Max's Taphouse


179 Reviews
Max's TaphouseMax's Taphouse

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(888) 675-6297 | map

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Photo of Chodite
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Like a candy store for beer. Always a treat!!

200+ beer choices (bottles + tap). Knowledgeable staff who might even let you try a little sample of something if you're not sure if you want to order. Tuesday nights are great. A featured beer where you get to meet someone from the brewery, learn about the beer and drink it for cheap.

Good atmosphere. Cigar bar upstairs. Big screen HDTV with some HD LCDs behind the bar.

Did I mention they offer over 200 beers from around the world?

Damn good nachos too! A MUST VISIT if you're in Baltimore.

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4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Stopped in as a holiday get together with some friends.

Mainly wood flooring and walls, long bar down the right side. As you walk down the bar, you approach a big screen TV. Room opens up to the left for a pool table and Golden Tee video game. Almost no one in there on a Tuesday night, which was fine by me as I was there for the beer. Smoking (cigars too) was allowed. Everywhere I looked, I seemed to find another cooler full of beer. I think I may have died and gone to heaven....

No complaints from myself or my friends regarding the beer quality. We were sticking with draft though, and some of the bottles in the coolers looked pretty dusty.

Service was fairly prompt, but, as I mentioned, there were only a few people there. The bartender was pretty knowledgeable. Came up with some good suggestions when I was feeling indecisive.

Selection was fantastic. 60+ beers on tap and two from cask. Bottles - got no idea - a hell of a lot...Biggest challenge was trying to pick. I'll have the Allagash 11th, no make it the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, well maybe the Old Dominion Millenium, or ...They will fill growlers with anything they have on tap, so if you can't decide, take some home.

We didn't look into the food situation as we had already eaten. Not sure if they even have food, but it falls into the "who cares" category. Go for the beer, there are plenty of good restaurants in the area.

Pricing seemed pretty fair, $4-5/pint, depending on what you got.

Overall, very pleased to meet Max, and hope to return many times.

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Photo of Higravity
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Best place in Baltimore area hands down. The largest selection of beers on tap and in the bottle and there is always some kind of special running at this place. It can get crowded with annoying asshats but the upstairs is a nice change of pace and you can enjoy a nice cigar from their humidor and relax in large leather chairs. They also have a very nice scotch selection. Make sure to check the vintage bottles both upstairs and down you are sure to see something to put your jaw on the floor. They have many festivals through out the year and they are always a good value.

This should be your first stop in Baltimore.

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Photo of n0rmann
3.34/5  rDev -24.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 5

I was disappointed with Max's, but that may have been because of the crowd. The Yankees were in town the weekend I was in Baltimore, and the bar was overrun by obnoxious fans.

The bar was crowded, so loud that I had to shout to my friend, and it was nearly impossible to get the attention of our bartender. We waited so long to try to order a second beer, we decided to stop at just once.

And that was unfortunate. They had an impressive beer selection, both in bottles and on draught. Several Rogues, Dogfish Head, Chimay's and Victorys were available.

They also carry several of the local brewpubs beers at Max's.

There is also a second room where people can play darts.

If I went to Baltimore, I'd definitely give this place a second chance and maybe it would change my review.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

A quick tip. If you take the watertaxi here from Inner Harbour, save those little coupons they give you on the boat. They're good for a free draft beer!

A dark beer bar with a long row of coolers on the right side. A cozy area near the window, then a dark area back with the pool tables. Approximately 13 TVs around the bar. I liked the atmosphere, but my wife thought it was a bit too dark. I agree with her to a point.

Anyways, the beer selection is really great, and the tap seletion is fantastic. You'll find something here that you like. The bartender we had (bald-headed guy) was extremely knowledgable about his beer and was fun to talk to.

This is a must-visit if you're in the Fells Point area of Baltimore.

