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Type: Bar, Eatery

21 N Eutaw St
Baltimore, Maryland, 21201-1718
United States

(410) 545-5112 | map

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Added by broadchillin on 09-20-2010

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1.5/5  rDev -63.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

I've wanted to visit Alewife for awhile and finally got the chance. We specifically stopped by to sample a few beers they had on tap based on their website. When we arrived we were told the beers were no longer available and that approximately 5 taps were dry. We were also told that there were beers in the cooler that could be put on the taps but that they were waiting for the weekend to start tapping them. Very disappointing.

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Photo of PuppyClawz
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have been to Alewife several times and each time I wonder why I keep going back. I think they have a decent selection of drafts and bottles. The problem each time I have been there is the service. On a weekday afternoon while sitting at the bar you should not have to wait 15 minutes to be waited on. There are plenty of other great places in the city to frequent. The food is ok but overpriced and a very limited menu. Each time I go is a disappoint which sucks when they have pretty good beers on tap.

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Photo of qchic
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Good beer and food (and cocktails). Interesting building--old bank--which explains why it doesn't give me the warm and fuzzies. Loud, too, but I like the low light. The location can't help them, but I love me some Bmore and don't scare easily. I wish I was more compelled because it's around the corner from the light rail. Still, I recommend.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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Photo of bheilman
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Good atmosphere. Lots of people that cared about what they drank and a mix of 40 somethings through mid-20s. Solid music in the background. Friday night was mostly older somewhat new wave, I feel like New Order and Devo came up a feww times. Saturday afternoon was closer to current indie/emo music. The bar was cool in a sort of industrial style with lots of sort of bar classic wood mixed in.

Had about 40 draft beers maybe more. It was a little difficult to understand exactly what they had. They had a chalkboard with the drafts and some had ABV, some listed prices, but some were labeled with nothing. They had a paper list of drafts but it was also incomplete. On the other hand, they had about 20 Dogfishhead on draft. That's more than I've seen anywhere, including the brewery in Milton, DE and the restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, DE. They also had a strong selection of Stone, ~10 options. So I had plenty to choose from and overall, those complaints are pretty minor compared to my overall experience. They also had a cask, and it featured Victory Hopdevil. I love Victory, so I defintely was delighted with this option and with the flavor.

Bottle list was impressive, with a lot of solid Belgians and some other europeans and american crafts, but I did not have time to try anything there. My guess would be on the level of 60-80 options.

My service was fine. I went there twice in 2 days. Once for dinner and the next day just before my flight out of town. The afternoon service was fine for me, but I do have to mention that a couple got up and left because it took a while for them to be served and they went to the bar a few times to request service. I do believe it was a miscoomunication between the server and the bartender, but figured I had to mention it. The food was solid. I had Ox tail on top of panco crusted mashed potatoes and fried onions on top. It was excellent. I also ordered some tempura battered frites. Not sure exactly why I ordered it because the concept sounded a bit ridiculous, but I like tempura and I enjoy belgian style fries. Anyway, they didn't really come out so great. The tempura batter was fine, but the inside was sort of like a slimy, barely cooked slice of potatoe. Not awful, just not all that great. I do applaud the effort to be creative, I would just remove this from the menu and go with traditional tempura and traditional frites. Both can be awesome and improved with some subtle additions.

The food was a little expensive, but I thought the beer prices were pretty good. In general, these prices are fairly reasonable considering it is so close to the inner harbor and I had a crab cake sandwich for lunch at another local restaurant that was around $15.

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Photo of needMIbeer
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of imbibehour
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located not too far from the Lexington Market subway station Alewife is a place easy to miss.

Entering though you are in a giant large ceiling building that has been redecorated and screaming new gentrified fashion, while still remaining old world charm. The patronage is diverse, and the place was very busy for a Tuesday night when I visited.

Aside from one foul mouth racist drunk in the corner trying to stir things up (who didn't last long), everything here is quite comfortable and pleasant. The building and crowd reminds me a lot of the nice places I frequent to drink in DC, although the clientel in Baltimore is classic locals who are different from their nearby DC counterparts.

Service is ok, some minor attitude but nothing you can't really fault. Beer selection here is a step up and also contains lots of good glassware to go with it.

Didn't get to try all the food, but the fries in duck fat never fail, and the burger is rich if perhaps a little too rare but no major complaints.

I really like the atmosphere of this place the most, it really feels and gives me an idea of what the residents of Baltimore look like and what their city has to offer, and the building is real nice inside. I will always keep this place on my radar when visiting Charm City.

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3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Great food and equally matched draft list. Oh and LOTS of bottles. But then hey, who goes to a bar and drinks bottles when the tap selection is on point?

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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Photo of jmel10
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Was looking for a bar Friday night during my visit to Baltimore last weekend and decided on Alewife because I thought I had heard something good about it at one point in time. I was pleasantly surprised upon walking in when I saw there were 40 beers on tap.

It was a Friday night so the place was full but definitely not crowded. The atmosphere was laid back and enjoyable. We were able to get seats at the bar almost immediately.

Both the draft and bottle selections were good. The service was also good. I didn't try any of the food.

I did feel that the prices were maybe a little high but I had a good experience and I would come back if in the area.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by here while staying in Baltimore near the stadiums. I saw a handful of good reviews here on BA so I gave it a shot. From the outside it looks like an old Library or former Education building of sorts. I almost walked right into the glass covering the opening of the "front doors" (actual entrance is to the right). Cool vibe going on inside including a huge handwritten chalkboard draught list. They have high ceilings with a second floor deck overlooking the main bar and restaurant area.They had about 40 beers on tap when I went, and another 95 in bottles. The beer selection was nice and well packed with local brews which is cool. The food menu was short and sweet with a few small plates, artisanal sandwiches, mussels, calamari etc. I had a big tasty burger and some of the calamari. Both of the bartenders working that evening were helpful, personable and friendly. I'd recommend this place to anyone looking for good beer and a cool spot. I'll be returning here on my next visit.

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Photo of Jesstyr
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Pumped to check this out pre-O's game, and was glad to give it a shot. Overall this was a good experience with a great waiter, interesting beer selection and decent food - overall worth a shot in the area.

Love the old bank building, and they did a great job making this place comfortable, but interesting. Cool bar, stained glass, bank doors, etc. Was really pleased by our friendly and knowledgeable waiter - helpful picking out food and beer to pair, just a good guy.

Beer selection both on tap and in bottle was great. Definitely seasonally focused, but a great mix of local craft and great beers from the world, including St Bernardus on tap, and a strong selection of bottled unique beers (JW Lees, etc). Food was just so-so - the cheese grits were as good as I've ever had, but the mussels were not good. Similarly kobe hot dog was great, but shrimp (with heads on in bbq on grits) were not well executed.

Worth a shot if you are in the area.

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