Max's Taphouse


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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 slander
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I think it was (like) 2 years ago that Handsome Ed started with his "We should do a weekend in Baltimore" talk; a terribly good idea implemented never. It was always something with him, you know? "We're trying to move to Pennsylvania and buy a place" or "I have to work 83 days straight to finish this highway project". I might have considered it him just talking smack and let the whole thing go but I'd developed a want for crab smashing so I had to put it away in the back of my head and wait and wait and wait. Eventually they moved to PA and the highway project got done. He finally got a breather and I moved on it, no rest for the wicked (me, not him). Get your shoes on, Ed, we're going to Baltimore...

Easily parked and all metered up, we backtracked up and around the block to Max's. Taking up residency at the bar, we had some good attention this early Saturday afternoon. Seating 2 dozen and then some, this long straight wood bar with an "L" on the end runs the length of the whole place. A copper foot rail below and the bar top done up slat wood with beer labels and then varnished over, plus inlayed "chill discs", of which Phil says "They are an abomination".

72 unique tap selections spread over everywhere. 24 taps in a row on the middle of the bar, a 5 tower tap at each end, and then 2 rows of taps (9 atop 14 below) to both sides of center on the barback wall. Also, down on our end, I think I saw a single Delirium pink elephant tap, and there were definitely 2 hand pumps as well.

A center wide counter on the bar back holds booze 5 tiers high, and a pair of flatscreens above with a neon "prescriptions" sign there. To each side, rows of taps and 2 or 3 coolers with flatscreens and a row of TV's above. A cooler with vintage selections and a cigar display case at the end of the bar. Pressed tin ceiling with fans, well worn wood floors, brick walls and windows looking over Broadway, mounted lighting and sunken spots, pillars here and there, and an adjacent bar counter. A shelf above and behind you holds glassware, steins and old beer cans. The walls done up with brewery pub signs, mirrors, neons, metal signage, a blackboard on the far wall with bottle beer specials, and a giant 5' X 8' framed mirror on the back wall. Shirts, hats, kids bibs and wing sauces displayed here, and 10 tables in a slightly raised pen near the staircase leading to the upstairs cigar bar/lounge, with a bar holding 2 dozen taps.

Access to a rear room just past the looking glass. The "L" shaped bar seats a dozen, glassware and booze hanging upside down above, and shelved on the bar back. 2 dozen taps in a single row on the barback. English pubby bar with an airplane propeller mounted on its overhang and lined with coasters. An adjacent bar counter with space for a dozen below stucco walls, a blackboard listing the tap selections, a De Dolle Randy Oer Bier portrait, and Sam Smith prints. Lighting on the ceiling fans on the old pressed tin ceiling above. And out the back side to a rear rear room. 5 dart boards in a row on the far wall running its length. Faux bindings packing bookshelves below and on the opposite wall, a mounted Yak's head, a wooden Indian, a cigar display, animal skulls, and "Max's" barrel heads above.

A side room holds a single pool table and Phil's golf game (complete). A bar counter runs the far wall, a showcase on the opposite wall displays 8 years of Gales Prize Old Ale & JW Lees Harvest Ale vintages, and a nice collection of tap handles wrapping around the border above on 3 walls.

An absurd selection of taps, roughly half of them micros, local and Mid Atlantic/NorthEast regional (Brewer's Art, Heavy Seas, Wild Goose, DogFishHead, Southern Tier, Ommegang, Brooklyn, Blue Point, Southampton, Magic Hat, Smuttynose, Cape Ann, Harpoon, Sam Adams, Troegs, Victory, Weyerbacher) and beyond (Oskar Blues, Avery, Flying Dog, Great Divide, Rogue, Sierra Nevada). The remainder being imports, some interesting (Samichlaus, Liefman's Kriek, Peche Mortel, Hoblon Chouffe, Witkap Pater Single), and some of the usual import suspects, and even a handful of macros.

And an equally ridiculous bottled collection. The list holds 200 and change, roughly 1/3 of them US micro, another 1/3 Belgian and German, and the rest English, various beers of the world, maltos, meads and Champagne Bieres. Also another 40 big bottles (mostly Belgian and US), and 2 dozen special reserve selections, primarily vintage JW Lees, Gales, A. Les Coq, Thomas Hardy, Fullers, Sinebrychoff, etc.