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Photo of Nutleybeer
4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Actually, I first heard of this place when Ale Street News did a cover story a few months back. Totally forgot about it upon arriving in Baltimore until I read an ad in one of the touristy pamphlets. Had to make sure we stopped by...

I saw the prior reviewer correcting an out of towner on referring to a Natty boh as a "Nah Boh." I could be wrong, but I believe Max's lists it as a "Nah Boh" as well. Regardless, what is this city's obsession with this beer? Too funny. There is actually a National Bohemian store right in Fells Point as well. See the giant sign, on top of a building, in Canton (I believe) as you ride on I95.

Okay, back to my review...from the northeast, I have always judged the Ginger Man in NYC at the best there is in terms of beer still is, but Max's was great none the less. A nice, large selection of beers on tap, including Brewer's Art's Resurrection. Wow, a bar selling brewpub beers? That is something I have honestly never seen before, but apparently they do it quite often...having some Wharf Rat offerings too.

The midday bartenders were full of energy. There was a guy with curly red hair, can't tell you his name because I don't know, but he was a show all by himself. Like a gunslinger, if you order a beer, a pint glass suddenly seems to appear in his hand, twirled around between his fingers, then put under the tap.

We came back later that night. Yes, a bit smokey and loud music, but a cool atmosphere. A really fun spot to hangout (granted it was a Sunday night too during a holiday weekend). Pool table in the back, a dart area too (which was closed). TVs all over. Tap handles lining the entranceway and the back pool tabel area.

Moment of the night...the above mentioned bartender is serving a group of 20-something college looking kids right next to of the girls is looking for a fruity beer. She ended up with a bottle of Lindeman's...the bartender tells her it is $10. A look of shock comes over her face and she can't understand why it costs so much. He looks at her, with a sly grin and responds "It's Belgian, baby." Then adds "don't worry, you'll love it."
Funny story...

The food was pretty good. My wife have "shooters," a bunch of mini burgers with seasoned fries. I have a chicken satay wrap which was quite tasty. The menu was decent...I would not expect too much beyond decent pub grub, which is exactly what we got.

My only knock on Max's, was with a really large bottled selection, I would have loved a wider selection of local beers. They had 4 on tap, but I was hoping for a greater listing in their bottles, which was not the case. Oh well, still a great place regardless. When you go to the Inner Harbor, you have to get out to Fells Point. It is loaded with bar after bar, some divey, some not...a Du Claws is also right down the street as well as one of the Wharf Rats. Few places could match up to this area for a pub crawl!

Max's on Broway was a fun spot, not trendy and not trying to be...just a fun, loud place where you can try any one of a massive selection of beers.

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Photo of John_M
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

10/20/08 Update. It still annoys me that Max's doesn't use actual pint glasses, and this place will never win any awards for atmosphere... but the beer selection just gets better and better, with one of the best Belgian draft selections on the planet. Not only that, Casey (the cellar master) continuously gets in rare/hard to find beers that blow me away. Also, the annual 72 hours of Belgium festival, and now a Fall German beer festival.... what can I say? Max's is simply one of THEE best beer bars, bar none. Also, Max's is now smoke free. End of update.

When I lived in Baltimore, Max's was a staple of mine. The beer selection is one of the best I've seen and is easily the best (by a wide margin) in Baltimore. That was almost two years ago and my visit this past weekend was the first visit back in nearly a year.

Little has changed at Max's, with the beer selection as excellent as ever. However, aside from the excellent beer, and the multiple TV sets for sporting events, Max's is hardly anything special.

Let's start with the food. Baltimore is a great city for wings; pretty much every place that has them available seems to prepare them very well. Max's is no exception. Their wings are quite good and during sporting events they often run specials on the price. That being said, the food here is nothing special. That's not a knock on Max's, beer is the primary focus here, which the website makes very clear. There's nothing wrong with the pub grub available (consisting primarily of burgers, fries, chili, and the like), but it's hardly what I would call great. I saw that Max's has now added a cheese plate, hummus, and a meat/cheese plate, which is nice to see. While a positive addition, there was nothing particularly wonderful or special about these dishes. They were fine for what they were, but hardly the makings of anything close to a fine dining experience. On the other hand, as others have noted the service here is generally excellent, and you won't find yourself waiting all day for your fries or a steaming basket of wings.

