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Mahaffey's Pub

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Mahaffey's PubMahaffey's Pub
BA SCORE
95
world-class

50 Ratings
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.83%
Taps: 21
Bottles: 100
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: 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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Photo of Aewachiw
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

Aewachiw, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Perrumpo
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

Perrumpo, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of ThirstyGourmet
5/5  rDev +16%

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.

ThirstyGourmet, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of BmoreBeerGuy
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%

The short and sweet about Mahaffey's Pub is that this is a local bar run by a true beer lover with a constantly rotating selection of great brews.

The atmosphere is usually good, though it should be noted that the atmosphere can vary greatly depending on when you stop in. Week evenings/nights are the best time to drop by as the crowd is very local and mainly consists of people who appreciate a good beer at a great local bar. Weekends tend to draw the younger crowd which means louder and more excitable company (we were all young once).

The beer selection is excellent. There are 15+ beers always on tap and they are constantly rotating with very rare kegs popping up all the time. There is also a cask adding a nice option not available in most bars. Add in a number of rotating bottles available and Mahaffey's offers one of the best overall beer selections in the Baltimore area.

The food is good but not great. It's typical bar fare and though they change chefs as frequently as they change taps, there are some nice options to choose from. Honestly, you're going here for the beer more so than the food.

The value is more than fair. Wayne, the owner, is a true beer lover who is not in it to become a millionaire. Mahaffey's offers an excellent opportunity to taste a variety of beers with good company and a good atmosphere.

BmoreBeerGuy, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of MaltistLupulist
3.88/5  rDev -10%

Baltimore corner taverns are a hell of a culture shock from my vantage point on Rippling Brook cul-de-sac in "Leave it to Beaver" Land, and Mahaffey's is certainly no exception. It does differ, however, from your typical Canton or Highlandtown watering hole in that the beer selection is among the best in the city outside of Max', with which no establishment can seriously compete. The rotating draft offerings are about evenly spread out between local/MD, regional/East Coast (PA's Trictobacher, NY's ST and Ommegang, New England's Smuttynose and Allagash, &c.), and domestic craft breweries from beyond (usually of the more widely distributed CO and CA persuasion), with a smattering of international offerings (an Irish stout seems to be a permanent fixture with perhaps a Belgian, German, or English beer making an appearance from time to time). As far as local offerings, you can predictably expect to find some Flying Dog or Heavy Seas beers, but it's also nice to see some of the more obscure stuff from area brewpubs and tiny batch brewers like White Marsh, Brewer's Alley, Stillwater, and Evolution. The bottle selection is extensive and includes a respectable Belgian contingent. The three ten oz. beers for $4 happy hour deal (everyday until 7p) is an unbelievable bargain, but, if you're a lightweight like I am, be careful--I tend to think of these as one round, but, in reality, it's nearly two full pints. They make an effort at providing proper glassware, but it is a feeble one.

Beer selection aside, the vibe here isn't really my scene and is repellent enough to keep me from visiting too often: a long and narrow design (typical of most of these corner pubs, really) coupled with crowded conditions and poor ventilation make for an uncomfortable and claustrophobic drinking environment; a crowd as rambunctious as it is incestuous--as an infrequent patron from outside the neighborhood I don't exactly feel unwelcome here, but I do feel a bit like an extra on "Cheers"; the hyper-Bawlmerese demeanor of the staff, especially some of the barmaids, who are otherwise quite competent and beer savvy--I know, I know, this is Baltimore and it is to be expected, but the whole "hon" thing can get to be a bit tiresome; and, lastly, but perhaps most frustratingly, the deep fryer that is in constant use is situated mere feet from where most of the patrons seated at the bar or at the semi-counter against the wall are drinking--this won't bother most people, but to an aroma fiend like myself it is a major inhibitor and doesn't make tasting one's beer any easier, either. Since I've witnessed how things are done at Selin's Grove, this is a difficult situation to accept.

