Travlr (2989) Charlotte , North Carolina | February 2, 2010| Updated February 18, 2013
Revised review. Huge place, unparalleled selection. 130 working taps, 1/3 rotated during festivals. The bottle list is easily the best I’ve seen in the United States of America, and some staff have been known to pull out bottles that are not listed. Bottle list includes a lot that are stored at room temperature, so you can have them chilled to your taste, although some staff won’t/can’t fetch them if they’re busy. Friendly clientele was mostly locals, and a few beer travelers. Avoid Saturday nights unless you enjoy barely legal children doing shots and drinking the cheap macro stuff, which Max’s has in abundance. Great place overall.
3fourths (1569) Boulder, Colorado | July 22, 2006| Updated November 20, 2012
Solid beer bar, one of the best in the DC/Baltimore area. Solid regional taps, lengthy beer bottle list, a lot of local Maryland brewers, though the quality of their offerings is a different concern. Regardless, the people here were very welcoming, knew a lot about beer in general and what they stocked, and were friendly. Right down the street from DuClaw brewing. Worth walking to if you’re in Baltimore proper.
t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 15, 2013| Updated December 18, 2013
Visited July 2011.
I’ve heard some great things about this place so I was excited to check it out. It’s definitely in a cool spot, right near the water and in a happening part of town, though parking was a pain. After hearing about all these great beer events and how all the beer nerds love being here I was a bit surprised by the college bar atmosphere. Extremely loud but it was still fun. Lots of good beers available both on tap and in the bottle. Actually the amount of bottles in the fridge was staggering. After scanning through most of them I decided to get a glass of Hanssens Kriek on cask. That was a mistake. I got a 20oz pint of what seemed to be a very old cask (as in it had been tapped a long time before). It was pure vinegar and bandaids. I know some people hate on Hanssens but I’ve never had a kriek like that. It was terrible. I mentioned to the bartender that I thought it was old and asked if he could give me something else. He said no, he wouldnt give me another beer for free. So I took a few sips, left it on the bar, and walked out. Yeah, I get it, you’re making money on the college kids but that cask was effed up. