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Mahaffey's Pub

Not Rated.
Mahaffey's PubMahaffey's Pub

37 Reviews
Reviews: 37
Visits: 53
Avg: 4.3
pDev: n/a
Taps: 21
Bottles: 100
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2706 Dillon St
Baltimore, Maryland, 21224-4706
United States
phone: (410) 276-9899

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @mahaffeyspub

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Reviews: 37 | Visits: 53
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I am very impressed with this place. Heard about it through pubcrawler.com and decided to check it out. As the previous reviewer mentioned, there area about 8 or so taps. They seem to always have Brewer's Art Resurrection but the remaining taps are rotated regularly. Some I've seen are several beers styles from microbrews such Troegs, Stouts, Old Dominion, Avery, Victory, Dogfish Head, Celebration from Sierra Nevada, a Belgian here and there, German wheats, locals from Capital City (even Fuel!!) and so on. There are about 20+ bottles as well. Food that I've tasted has been very good (esp. the Jamaican jerked chicken sandwich). The amosphere can sometimes be a little too much of the O'Donnel square crowd (i.e. Miller, Bud drinkers who are looking to get laid). Fortunately most of them stay in O'Donnel square, but you can easily escape them by going to the back tables or even upstairs.

Last but not least, the owner Wayne is very friendly and knowledgeable about what he has to offer. He will make great recommendations to you if you're not sure. Two thumbs up for Mahaffey's. Only wish it were closer to where I live.

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Photo of Devman171
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Baltimore_Adam
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A solid neighborhood place with a very nice rotating selection. Food is notably better than nearby Max's on Broadway and not nearly as crowded, definitely scores bonus points for 3 10z mugs of any draft for $6 during HH. My only reservation: the available selections in both bottles and particularly on draft tend to lean towards alcobombs (8%+) which can make it difficult to session drink at Mahaffey's, as well as making it difficult to introduce beer novices.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Dogum
5/5  rDev +16.3%

This place consistently, and continuously has a great selection of rotating beers on tap. They always have fun events planned. And who doesn't like a good challenge. Drink 100 unique beers and have your name on the wall, with different rewards for every 100 milestone. Great small neighborhood bar that beats out the overly loud, and too crowded mainstream craft beer establishments.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of jimgentile90ipa
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

While the appearance of this pub is dreary you will find it to be a place you will want to return regularly.It is a pub that makes drinking beer a "Beer Festival" 365 days a year. It accomplishes what beer lovers travel many miles each year to "Beer Mecca" (Denver)for the GABF. To sample the many brewers/beers you have heard and read about but never had access to or could afford in the typical local pub/bar or liquor stores. How does it accomplish this?
1) Of its 20+ draft taps three quarters are devoted to out of the area craft breweries.
2) The selection rotates weekly.
3) No INBEV beers are allowed on tap.
4) During the week from opening thru 7PM if you order three 10 oz. mugs at the same time they are $5 total!
The above allows both experienced and novice beer drinkers the opportunity to sample and not worry about not liking a selection. It is not costing him the traditional $8 for a 16 oz mug. But what I really like about this pub is I always find another customer, whether 21 yr to 75 yr old--rich or not--from completely opposite socio-economic circumstances, to have long and topically diverse conversations. Mahaffey's serves as both a Beer Festival and a United Nations. Every time I visit I have meet a new person I consider a friend. Enough Said!!!
PS---Check the geographic diversity of the reviewers of Mahaffey's. Beer lovers from New York, Rhode Island as well as Baltimore appreciate tipping a few or more with Wayne the owner! You will as well as HE is the reason why this pub is the #1 rated Bar for 2013 in a Baltimore Sun paper poll!

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Gravitron
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Mahaffey's is one of those local corner bars that are on every other corner in Canton but there is a lot that sets it apart. The crew there loves beer and loves their customers. The rotating taps are quite impressive for an otherwise unassuming bar. They Happy Hour specials are one of the best in town. 3 10oz beers for $5. When I lived in Canton I had 2 buddies who would go to happy hour with me and each one of us choose a tap and score 3 drinks for a round. It was the perfect 3 man happy hour rotation. So hey. Grab 2 friends and hit this place up for happy hour. It's a small place though and gets packed almost all the time but it's a good crowd and people there are used to maneuvering in close quarters. Just get in where ya fit in.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

This is the definition of a hole in the wall. It is very easy to miss and unless you know where it is, you wouldn't likely pass by it at all. The place is a straight up rectangle that follows the bar and then steps up with a few tables and then the bathrooms.