Of course, one person's grievance is another's praise, and plenty will love Mahaffey's for the same reasons I was less than thrilled with it. If I lived nearby, I'm sure I'd be more open to overlooking its flaws and perhaps even eventually come around to regarding it as a neighborhood asset, but, as someone who finds himself in town only occasionally, there's little here to lure me away from the world-renowned beer emporium at Broadway and Lancaster. As far as finding craft beer in Baltimore corner taverns goes, however, you can do far, far worse.

MaltistLupulist, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of asabreed
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%

Thanks to my friend Sinistrsam for taking me here, which has become one of my favorite bars in Baltimore. I was there for three nights, and we ended up going there at least during some part of the night for all of those three nights.

The great thing about Mahaffey's, along with the atmosphere and the people, is the rotating taps. I don't know how many there are, but whenever something runs out, there's an updated beer list with a new beer. There were maybe two different ones just after two days, because the keg ran out, and they always keep the taps stocked with good new stuff.

There's also the happy hour until 7:00, where you can get what I believe are other 10 oz. or 12 oz. mugs with three different brews (as long as they're not bolded, like Double Bastard or Allagash Four, which makes sense).

The food was good too. I got a blackened chicken sandwich one night, and before we went to dinner at another place, they had a queso dip with warm flatbread, which was pretty awesome too.

For a place that seems a bit divey from the outside, it's really not at all. Good people, good atmosphere, great prices, and awesome beer. I'll be coming back for sure. There's a reason why this place is always packed.

asabreed, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of qchic
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%

A neat beer bar with around a dozen taps of ever-rotating craft beers. Some rarer stuff has been seen here, in fact I just had SN triple there, which I didn't even know existed. I often rave about Mahaffey's having the best deal in town w/ their 3 for 4 deal during happy hour everyday which sometimes justifies trying things I might not at regular bar prices. Hopefully you get the 3 glass mugs and not plastic cups when they run out! Food specials during the week are also some of the best around, so for value (don't worry it's tasty, too), this is a must try. The downside is that it's not a big place and crowds quickly, sometimes not leaving even standing room. Can be a little loud, too. Service is usually fine, though has been a little manic at times in the past. Recommended.

qchic, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of jgasparine
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%

A great neighborhood pub. From the outside you would never guess that it has such an incredible beer selection and fantastic food!

If you go on the right night, they'll have a nice firkin on the bar... if not you'll have plenty to choose from between their numerous drafts and bottles.

If you're coming-in from out of town, this is a great place to meet the "locals", and feel instantly at home. It can get a bit crowded on the weekends as it's not a big building... but certainly worth visiting (and then visiting again, and again, and again...)

jgasparine, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of brewandstew
4.44/5  rDev +3%

Located in a historic Canton in East Baltimore, Mahaffey's evokes the spirit of the neighborhood bar. Mahaffey's is one of those places where investment bankers sit next to construction workers, young twenty somethings next to seasoned townies.

The beer, oh the beer is amazing. The selection at Mahaffey's includes high quality american craft brews as well as local baltimore and MD brews. Always on tap is the Charles Street favorite The Brewer's Art Resurrection Ale, a belgian style dubbel and main staple in Baltimore's best beer bars. This past week the line-up also included MD brewers Flying Dog and White Marsh Brewing Co, as well as Clipper City's Heavy Seas Red Sky at Night on Cask (a belgian style session/ farmhouse ale). Mahaffey's also does not hesitate to rotate in Belgian and German offerings.

What makes this place a real winner is their happy hour. Three-fer's as they're called are 3 ten oz draughts for 4 bucks, are offered all-day all-night on Mondays, and 4-7 Mon-Fri. Nearly all of the beers are included in the happy hour special minus the high octane or rare brews.

Haven't tried the food but everything is prepared on the flame broiler/ grill next to the bar (really it's behind the bar).

