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Taps: 145 / Bottles: 1200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
737 S Broadway
phone: (888) 675-6297
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
From the perspective of a West Coast visitor, it's the best beer bar in town. Located right in the heart of Fell's Point, it's a large rustic beer hall with lots of great beer memorabilia. They had a fairly long bar with a well diversified inventory of taps, featuring several regional beers. The beer list just went on and on. It's impressive what they keep on hand in their huge refrigerator. Beers from everywhere, and some very good Belgians too. We didn't eat there, but in retrospect, maybe we should have. Crabby Dick's across the street was a complete disaster. I can't believe we left such great service and beer at Max's on Broadway only to walk across the street for a crab dinner and service nightmare.
We enjoyed the humor of the bartender. She was not only friendly and efficient, she was fun and loved to joke around. One of their t-shirts read, "You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning." This is a place you could spend many hours enjoying the good beer and service. The patrons were all very friendly.
08-07-2005 16:43:58 |
More by ChappyCubsFan
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Like Wonka, I usually swing by for Pinch the Pint night... nothing like a free glass to put a big smile on my face.
They have some decent specials on the other days of the week, but nothing too mindblowing.
There are three different bars, so there is at least a variety of ambiences for you to choose from. That being said, if you're just there primarilly for the beer as I usually am, you will most likely be able to find anything you want at the main bar downstairs. Incredible selection, with new taps being rotated in quite frequently. As others have said, selection ranges from Fantome, Dupont, DFH, Troegs, and Heavyweight on tap, to pretty much anything imaginable in bottle. Maredsous, DFH WW Stout, some Three Floyds Brews, Delerium, St. Bernadus, and Okocim Porter (nice one Mike). Of course, they have the usual suspects as well (Duvel, Chimay, some Sammy Smith, etc).
As for the service.... I must disagree with anyone who has said the service is bad. The other night was the only time I had mediocre service, and that was only for about 30 min, and was partially my fault since I was sitting at the very end of the bar by myself. Once I switched seats, the service was quick, professional, and with a smile (and it didnt hurt that one of the bartenders was very easy on the eyes as well). Additionally, the correct glassware is always used, which wins them some bonus points. Over all, the service has been very consistent in my experience.
I hate to break it to the previous reviewer, but $1 per beer as a tip is pretty standard, nothing bartenders will get excited about here in Baltimore.
Overall, along with Mahaffey's and Brewers Art, definitely one of my favorite places in Baltimore. Top notch.
Oh... almost forgot. Not sure if anyone else has mentioned this, but here it goes. Max's is expanding their Broadway location to include yet another bar... the construction has already started. Word on the street is that it is supposed to be a "Belgian Bar", with 25-30 Belgian taps in a row. Certainly nothing that is going to hurt them in my book =)
07-15-2005 17:04:26 |
More by nickss
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$$
OK, if you want Selection, Selection, Selection.., then go here. They have an incredible selection of beer. The taps seem endless, and the bottles are too many to count. They have beers/ales at Max's that I have NEVER seen anywhere else, and some on tap that I have only experienced in bottle. The Rogue Chocolate Stout is great on tap. The food is crap, but will soak up the beer if that is all you are looking for. Their cigar bar on the 2nd floor is nice. They have a good selection of cigars, if that is what you are looking for. You can relax and smoke a cigar on the 2nd floor. Here is my complaint. I have lived in Baltimore for 8 yrs, and NEVER had good service at Max's. They act as if they are doing you a favor by waiting on you. If you have questions, forget about it. They act like asses, and act as if you are a Gomer for asking a question. Once I sat there for a couple hours with a friend and tipped a dollar every time I ordered a beer. Finally, me and my friend had just enough money for 2 more beers and no tip. We ordered anyway. When my friend jokingly said "keep the change", the one bartender showed the "tip" (about 20 cents) to the other bartender, and he got pissed off and threw it across the bar. I would think a dollar tip for every order would have been enough. When I tended bar in Dallas, I rarely got a dollar every time someone ordered. Maybe every other time. I don't think those two work there anymore, but that pretty much sums up the bartender's attitudes I have encountered at Max's. That said, I still go back when I crave a Old Speckled Hen or a Rogue Choc Stout.
07-14-2005 21:05:07 |
More by SundeyPSU
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The environment on a typical Wednesday when I stop in for Pinch the Pint Night from 5 pm to 8 pm is casual and not crowded. Every Wednesday, while supplies last, the buyer of a specified beer receives the brands pint glass. My favorite to this point is my Lancaster Hop Hog pint.
The service is solid. The bar managers are always generally energetic and open for questions and suggestions which is very important since I typically have 4-6 people in tow that are expanding their beer tastes.