As for the atmosphere, I'll try to be kind. The owners have done a great job sprucing up the dining area and it's a lot lighter inside then it used to be. The guys who run the place are funny, knowledgeable, and just great guys. If you can find a spot there, I highly recommend that you sit at the bar and enjoy the show. All that being said, it's hard to get around the fact that Max's is still, at least on most days, a loud, crowded, smoke filled bar. This is Baltimore after all, so you learn to overlook a little smoke and a few loud, out of town yahoos (on more then one Sunday during football season I've seen the bartenders have to break up a fight or give some ill-mannered New Yorker the boot). Also, on most days the restroom is the kind of place where one holds one's breath upon entering, takes care of one's business as quickly as possible, and gets the hell out. The owners do their best to keep the place clean, but sometimes the small restrooms are just overwhelmed by the number of folks using them. In short, good intentions aside, it's very hard not to overlook the fact that "atmosphere" is not exactly one of the things one goes looking for at Max's.

As for quality, Max's has an outstanding selection of beers, many of them very hard to find. They usually have at least 15 or 20 Belgium's on tap, as well as a number of cask conditioned ales and aged English ales. The price for these beers runs the gamut, starting at $5.00 a glass for beers like Victory Prima Pils, Dominion's Hop Pocket and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I say a glass, because anyone who's spent any time at Max's quickly realizes that, for the most part, they do not use true pint glasses. The glassware is shaped like a pint glass, but if you buy a bottle of something and pour it in the glass you'll see that a 12 oz. beer COMPLETELY fills the glass. (Oddly, if you order a glass of cask conditioned English ale, that will be served in a true pint glass, and for no more money. Why other beers are not served in the same glassware is beyond me.) Belgium's are served in a 10 oz. goblet and can run anywhere between $6 and $8 (beers like Samiclaus or the world wide stout, when available, are of course even more expensive). I never really know what I'm going to get charged beer-wise when I go to Max's, as the price seems to vary depending on how over-worked the bartenders are and who serves me. Again, this is no knock on Max's. They serve so many different beers at so many different price points, it would be a shock if they didn't occasionally get things mixed up from time to time. If any of this bothered me I'd stop going, but obviously it doesn't. I think Max's is a great place and it's always on my list of places to visit when travel takes me to Baltimore. I'd recommend it to anyone visiting the area for a few days.

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Photo of Gavage
4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I have visited Max's in the past, but my visit during the 72 Hours of Belgium were quite memorable. Easily accessable from the Inner Harbor by a short cab ride. Hit the bar early afternoon and we took up residence at the bar. The bartender was extremely friendly, and was quick to ask where we were from (based on the Jersey accents I guess). He handed us a Belgian menu and touted a few beers to try. Plenty of breweriana to look at, like tap handle collection and glassware. Pool table adorns the back room area. You got to love the "Prescriptions" neon sign just over the bar.

The tap selection was tremendous because of the Belgian fest, but they still offered plenty of the mid-Atlantic's finest beers such as Victory, Brewer's Art, Clipper City, Oliver's, etc. My visits in the past never disappointed from a beer selection point either. Hundreds of bottles from many micro breweries are clearly visible in the large glass refridgerators. Simply put a great selection that included west coast beers like Great Divide. We did not try the food but it looked quite good, especially the wings.

If there is one place to hit on a visit to Baltimore - it is this place. You can still get the Brewer's Art and Oliver's beers here along with everthing else in the region. Every time I have visited Max's I have experienced friendly service. You will get the college kids wanting large 32 oz lite macro beers to get drunk on Friday and Saturday nights, but be here in the afternoon for a relaxing and pleasurable bar visit with great beer selection.

