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Taps: 21 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2706 Dillon St
phone: (410) 276-9899
(Place added by: NeroFiddled)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 35 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
We took a day trip to Baltimore to check out some good beer bars and this was our first stop. We made a great choice.
This is a great neighborhood place that I wish was in our neighborhood. The staff and customers were very friendly and it has a great vibe. There is a 12 seat (or so) bar on the lower level. There is another bar upstairs that we did not see.
There are about 20 taps with some good local choices (Clipper City and Heavy Seas), other national craft beers and a couple of belgians (including my wife's favorite, Houblon Chouffe). They have the best Happy Hour special going: 3 10oz mugs for $4. Only a couple of beers were excluded and, best of all, Happy Hour is running on Saturday at 2pm.
We had Hoptical Illusion, Otter Creek Baltic Porter, Heavy Seas Loose Cannon, Goose Island Oatmeal Stout, Weyerbacher Merry Monks and Clipper City BaltoMarzHon. All delicious and at $1.33 a mug...
Food was very tasty, especially the garlic rosemary fries.
02-10-2008 02:10:58 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
It might be a blessing or a curse that I found this place mere stumbling distance from my apartment. A little corner neighborhood bar, this place has a good old-time neighborhood feel without being dingy and divey. The waitstaff was helpful and honest (my waitress admitting that she wasn't a beer-drinker but recommended talking to another waiter who was), the selection was made up of some great local, domestic and import drafts as well as tons of great botttles. Belgians galore, as well as great American microbrews, some local to the area. I didn't have the food but it looked awesome and the prices were very reasonable. Same goes for the beer, and there look to be drink specials often, including a happy hour that can't be beat. I think I've found my neighborhood bar.
11-12-2007 15:16:06 |
More by sinistrsam
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I enjoyed a stop at Mahaffey's w/ friends from the LBC on the recent pub crawl to Baltimore. The atmosphere is very inviting and I was talking beer w/ some locals almost immediately.
The quality of beer and food was good as well as the selection of menu choices. There is a very good selection of beers - local drafts as well as Mid-Atlantic and West coast Choices. I enjoyed sharing a Unibroue Edition 2005 w/ johnmichaelsen, Phatz, and mac300.
The food and service are both above average and I would recommend Mahaffey's to anyone with some time to kill in Baltimore.
10-02-2007 17:28:35 |
More by Slatetank
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
I know very little of the Canton area in Baltimore so I can't comment on comparison to other bars in the area. This is the only one I was at in this neighborhood. Huge thanks to JohnMichaelsen for driving us over there and the suggestion to check it out. This was a really cool neighborhood bar feel but with the great beer selection. I can't put my finger on what exactly it is that makes this place feel so amazing. It is certainly not the space or the building itself. I think It is largely Wayne. Wayne is the Irishman who own this Irish Pub. Great guy. Simply cool. The Loose Cannon on Cask was magnificent. The Southerntier PumpKing Ale was very nice as well. The bottle selection is very impressive. This is a great place to sit and drink some beer, or Irish whiskey for that matter. =)
Hope this is helpful.
10-01-2007 22:47:15 |
More by Phatz
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have upped the selection and service to 5's, and the food to a 4.5 because Wayne the owner has gone above and beyond when it comes to having great beers on tap. Green Flash Hop Head Red was on tap here before it was in Philadelphia, and I happened to stop in here last Sunday and was extremely and pleasantly surprised to find HHR on tap here. Plus there was Ola Dubh 30, and the new Sierra Nevada wet-hop beer brewed with New Zealand hops [not as good as Green Flash!]. Service is great..there is a new "chef" who called himself a cook, and the menu is different and VERY much improved. Wayne your bar rocks and is in my top 5 for the entire United States.
Returned to Mahaffey's pub this weekend and had their rosemary fries and a pint of Loose Cannon from the cask and was VERY impressed. I love this bar, I'd be in here every day if I lived down the block. I've upped the food score and quality score as a result.
Mahaffey's is a little neighborhood beer bar, with a solid yet small tap list. There were some quirky folks in this jawn...I was very amused and thoroughly enjoyed my time spent here. Anytime you get to meet a few liquor board chairmen drunkenly singing along to Morrissey and Smiths songs on the jukebox is a good time in my book! Was sort of personally disappointed in the selection because there was nothing hoppy on draft at the time, but I don't hold it against the bar. We met the owner who was Irish and very into craft beer, and I'm very pleased to see this bar highly rated on this site. The people who come here are here for the beer, and it just so happens to also be a fun place.
08-22-2007 21:19:41 |
More by roan22
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
For someone not from Canton, Mahaffeys is hard to find; and the locals appreciate this fact, since it really belongs to them. With that said, anyone willing to seek it will find a warm welcome, good food and a reasonably priced and well-maintained, though not extensive, draught selection that consists of local brews (including the excellent Brewers Art Resurrection Ale) and a selection on cask. Mahaffeys rotates their selection often, but during my visit they offered: Great Divides Racer 5 IPA, Lancaster Dunkelweizzen (rather sweet), several selections from nearby Capitol City Brewing Company and the indomitable Orkney Dark Island.