If you come to baltimore, be sure to stop here before you leave; you'll thank yourself.

brewandstew, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of mltobin
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%

Located east of the popular main harbor area in Baltimore on a quiet street, you have the neighborhood bar, Mahaffey`s.
A long narrow bar, with a few tables in the back for groups.
The tap selection is 16 or so, and had Wolavers white, Avery Maharaja, St Bernardus 12, Dogfish Immort, Great Divide Titan IPA, Brooklyn Intensified Coffee Stout and others flowing when I was there. They seem to have a lot of regulars from all walks of life and a friendly staff that keeps them coming back. Affordable craft beers away from the main drag, my kind of place !

mltobin, May 25, 2009
Photo of danadeny
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%

This is a typical Baltimore locals bar (neighborhood bar). Whats nice is that all the generic, party time, young drunk kids, just turned 21, fake Irish, bars are a couple blocks away in Canton square. So the crowd and atmosphere at mahaffey's are more laidback and friendly. To me it's an honest come as you are bar. The beer quality is good, service was spot on, selection of styles were varied from fruity Belgians, barrel aged stouts, and crazy hoped IPA's. But they did not for get us malt heads and threw in some classic German beers that are unbeatable for their simplicity. So far my favorite spot in Canton. This bar doesn't try to be hip, cool, loud, and trendy to compete for business with canton square; the beers do the talking for it.

danadeny, May 16, 2009
Photo of mcattrone
5/5  rDev +16%

I've only been a local to Baltimore for a year now and since the second month I've lived here I've called Mr. Wayne Mahaffey's bar my second home. I discovered it on a walk down to the local grocery when I noticed a set of Sandpeople's tracks side by side. You see, Sandpeople always ride in single file to hide their numbers. This wasn't the average Jawa's beer bar I was lead to believe it was. Ahhh Christ....

Anyhow, the beer selection is fantastic and the food is prepared to match the quality of libations served at Mahaffey's. Originally I was a fan of the 3 10 oz. mugs for $4 happy hour deal but once I joined the beer club and got going its been all pints from there. From U.S. Micro's to Belgian ales there is always an interesting draft choice available. Also, a quick nodd to the culinary stylings of Jack who cooks up some of the best beer accompanying food in Baltimore - if not the best.

To comment on the service, you are more than lucky to be served up delicious drinks and food by Stacy and Alice. "Do they Serve Fast?" Ha! Serve fast? They're the servers that made the kessel run in less than twelve parsecs! They're fast enough for you, old man... Plus they are sweethearts.

Besides a fantastic beer selection and accompanying food choices the atmosphere of Mahaffey's is not only the best in Baltimore but can never be duplicated. This is the local I've longed for. Thank you Wayne and Happy Holidays...

mcattrone, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of Sammy
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%

Kind of an ideal neighborhood bar. The guys werer middle aged plus, the music a little too rock for them or anywhere. Around for 5 years, and Babe Ruth's reincarnation at the bar. COmpetitive 3 pints for $5. About a dozen taps, mostly craft with a decent assortment. ABelgium, a stout, a Rogue. I was amused. Fresh beer, perfect pours. Nothing to blow me away, but a large friendly bar, home away from home in a rvived port area.The beer tap list changes often, though nothing to fly in or even drive downtown special for.

Sammy, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of kevinglin
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%

Was fortunate to have a buddy take me to Mahaffey's when visiting him in Baltimore. He knew I liked good beers and picked a winner by taking me to this pub.

Very comfortable, laid back atmosphere with a great selection of brews. Excellent rotating beer list that is updated weekly, with a long list of craft beers/Trappists/imports they maintain on hand all the time.

Beers served in appropriate glassware, so they took their beers seriously, but the staff wasn't at all pretentious or stuffy and seemed to know their products pretty well.

Great service - when my buddy's food order wasn't quite right, they fixed it right away with no hassles and a quick apology. Food was pretty good - we had the wings and chicken tenders - served fast and in good-sized portions.

A great night out - if you want a place to catch up with friends and drink some fine beers, go to Mahaffey's.

kevinglin, Jun 15, 2008
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4.14/5  rDev -3.9%

Stopped in for a couple beers and an in-person trade.