They let us try a little of this and that, service was attentive, beers were clean and fresh. Simply outstanding. I believe it was EyeDrinkAleOutOfASmallRefidgeratorInTheBackOfMyCar who said "Yeah, I think Max's is the best beer bar in the North East, definitely one of my top 5 in America". Second time he's been right about something in a month's time.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Max's Taphouse, Baltimore. 102 beers on tap!! And 102 beers of quality, mind you. No bull here. No Guinness and Bud fillers. Not even Victory Pils filler! :-) This is serious stuff.

Max's is an expansive but cozy bar in the cool Fells Point area of Baltimore. Old school, with lots of wood and charm.

Super friendly bartender! Her name is Jessica and she is a doll. Will make you feel like a local in your first visit. She knows her beer too! All the other employees are really friendly too, specially Bob the morning bartender. Also The Ass Master and everyone around. Great people.

Selection and quality... absolutely top-notch. I mean, 102 taps! And all of them REAL! Five casks to boot...

Many rarities, like five Bruery beers on tap, Italian crafts from Del Borgo and Del Ducato, micros from New Zealand and Canada... Eight Maryland beers too. Lots of oak-aged stuff and big beers.

All of them are, according to the knowledgeable and super-friendly bartender, cleaned and cleared periodically to make room for new taps (even daily). All beers tasted very fresh.

I tried Flying Dog Double Dog Nitro (my first time on nitro), Harviestoun Ola 18, Dogfish Burton Baton, Sierra Bigfoot 1999, Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog, Flying Dog Fresh Hop... serious stuff!!!

I feel like I've said this before, but this is the most interesting selection EVER! I have seen large selections of draft beer before, but with a lot of boring handles. Nobody approaches the depth and expertise of Max's.

Food is good but not great. Efficient Mexicans cook average pub grub that sometimes rises. Their crab dip is delicious, served in a bread bowl. Also their baked-potato soup. They've got a yummy chorizo quesadilla. Their burger is also very tasty. But I mean, don't come here expecting fancy fare. Pricey too.

As for beer prices... I have to rate them reasonable. Sometimes I think they're pricey, but they really are not. I mean, most beers are $5-$6, even the rare ones. Then some extra-special ones like Harviestoun 40, Dogfish Bitches Brew or Dogfish Burton Baton will run you $7-$8, but still, not bad! Big samples are about $2.5 a piece.

I wish they had a regular happy hour, but they do have a really cool special: $6 for a 32-oz fishbowl of most beers (including big stuff like Hebrew Lenny and Southern Tier Unearthly) during game nights. Wow!

This is definitely, absolutely, forever and ever my favorite bar on Earth. I want to move to B'more just to be near Max's.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Thank goodness for the complimentary Charm City Circulator! It doesn't look far from the Inner Harbor on a map, but after walking around Baltimore all day, any way to cut out walking was a bonus. We were dropped off a few blocks west, walking eastwards, and we pop upon a neighborhood with a Bohemian flavor. Lots of bars around, and easy to identify at the corner was Max's Taphouse. A quick ID check at the door soon led me to a haven of different beer.

Max's Taphouse feels like it belongs in this neighborhood. Lots of people inside this relatively large taphouse, a long bar with a high number of taps and bottles scattered throughout. Paper beer menus were scattered around the place, and eventually I found one. The draft menu lists the beer name, style, and alcohol percentage (but no price!). You have to really push yourself between patrons at the bar to grab a drink, but luckily finding a bartender is easy to come.

Too many different containers of beer to account for, well over 100 taps (albeit over different 70 tap beers per their beer menu), plus 4 casks! In my experience, only Brussels' Delirium Cafe can beat Max's in terms of numbers. But despite the high numbers, there are many interesting and high quality options to be found. Not only the options, but different pieces of glassware utilized, proper temperature, and untainted taplines show that Max's cares for their beers. As for names, I stumbled upon beers from D'Achouffe, Against the Grain, DuClaw, Amargar, Allagash, Green Bench, Laughing Dog, Mikkeller, Union, Stillwater, Thornbridge, and a lot more.