It is not a large pub; upon entry there is a small bar accommodating about 20 people that opens into a dimly lit dining area complete with large screen television for when the Os or Ravens are on the field (in their respective seasons, of course). Mahaffeys may be hard to find, but it is a hidden gem in a quiet neighborhood that is worth the effort.
04-09-2007 00:46:43 |
More by jjboesen
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I'm not sure I quite understand the BA score of 93 for this place, but there's no doubt it's one of the better spots in Baltimore. Had occasion to visit this past Sunday and had a most excellent time. They were out of a couple of beers (the bar tender indicated that they expected to rotate in 4 new kegs either today or tomorrow), but nevertheless, I was quite happy with the selection. Had the excellent Loose Cannon on cask for the first time, and what a treat it was in that format. Much better then the same version on the gas.
By all accounts the owner here is really into good beer and it shows. It's not every day that you come upon a beer bar that has the Victory Weizenbock, Ayinger Celebrator and Unibrou trois pistoles on at the same time. Granted, the place only has around 15 tap handles (in fact, for beers like the TP and Celebrator, the bar tender had to go in the back to pour them), but what they have is very well chosen and thought out.
The only possible negative to this place is its size. Mahaffey's is not very big, and when a group of 10 stopped by around 5:00 it quickly felt very crowded. I have to also say that the place looks just a bit dingy, though everything was clean enough.
Didn't have a chance to try the food and I'm not sure the kitchen was even open that Sunday afternoon.
From what I can tell, pint prices are around $5 (imperial pints I should add). I'm not certain, but I believe this is one of those places that tacks on tax to the listed price for a beer. On the other hand, the place has an excellent happy hour, pouring three 10 oz. glasses of whatever they have available (with a few exceptions) for only $4. I've only ever seen this sort of thing in Baltimore (Racers either has or had this deal as well), and it sure makes it easy to try a number of good beers without breaking the bank or overdoing it. The bartender was very flexible, and allowed me to add the Trois Pistoles (not normally allowed in the three for $4 deal) for only an extra buck.
This is a great place, one I will be visiting over and over again, despite the fact it takes over half an hour to get here from my West Baltimore home.
Update. 12/24/07). Seeing as how Wayne has upgraded his excellent beer bar, it seems only fair that I do the same with my review. Recently, Wayne (the owner here) doubled the number of tap handles, which has greatly increased the diversity of his draft list, not to mention the excellence of that well thought out list. Also, while the atmosphere of this Canton square beer bar will never be its stong suit, in fairness Wayne does the absolute best with what he has. The place has a warm vibe to it, and Wayne's phenomenal memory insures that he greets just about any guest he has seen previously by name. Seriously, his memory for names is amazing. It probably doesn't hurt that Wayne is an all around great guy, and is extremely passionate about the craft beer he sells. This is a great place. Oh, and while the food is up and down, steak night is a great deal, and some of the other specials are well worth a try. Cheers!
02-12-2007 13:54:47 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Mahaffreys is an unassuming corner beer bar in a neighborhood mainly known for smoky, loud sports bars. Although it has the mural in the back painted by the same guy that did the murals in Lagers and Claddagh, everything else sets them head and shoulders over their neighbors. Old-school tin ceilings, nice wooden bar, and jukebox on the side. There are a few tables in the back that sit in front of a mural. Upstairs is non-smoking with nice teevees. For those of you from out of town, there is ample parking in the nearby Safeway.
Selection just rocks; including proper glassware and a cask that doesnt last very long. The recent 12 days of Christmas (each with its own new brew) filled the time during Christmas vacation. There are about eight taps to be had. Even if you were short sighted and didnt see the taps, youd definitely catch a peak at the stellar collection of beers in bottles. They are presented hanging on the mirror behind the bar, lined up in no particular order, but there is a menu with the heavy hitters, since he has more than what is up there.
Besides Wayne, the service people have a good knowledge and are very fast and friendly to help. On top of all that, they have specials. Pints can be had frequently for $2.75.
The food has steadily improved as they've been open. Most stuff will be cooked in front of you if you are sitting at the bar. Steak night and other phat specials are awesome. the overall menu seems to change slightly every time I'm there.
Overall: Literally leaves me on the fence when trying to consider the best beer bar in Baltimore. Maxs only beats out Waynes place because of their age and hugeness. If you are looking for a great corner neighborhood joint with great beer, good food, and a good time, Mahaffeys is for you.
01-24-2007 20:02:31 |
More by Umbra
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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!
01-03-2007 20:27:15 |
More by NolanGTI
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!
12-01-2006 01:57:02 |
More by NeroFiddled
Mahaffey's Pub in Baltimore, MD
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