The Wharf Rat

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

25 Reviews
The Wharf RatThe Wharf Rat
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

801 S Ann St
Baltimore, Maryland, 21231-3404
United States

(410) 276-9034 | map
www.thewharfrat.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
37
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
7.13%
 
 
Taps:
40
Bottles/Cans:
25
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 37
Photo of n0rmann
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Serves the same beers as their Camden Yards location, so the beer is still phenomenal.

The thing I liked about the Fell's Point location was how quiet it was. It had more of a neighborhood bar feel than the other Wharf's Rat.

The bartender was talkative, friendly and had a nice, long coversation about beer, which I love to do at any time.

The music in the background was eclectic, with Frank Sinatra followed by Led Zeppelin. There's also a pool table in the background.

The Wharf's Rat is also located around the corner from a closed police station, which was used in the filming of my favorite show, "Homicide.'' I know that has nothing to do with beer, but I found it extremely cool.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in during a late afternoon with my wife. Very old looking bar, with only about 7 bar stools. Many empty tables and a closed back bar. Bathrooms were very psychodelic with multi-colored spray paint to deter graffitti, but it really didn't. Food was served from microwave or kitchen heaters as there was no official kitchen here. A phone booth sits by the front door just like the parent place in the Inner Harbor. For a Friday afternoon, I was surprised there were only 3 other people there.

There were plenty of Oliver's beers on tap, and we went during the 3 for $4 happy hour which meant 3 mugs (about 8 - 10 oz) of Olivers beers for $4. For us that was quite cheap to sample several brews. The beers were of good quality and the ESB I had was on the hand pump. Beers covered everything from cream ales to stouts. The bartender was friendly and made some personal recommendations for beers to have.

Worth a stop if you like Oliver's beers and are bumbling around Fells Point, but personally the wife and I prefer the Inner Harbor location.

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Photo of Terp96
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is one of my favorites. In the British lower class style, you almost feel as if you are on the docks in Jolly old England.

The beer selection is top notch and very English. They don't disguise it either.

The Wharf Rat in Fells point even has an open fireplace that roars on cold nights while you sip their Merry Old Ale or their Pagan Porter. Their 3 for $4 deal is a great way to sample their fine beers.

True English fare on the menu as well as the standard pub grub. However, I don't go here for the food. The beer and atmosphere is second to none.

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Photo of SundeyPSU
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is a great pub. The beer is in fantastic. Hands down, I have not found a brewer that makes so many different styles of ale that are consistently this good across all styles. The Oliver line of beer is insane. They have a GREAT Irish Red, ESB, Cream Ale, Blonde, Porter, Iron Man Pale Ale, and list goes on. The food is typical pub food, which means it is perfect for drinking ale. The fish and chips are good. The Crab Dip is INCREDIBLE, and they make a great pizza. The atmosphere is a real time water front pub. The help is sometimes a bit less than friendly, but all the women servers are very nice. Either way, when you are there for their 3 beers for $4 deal (daily 10:30am to 7pm and all day & night on Thursdays) who cares how nice the staff is to you?

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Photo of sideshowrob
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Great place to grab pint down in Fells Point, a bit off the beaten path perhaps, but well worth a visit. This place has obviously been around for a while, I'd guess the building is from the early 1800's, lots of rough woodwork, huge fireplaces, staircases to nowhere, and various nautical brickabrack. Very cozy.

I'm not sure if this place used to be Olivers brewpub, but all the beer is now brewed a few miles away at Warf Rat's "cheers" styled restaurant/pub on the main tourist trap strip at the inner harbor.

The beer selection is great! Lot's of interesting english-style brews on tap. They usually even seem to have some cask-conditioned stuff on the hand-pumps. A very good thing indeed.

Food is standard bar-fare, descent when sober, ever better with additional pints. Waitstaff/Barstaff are friendly and attentive.

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The Wharf Rat in Baltimore, MD
4.07 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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