonde Ale had a good hoppiness to it; the 3 Lions Ale, a strong English Ale came in the highest of the lot at 7.5%, and was nicely malty; the Vanilla Ice, a seasonal wheat beer made with vanilla beans, was light and sweet; and the Old Habit Ale, an English Brown was probably the weakest of the beers we sampled. The Oliver Blackfriar Stout and Bishop's Breakfast were my favorites. They also had a dark mild, golden wheat, summer light, pale ale, Irish red, amber, and cream ale. Some of the beers were similar but different, but there was a good range nonetheless, for what you can do with English style beers. The 2 casks, an ESB and the Best Bitter, were both off due to pressure problems but I won't slight 'em for that.
Also some 20 bottles; a single domestic micro (Sierra Nevada Pale Ale), some decent imports (Chimay, Liefman's Kriek, Old Peculier), the rest blah imports, macros, maltos and N/A's, but you're not here to drink them anyway. And, yep, they fill growlers, too.
Service was good. Once the "Who's the bigger hippy" banter started flying, bartender John offered up "He (Phil) is the shortest hairiest hippy I've ever seen" (and right he is). Good house. The unique décor lends to the place being strangely comfortable. What most curious Englishy pubbiness.
12-17-2007 23:49:08 | More by slander
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
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3
Great place to grab pint down in Fells Point, a bit off the beaten path perhaps, but well worth a visit. This place has obviously been around for a while, I'd guess the building is from the early 1800's, lots of rough woodwork, huge fireplaces, staircases to nowhere, and various nautical brickabrack. Very cozy.
I'm not sure if this place used to be Olivers brewpub, but all the beer is now brewed a few miles away at Warf Rat's "cheers" styled restaurant/pub on the main tourist trap strip at the inner harbor.
The beer selection is great! Lot's of interesting english-style brews on tap. They usually even seem to have some cask-conditioned stuff on the hand-pumps. A very good thing indeed.
Food is standard bar-fare, descent when sober, ever better with additional pints. Waitstaff/Barstaff are friendly and attentive.
06-19-2004 15:21:24 | More by sideshowrob
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $
Atmosphere is great. Everything is well-worn and comfortable. Bar up front and in back. I thought it was going to be cheesy but it isn't at all. Very charming. Pool table in the back room.
Everything looked clean. The bar was what it promised.
Everyone was friendly. It's the type of place where you order at the bar and they'll bring it out.
8 taps on the back bar plus another 5 on cask. I can't remember the exact # of taps up front. Maybe 10? A lot of Oliver beers, which is the local brewery now owned by Pratt Street Brewing Co., I think. Wharf Rat previously owned Oliver's (or something like that). The selection was good though. North Coast, Victory, Troegs, DFH were all there.
The prices were cheap compared to VA. $5 got you a sampler comprised of 3 10oz beers, anything you wanted. Everything was $5.00 - $5.50 for an imperial pint.
It's a block from the harbor and there are lots of cool shops, restaurants, cafe's within walking distance.
If you are in Baltimore, you should visit.
08-10-2010 20:34:03 | More by esv
The Wharf Rat in Baltimore, MD
91 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.