Mahaffey's Pub


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Mahaffey's PubMahaffey's Pub

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(410) 276-9899 | map

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Photo of NolanGTI
4.3/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Wow, what a surprise. Went doen to my buddy's for his BDay and this place was around the corner from his apt. I don't know if people in BMore realize how great this place is. This place is narrow and dark, but has a cool neighborhood vibe to it.

The service the night I was there was very nice and mildly informed about the beer. No matter, get me some of that Gonzo immediamente. Solid tap and bottle list, definitely worth the stop for anyone in the area. Lots of rotating taps and a '100 Beer Club' for the locals gets the 20 something exposed to new brews. Solid!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I have to agree with Dithyramb, Mahaffey's is my favorite place north of The Cat's Eye in Fell's Point! It's a cute little corner bar with a great crowd (they have a mug club) and friendly servers. And with one exception (I think), it's pretty much all there is for good beers in Canton. They have 12 taps, a hand pump, and 100 bottles... mostly good stuff. The menu is somewhat limited, but it's quick as they cook right behind the bar (how cool is that!?!?!), which is a fair trade-off. The 10 seat bar is quite nice with a new "old-fashioned" back bar; and there are 21 seats divided between the dining and cocktail area. If you'd like to actually sit and eat, they offer more than just bar food at what seem to be reasonable prices (I've only ever had fries and shrimp at the bar myself). Worth a trip!

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Photo of SundeyPSU
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This bar is a great addition to my local area. The selection is always interesting, and is always changing. Wayne, the owner of Mahaffey's Pub, always seems to be there is always willing to answer a question and/or talk beer. He is a real enthusiast, which is what makes going there a must. His dinner specials are hard to beat. If you have never been there, or have not been on a Tuesday, I highly recommend the Tuesday night steak deal. It is a huge steak, potato (baked or mashed), dinner roll and salad all for around $13. Then you got the beer selection to boot? You cannot go wrong. He also always seems to be having some sort of event or tasting, and recently opened the second floor area for beer tasting Thursdays. Mahaffey's Pub is a real social experience and very friendly place to visit, with MANY beer choices and good food.

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Photo of Beauregard
1.55/5  rDev -64%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 1

Manager was rude on my last visit. She didn't seem to know too much about beer, and was more interested in sharing shots with people. The cask was served way too warm (at least 80 degrees... this is not cellar temperature), and yet they didn't want to take it back. Beer selection has lagged behind other bars in the area. Food has also been incredibly inconsistent, and downright terrible at times. The beer market has changed, for the better, and Mahaffeys hasn't kept up in my opinion. I'd recommend you head to some of the newer places in the area for a class beer experience.

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Photo of davestar
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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Photo of nickss
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Hooray Wayne and hooray Mahaffey's.

This place is the most friendly bar I have EVER been to.
The bartenders remembered my name just the second time I came in, and Wayne, despite his "quirkiness" is dedicated to bringing in quality brews.

The beers rotate frequently, and nearly all of them are craft brews.
Selection currently includes Unibroue Ephemere, Clipper City Peg Leg, Resurrection, Hoptical Illusion, OD Irish Stout, and about 5 more, including one on cask.

Bottle selection included Koeninghoven, Youngs Oatmeal Stout, Christian Morlein (although I believe they may have just run out of this one), DFH 90min, Unibroue Fin du Monde, and Trois Pistoles, along with some typical shtuff (i.e. Miller Lite, Amstel Light, etc).

Now... the bartenders are very knowledgable, and one went to Wake Forest, which wins her bonus points with me. They are also very quick to serve, and are, as I mentioned before, very friendly.

On to the food.... oh the food. Their chef specializes in carribean food, and does a very good job with anything spicy. He's not afraid to be creative and make his own sauces and recipes, which I greatly respect.

All in all, excellent bar... highly recommended.

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Photo of cracker
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I am very impressed with this place. Heard about it through and decided to check it out. As the previous reviewer mentioned, there area about 8 or so taps. They seem to always have Brewer's Art Resurrection but the remaining taps are rotated regularly. Some I've seen are several beers styles from microbrews such Troegs, Stouts, Old Dominion, Avery, Victory, Dogfish Head, Celebration from Sierra Nevada, a Belgian here and there, German wheats, locals from Capital City (even Fuel!!) and so on. There are about 20+ bottles as well. Food that I've tasted has been very good (esp. the Jamaican jerked chicken sandwich). The amosphere can sometimes be a little too much of the O'Donnel square crowd (i.e. Miller, Bud drinkers who are looking to get laid). Fortunately most of them stay in O'Donnel square, but you can easily escape them by going to the back tables or even upstairs.

Last but not least, the owner Wayne is very friendly and knowledgeable about what he has to offer. He will make great recommendations to you if you're not sure. Two thumbs up for Mahaffey's. Only wish it were closer to where I live.

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Mahaffey's Pub in Baltimore, MD
4.3 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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