The food here is quite nice, but I have only had the sliders. They offer beef, chicken, lamb and bison.

The service is decent but it can get quite busy, which means it can take a while before you get your food since they only have the one grill man. Also, there is only the one bartender.

They have a nice rotating draft, which has some good beers on it, but the best part is the happy hour special of three 10 oz. pours for $5. However, the best beers on the menu are never available as part of the "three for". There is also a nice, small selection of bottles to be had.

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Photo of Aewachiw
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A joy to visit, and a Baltimore bar done right. Terrific rotating draft list, and excellent bar food. Off the square, so parking and getting in and out is easy.

Take note other area bars, if you offer a good value, people will return. Too many new places have decided to overcharge and underwhelm (heavy seas).

3 for $6 happy hour makes for a great opportunity try some new brews, or 30oz of your favorite craft brew at the same price.

Shhhh, don't tell anybody about our new favorite place.

My wife and I are the ones at the table in the corner with smiles on our faces.

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Photo of Perrumpo
4.43/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I love Mahaffey's. I often go after work for happy hour. Happy hour deal is three 10-oz drafts for $5. Can't beat that! They focus on having craft beers on tap, and they do a great job. They even had Nugget Nectar. The owner is a fun guy, although overall service can be a bit slow because it gets crowded and there's only one guy cooking on one grill, too. The food is great though. Be sure to get your fries the rosemary garlic type. Comes with aioli. Thursdays are $5 burgers, too. The place is really small, though, so seating can be a problem, particularly if you go with a group. This is my favorite beer bar in Canton.

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Photo of ThirstyGourmet
5/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

After walking into yet another beer bar that doesn't understand what to do with its beer club I became nostalgic for my days at Mahaffey's and felt compelled to write a review. Though I don't presently live in Baltimore I visit a couple times a year and always make Mahaffey's my first stop. It's a bar that loves its beer and its customers.

I first visited in 2007 with a friend who had heard about their rotating drafts (13 at the time, now 19). Rotating drafts were not as common then so it piqued my interest. As someone who mostly hung out in Federal Hill I didn't usually drink in Canton and all of my prior experiences had been less than memorable. Mahaffey's hit a homerun right from the start. The atmosphere was just what you would want from a neighborhood bar, the beer selection was terrific, the food was delicious, the happy hour "three for" promotion was a steal and the service made you feel at home.

But what truly won me over was the 100 beer club. I am a sucker for beer clubs in general but a couple of things make this one stand out. First, you are not forced to drink any beers you don't like. Unlike bars which try to push overpriced bottles collecting dust in the cooler, Mahaffey's doesn't say THESE are the beers you must drink. It simply rewards you for trying 100 different beers. Since the draft selections are constantly changing and first time beers are consistently making their way into the rotation there is always something for even the most seasoned club member to try.

Second, Wayne the owner uses the bar's website as a tool for assisting and recognizing club members. He does an incredible job of keeping track of what you already had so you don't duplicate. Every club member is listed and can be listed in order of top drinkers. Everything on tap or available in bottles is listed and you can even see what is currently in stock that you haven't had yet. Why every bar with a beer club doesn't do this is a mystery to me but I suppose it just comes down to time and effort.

Wayne has always been a wonderful host and still remembers me by both name and club number whenever he sees me. One of the few regrets for this place is that Wayne, who now has multiple locations to run, is not seen as frequently around the bar pulling out his hair playing keno. All the other members of the staff are pleasant and make for great atmosphere.

Everything I have ever ordered in the way of food has been delicious but I particularly enjoyed Tuesday night Steak night. Its been a couple of years so I don't know if they still do this but the steaks I've had were as good as anything I paid twice as much for at one of the harbor steak houses. Everything is reasonably priced and the happy hour draft special is one of the best deals in town. Beware though, discounted beers don't count for the club.

Finally, I would like to point out that even thought this bar is in Canton it's not on the square and is refreshingly light on 20 something douche bags. It's also light on beer geek pretentiousness. You don't have to know anything about craft beer to enjoy yourself but you'll have every opportunity to get an education. And hey, if you don't feel like joining the beer club, feel free to write down my beer club number on your guest check.

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Mahaffey's Pub in Baltimore, MD
94 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.