For options galore, Max's Taphouse is an absolute must see! I would have loved to stay for more than two beers, but I wasn't going to bore my non-beer drinking brother who was with me.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Max's on Broadway is a cool little bar in Fell's Point (possibly the coolest area in all of Maryland) which has a huge multi-tap setup that turns over quickly and remains fresh... although tends to be a little mainstream (for seasoned beer drinkers) at times. If you're a late night person, Max's sometimes has GREAT bands. If you're a cigar person, this is also a place for you although one of my problems is that it can get a bit smoky (and I usually try to get in between lunch and dinner!) There's a little food window kitchen which is very cool when you've had one too many and decide that a greasy burger might hit the spot. It is, however, very college oriented - so if that's a problem for you stop in during lunchtime. Even on weekends it's fairly relaxed.

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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 InspectorBob
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Went to Baltimore for a conference and I said to my buddy, we must go to Max's Taphouse. Let me tell you, after hearing so much about this place, it lived up to all the hype. I never saw so much beer in one place. DFH 120 on tap, are you kidding me! They had to have close to 200 bottles of brew in the refrigerators behind the bar, maybe 40-50 taps? We arrived around 1:30 in the afternoon, so we had the place much to ourselves, and we started drinking. Allagash,Duvel Red,Green on tap, Stone 13 Anny on tap, Ruination, I could go on and on. Had a big plate of mussels which were awesome. Five hours later we left, totally beered out. Good thing we took a cab.. I'm kicking myself in the ass for leaving the tap and bottle list on the bar when we left, so I can't remember everything the two of us drank. All I can say, if you go to Baltimore, this is a must stop if you love beer.

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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 sholland119
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A killer bar in the Fells Point section of Baltimore.

The bar has a very good atmosphere, a bit of a sports bar vibe but still very welcoming.

Quality and selection in this place are beyond amazing! 50, 60, 70 tap? I could not count that high by the end of the night. Little or no crap in the tap list either. Local taps, national craft beers from across the country. The bottle list was similarly insane. Easily a couple of hundred bottles, again all high quality.

Bartenders are outgoing and knowledgeable. You don't need to be a regular to feel right at home.

Food was good.

Can't wait to go back.


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Photo of morebeergood
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Second stop on our Baltimore pub crawl. After a great crab dinner near Litte Italy, we made our way over to Fell's Point. This was where I wanted to start the evening. Very comfortable feeling inside. Looks like a great beer bar, but also has a laid back dive-bar vibe to it. Loved sitting at the bar and having all the beers displayed in front of you in the coolers. We were served as soon as we sat down, and checked on regularly. Bartender even took the time to explain to us Northerners who "Natty Boh" was. Nice. Selection was crazy. Tons of beers on tap and in bottles. I found an Allagash beer that I haven't even seen on tap in New England. The smoked Burnham Road was served in a fat goblet glass. Very tasty. I can see why this bar is a must-see if visiting Baltimore.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Stopped in for two beers on the way to the airport.

64 beers on tap with the only ones I wouldn't consider being Bud, Guiness, and Woodchuck. Everything else, I would call world class.

Ellezelloise Hercule Stout on draft? Lots of other Belgians, probably 2/3 of the menu devoted to Belgians. Cazeau, Contreras, De Dochter, De Regenboog, Lefebvre all had multiple offerings on the list.

We went with Burton Baton and oak aged Ten Fidy. Three chalices of Burten Baton came in at $24 (and this was around 2:30 on a Tuesday.

A spectacular bottle list that included the first time I've seen a focus on vintage offerings. Anchor 1.5 liter holiday back to '95 ($70) and SN Bigfoot back to '99 ($20).

I'm sure that if a beer is available in Maryland, Max's has or had it.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.48/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 5

Ok, I just got home from a 4 day trip to DC and Baltimore - absolute blast, we did little more than hit every well reviewed bar in those areas. I was very excited to hit Max's but it was the biggest letdown of our beercation. The 140 taps were amazing, one of the best beer menus I've ever seen. One problem, we hit it on a Friday night and it was pretty much a massive frat party. At one point my girlfriend began screaming at the top of her lungs and she could barely be heard. So we had two great brews I'd never been able to get before, then left. We went back the next day, early afternoon, and this time were able to get a spot at the bar. My girlfriend asked the bartender if she could have a sample of a specific beer, he replied "We're in the business of selling beer, not giving it away." What a major turn off. Every other pub we went to not only provided samples but often did so without us even asking. Basically, this place has an amazing draft list, but don't expect anyone to engage you in an intelligent discussion about beer. The staff don't seem to give a damn and the place is too loud for conversations with patrons. Pales in comparison to Alewife.

