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Where do I want to drink in downtown Baltimore?

Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic' started by harryhood1, Jul 3, 2013.

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  1. harryhood1

    harryhood1 Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Headed to Baltimore next week and staying at the Hilton Downtown. Last time I was there, I checked out The Brewer's Art and an English Brew pub that I can't remember the name of.

    Where are some lesser known places with good lists or that brew their own stuff?
  2. desperado28

    desperado28 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2012 Delaware
    Beer Trader

    Nothing out of the ordinary, but I was there a few weeks ago and went to Alewife, good beer selection and really good food in an old bank building, it is close to the Inner Harbor area, and to Max's Taphouse, bar with 100+ taps in Fells Point.
  3. SloppyJoeWasAMan

    SloppyJoeWasAMan Aspirant (224) Feb 27, 2013 Maryland

    Maxs on broadway. It's pretty well known and dont brew their own, but you won't find a better selection anywhere close.
    shutyourface and bohollyday like this.
  4. scraff

    scraff Initiate (163) Apr 18, 2003 Maryland

    Pratt St Alehouse. Great beer these days, solid food. That's the English place you mention. Used to be called Wharf Rat.
    Then Alewife, Brewers Art, Dont Know Tavern, Metropolitan, Mahaffeys, Max's, Of Love and Regret to name a few. That should keep you busy for a while. :wink:
  5. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,609) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
    Beer Trader

    Nothing really to add to the recommendations already made (OK, maybe Brewer's Cask and the Abbery Burger Bistro over in Federal Hill, and the Hudson St. Stackhouse in Canton, as well), but keep in mind that some of these recommendations will entail a bit of a hike to get to from the downtown area. If you have a car, that's no problem, but if you have to hoof it, or plan to rely on taxi transportation, it's something to keep in mind. You can actually take the water taxi to get over to the Canton area, which will allow you to hit Mahaffey's and the Hudson St. Stackhouse. I'd also recommend using the water taxi to get over to Max's as well.

    Every place else mentioned above, you can get to fairly easily by walking. I'm not sure the Don't Know Tavern is so awesome that I'd want to walk that far to visit (or invest the money for a cab ride), but that's just my opinion. Nothing wrong with the place otherwise. If you want to visit OLAR, you'll either need to drive or spend some money on a cab. It wouldn't be worth it to me (Stillwater beers are good, but you should be able to find a good selection at Alewife and Max's), but it is a solid (albeit expensive) place with a very nice seleciton of food and beer.

    My feeling is that if one wants to recommend OLAR, then I think we should also mention the Heavy Seas alehouse. Conceptually, I think the two places are pretty similar; both places are essentially tied house operations (Stillwater beers in the case of OLAR, and Clipper City/Heavy Seas beers in the case of the alehouse), but offering food options that are considerably above the normal menu items one finds at many beer bars around town. I'm not a huge fan of either place, but that's due to the pricing at both places, which I just think is inordinately high for what you get.... but that's just my opinion. Good luck.
  6. harryhood1

    harryhood1 Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Wow, great suggestions! Definitely enough for a couple nights of drinking. Thanks everyone!
  7. bierman2000

    bierman2000 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2003 Pennsylvania

    John Michaelsen knows the area well, yes John I am giving you due props. Brewer's Art and Partt St are your best choices fro downtown. It all depends how far you want to venture out.. be it Fells Point or Canton, etc.
  8. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,609) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
    Beer Trader

    :-) Thanks Ron...
  9. shutyourface

    shutyourface Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2010 New York

    Max's Taphouse will blow your damn mind!
  10. mikeburd1128

    mikeburd1128 Zealot (514) Oct 28, 2011 New Jersey

    Maybe I'll see you at Max's. I'll be there Fri and Sat. Most likely wearing Blue Jays gear. Enjoy!
  11. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Zealot (515) Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    If you're there on Saturday, you can take the light rail to Union Craft Brewing for growler fills and/or free samples. They also usually have a few taps at Max's.
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