Mahaffey's Pub

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

37 Reviews
Mahaffey's PubMahaffey's Pub
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

2706 Dillon St
Baltimore, Maryland, 21224-4706
United States

(410) 276-9899 | map
www.mahaffeyspub.us

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PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
54
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
10.47%
 
 
Taps:
21
Bottles/Cans:
100
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 54
Reviews by davestar:
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4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I stop in at Mahaffey's with frightening frequency. I can't help it though - 8 new beers on tap and 1 or 2 casks per week means that it pays to drop by often. Dominion, Sierra Nevada Dogfish Head, Troeg's, Otter Creek, and Lancaster brews are on tap more often than not. Specials don't pop up too often, but when they do, they're fairly spectacular. For example, a Mahaff's regular came back from a business trip to Maine with 2 coolers of lobster, so fresh Maine lobsters became the special of the night. Wayne, the owner, had just gotten in a few Dogfish Head kegs, so he tapped not only the 60 and 90 Minute IPA's, but also a 120 Minute keg. Not bad for a random Thursday.

Wayne is quite knowledgable and very personable. The bartenders are also very friendly and quick to remember names/faces.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tomkob11
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Devman171
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Baltimore_Adam
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A solid neighborhood place with a very nice rotating selection. Food is notably better than nearby Max's on Broadway and not nearly as crowded, definitely scores bonus points for 3 10z mugs of any draft for $6 during HH. My only reservation: the available selections in both bottles and particularly on draft tend to lean towards alcobombs (8%+) which can make it difficult to session drink at Mahaffey's, as well as making it difficult to introduce beer novices.

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Photo of Hoppy_End
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Dogum
5/5  rDev +16.3%

This place consistently, and continuously has a great selection of rotating beers on tap. They always have fun events planned. And who doesn't like a good challenge. Drink 100 unique beers and have your name on the wall, with different rewards for every 100 milestone. Great small neighborhood bar that beats out the overly loud, and too crowded mainstream craft beer establishments.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of RedTarmac
4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Scottliff
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of jimgentile90ipa
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

While the appearance of this pub is dreary you will find it to be a place you will want to return regularly.It is a pub that makes drinking beer a "Beer Festival" 365 days a year. It accomplishes what beer lovers travel many miles each year to "Beer Mecca" (Denver)for the GABF. To sample the many brewers/beers you have heard and read about but never had access to or could afford in the typical local pub/bar or liquor stores. How does it accomplish this?
1) Of its 20+ draft taps three quarters are devoted to out of the area craft breweries.
2) The selection rotates weekly.
3) No INBEV beers are allowed on tap.
4) During the week from opening thru 7PM if you order three 10 oz. mugs at the same time they are $5 total!
The above allows both experienced and novice beer drinkers the opportunity to sample and not worry about not liking a selection. It is not costing him the traditional $8 for a 16 oz mug. But what I really like about this pub is I always find another customer, whether 21 yr to 75 yr old--rich or not--from completely opposite socio-economic circumstances, to have long and topically diverse conversations. Mahaffey's serves as both a Beer Festival and a United Nations. Every time I visit I have meet a new person I consider a friend. Enough Said!!!
PS---Check the geographic diversity of the reviewers of Mahaffey's. Beer lovers from New York, Rhode Island as well as Baltimore appreciate tipping a few or more with Wayne the owner! You will as well as HE is the reason why this pub is the #1 rated Bar for 2013 in a Baltimore Sun paper poll!

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Photo of BillRoth
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of bmur112
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Gravitron
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Mahaffey's is one of those local corner bars that are on every other corner in Canton but there is a lot that sets it apart. The crew there loves beer and loves their customers. The rotating taps are quite impressive for an otherwise unassuming bar. They Happy Hour specials are one of the best in town. 3 10oz beers for $5. When I lived in Canton I had 2 buddies who would go to happy hour with me and each one of us choose a tap and score 3 drinks for a round. It was the perfect 3 man happy hour rotation. So hey. Grab 2 friends and hit this place up for happy hour. It's a small place though and gets packed almost all the time but it's a good crowd and people there are used to maneuvering in close quarters. Just get in where ya fit in.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

This is the definition of a hole in the wall. It is very easy to miss and unless you know where it is, you wouldn't likely pass by it at all. The place is a straight up rectangle that follows the bar and then steps up with a few tables and then the bathrooms.

The food here is quite nice, but I have only had the sliders. They offer beef, chicken, lamb and bison.

The service is decent but it can get quite busy, which means it can take a while before you get your food since they only have the one grill man. Also, there is only the one bartender.

They have a nice rotating draft, which has some good beers on it, but the best part is the happy hour special of three 10 oz. pours for $5. However, the best beers on the menu are never available as part of the "three for". There is also a nice, small selection of bottles to be had.

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Photo of Aewachiw
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A joy to visit, and a Baltimore bar done right. Terrific rotating draft list, and excellent bar food. Off the square, so parking and getting in and out is easy.

Take note other area bars, if you offer a good value, people will return. Too many new places have decided to overcharge and underwhelm (heavy seas).

3 for $6 happy hour makes for a great opportunity try some new brews, or 30oz of your favorite craft brew at the same price.

Shhhh, don't tell anybody about our new favorite place.

My wife and I are the ones at the table in the corner with smiles on our faces.

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Photo of Perrumpo
4.43/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I love Mahaffey's. I often go after work for happy hour. Happy hour deal is three 10-oz drafts for $5. Can't beat that! They focus on having craft beers on tap, and they do a great job. They even had Nugget Nectar. The owner is a fun guy, although overall service can be a bit slow because it gets crowded and there's only one guy cooking on one grill, too. The food is great though. Be sure to get your fries the rosemary garlic type. Comes with aioli. Thursdays are $5 burgers, too. The place is really small, though, so seating can be a problem, particularly if you go with a group. This is my favorite beer bar in Canton.

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Mahaffey's Pub in Baltimore, MD
94 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.
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