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Photo of akorsak
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Max's Belgian Beer Festival, what a great time to belly up to the bar. My observations are based on the goings-on during the festival and may not be indicative of a normal day at Max's.

Atmosphere: A crowd of 20-25 people greeted my wife and I at 10:45 on Friday morning. All beer geeks jazzed up for some awesome Belgians. The bar itself was long and wooden, immeasurable tap handles dotted it and the wall behind the bar. Great place. And did I mention that it is smoke-free?

Quality: The 4 hours spent at the bar were met with nothing less than great service, good food, and great beer.

Service: The bartenders were quite attentive (they had to be, the place was jampacked at 3PM when we left), fast to refill either samplers or full chalices. They get kudos for having to tend to so many of us.

Selection: 100 taps! That is not a type, 100 taps adorned the bar and wall. All Belgian, some of which I've never seen or heard of before. Coolers full of bottles were present, stocked with a nice array of Belgian and American offerings. The big winners of the day were Ommegang's Saison de Gewurz and Les 3 Fourquet's La Fourquette.

Food: Belgian-inspired offerings abounded. We went through a cheese plate, jambon and chicken sandwiches and lots of frites. Delicious.

We spent a nice chunk of change but the experience was well worth it.

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Photo of orangesol
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Stopped in a few days ago while I was in Baltimore. Awesome location for an even better bar.

The atmosphere was pretty good. Plenty of people all over the place and lots of tv's to watch the games on. The quality was very good. I liked everything I had and everything else seemed to be top notch as well. The service was good. I liked the bartenders but I can see why some others do not. It took a little while to get our first drinks but after that we were fine.

The selection is the reason people walk in the door. They had 102 taps running on our visit. Countless more bottles on top of that. The offerings are just as impressive as the amount of taps. I had a Bruery 7 Grain Saison, a bottle of Goose Island Night Stalker, and a nitro draft of Old Rasputin. All were served in the correct glasses and tasted great. I saw quite a few others that I wanted to try but I just ran out of time.

The food was good, but only half of our order showed up. I ordered the triple cheese burger with bacon and it was great. My buddy ordered one of the specials and after 45min of waiting we asked the bar tender if he could check on it. Turns out they never even made it. At that point we were pretty much out of time so they bought him a free beer. No hard feelings just a bad day I guess. The prices were pretty good for a major city. I can't wait to return next time and see what's on.

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

This is a great, great beer bar in the downtown fell's point neighberhood in Baltimore city, MD. Atmosphere is cool, this place is BIG with a LONG light wooden bar stretching accross the perimeter and a games/billiards room in the back. Quality is very high, as was service with the bartender being very knowledgable and friendly. Of note, is the fact that as of 12/07 you can still smoke inside, great for me as a smoker, not so great for some other BA's I am sure. Selection is one of the best that I have ever seen at an east coast beer bar, especially the bottled list which had a tone of rare northern european beers as well as a great mix of rarities from the east coast and mid west. I had a samicalus helles bottle, and two hopdevils on draft on my last visist. A great place to go in Baltimore.

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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 Slatetank
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I have been coming to Max's for about 10 years and had the chance to stop in for a few beers when the LBC recently hosted a pub crawl to Baltimore. I find the atmosphere to be good but depending on the day/time of day can be a tad obnoxious. It can ge super-crowded and the ability to choose several areas to relax in is a plus.

I have always considered the selection and quality at Max's to be top-notch. You can get many bottles and drafts that other places just don't carry, like Pannepot. I enjoyed the food almost every time I have been there which is basically bar food or a notch above. I find the service to be very good considering the location draws a unique blend of patrons. They usually know what to suggest or at least give you friendly service. I find the experience at Max's to be overall above average and reasonably priced.

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Photo of mynie
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
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 blackie
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

stopped by with the parents after a visit to Fort McHenry - the place was pretty well packed and quite loud, but we were able to secure a table in the deserted back room, the upstairs was roped off at the time

located on what seems to be a pretty awesome stretch in Fell's Point, Max's is a spacious place with an old-school well-worn pub feel, wood floors and a long wooden bar, beer paraphernalia and other random curiosities all over the place, lots of tv's - this place can obviously go from chill spot to full-on sports bar game days and weekends, bottles displayed in a glass fronted cooler behind the bar