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Photo of MsRogueRed
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I love this place and wish I lived closer so it could be my neighborhood bar.

You can't ask for a better selection of bottled or tap beer. They have almost anything you could ever ask for.

Service has always been topnotch. I've never had to wait for a beer and if I had any questions or wanted recommendations, they've never lead me astray.

Food is great too, with fast service.

This place is worth the drive. We live about an hour or so away but try to make it down here as often as possible. The only downside is that you need to stay over night to really enjoy the selection.

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Photo of BrewAStorm
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I make the drive from Philly to Baltimore three times a year just to go to Max's. Mainly for the beer but the people of Baltimore make it a great place to drink with friends.

Another reviewer stated tons of wood...its like they broke into a bowling alley and pulled up all the lanes and laid them on the floor. Nice size bar with more taps then I can count and a selection that I never get tired of.

I come to Max's with the mindset of trying something new and not sticking to my usual stout or tripel...and I always leave with a new "gotta get that at home" beer. On an interesting note the beer always tastes fresh, with that many draught beers running at once its rare not to find one beer thats past its prime, not here.

But the crowd that always packs Max's really makes being there that much better, no stuffy attitude from the bartenders or other customers, and someone is always there worthy of conversation.

There's a reason why I make this drive every 4 months and it isn't because of I-95!

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.65/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is downright fantastic. I heart Max's. Without a doubt the most impressive beer bar I have ever been in.

Walking in, you get your choice of two floors, or an extra tap room on the ground level. Lots of wood everywhere, and an extremely attractive bar. The multitude of taps are all arranged pleasingly, row after row after row. You also get to view their coolers (i'd say at least 6), filled with shelves of bottles. Every time I've been in, it seems that pains are even taken to make sure the bottle labels are facing outward, so you can easily identify your choices.

How could you possibly ask for a better selection than this? It is seriously hard to make a decision when faced with this many choices. You could spend a fortune at Max's just trying everything. The tap selection is constantly changing, assuring that you will have something new to try every time you stop in. I believe there are even more bottles than taps. All sizes too - I always see 750ml bottles in the fridges.

I was even blown away by the food! I ordered the hummus platter, and it was delivered to my table in decent time. Normally hummus is not anything to be excited about, but they fried the pita that came with it, which was an excellent suprise. Damn it was delicious. I wish I had some right now.

On the other side of the wall from the bar area, Max's has a chalkboard with specials and new deliveries. If you're on a budget, there is almost always an interesting beer to be had for $3-$4. This visit the special was Sierra Nevada Summerfest for $3 a pint. Awesome! And on the new arrivals list was Shipyard's Pumpkin, which I tried (and reviewed).

There are great happy hour specials at Max's as well. Possibly my favorite is friday's - you get a 32 ounce beer for $5! A true steal. I greedily had my cup filled with Smuttynose pumpkin.

For being located in an area where rent is surely not cheap, Max's has really great prices. Most drafts I have ordered have been $4.50, which is very decent for city prices. And like I said above, there are always specials to be had, as well as happy hour, if money is tight for you.

If you are in the Fells Point, Baltimore area, absolutely DO NOT miss Max's On Broadway. It is an awesome experience.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

From the perspective of a West Coast visitor, it's the best beer bar in town. Located right in the heart of Fell's Point, it's a large rustic beer hall with lots of great beer memorabilia. They had a fairly long bar with a well diversified inventory of taps, featuring several regional beers. The beer list just went on and on. It's impressive what they keep on hand in their huge refrigerator. Beers from everywhere, and some very good Belgians too. We didn't eat there, but in retrospect, maybe we should have. Crabby Dick's across the street was a complete disaster. I can't believe we left such great service and beer at Max's on Broadway only to walk across the street for a crab dinner and service nightmare.

