Max's Taphouse

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Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(888) 675-6297 | map

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Reviewed by jrallen34 from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
In Baltimore early for a flight so decided to hit up Max's. Got there right at 11 when they opened but they didn't open the doors until about 11:15. Located right next to the water in what seemed a nice neighborhood with several bars and restaurants. The inside is decent, some nice tvs but to me just a regular football bar...The draft list currently stands at 102 with about 200 bottles, great selection but with so many beers a little tough to sort through and pick out something. The quality was good, mostly Eastern beers and Belgiums I've never heard of, made it a little tricky to navigate selections. Bottle list was ok, nothing exceedingly rare, but way to expensive. Service was ok, bartender seemed fairly knowledgable but wasn't in the mood to chat.

A great selection and a place well worth checking out. Probably too many taps, but if that's the complaint you're in for a good time.
Dec 14, 2010
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Rated: 4.45 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Aug 12, 2021
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Reviewed by DuaneL from Delaware

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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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.65 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

Oct 10, 2018
Rated: 4.4 by Canada_Dan from Colorado

Feb 06, 2018
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.71 by BFCarr from New Jersey

Dec 10, 2017
Rated: 4.4 by SDRedDevil from California

Jul 18, 2017
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.6 by HeartofMiami from Florida

May 22, 2017
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.59 by Newport_beerguy from Rhode Island

Apr 24, 2017
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.6 by Brian29 from Ohio

Apr 08, 2017
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 3.61 by StoutLover14 from Illinois

Dec 12, 2016
Rated: 4.48 by BubbleBobble from New York

Nov 16, 2016
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Rated by Hop-Dawwg from Florida

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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.61 by lupercmda from North Carolina

Sep 17, 2016
Rated: 4.49 by cjgiant from District of Columbia

Aug 06, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by jophish17 from Georgia

Jul 29, 2016
Rated: 4.15 by mig100 from Texas

Jul 24, 2016
Rated: 4.55 by eluvah from New York

Jun 29, 2016
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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.
Jun 25, 2016
Rated: 4.56 by StoutSnob40 from California

Jun 22, 2016
Rated: 4.61 by WheelsPSU from New Jersey

Jun 03, 2016
Rated: 4.01 by Resuin from Massachusetts

May 07, 2016
Rated: 4.63 by Spoda1983 from Pennsylvania

Apr 25, 2016
Rated: 4.33 by REVZEB from Illinois

Apr 17, 2016
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Reviewed by FSUlaw-and-brew from Florida

4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
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.
Mar 15, 2016
Rated: 5 by Fpscheler from Pennsylvania

Mar 13, 2016
Rated: 4.51 by Tomkob11 from Maryland

Feb 02, 2016
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Reviewed by Lettsgo3 from Maryland

4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
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.
Jan 17, 2016
Rated: 4.64 by Hitchcock from Maryland

Jan 03, 2016
Rated: 4.64 by costanzo_mike from Massachusetts

Dec 24, 2015
Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD
Place rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 306 ratings