Atmosphere was very comfortable, as others have described. Very much a neighborhood bar, a little worn around the edges, but very friendly and fun.

Quality of the beer I had was quite good. Enjoyed a couple Nugget Nectars on tap. Served at the right temperature and in appropriate glassware.

Service was quick and friendly. Seemed knowledgeable regarding the beer options.

Selection was not stellar, but I had no problem finding stuff I wanted to drink. 10 or so taps, and quite a few bottles I didn't explore.

I had already eaten, so I didn't try the food. I was, however, sitting right in front of the grill, and the food smelled great, looked great, and was served in plentiful portions.

Value was reasonable, both beer and the prices I saw on the food menu. I missed out, but the happy hour prices make it even more reasonable.

If you are in the area, I would absolutely encourage you to stop in. One of Baltimore's better beer destinations in the Inner Harbor area. A very different feel from Max's or DuClaws, but one worth trying out.

, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%

We took a day trip to Baltimore to check out some good beer bars and this was our first stop. We made a great choice.

This is a great neighborhood place that I wish was in our neighborhood. The staff and customers were very friendly and it has a great vibe. There is a 12 seat (or so) bar on the lower level. There is another bar upstairs that we did not see.

There are about 20 taps with some good local choices (Clipper City and Heavy Seas), other national craft beers and a couple of belgians (including my wife's favorite, Houblon Chouffe). They have the best Happy Hour special going: 3 10oz mugs for $4. Only a couple of beers were excluded and, best of all, Happy Hour is running on Saturday at 2pm.

We had Hoptical Illusion, Otter Creek Baltic Porter, Heavy Seas Loose Cannon, Goose Island Oatmeal Stout, Weyerbacher Merry Monks and Clipper City BaltoMarzHon. All delicious and at $1.33 a mug...

Food was very tasty, especially the garlic rosemary fries.

sholland119, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of sinistrsam
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%

It might be a blessing or a curse that I found this place mere stumbling distance from my apartment. A little corner neighborhood bar, this place has a good old-time neighborhood feel without being dingy and divey. The waitstaff was helpful and honest (my waitress admitting that she wasn't a beer-drinker but recommended talking to another waiter who was), the selection was made up of some great local, domestic and import drafts as well as tons of great botttles. Belgians galore, as well as great American microbrews, some local to the area. I didn't have the food but it looked awesome and the prices were very reasonable. Same goes for the beer, and there look to be drink specials often, including a happy hour that can't be beat. I think I've found my neighborhood bar.

sinistrsam, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%

I enjoyed a stop at Mahaffey's w/ friends from the LBC on the recent pub crawl to Baltimore. The atmosphere is very inviting and I was talking beer w/ some locals almost immediately.

The quality of beer and food was good as well as the selection of menu choices. There is a very good selection of beers - local drafts as well as Mid-Atlantic and West coast Choices. I enjoyed sharing a Unibroue Edition 2005 w/ johnmichaelsen, Phatz, and mac300.
The food and service are both above average and I would recommend Mahaffey's to anyone with some time to kill in Baltimore.

Slatetank, Oct 02, 2007
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4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

I know very little of the Canton area in Baltimore so I can't comment on comparison to other bars in the area. This is the only one I was at in this neighborhood. Huge thanks to JohnMichaelsen for driving us over there and the suggestion to check it out. This was a really cool neighborhood bar feel but with the great beer selection. I can't put my finger on what exactly it is that makes this place feel so amazing. It is certainly not the space or the building itself. I think It is largely Wayne. Wayne is the Irishman who own this Irish Pub. Great guy. Simply cool. The Loose Cannon on Cask was magnificent. The Southerntier PumpKing Ale was very nice as well. The bottle selection is very impressive. This is a great place to sit and drink some beer, or Irish whiskey for that matter. =)