We enjoyed the humor of the bartender. She was not only friendly and efficient, she was fun and loved to joke around. One of their t-shirts read, "You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning." This is a place you could spend many hours enjoying the good beer and service. The patrons were all very friendly.

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Photo of nickss
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Like Wonka, I usually swing by for Pinch the Pint night... nothing like a free glass to put a big smile on my face.
They have some decent specials on the other days of the week, but nothing too mindblowing.

There are three different bars, so there is at least a variety of ambiences for you to choose from. That being said, if you're just there primarilly for the beer as I usually am, you will most likely be able to find anything you want at the main bar downstairs. Incredible selection, with new taps being rotated in quite frequently. As others have said, selection ranges from Fantome, Dupont, DFH, Troegs, and Heavyweight on tap, to pretty much anything imaginable in bottle. Maredsous, DFH WW Stout, some Three Floyds Brews, Delerium, St. Bernadus, and Okocim Porter (nice one Mike). Of course, they have the usual suspects as well (Duvel, Chimay, some Sammy Smith, etc).

As for the service.... I must disagree with anyone who has said the service is bad. The other night was the only time I had mediocre service, and that was only for about 30 min, and was partially my fault since I was sitting at the very end of the bar by myself. Once I switched seats, the service was quick, professional, and with a smile (and it didnt hurt that one of the bartenders was very easy on the eyes as well). Additionally, the correct glassware is always used, which wins them some bonus points. Over all, the service has been very consistent in my experience.
I hate to break it to the previous reviewer, but $1 per beer as a tip is pretty standard, nothing bartenders will get excited about here in Baltimore.

Overall, along with Mahaffey's and Brewers Art, definitely one of my favorite places in Baltimore. Top notch.

Oh... almost forgot. Not sure if anyone else has mentioned this, but here it goes. Max's is expanding their Broadway location to include yet another bar... the construction has already started. Word on the street is that it is supposed to be a "Belgian Bar", with 25-30 Belgian taps in a row. Certainly nothing that is going to hurt them in my book =)

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Photo of SundeyPSU
3.2/5  rDev -27.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 2

OK, if you want Selection, Selection, Selection.., then go here. They have an incredible selection of beer. The taps seem endless, and the bottles are too many to count. They have beers/ales at Max's that I have NEVER seen anywhere else, and some on tap that I have only experienced in bottle. The Rogue Chocolate Stout is great on tap. The food is crap, but will soak up the beer if that is all you are looking for. Their cigar bar on the 2nd floor is nice. They have a good selection of cigars, if that is what you are looking for. You can relax and smoke a cigar on the 2nd floor. Here is my complaint. I have lived in Baltimore for 8 yrs, and NEVER had good service at Max's. They act as if they are doing you a favor by waiting on you. If you have questions, forget about it. They act like asses, and act as if you are a Gomer for asking a question. Once I sat there for a couple hours with a friend and tipped a dollar every time I ordered a beer. Finally, me and my friend had just enough money for 2 more beers and no tip. We ordered anyway. When my friend jokingly said "keep the change", the one bartender showed the "tip" (about 20 cents) to the other bartender, and he got pissed off and threw it across the bar. I would think a dollar tip for every order would have been enough. When I tended bar in Dallas, I rarely got a dollar every time someone ordered. Maybe every other time. I don't think those two work there anymore, but that pretty much sums up the bartender's attitudes I have encountered at Max's. That said, I still go back when I crave a Old Speckled Hen or a Rogue Choc Stout.

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Photo of Wonka
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The environment on a typical Wednesday when I stop in for ‘Pinch the Pint Night’ from 5 pm to 8 pm is casual and not crowded. Every Wednesday, while supplies last, the buyer of a specified beer receives the brand’s pint glass. My favorite to this point is my Lancaster Hop Hog pint.

The service is solid. The bar managers are always generally energetic and open for questions and suggestions which is very important since I typically have 4-6 people in tow that are expanding their beer tastes.

