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Taps: 145 / Bottles: 1200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
737 S Broadway
phone: (888) 675-6297
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
Was in Maryland for the Syracuse-Maryland football game a few weeks back, and Max's was at the top of my list in terms of drink stops. It did not disappoint.
Beyond the fantastic tap list (over 100 beers, ranging from local brews like DuClaw to tons of others from around the country), they also have a stunning bottle list of well over 1,000. Too much to really begin to wrap your head around in one night, though I did try.
Was there on a Friday night, so admittedly, atmosphere got a bit packed and busy, but it didn't take away from the ambiance. Bar tenders are incredibly attentive and knowledgeable, and are more than happy to make a recommendation.
Only mild drawback might have been the simply "standard" pub fare, but don't let that detract from an otherwise amazing beer experience.
11-22-2013 23:26:27 |
More by JohnCassillo
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 2 | $$
If you're going for quality and quantity of the beer itself than you can't do any better in Baltimore than Max's. Fell's Point is a drinking destination in Baltimore and in Fell's Point Max's is the place that every beer tourist ends up at. Sure, they have 140 taps. That's impressive. Go there during the day or at night on a weekday and you'll have plenty of room to check everything out. Go there on a weekend night and you'll be competing with way too many people being way too loud and asking for Miller Lite and shots. The bartenders at the front bar are kings. They know what it's all about. If you can get a seat there than you're good. Food is marginal at best. Sorry. People don't go there for the food. The soft pretzels are pretty good but hey. Basically, this place is great for beer. If you want a great bar with cool people and a nice place to just hang out than keep it movin'.
09-10-2013 03:26:32 |
More by Gravitron
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
07/28/2013 - this was my second visit and it was even better then when I went last year. The bartenders were all extremely knowledgable and were providing top notch service. You can easily tell that they aren't just trying to sell you tons of beers to get a better tip. The food was excellent especially the Drunken Monkey wings. All of the beers that I had we're very fresh and poured into the proper glassware. I'm a big sour fan and they were able to provide a large variety of options between the draft and bottle lists. Overall I would recommend this bar to anyone who visits Baltimore and loves amazing beer.
08-08-2013 20:58:09 |
More by fortheunheard
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$$
Love seeing their amazing east Coast Beer selection that I cant get in Cali. Lots of Mid Atlantic Selection with impressive Bottle list. Bartender was friendly and knowledgable. Crab Sliders are face melting (some of the best Pub food I have ever had). Clean bathrooms and free wifi were a plus.
08-05-2013 15:58:17 |
More by Tuckersmth
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5 | $$
I was in Baltimore over the weekend and had been looking forward to coming to Max's since I booked the trip a few months ago. Let's just say they leave alot to be desired. The girlfriend and I walked a few blocks in the pouring rain to get here on a Saturday night, and upon entering, easily would have walked right back out into that rain if it wasn't for their ridiculous beer list. You know that bar Swayze gets the job at in Roadhouse? Yeah. It's a bit like that. (and I'm talking pre throat ripping out)
I'm not one to bash a good dive - some of my favorite spots near home are dives. I'm also not one to bash a "diverse" crowd - I think it typically makes for a fun experience. But this place is just miserable. My girlfriend and I were tucked in what I thought was the quietest corner in the place, and we could barely have a conversation over people chanting "CHUG! CHUG! CHUG! CHUG!" What conversation we did have usually involved me saying things like "I'd be so pissed off if I lived near here and this bar with this incredible beer list was tempting me but this crowd just kept me away."
TL:DR Food was very typical bar food. Beer was incredible. No table service. Have to go to the bar and fight for a spot like it was some college kegger. However, the bartenders were VERY attentive and I never waited too long. Should probably be avoided on a Friday or Saturday night.