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of roan22
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%

edited 5/20/08...
I have upped the selection and service to 5's, and the food to a 4.5 because Wayne the owner has gone above and beyond when it comes to having great beers on tap. Green Flash Hop Head Red was on tap here before it was in Philadelphia, and I happened to stop in here last Sunday and was extremely and pleasantly surprised to find HHR on tap here. Plus there was Ola Dubh 30, and the new Sierra Nevada wet-hop beer brewed with New Zealand hops [not as good as Green Flash!]. Service is great..there is a new "chef" who called himself a cook, and the menu is different and VERY much improved. Wayne your bar rocks and is in my top 5 for the entire United States.

edited 9/30/07...
Returned to Mahaffey's pub this weekend and had their rosemary fries and a pint of Loose Cannon from the cask and was VERY impressed. I love this bar, I'd be in here every day if I lived down the block. I've upped the food score and quality score as a result.

Mahaffey's is a little neighborhood beer bar, with a solid yet small tap list. There were some quirky folks in this jawn...I was very amused and thoroughly enjoyed my time spent here. Anytime you get to meet a few liquor board chairmen drunkenly singing along to Morrissey and Smiths songs on the jukebox is a good time in my book! Was sort of personally disappointed in the selection because there was nothing hoppy on draft at the time, but I don't hold it against the bar. We met the owner who was Irish and very into craft beer, and I'm very pleased to see this bar highly rated on this site. The people who come here are here for the beer, and it just so happens to also be a fun place.

roan22, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of jjboesen
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%

For someone not from Canton, Mahaffey’s is hard to find; and the locals appreciate this fact, since it really belongs to them. With that said, anyone willing to seek it will find a warm welcome, good food and a reasonably priced and well-maintained, though not extensive, draught selection that consists of local brews (including the excellent Brewer’s Art Resurrection Ale) and a selection on cask. Mahaffey’s rotates their selection often, but during my visit they offered: Great Divide’s Racer 5 IPA, Lancaster Dunkelweizzen (rather sweet), several selections from nearby Capitol City Brewing Company and the indomitable Orkney Dark Island.

It is not a large pub; upon entry there is a small bar accommodating about 20 people that opens into a dimly lit dining area complete with large screen television for when the O’s or Ravens are on the field (in their respective seasons, of course). Mahaffey’s may be hard to find, but it is a hidden gem in a quiet neighborhood that is worth the effort.

jjboesen, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

I'm not sure I quite understand the BA score of 93 for this place, but there's no doubt it's one of the better spots in Baltimore. Had occasion to visit this past Sunday and had a most excellent time. They were out of a couple of beers (the bar tender indicated that they expected to rotate in 4 new kegs either today or tomorrow), but nevertheless, I was quite happy with the selection. Had the excellent Loose Cannon on cask for the first time, and what a treat it was in that format. Much better then the same version on the gas.

By all accounts the owner here is really into good beer and it shows. It's not every day that you come upon a beer bar that has the Victory Weizenbock, Ayinger Celebrator and Unibrou trois pistoles on at the same time. Granted, the place only has around 15 tap handles (in fact, for beers like the TP and Celebrator, the bar tender had to go in the back to pour them), but what they have is very well chosen and thought out.

The only possible negative to this place is its size. Mahaffey's is not very big, and when a group of 10 stopped by around 5:00 it quickly felt very crowded. I have to also say that the place looks just a bit dingy, though everything was clean enough.

Didn't have a chance to try the food and I'm not sure the kitchen was even open that Sunday afternoon.

From what I can tell, pint prices are around $5 (imperial pints I should add). I'm not certain, but I believe this is one of those places that tacks on tax to the listed price for a beer. On the other hand, the place has an excellent happy hour, pouring three 10 oz. glasses of whatever they have available (with a few exceptions) for only $4. I've only ever seen this sort of thing in Baltimore (Racers either has or had this deal as well), and it sure makes it easy to try a number of good beers without breaking the bank or overdoing it. The bartender was very flexible, and allowed me to add the Trois Pistoles (not normally allowed in the three for $4 deal) for only an extra buck.

