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Mahaffey's Pub

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Mahaffey's PubMahaffey's Pub
BA SCORE
96
world-class

51 Ratings
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: n/a
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 mltobin
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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 !

Photo of danadeny
4.06/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of mcattrone
5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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...

Photo of Sammy
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of kevinglin
4.58/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of sinistrsam
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of Phatz
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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!

Photo of roan22
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of jjboesen
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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!

Photo of Umbra
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of NolanGTI
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 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!

Photo of SundeyPSU
4.75/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This bar is a great addition to my local area. The selection is always interesting, and is always changing. Wayne, the owner of Mahaffey's Pub, always seems to be there is always willing to answer a question and/or talk beer. He is a real enthusiast, which is what makes going there a must. His dinner specials are hard to beat. If you have never been there, or have not been on a Tuesday, I highly recommend the Tuesday night steak deal. It is a huge steak, potato (baked or mashed), dinner roll and salad all for around $13. Then you got the beer selection to boot? You cannot go wrong. He also always seems to be having some sort of event or tasting, and recently opened the second floor area for beer tasting Thursdays. Mahaffey's Pub is a real social experience and very friendly place to visit, with MANY beer choices and good food.

Photo of Beauregard
1.55/5  rDev -64.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 1

Manager was rude on my last visit. She didn't seem to know too much about beer, and was more interested in sharing shots with people. The cask was served way too warm (at least 80 degrees... this is not cellar temperature), and yet they didn't want to take it back. Beer selection has lagged behind other bars in the area. Food has also been incredibly inconsistent, and downright terrible at times. The beer market has changed, for the better, and Mahaffeys hasn't kept up in my opinion. I'd recommend you head to some of the newer places in the area for a class beer experience.

Photo of davestar
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of nickss
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Hooray Wayne and hooray Mahaffey's.

This place is the most friendly bar I have EVER been to.
The bartenders remembered my name just the second time I came in, and Wayne, despite his "quirkiness" is dedicated to bringing in quality brews.

The beers rotate frequently, and nearly all of them are craft brews.
Selection currently includes Unibroue Ephemere, Clipper City Peg Leg, Resurrection, Hoptical Illusion, OD Irish Stout, and about 5 more, including one on cask.

Bottle selection included Koeninghoven, Youngs Oatmeal Stout, Christian Morlein (although I believe they may have just run out of this one), DFH 90min, Unibroue Fin du Monde, and Trois Pistoles, along with some typical shtuff (i.e. Miller Lite, Amstel Light, etc).

Now... the bartenders are very knowledgable, and one went to Wake Forest, which wins her bonus points with me. They are also very quick to serve, and are, as I mentioned before, very friendly.

On to the food.... oh the food. Their chef specializes in carribean food, and does a very good job with anything spicy. He's not afraid to be creative and make his own sauces and recipes, which I greatly respect.

All in all, excellent bar... highly recommended.

Photo of cracker
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Mahaffey's Pub in Baltimore, MD
96 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.