Taps: 21 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 35 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by davestar:
4.63/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I stop in at Mahaffey's with frightening frequency. I can't help it though - 8 new beers on tap and 1 or 2 casks per week means that it pays to drop by often. Dominion, Sierra Nevada Dogfish Head, Troeg's, Otter Creek, and Lancaster brews are on tap more often than not. Specials don't pop up too often, but when they do, they're fairly spectacular. For example, a Mahaff's regular came back from a business trip to Maine with 2 coolers of lobster, so fresh Maine lobsters became the special of the night. Wayne, the owner, had just gotten in a few Dogfish Head kegs, so he tapped not only the 60 and 90 Minute IPA's, but also a 120 Minute keg. Not bad for a random Thursday.
Wayne is quite knowledgable and very personable. The bartenders are also very friendly and quick to remember names/faces.
11-09-2005 21:39:01 | More by davestar
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4.65/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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!
11-23-2013 02:29:29 | More by jimgentile90ipa
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.
09-10-2013 03:37:10 | More by Gravitron
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.
05-17-2013 23:26:25 | More by gillagorilla
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.
03-20-2012 01:56:36 | More by Aewachiw
Mahaffey's Pub in Baltimore, MD
95 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.