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5/5 rDev +16.6%
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...
12-19-2008 21:28:20 | More by mcattrone
4.14/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
06-27-2008 21:05:24 | More by Sammy
4.58/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
06-15-2008 21:05:59 | More by kevinglin
4.14/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
04-14-2008 17:14:22 | More by
4.33/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
02-10-2008 02:10:58 | More by sholland119
4.28/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
11-12-2007 15:16:06 | More by sinistrsam
4.13/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
10-02-2007 17:28:35 | More by Slatetank
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.
10-01-2007 22:47:15 | More by Phatz
4.8/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
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.
08-22-2007 21:19:41 | More by roan22
4.22/5 rDev -1.6%
For someone not from Canton, Mahaffeys 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 Brewers Art Resurrection Ale) and a selection on cask. Mahaffeys rotates their selection often, but during my visit they offered: Great Divides 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 Os or Ravens are on the field (in their respective seasons, of course). Mahaffeys may be hard to find, but it is a hidden gem in a quiet neighborhood that is worth the effort.
04-09-2007 00:46:43 | More by jjboesen
Mahaffey's Pub in Baltimore, MD
95 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.