Max's Taphouse

BA SCORE
97
world-class

179 Reviews
Max's TaphouseMax's Taphouse
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

737 S Broadway
Baltimore, Maryland, 21231-3407
United States

(888) 675-6297 | map
maxs.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
97
Reviews:
179
Ratings:
293
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
8.84%
 
 
Taps:
145
Bottles/Cans:
1,200
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 179 | Ratings: 293
Reviews by DavoleBomb:
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Max's is great. It rotates about 60+ taps and often has special events such as "Belgina Beer Fest" and "American Beer Fest", which means lots of great shit including casks.

The beer is always served in appropriate glassware and is usually a good pour. The staff works like crazy to get everyone their drink fast.

For a bar in Baltimore, Max's is very big, but the fact that it's always full during peak hours is a bit of a turn off (especially the fucks that go to a beer bar and order Miller Light).

However, the music is always WAAAY too loud. Conversations are nearly impossible.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Newport_beerguy
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Finally, I made it to the famous Max's. Good location. Somewhat grungy atmosphere, which I prefer, but seems like it could turn into a nightmare during sporting events or busy hours. I went at lunch time and there were only a few other people there, which worked out good for me, as I had my little daughter / travel buddy along for lunch, before our trip to the Aquarium (which is only about a mile's drive away). Tons of crazy crap on the walls, breweriana and whatnot.

The beer selection was top notch as expected, with a wide variety of styles from many breweries on tap, and lots in bottles too. There was a massive lambic/sour ale bottle sale event a few days after my visit, which I unfortunately could not attend, but it looked insane. When I was there, I didn't have anything that nuts, just a few samplers of brews that I hadn't had yet, including one from Manor Hill, which was seemingly the featured brewery of the day, with 10 or more on tap just from them.

The service was fine...hard not to be with only a few people in the place (although I've had bad service in those situations elsewhere). The bartender was friendly and accommodating to myself and the tot, and the food came out quickly. I wasn't too impressed with the menu, but it was fine for a snack. Basic pub grub mainly. I had a quesadilla--can't really go wrong with that--and I got some sliders for the kiddo, which for a youngster was okay, but for an adult would have been pretty disappointing.

I can see this definitely being the major hub for craft beer in Baltimore, and I'd like to go back some day soon.

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Photo of Brian29
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Buck89
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Stopped by when I was visiting Baltimore. Phenomenal experience. Unbelievable tap list and equally great bottle list. Had a Rodenbach Alexander on tap. Great locals and Belgians. Friendly and professional service. Nonjudgmental for the non beer snobs in the bar. Typical food-bar fare. Overall a great experience and I will return the next time I'm in town.

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Photo of StoutLover14
3.61/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of BubbleBobble
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Hop-Dawwg
4.19/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5

Awesome beer selection. Come here when it's slow, otherwise you'll wait an hour for a beer.

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Photo of Kubishark
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Was there during the early afternoon on a weekday. Had the entire place to ourselves besides for one other couple seated down the bar. The bartender was very nice and gave good recommendations. I really really really like that they do smaller pours on all the beers. Helps when you're feeling full or need to drive later but still want to try something new. Wonderful selection of beers, with lots of German stuff. Food is average.

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Photo of mynie
4.41/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

In the trendy Fell's Point neighborhood. Parking is difficult. But like almost everywhere else in Baltimore, it's easily accessible overall.

Old facade. Pretty-looking, but unexceptional for the area. The building is bricky and cavernous, with a decent amount of beer schwag and regular bar decor. Nothing too great about it.

The beer is great, though. One of the five or so best tap lists I've ever seen. The selection is gigantic and well-curated, although it does tend toward whatever styles are trending within beer geek communities. When I last visited I think there was maybe one solitary pilsener available? So they don't got a beer for every mood, necessarily, but they do get in a ton of rares and one-offs, frequent tap takeovers, a stellar rotation of Belgians, and a dedicated Rodenbach tap.

The vibe is usually quiet, like a beer bar. NFL Sundays are loud and packed, but the crowd is convivial and more or less respectful. They also have great specials on gigantic pours during games.

The food is standard pub fare. There's better dining options surrounding the place. But nothing touches the beer.

So, overall, I don't know if I'd say Max's is *quite* in the "World Class" category, like with Mekong, Map Room, or Falling Rock. The vibe is just a bit too plain for me. But it's still an excellent beer destination.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of jophish17
4.1/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mig100
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of eluvah
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of johnnnniee
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

The place was packed with beer geeks on a Thursday night, of course there was a convention of us in town. Old wooden bar spanning most of the right wall of the place. Tables to the left and in back. Huge tap list and I hear the bottle list is even better, but I never got past the taps. bomb! and parabola on tap and a hundred of their friends. I had a chicken sandwich that was messy but tasty. Service was pretty good for how busy it was. It is a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for I guess. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Resuin
4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Spoda1983
4.63/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of ZEB89
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of FSUlaw-and-brew
4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Went to Max's 4 nights in a row when I was visting.
The vibe was great, looks similar to a college style bar, but you know its a serious beer bar
quality was on par with some of the best bars I've ever been to, 102 taps plus hundred and hundreds of beers in the bottle, that you can take with. When I was there they had one bottle of Madagascar left. Service was also awesome, they never let a glass of water or beer get close to empty, and the last night I came, three bartenders said hello, shook my hand, all remembered my name, and one started a tab for me immediately, with first and last name. Awesome place, if I could come back to Maryland just for Max's I would.

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Photo of Fpscheler
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Tomkob11
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Lettsgo3
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great place with great beers. Their rare and obscure menu is awesome when it comes around. Highly recommend checking this place out! If I lived closer I would definitely be a regular.

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Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD
4.41 out of 5 based on 293 ratings.
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