Taps: 21 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
4.14/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
So Ben's got ideas, you see. As he'll be done with his work stint in Baltimore early Friday afternoon, why don't I swing in from the other end of Maryland and pick him up "along the way" to ride back up north. What?!?! How about I head down there and we put up for the night and drink and then you can ride back up with me on Saturday? (See, I've got better ideas). Benny got Rubin to sell our song and it really came together when Davo sang along...
Friday night Baltmore walking tour and a place or two to go after this. Mahaffery's; a corner not an Irish joint like you'd think. Entering off the corner, windows on brick up front, and beige painted walls over frame lowers otherwise. Slat wood floors and crazy pressed tin ceiling which looks to be painted gold (in this light, anyway), with a pair of spinny fans. Flatscreens up front and in the rear corner of the bar and elsewhere, one of which is showing the Yankees giving the dirty Red Sox an early May beat down.
Straight bar to the left seating a dozen + on green Formica with a lip & footrail. Large wood barback unit shoehorned in there with a sizable mirror on center, and smaller ones to both sides. Track drop spots over the mirrors mounted, a jaw of a skeleton of something that lost above and figurines & steins running along the top. Tiered booze to both sides of center on the counter, and bottled selections & glassware shelved below. There's something of a food prep area in the front corner of the bar. Actually, it's more like a food happening area. Deep fryer for the cooking of things in hot oil (duh) under a vent piece, should you enjoy going home smelling like hot wings (in your choice of sauce).
5 seat bar counter adjacent. ATM & video gameage there, too, below pub signage adorning, and baseball figurines above and tap handles mounted up high. CD juke for Ben to play tunes during wartime. Oh yeah, they's good, 'cause we gone picked them.
Small raised area to the rear with 7 small 2-seaters sharing common benchage on the far wall, and 3 raised roundies across the way, we're sitting at one. Brewery tins adorn the wall over the shared bench seating with tap handles lining the perimeter above. Mahaffery's 100 beer club plaques mounted on the wall alongside us. More spinny fans, and a single flatscreen to the rear. Back stairwell leading to a small bar upstairs seatsing 5 with some high tops adjacent, and an unexpected amazing Jaws movie poster in the bathroom.
A single long row 20 tap tower on the bar, handles pointing every which way; roughly 2/3 of them regional (Brewers Art Resurrection, Flying Dog Scratch Amber & Double Dog Double IPA, DogFishHead 90 Minute IPA & Shelter Pale Ale, Victory Prima, Troegs Sunshine Pils, Weyerbacher Merry Monks, River Horse Triple Horse, Southern Tier Heavyweizen & Jah-va, Mendocino White Hawk IPA , Brooklyn Pennant Pale Ale), the remainder a collection of craft elsewhere (Stone Ruination & Cali-Belgique, Oskar Blues Gordon, Bear Republic Nor Cal Ale, Lagunitas Olde Gnarlywine) and a few stray imports (Unibroue Maudite, Dos Equis). And a single cask (Arcadia Nut Brown) to one side of the tap tower. Started with a Bear Republic Nor Cal Ale and then had a DogFishHead Shelter Pale Ale. Yes, it was one of those kinds of nights.
+ roughly 5 dozen bottles, a list by country, showing bottle size & ABV, but not price (boooo!) Just shy of 3 dozen American craft (DogFishHead, Allagash, Blue Point, Great Divide, Heavy Seas, North Coast, Stone, Rogue, Oskar Blues, Avery, Smuttynose, Troegs, Victory, Ommegang, Sierra Nevada, Shiner), and nearly as many imports Belgian, German & UK, with the Belgians being the strongest suit. Not too shabby, I could drink here. I should drink here. Um, I am drinking here.
Ben just flat out stinks, and I think Clea DuVall knows it (she, our server with great presence). And I do kind of sort of totally wonder if it was this place or the one before, or the one before that, or the one that came afterwards that sent (Evil) Davo down the path of eating a hamburger he bought at CVS at 2 AM. I digress. Good house, I was totally expecting a cheese Irish joint and am pleasantly surprised. Selection's solid and the beer's fresh. And I kind of like the streets of Baltimore...
08-25-2010 13:34:54 | More by slander
4.34/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Mahaffey's is yet another one of those quintessential B'more neighborhood bars where you can feel at home right away in your first visit. There are a good number of these cozy joints around Fells Point and Canton, and Mahaffey's is one the best.
It was not crowded at all when my wife and I got there on a Friday night at 9:30pm, but it rapidly got busy (we got that magic touch, you know, the instant we're there, people are drawn). Still, service was always good, efficient, brisk, nice.
The bar is not big but roomy enough, with beautiful copper ceilings and lots of old wood, plus taps all around, hanging like sculptures. Cool! There were 15 beers on tap, less than I expected but all of them interesting.
Weyerbacher Double Simcoe, wow! The only place in Bawlmer so far to have it. One of my favorite beers of course, and the one that gave me my BA name. :-)
Also Brooklyn Brewmaster Reserve (it's hard to find Brooklyn in B'more, believe it or not), Avery Porter, Boulder Fresh Track, Sierra Celebration, 21st Amendment Fireside Chat, Long Trail, Brewer's Art, Rogue Shakespeare Stout, Anchor and Dogfish Head... not bad at all! Pretty much ALL fifteen taps are GOOD.
Didn't try food, but the grill guy has his kitchen right there at the bar, so the whole place gets smokey and smells like burgers. Weird, but not bad. My wife said it made it even cozier and homier, like being at home by the fireplace (if we had one).
Prices are NICE! Five bucks for everything, including Double Simcoe, which would cost eight bucks in New York and six or seven at Max's Taphouse served in a smaller glass. Can't complain.
Cheers to Mahaffey's and Bawlmer!!
11-20-2010 05:21:22 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.08/5 rDev -4.9%
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!
12-01-2006 01:57:02 | More by NeroFiddled
4.14/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
06-27-2008 21:05:24 | More by Sammy
4.35/5 rDev +1.4%
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!
02-12-2007 13:54:47 | More by John_M
4.33/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
02-10-2008 02:10:58 | More by sholland119
4.22/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
For someone not from Canton, Mahaffeys is hard to find; and the locals appreciate this fact, since it really belongs to them. With that said, anyone willing to seek it will find a warm welcome, good food and a reasonably priced and well-maintained, though not extensive, draught selection that consists of local brews (including the excellent Brewers Art Resurrection Ale) and a selection on cask. Mahaffeys rotates their selection often, but during my visit they offered: Great Divides Racer 5 IPA, Lancaster Dunkelweizzen (rather sweet), several selections from nearby Capitol City Brewing Company and the indomitable Orkney Dark Island.
It is not a large pub; upon entry there is a small bar accommodating about 20 people that opens into a dimly lit dining area complete with large screen television for when the Os or Ravens are on the field (in their respective seasons, of course). Mahaffeys may be hard to find, but it is a hidden gem in a quiet neighborhood that is worth the effort.
04-09-2007 00:46:43 | More by jjboesen
4.13/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
10-02-2007 17:28:35 | More by Slatetank
4.08/5 rDev -4.9%
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 !
05-25-2009 00:13:41 | More by mltobin
Mahaffey's Pub in Baltimore, MD
95 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.