Max's Taphouse

Max's TaphouseMax's Taphouse
Max's TaphouseMax's Taphouse
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(888) 675-6297 | map
maxs.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.49
Reviews:
188
Ratings:
307
pDev:
8.24%
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SDRedDevil from California

4.4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Jul 18, 2017
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

If you're in Fells Point, Baltimore City, MD and you're looking for the largest, unique selection of high-quality beers and spirits from around the world, Max's Taphouse is a goto. For over 4 decades Max's has been visited by plenty of predominant figures in music, arts, business, and more - so you never know who you might meet on your visit. Most of the people are twenty to thirty here during the happy hour crowd and a good mix of people normally. Friday's and Saturday's offer 'BIG ASS DRAFT' a 32 oz pour of nearly whatever beer you select from the menu (restrictions apply).

Max's offers nearly a 360 view of sports from wall to wall throughout their front bar, a more relaxed overflow area between the two and their back bar is more romantic in ways. The upstairs is generally open to events, and somethings like trivia nights have been held there - this used to be their cigar lounge so there is a lot of plushy leather seats and a smaller bar with limited taps.

Foodservice is bar style, so be prepared to go to the bartender and tell them what you want and where to find you. The food is generally quickly made and very high quality - most people go for the street taco's, great price. The pecan wings are amazing. I am also a fan of their buffalo sliders. When Belgian Bier festival rolls around the mussel options are unmatchable for price and quality, also their german fest food menu is better than most places. Needless to say, you don't need to attend one of their many free events to enjoy high-quality food year-round.

But we're here to talk beer and with over 200 rotating drafts and 150 unique bottles, you'll be hard-pressed to not find something you'd like. There are macro lagers too, though mainly not on tap. I have encountered some of the hardest to find beers on draught at this location, expect for Piney the Elder, probably one of the only brews I've yet to see come here. Outside of Russian River, you will see a lot more Belgian beers than anywhere else in Baltimore - the next closest place I knew with Max's Belgian beer selection was in Philadelphia in Rittenhouse district. You will find a lot of the trendy beer styles, and you can choose from smaller pours to full pints - samples or 'tastes' are never provided, it is best to ask for a style or recommendation from the barkeep. Typically 1 - 4 cask beers offered, though there is a better spot down the street from here for cask beer.

Parking for this location is found around the street levels and garages in and around Fell's Point. There is no valet or parking redemption.

Feb 15, 2020
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DuaneL from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

What a fabulous tap room! 70 choices of draft - you can't go wrong.
Knowledgable bartenders with character. Only annoying thing was, they charge for a 5-oz "taste", but really were not able to tell you how much it was going to be! You had to wait till the cash register computer cranked it out at the end. I think beer prices should be posted, they were not. But it's a great place.

Jan 29, 2020
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sreichgott from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Great place. Knowledgeable bartenders and a great beer selection. A lot of local Maryland beers on draft, many of which aren’t even on BA yet. Nice crowd, good food, excellent beer list. If you’re in Baltimore, don’t miss this place.

Jan 23, 2019
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PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Oct 10, 2018
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

May 13, 2018
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Canada_Dan from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Feb 06, 2018
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Not a huge place, there is good-size bar then some communal high-top tables and other seating. Has the feel of a sports bar or upscale dive bar, but with amazing beer selection. Huge draft list, with the localish beers highlighted. wide variety of styles. bottle selections as well, lots of limited stuff.

Jan 27, 2018
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BFCarr from New Jersey

4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Dec 10, 2017
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Spent nine hours here on a Saturday with a couple of other BA members from out of town. Time flew by as we tasted and compared beers with some dinner and plenty of conversation. We were there until 12:30 which gave us an hour or two of overlap with the Saturday night party crowd.

Food was good and the service was excellent, we never had a problem getting prompt service regardless of whether we were ordering draft pours, from the bottle list or food. Selection was about as good as it gets, while there are obviously plenty of beers they don't have I can't imagine ever running out of new things to try while you are there. I even knocked a few things of off my current list.

I had not been there in over fifteen years. I won't make that mistake again, though I may drink one or two less beers and leave a little earlier.

Jul 07, 2017
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jsb89 from Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -24.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Not an LGBT-friendly business.

A large group of us decided to enjoy some casual drinks here on a Saturday night for a friend’s birthday. We were all let into the bar by the bouncers with no issue. One of us (who happens to be gay) stepped out to smoke a cigarette, and when he attempted to reenter he was asked for his ID. After providing his ID, our friend was denied reentry to the bar, with the rationale being something along the lines of “you’re too drunk.” Okay. Totally understandable.

Moments later, another member of our group left the bar and overheard the bouncer say to his colleague, “I wasn’t about to let that gay guy in!”

With six years in the service industry under my belt, I completely understand denying someone initial entry into your establishment because they are too intoxicated. Guests cannot be allowed to pose a danger to themselves or other guests. However, I understand it less when someone has already entered the establishment five minutes previously, has caused no trouble inside and is entirely coherent, and then attempts to reenter. I draw the line at denying someone entry because of their sexual orientation (or race, gender, religion, etc.).

With so many establishments to choose from in Fells Point, I see no reason to return to Max’s and drop another $100.00 only to hear about nonsense like this. Somehow, I think I’ll be able to find a bar that, at the very least, can hire bouncers that just do their very important job while keeping their personal opinions to themselves.

Jun 18, 2017
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HeartofMiami from Florida

4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

May 22, 2017
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socon67 from New York

4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Place was lively on a Wednesday night. It was Craft Beer Week, so plenty of new options. About 70 taps roughly, covering local, domestic, and some import. Bottle list is terrific. Certainly worthy of the hype.

May 18, 2017
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.94/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Rivals Mekong for taps (over 70) and bottles list. Super knowledgeable and attentive bartenders. Classic rock on the radio. Friendly patrons who liked to talk about beer. Didn't eat anything but menu looks like standard pub grub. Beer is a little on the pricy side, but you can get 5oz pours and there is a special on a couple different drafts every day. Can't wait to go back!

May 11, 2017
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Newport_beerguy from Rhode Island

4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Apr 24, 2017
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Apr 22, 2017
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Brian29 from Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Apr 08, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.81/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Mar 22, 2017
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StoutLover14 from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Dec 12, 2016
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Nov 16, 2016
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Hop-Dawwg from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Nov 01, 2016
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Kubishark from Maryland

4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Oct 20, 2016
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mynie from Maryland

4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Sep 25, 2016
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lupercmda from North Carolina

4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Sep 17, 2016
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.49/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Aug 06, 2016
Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD
Place rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 307 ratings