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Taps: 15 / Bottles: 32
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
3.76/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Essentially this is a craft beer mecca for locals, located in a hole-in-the-wall bar. The selection is awesome, they have 15 drafts which they rotate continuously so I can usually find something new or interesting available. If not, they have plenty of choices available in bottles. There is a liquor store attached with a nice selection to get something to go. I don't always go out to drink, but this is easily my #1 choice for local (to me) beer bars. I would not necessarily recommend this to out-of-towners unless they were coming through the immediate area, since parking is only available on the street (and the nearby meter-parking lot is about to be sold to build a Walgreens).
06-06-2013 19:34:58 | More by toolg
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
i'm a little biased to this place because it is my go to watering hole because it is very close to home. The thing i like about it is it has a very laid back neighborhood bar type vibe, but with good beer. There's always a ton of regulars in there so i'm always running into some one i know or just some one i have seen and talked to over the years in there. But even if you're not a regular, the people are almost always friendly enough that you can strike up a conversation. The beer selection is pretty good, they have 15 taps which are always rotating, and two regulars, Guinness and Miller Lite. The always seem to have about 2-4 hoppy selections. They have a good bottle selection of Belgians and other interesting things too. The other great thing is that this place is reasonably priced. They are also expanding soon with a bar on the other side with a bunch more taps, and food which right now they do not have. I don't know when this is going to happen as it has been in the works for years, but it looks like they are almost there, and i'm curious to see if it changes the vibe of the place at all. The other great thing is that it is attached to an abone average liquor store. And sice it is attached to a bar, it is open on Sundays, holidays, and always open late. This is not the place i would recommend for someone coming in from out of town to seek out unless you're already in the area for some reason, but for anyone near NE Baltimore or Baltimore County area that's close to here that has not been here it is definitely worth a stop.
06-24-2011 18:28:45 | More by AngusOg
4.28/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $
From the outside, Racer's looks like a hole-in-the wall that only is there to substantiate the adjoining seven-day liquor store Harford Beverage Co. (got to love MD liquor laws). But looks can be deceiving.
atmosphere: While currently the place is rather small with only a 20-25 foot hook-bar, two bar-height island tables, and 7-8 regular tables, they have acquired and renovated the other-adjoining storefront for additional bar space that has yet to be opened as of Thanksgiving 2010. Even with its current accommodations, the place never seems too cramped even when they're busy.
Up until recently, a rustic part of the atmosphere was the presence of peanut shells all over the black and white checkered flag linoleum floor, dispensed from an old Quaker-State oil can (they did away with the peanuts due to pest problems, but now offer less-messy bar-mix free of charge). Moreover, the place highlights its racing theme with displaying of NASCAR on race days on its 6-7 TV's. On other days you'll find on the TV's anything from Orioles and Ravens games to other football, baseball, soccer, whathaveyou. The bar also has a pool table in the back, some MD lottery-sponsored games (KENO, Racetrax-virtual horse racing), as well as a couple of arcade and "for amusement only" machines.
quality/service: In the proper context, quality and service at Racer's is great. Usually only 1-2 bartenders working (which is usually more than enough), friendly and tend to remember you if you come in enough.
selection: Surprisingly diverse. You would never think a little place like this would have such a great selection. Two chalkboards highlight both the bottled and on-tap selections.
Bottle selections are heavy on European beers, with Belgian ales being the most predominant, but they also have some of the more premium beers from local/regional craft brewers, the prices of which are not much more expensive than what you could buy them for at carryout in either their store or elsewhere.