The draft and bottled beer selection is the best in Baltimore. Recently I have enjoyed bottles of Fantome Black Ghost, FFF Dreadnaught, Stoudt's DIPA and Fraoch Heather Ale, Williams Brothers Red on cask and 97 JW Lees on draft. The view from the barstool to the selection in the beer coolers is a big plus after a stressful day.

As a non-smoker, the air is typically very tolerable and thankfully, there is a cigar zone on another level. The relatively open air helps me actually taste the beer and the food which is nearly impossible in some bars. Concerning food, I have eaten there twice and the burger and the chicken breast were on the mark. Honestly, the burger was one on the best I have eaten in a while.

On Wednesday’s there is always ample parking directly outside and the location is spot on for other Fells Point attractions and the water taxi. While I’m focusing on an off-peak time of the week, the beer selection, great service and food will always be there. Parking can be difficult during the weekend and of course crowds and smoke will always bump up a notch.

Overall, its my favorite beer bar in Baltimore.

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Photo of Solidarity1
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Went to Max's on Broadway and the site at Inner Harbour, near Camden Yards. Max's on Broadway has an incredible selection of beer - over 70 on draft and over 300 bottles. The Camden Yards location doesn't have quite that selection, but boasts a list to proud of. We went for a Brewer's Convention in Baltimore and were pleasantly surprised by the knowledge of beer and professionalism displayed by Bob and Kacey, the managers and barkeeps. These fellas know beer - they know what is good and what isn't - and best of all, they aren't afraid to tell you. They were accomodating and friendly, despite an incredibly busy happy hour prior to an Orioles game. Seriously, they have some beer I have NEVER seen anywhere in the states - much less on draft. Big Thumbs Up!!!

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Photo of cubedbee
4.16/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Located in the middle of Fells Point, Max's is always packed full of the college crowd on the weekends, making it hard to get decent service from the few bartenders working. However, the lack of service is more than made up for in the wonderful selection of beer. Max's has always has a wide range of both hard to find imports, local gems, and quality American micros on tap. Was able to have Chimay White, Weihenstehpaner, and Robert the Bruce on my last visit. Have never had the chance to eat here, but I think this is mainly a beer bar, not a restaraunt. Great for what it is.

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Photo of tjthresh
4.01/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Love Max's on Broadway

The atmosphere and service leave a bit to be desired. From what I observed, it was just one room with a bar, some tables, and a pool table, packed with people, and playing loud ass music. The only employees that I saw were bartenders and security. So everytime my crew needed a beer you had to go to the bar and wait to be noticed. I guess it wasn't too bad, just annoying for the prices we paid.

Not the selection and quality were top shelf. I didn't stray from the Racer 5, but I had a buddy drinking Rodenbach draws. Another was drinking a stout that slips my mind right now.

Basicly, if you are looking for great beer, this is a great place. Just be sure to bring plenty of cash.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Max's Taphouse is my favorite Baltimore beer bar and well deserving of the perfet score for selection: 100 oft-rotated taps. They offer every style available, along with many hard-to-find brews. Of course, they usually serves several treasures from Brewer's Alley of Baltimore. Include great service from knowledgable bartenders (Bob, this means you) and you will have a wonderful beer drinking experience. Even the food has been improving in the ten years since I first entered their doors.If you can take the sports bar atmosphere - and the weekend douchebag contingent - with a grain of salt then you will truly enjoy yourself. Plus, the Fells Point location can't be beat if a hearty pub crawl comes to mind.This is a MUST when in Baltimore.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I finally found my notes from June. Here is what I thought at the time. Nice old-school bar area, nice old wooden bar, no trendy steel or lighting. It was pretty loud and crowded inside, so it was difficult to have a conversation, and it was smoky. Lots of nice beer signs all over the place. Very good selection, over 200 bottles and 30-40 on tap. Also a beer on cask. Very wide selection from local to American and imports. I was very happy to see beer served in proper glasswear. Good beer menu that seemed to be accurate. Bottles are on display in coolers to help with selection. Bartender seemed to be friendly and had some beer knowledge. We talked briefly about the Dogfish WWS that I ordered. Overall, a great stop for a wonderful selection of beers. If you really want to talk beer, go at an off-peak hour.