the most frustrating thing about bars specializing in Belgians is being forced to blindly pick some obscure name from a long list of them - but when essentially the whole list is quality chances are you'll luck out, ended up pretty pleased with my choices of Emelisse Winterbier and De Ranke Noir de Dottignies, Belgians are king here (though my visit closely followed the annual 72 Hours of Belgium, so this probably varies), with a few interesting local selections as well, glasswear was appropriate - don't really care for the heavy chalices but that's probably a personal thing

prices on the menu would be nice - not sure what the deal is with that

bartenders were extremely efficient given the crowd, thumbs up to them, the doorman's attitude was questionable

chose the crab dip for a pre-dinner snack, the portion was large and it was tasty - could have used a bit more on the left side of the crab:cheese ratio, but no biggie

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Visited on a Wednesday for lunch. Sat at the bar. It was slow so great service. Was able to talk with all the bartenders and mangers et. al. Good insight to bar and beer business.

Vibe – Looks, feels and smells like a BEER bar. Definitely not pretentious. A Baltimore feel. Working class. Based on some discussions with the staff sounds like it gets quite crazy some nights. Rest rooms need some work for those who might be a little picky. Probably not a place to take your kids unless it’s off hours. 4.5

Quality – They clean all taps at the same time every two weeks. Say no more. 4.5

Service – Food was delivered quickly. Bartender was attentive and friendly. Knowledgeable and ready to give a recommendation (I asked about which of the Flying Dog cask options I should choose for my last beer.) 4.0

Selection – 60+ taps. An excellent selection. Something for everyone. Terrapin wake n bake barrel aged on tap. Also had a Flying Dog Doggie Style dry hopped citra cask. A couple hundred bottles in coolers. - 4.75

Food – Good bar food. Not sure I need any more than that. Had the Black n Blue burger. Nicely cooked. Moist. Tasty. Good fries. 4.25

Price – $$ - Good prices. Lots of happy hours and specials - 4.5

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Photo of shivtim
3.89/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5

A great stop in Baltimore.
It's a dark space, kind of dive-bar-ish, lots of beer crap on the wall. Nice long bar.

The beer selection is huge and has quite a large variety. My one complaint is the huge lack of local beers. There were only 3 Maryland beers on the list, plus one from DC. There appeared to be some sort of Sierra Nevada tap takeover. I'm sure the list changes a lot, but the current list was a bit disappointing for an out of towner.

Service was OK. The bartender seemed disinterested, and gave the wrong beers to each person. He kept checking his cell phone.

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Photo of mltobin
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Max`s Taphouse on S. Broadway in Baltimore is most certainly the best beer bar in the city. I recall about 30 beers on tap. In addition, they have a wide variety in bottles, say another 40-50. Their tap selection included offerings from Southern Tier, Cantillon, Corsedonk, Fullers, McChouffe, etc. The bottle selection is similar variety of american craft beer, belgians, and other great selections from abroad. Their prices are fair and the crowds can swell on the weekend evenings. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable in their offerings. Would go back to gain in a heartbeat when I make it to Baltimore again.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

First off I never give 5s b/c, well, that's a whole new ball o' wax about philosophy and stuff. BUT, if I were ever to I might as well to this place b/c the # of bottles and taps alone are outstanding but the variety is second to none in any beer bar I've ever been to. Not only did they have Italian drafts and bottles I'll never find elsewhere (there was an Italian beerfest) but just the # of diamonds in the rough (odd beers you have to work for to find) is amazing. To top it off it also has one perk that I have to look for - they sell Bud Light, which is only thing my wife drinks so she was happy. I like sports and there are TVs everywhere showing that so I have no problem w/ myself and fellow beer geeks rubbing elbows w/ sports fans. Top it off w/ the fact that the place was supercrowded (standing room only) yet the bartenders never left me hanging and it's in a nice neighborhood in Balty (Fell's Point) and you have proof that this is one of the best beer bars in the country and a must see if you are in the area.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

GREAT selection of beers! Plenty of beers on tap and bottled beers to go around - has a little bit of everything in terms of beer. The beers on tap are usually fresh and I appreciate their wide selection of Belgian beers. The bartenders know their beer very well. Love the location in historic Fells Point. Food is mediocore at best, but that's not why we are really there for. Plenty of space to go around. Pool table and dart boards available. The place can get very packed at times during major sporting events (e.g., soccer on tv or before/after a Orioles game). Plan accordingly.

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Photo of lackenhauser
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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