07-16-2013 03:42:21 |
More by mikeburd1128
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.25 | $$
For beer, Max's is a 5, but it does suffer in some other areas. Of course none of those other areas matter if what you want is good beer. First the good: large, well thought out, beer selection with some hard to find offerings. Great service from interesting people. Really a mecca, it goes far beyond your normal beer-centric pub, odd beer. one-off beer; they get it. The bad: it looks like your average college bar and attracts such a crowd on weekends. 21 year olds drinking miller and screaming for shots. slightly better than average pub food.
Here is the bottom line: who cares about the bad? I don't. I can get great food and a calm old-man environment at a ton of places, but you wont get beer like they have at max's many other places.
07-12-2013 23:22:31 |
More by jmaharaj
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place is a beer lovers paradise, with a wide selection of beers on tap (82 on the menu when I was there 2 weeks ago). It's a nice atmosphere, but I suggest getting there in the early afternoon ahead of the crowds, as it's in a touristy area. Another suggestion is to order samples, rather than pints. The samples range in price from about $2.50 to $5.00. This gives an opportunity to try a variety of different beers, without spending a fortune on some beers you may not like. All in all this was an enjoyable experience.
07-11-2013 23:51:43 |
More by JohnW58
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I visit friends in Baltimore now and again and kept meaning to try Max's taphouse. Because its right in the middle of touristy part of the harbor and trendy Fells Point I really wasnt sure what it would be like, and there is a lot of competition in Baltimore for my beer drinking dollar (they dont just have neigborhood bars, they have them on almost every corner). All that said, my friend knows me well and said I must go.
I was in awe. I had to sit down and catch my breath. I was probably drooling a little before she smacked me on the head and shook me loose from my trance. There were so many taps with great craft beer selections on probably 99 percent of them that I had a hard time choosing and just started to plan how we would return the next day. There were probably 2 or 3 times that in bottled beer selection that was equally of quality. I tried a few draft ales I hadn't ever seen or had and was not dissapointed. The bartenders were busy, but helpful and knew their stuff. The food around looked ok but I didn't take up any precious room in my gut with any of it. They have plenty of TVs to watch whatever sporting event you like, and it was packed on a satuday midday,
They have things like michelob ultra and of course National Bohemian as it is Maryland but its clearly a craft brew mecca. They also had information about various beer festivals they have to coincide with other events as they had just had an Italian Beerfest a few weeks ago (still had t-shirts available). I recommend this place to anyone really, but especially to my craft beer kind of friends. I will be back...and it won't be soon enough.
07-03-2013 14:59:09 |
More by writteninwax
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Went for a beer outing to sample some uncommon beers and just to drink some great beers. Turns out Victory Brewing from PA was having a special that day and all of their current beers were on tap, so that was a decent surprise as Victory is a pretty good brewery I've experienced before. Other than that I jumped around the "On Tap" menu just to sample whatever seemed appealing. They had a great selection and the bartenders were friendly and helpful. It does get a little crowded, especially as the night-life picks up, as mentioned in previous review posts. Overall I enjoyed my visit to Max's and would definitely repeat and recommend to anyone considering.
06-29-2013 02:43:05 |
More by Rezknello
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 5 | $$$
Ok, I just got home from a 4 day trip to DC and Baltimore - absolute blast, we did little more than hit every well reviewed bar in those areas. I was very excited to hit Max's but it was the biggest letdown of our beercation. The 140 taps were amazing, one of the best beer menus I've ever seen. One problem, we hit it on a Friday night and it was pretty much a massive frat party. At one point my girlfriend began screaming at the top of her lungs and she could barely be heard. So we had two great brews I'd never been able to get before, then left. We went back the next day, early afternoon, and this time were able to get a spot at the bar. My girlfriend asked the bartender if she could have a sample of a specific beer, he replied "We're in the business of selling beer, not giving it away." What a major turn off. Every other pub we went to not only provided samples but often did so without us even asking. Basically, this place has an amazing draft list, but don't expect anyone to engage you in an intelligent discussion about beer. The staff don't seem to give a damn and the place is too loud for conversations with patrons. Pales in comparison to Alewife.
05-28-2013 01:14:08 |
More by Mantooth
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