The draft and bottled beer selection is the best in Baltimore. Recently I have enjoyed bottles of Fantome Black Ghost, FFF Dreadnaught, Stoudt's DIPA and Fraoch Heather Ale, Williams Brothers Red on cask and 97 JW Lees on draft. The view from the barstool to the selection in the beer coolers is a big plus after a stressful day.
As a non-smoker, the air is typically very tolerable and thankfully, there is a cigar zone on another level. The relatively open air helps me actually taste the beer and the food which is nearly impossible in some bars. Concerning food, I have eaten there twice and the burger and the chicken breast were on the mark. Honestly, the burger was one on the best I have eaten in a while.
On Wednesdays there is always ample parking directly outside and the location is spot on for other Fells Point attractions and the water taxi. While Im focusing on an off-peak time of the week, the beer selection, great service and food will always be there. Parking can be difficult during the weekend and of course crowds and smoke will always bump up a notch.
Overall, its my favorite beer bar in Baltimore.
07-10-2005 18:45:00 |
More by Wonka
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went to Max's on Broadway and the site at Inner Harbour, near Camden Yards. Max's on Broadway has an incredible selection of beer - over 70 on draft and over 300 bottles. The Camden Yards location doesn't have quite that selection, but boasts a list to proud of. We went for a Brewer's Convention in Baltimore and were pleasantly surprised by the knowledge of beer and professionalism displayed by Bob and Kacey, the managers and barkeeps. These fellas know beer - they know what is good and what isn't - and best of all, they aren't afraid to tell you. They were accomodating and friendly, despite an incredibly busy happy hour prior to an Orioles game. Seriously, they have some beer I have NEVER seen anywhere in the states - much less on draft. Big Thumbs Up!!!
06-21-2005 02:51:37 |
More by Solidarity1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
Located in the middle of Fells Point, Max's is always packed full of the college crowd on the weekends, making it hard to get decent service from the few bartenders working. However, the lack of service is more than made up for in the wonderful selection of beer. Max's has always has a wide range of both hard to find imports, local gems, and quality American micros on tap. Was able to have Chimay White, Weihenstehpaner, and Robert the Bruce on my last visit. Have never had the chance to eat here, but I think this is mainly a beer bar, not a restaraunt. Great for what it is.
06-12-2005 03:28:07 |
More by cubedbee
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Love Max's on Broadway
The atmosphere and service leave a bit to be desired. From what I observed, it was just one room with a bar, some tables, and a pool table, packed with people, and playing loud ass music. The only employees that I saw were bartenders and security. So everytime my crew needed a beer you had to go to the bar and wait to be noticed. I guess it wasn't too bad, just annoying for the prices we paid.
Not the selection and quality were top shelf. I didn't stray from the Racer 5, but I had a buddy drinking Rodenbach draws. Another was drinking a stout that slips my mind right now.
Basicly, if you are looking for great beer, this is a great place. Just be sure to bring plenty of cash.
05-03-2005 18:28:45 |
More by tjthresh
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3
Max's on Broadway rates a 5 for selection in that if offers one of the best tap selections in the Baltimore-DC area. (I excluded the famous Brickskeller in DC, since they deal in bottles - primarily) Max's has every style and micro available in the area. Also on tap are several treasures from Brewer's Alley of Baltimore. Other than the exquisite selection, this is an average watering hole, though it tries to be a sports bar-pool hall-meat market; still it is a beer bar and a "must-drink at" if in the Baltimore area.
04-03-2005 20:42:58 |
More by jjboesen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
I finally found my notes from June. Here is what I thought at the time. Nice old-school bar area, nice old wooden bar, no trendy steel or lighting. It was pretty loud and crowded inside, so it was difficult to have a conversation, and it was smoky. Lots of nice beer signs all over the place. Very good selection, over 200 bottles and 30-40 on tap. Also a beer on cask. Very wide selection from local to American and imports. I was very happy to see beer served in proper glasswear. Good beer menu that seemed to be accurate. Bottles are on display in coolers to help with selection. Bartender seemed to be friendly and had some beer knowledge. We talked briefly about the Dogfish WWS that I ordered. Overall, a great stop for a wonderful selection of beers. If you really want to talk beer, go at an off-peak hour.
10-14-2004 01:23:18 |
More by Bierguy5
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
I have to totally revise the review from my earlier posting. I just returned in August of 2004 and loved the place...great beers, wonderful selection of both draft and bottle beers, and the people that work there are very cool. I had a wonderful time, and would easily rate this as one of the top 5 beer bars in the US. The funky vibe does not hurt either. I remember at a previous visit a few years ago having a problem with loud TVs playing when I was there but there was nothing like that this time...I was here for a weekend and ended up returning to this place twice! Anyway, I'm rating this place way up!!!
08-25-2004 04:14:24 |
More by saltydog
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