The Wharf Rat
Taps: 40 / Bottles: 25
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
3.5/5 rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stop number six, day two, of our Baltimore pub crawl. Wow, when you walk in, it's pretty unique. Looks like a sailor's bar from 1785. Very dark and dusty. Loads of junk adorning the walls. Normally, I would think that this place is a dump, but I can tell that this is the look they are going for, and it works. I would have given service an average rating, but I am going above average because a nice woman employee took the time to tell me the history of the Wharf Rat and the Pratt St Ale House. Plenty of Oliver beers on tap, including two different ones that I didn't see yesterday at Pratt. I went with the Anniversary Bitter and my wife had the Vanilla Ice. Both tasty and different. This was the last stop on our tour, and I am glad that we had a chance to stop by a place with so much history.
08-07-2009 20:12:40 | More by morebeergood
3.59/5 rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
The Wharf Rat is located on South Ann St. in the Fell`s Point section of Baltimore. When I was there, they had 10 or so regular draught lines and 2 cask offerings. Half of these beers were from Oliver`s Brewing, which I believe used to owned by the owner of this establishment, but was sold off some time ago. Guinness, Bud Light, Hoegaarden, and others were also on tap. They also have small bottle list. The room is dark with a lot of bric-a-brac on the walls and graffiti covering the bathroom walls. A relaxed and unpretentious environment that serves up a good selection of Olivers and a small selection of guest beers. If you have never had an Oliver`s before, I would stop by The Wharf Rat.
06-08-2009 22:51:22 | More by mltobin
3.76/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $
Wharf Rat is your definitive "waterfront tavern," even if it is more than a few blocks from the water - although it's a short stumble up the street from John Stevens (see my review) and a 5 minute walk/stumble from the beloved Max's (see my review).
It has a dark interior, low lighting with plenty of wood; upon entering, is a very small bar area on the right opposite a few rickety but well-worn tables. Off to the side is a poolroom. There is another larger bar/dining area in the back. Throw in some muted TVs (always nice) and some interesting music, then you are ready for a pleasant quaffing experience.
The Rat offers a veddy fine selection (16 taps) of Oliver's British ales and some good lagers, including several casks of the former. They range from Manchester Cream Ale (think Boddington's), a smooth pour stout, a bitter and an Old English Ale (think Old Peculiar) all served in room temperature in a bloody imperial pint glass. And ... if this isn't enough, the prices are very reasonable. During my recent visit, a pint of their Merry Ale went for $4.00.
Note: the Men's Room is literally at the end of the front bar.Certainly convenient. The Wharf Rat must be included in your Fells Point pubcrawl.
12-21-2007 20:34:55 | More by jjboesen
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
3.86/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped in here with BA Dyan on a recent trip to Baltimore. The Wharf Rat is a dive bar and runs with it. Multicolored Christmas lights decorate the ceiling beams while the tables are old and grimy. A pool table in the back gives you another pastime while being in the bar. People seem to really enjoy both carving and drawing on anything in the place. The minimal crowd the night I was there (Wednesday night) was of the hipster variety but it was a quiet night.
It was tough to get a very good reading on the service considering all I did was walk to the bar and place an order but it seemed standard enough. Two cask ales were pouring the night I stopped in, a bitter and ESB, the bitter was excellent and the ESB was a strong example of the style as well. The pints ran right around $5 which is acceptable in my opinion. I had a pretty good time during my short visit to The Wharf Rat and wouldn't hesitate to stop by again in the future hoping to catch more of that wonderful bitter on cask. Good choice on the quick stop Dyan!
This place specializes in English beer so keep that in mind on your visit.
04-07-2009 19:28:23 | More by joe1510
The Wharf Rat in Baltimore, MD
91 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.