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Photo of saltydog
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I have to totally revise the review from my earlier posting. I just returned in August of 2004 and loved the place...great beers, wonderful selection of both draft and bottle beers, and the people that work there are very cool. I had a wonderful time, and would easily rate this as one of the top 5 beer bars in the US. The funky vibe does not hurt either. I remember at a previous visit a few years ago having a problem with loud TVs playing when I was there but there was nothing like that this time...I was here for a weekend and ended up returning to this place twice! Anyway, I'm rating this place way up!!!

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Photo of Hefe
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Popped in for lunch and a pint or three on Monday 8/16/04

The atmosphere is fairly standard, beer paraphanalia on the walls, wooden tables and stools, several pool tables, several tv's displaying various sporting events, yada yada yada.

The Beers are well poured into appropriate glassware, barstaff is quick, friendly and polite. Food service was quick, and the food was hot. The hummus dip was mighty tasty, and the burgers were damn tasty. There were a several other selections on the lunch menu, standard pub fare really.

Now we come to the meat of the review. Holy selection Batman! Cantillon Rose' de Gambrinus and De Dolle Bos Keun on tap! Great variety of Micros and imports, several cask beers, and about 200 some odd bottled beers to choose. Come on now, how is a weak, lowly beerdrinker such as myself supposed to resist such temptation. Answer: Dont resist! Drink up! When in Fell's Point you know where to go.

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4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Nice,old style bar feeling to it.Right in Fells point-great place for a crawl.While there I had both a Jenlain Amber and a Rogue Chocolate stout,both of which were just great.The selection is amazing.It really ran the gamut of styles.They advertise 70 taps and the menu reflected the same.Did not see a bottle menu but looking in the cooler doors it was just as impressive.The bartenders were both great and very personable.

We were there 2ish on a Saturday and it was quiet.I have been there on a Saturday nite when its jumping and with the decent size that it is it really wasnt a mob scene.Well worth checking out when in Baltimore-take the water taxi to get to Fells Point-they give you coupons for various bars in the area.

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Photo of PudTinkler
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I absolutely loved this place. If travelling to Fells Point via Ed's Water Taxi, they give you some tickets for a 2-for-1 draft purchase at Max's. Take advantage! The service was fantastic and the bartender was consistently checking my progress to see if refills were needed.
70 beers were on tap during my visit...the bar is quite large with lots of room to move. The bartop has some laminated beer labels, which is pretty cool to check out and see how many you've tried.
While I was there, I had an Oakham cask-conditioned, as well as Rogue Chocolate Stout among others.
There are many different styles to choose from...almost any palate can be satisfied. IMO, this is the best beer bar in Baltimore. True, you don't want to stray too far from this area if you're wandering. But why wander? Just stay here and drink their selections.

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4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Max's has the best selection in Maryland. From local craft brews to Belgians to west coast standards, you can have any style any time. My most recent visit was for the SPBW cask ale society monthly meeting, which featured four top notch cask ales topped by the Troegs Nugget Nectar IPA, which was just heavenly.(See my review of that). Before the firkins were tapped I sampled 2 outstanding Imperial Pilsners by Clipper City and Rogue. Ther were at least 10 promising craft brews I have yet to sample. A bonus is the Tuesday Night Beer social upstairs which features rare and special brews along with their brewers, and serious beer talk.
The food menu is limited but the service is friendly.
Not to my liking was the smoke as Max's is "cigar friendly", but beer drinkers usually have to put up with that everywhere. I detracted a point on atmosphere for that.
Don't let that scare you away, the beer is worth it and I'll be going back soon.

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