The true crowd-pleaser is in their on-tap selection. With at least 12-13 beers regularly on tap (with what looks like a capacity for 16 total), there is an ever-changing selection of domestic craft and not-so-typical imported beers. There is something for everyone, the only mainstays on the tap rotation appear to be Miller Lite and Guinness (but that is usually as main-stream as they get, it is very common to hear someone come in and ask for a Bud or something similar and hear the bartender respond with "don't got it"). On-tap selection usually highlights a few seasonal beers, but you will occasionally find they put something rare or out-of-season out there. They have also been known to do special out-of-season events like Christmas beers in July. The adjoining Harford Beverage Co. also has a nice selection of craft and imported brews that is sometimes stocked better than some of the larger liquor stores in the area.
food: As noted before, free bar snacks upon request. They have no kitchen, but they usually don't mind if you bring in outside food.
value: The price is right, outside of their happy hour, beers on tap usually run no more than $6 for their rarer/special/seasonal beers, but most are usually in the $3-5 price range (with the Miller and Guinness running even cheaper).
Their happy hour special is the best around. Everyday (and that means Mon-Sun) before 7PM, three (3) different beers on tap for $6.99. Some of their more special beers are excluded from this deal, but there is still enough to choose from to make this deal tough to beat.
If you live in or around Baltimore, this place is worth many-a-try and will not disappoint.
11-28-2010 15:14:45 | More by weller1js
4.01/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
A total dive that you'd never expect to have such a fantastic selection of craft beer. From the outside it appears to be nothing special, and even on the inside (at first glance) one might take Racer's to be a simple neighborhood dive bar...
...but one look at their "beer menu" (really two chalkboards) and you will be amazed to see a fine selection of domestic and imported craft beer! What is that- a pint of Franziskaner Hefe for $3.50?? A 12oz mug of Palo Santo Matron for $5.00?? This is the CHEAPEST hi-quality craft beers I have seen at any bar! But wait, it gets better- order any three [different] mugs of draft beer simultaneously for $5.99!?!? THIS IS LUDICROUS!
Draft lines seem to be well maintained, which is good; but the bar staff don't seem to know about beer. No food available at the bar either other than chips.. but you can bringin take out though.
For the money i have to see this is hands down best value for craft beer at a bar in baltimore.
06-27-2010 04:14:13 | More by jgasparine
4.08/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
My gf finally convinced me to check this place out. It's in a fairly seedy part of town but not dangerous. Parking is pretty easyif you don't mind meters.
We walked in and it reminded me of many of the area dives complete with local color, free peanuts & shells all over the floor. But when we walked up to their beer lists (2 blackboards on the side wall) my jaw dropped.
Not only did they have one of the better lists of hard-to-find drought and bottled beers, but the prices were crazy low. Old Engine Oil and Corsendonk bottles for $4, Persuit of happiness and clipper city taps for $3.
Their selection isn't the biggest in Baltimore, but it's the most strategic and well thought out and by far the best value.
01-14-2010 19:39:33 | More by belgianale
3.94/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a great bar for beer fans. They have a rotating supply of 12 to 16 micro brews on tap. Each week they change so they have a chalkboard listing the beers, the brewery, the location brewed in, and the alcohol content. As someone who likes to try new beers its nice to walk in and see what is new for the week.
A pitcher is 12.75 which is a fair price in this area for micro brews.
This is not a fancy place, they provide peanuts so there are shells on the floor. They also do not play the TV or music loud, so its an ideal place for meeting others and talking while enjoying the beer.
05-04-2009 00:39:28 | More by gobias
3.8/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $
I tried this place recently and had a pretty good time.
A - Racers definitely had a dive-bar atmosphere about it. Personally, I enjoy that laid-back, neighborhoody feel, so that was a plus. It was a little dark and the bar is situated in such a way that the TVs are a little hard to see. If you're looking for a great spot to watch sports, this isn't the place.
Q - Quality was good. Nothing to complain about. Place seemed fairly clean for a dive and beer tasted fresh and clean.
Ser - The service was the only thing not great. The bartender was attentive but rather unfriendly. If you're looking to chat with the bartender and be welcomed in like one of the family, don't go here. Other than that, the service was fine. I was never without beer and never had to ask.
Sel - The selection was outstanding. They had over 15 craft beers on tap.
F - I didn't have any food. I don't think they serve food.
V - Beers were cheap. Two pints for $5 during happy hour. Not bad at all.
10-20-2008 12:45:51 | More by orangedive
Racers' Cafe in Baltimore, MD
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