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CharmCityHops (32) Maryland | July 18, 2005| Updated August 3, 2005
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
The best beer bar in Canton and one of the best in Baltimore. Mahaffey’s is tucked away on a side street between Canton square and the Safeway. Warm pub ambience with tin ceilings, lots of dark wood, and a mural in the back. Wayne and his staff know their beer. Taps change as the keg kicks and Wayne stocks only premium bottles that rotate often as well. Food is well done pub grub. Gets a little crowded and busy on karaoke nights, but is usually just fine.
bmalcom (1) Penn State, Pennsylvania | October 10, 2006
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Very nice selection of beers for my taste... big beers! I made if for steak night (Tuesday) and it was really good. Beer selection is good sized and Wayne knows his menu. He also asked my name and actually used it the entire night. I came down from Penn State for continuing education and it was worth the extra 40 minute (round trip) drive and tolls for dinner. Help keep this place going!!
beauregard (2) Maryland | February 11, 2007
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
I end up at Mahaffey’s a lot. The beer selection, the excellent food, the events, there are many reasons to stop by for a drink. The beer list often leans toward east coast microbrews, complimented by many imports from Belgium and other parts of Europe. The selection includes about 12 taps, a beer engine and about 80+ bottles. The drafts also rotate weekly, and countertop firkin casks appear occasionally. Wayne, the owner, is always present. After a few months of visiting Mahaffey’s regularly, you’ll have sampled more microbrews, real ale, and more Belgian beers than you could have at practically any other bar. Thre is also a beer club, and you can track your progress, beer by beer, on the website.
The food at Mahaffey’s is excellent. There’s a great list of specials most nights in addition to the regular menu of upscale pub food. The four-course meals prepared for the beer tasting events are fantastic. I’ve never seen a better deal anywhere than the beer tasting events which are routinely put on at Mahaffey’s. You are always given a dozen or more generous samples with a superb paired meal, and depending on the theme, the guest could be Hugh Sisson from Clipper City, or Rudi Ghequire from Rodenbach. The beer tasting crowd is always a fun bunch.
Mahaffey’s has become my favorite beer bar in Baltimore. If you like beer, you really have to check it out for yourself.
newbrewguy (1) Mechanicsville, Maryland | February 22, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Ended up here after Max’s Belgian Beerfest 2008. Made it in time to still be within Happy Hour. What an awesome deal, I got 3 drafts for $4. I got a Troegs Nugget Nectar, Brewers Art Resurection & a Victory Hop Wallop all for $4. I was impressed by the selection. The food was really good to. I’d definitely like to go back and would definitely recommend this place.
Plank10 (10) Maryland | January 26, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 17/20
Great bar. Go here if you’re in the area. At least 15 taps of amazing beers and better than average bar food. Also very knowledgeable bartenders who provide friendly service. I would gush more about how great this bar is but just go. 3 10oz beer for 5 dollars everyday during extended happy hour.
hoplover406 (30) Crofton, Maryland | March 19, 2010
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Dude, seriously, you’d be crazy not to visit this place when in Baldimur. I’m proud to be from Maryland, and I love Baltimore! I used the GPS on my iPhone to get me here after leaving Max’s on a too crowded Sat. night. There is no sign for this place(at least not that I saw) so it just added to the local neighborhood feel. VERY friendly bartender and knowledgeable too! Don’t remember what I had, but I was not left wanting. DO IT!
guzzler67 (52) Hanover, Maryland | September 8, 2005| Updated December 8, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Exactly the type of place you would like to visit for great beer and friendly atmosphere. Owner and staff will win you over instantly. Selection is limited by the number of taps (18 + a hand pull) but constanty turn and are always fresh. Occasional firkin. Bottle selection is diverse, large and continues to grow. They have a "beer club" and sponser numerous tastings and pint nights year round. Hit and miss food selection, limited to standard pub grub. Should be included on any beer tour you might be planning in Baltimore. Short drive from the Inner Harbor and just around the corner from the Fells Point area of the city. Canton Square is a block away if you want to further indulge in local ambience.
Travlr (1661) Washington, Washington DC | September 6, 2010
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
Small place with a great vibe. Friendliest and most welcoming local beer lovers I have ever met, some of whom even chipped in to serve when the place got busy. Food was classy pub fare, good stuff. Beer list was big enough, and obviously put together by a guy who cares a lot about beers. Definitely worth going out of your way to visit - if I ever move to Baltimore, I want to live in this neighborhood and be part of the scene!
moocow9386 (11) New Haven, Connecticut | January 17, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Since this place isn’t in Fells Point or Mount Vernon, it doesn’t attract the college crowd. Instead you get a friendly neighborhood crowd. Atmosphere is pretty laid back. Selection is pretty decent and comprises many high quality brews. They have a rotating schedule so it’s wise to check their website because they get some gems from time to time. The owner seems to take his beer very seriously. Prices are about where they should be. This is the place to go if you want to avoid the zoo at Max’s or Brewer’s Art.
Theydon_Bois (773) The ’Sham, England | August 27, 2012| Updated August 28, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Dropped by on the evening of 22/05/12. Our B&B was 4 or 5 blocks away, so rude not too! Fairly quiet but those who were there made for a decent enough atmosphere. Bar tender was first rate, happy to give advice, samples etc. Decent selection, largely east coast on tap. Paid little attention to the bottle menu tbh. Well worth popping by.
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