This is a great place, one I will be visiting over and over again, despite the fact it takes over half an hour to get here from my West Baltimore home.

Update. 12/24/07). Seeing as how Wayne has upgraded his excellent beer bar, it seems only fair that I do the same with my review. Recently, Wayne (the owner here) doubled the number of tap handles, which has greatly increased the diversity of his draft list, not to mention the excellence of that well thought out list. Also, while the atmosphere of this Canton square beer bar will never be its stong suit, in fairness Wayne does the absolute best with what he has. The place has a warm vibe to it, and Wayne's phenomenal memory insures that he greets just about any guest he has seen previously by name. Seriously, his memory for names is amazing. It probably doesn't hurt that Wayne is an all around great guy, and is extremely passionate about the craft beer he sells. This is a great place. Oh, and while the food is up and down, steak night is a great deal, and some of the other specials are well worth a try. Cheers!

John_M, Feb 12, 2007
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4.28/5  rDev -0.7%

Mahaffrey’s is an unassuming corner beer bar in a neighborhood mainly known for smoky, loud sports bars. Although it has the mural in the back painted by the same guy that did the murals in Lager’s and Claddagh, everything else sets them head and shoulders over their neighbors. Old-school tin ceilings, nice wooden bar, and jukebox on the side. There are a few tables in the back that sit in front of a mural. Upstairs is non-smoking with nice teevees. For those of you from out of town, there is ample parking in the nearby Safeway.

Selection just rocks; including proper glassware and a cask that doesn’t last very long. The recent 12 days of Christmas (each with its own new brew) filled the time during Christmas vacation. There are about eight taps to be had. Even if you were short sighted and didn’t see the taps, you’d definitely catch a peak at the stellar collection of beers in bottles. They are presented hanging on the mirror behind the bar, lined up in no particular order, but there is a menu with the heavy hitters, since he has more than what is up there.

Besides Wayne, the service people have a good knowledge and are very fast and friendly to help. On top of all that, they have specials. Pints can be had frequently for $2.75.

The food has steadily improved as they've been open. Most stuff will be cooked in front of you if you are sitting at the bar. Steak night and other phat specials are awesome. the overall menu seems to change slightly every time I'm there.

Overall: Literally leaves me on the fence when trying to consider the best beer bar in Baltimore. Max’s only beats out Wayne’s place because of their age and hugeness. If you are looking for a great corner neighborhood joint with great beer, good food, and a good time, Mahaffey’s is for you.

Umbra, Jan 24, 2007
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4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

Wow, what a surprise. Went doen to my buddy's for his BDay and this place was around the corner from his apt. I don't know if people in BMore realize how great this place is. This place is narrow and dark, but has a cool neighborhood vibe to it.

The service the night I was there was very nice and mildly informed about the beer. No matter, get me some of that Gonzo immediamente. Solid tap and bottle list, definitely worth the stop for anyone in the area. Lots of rotating taps and a '100 Beer Club' for the locals gets the 20 something exposed to new brews. Solid!

NolanGTI, Jan 03, 2007
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4.08/5  rDev -5.3%

I have to agree with Dithyramb, Mahaffey's is my favorite place north of The Cat's Eye in Fell's Point! It's a cute little corner bar with a great crowd (they have a mug club) and friendly servers. And with one exception (I think), it's pretty much all there is for good beers in Canton. They have 12 taps, a hand pump, and 100 bottles... mostly good stuff. The menu is somewhat limited, but it's quick as they cook right behind the bar (how cool is that!?!?!), which is a fair trade-off. The 10 seat bar is quite nice with a new "old-fashioned" back bar; and there are 21 seats divided between the dining and cocktail area. If you'd like to actually sit and eat, they offer more than just bar food at what seem to be reasonable prices (I've only ever had fries and shrimp at the bar myself). Worth a trip!

NeroFiddled, Dec 01, 2006
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Mahaffey's Pub in Baltimore, MD
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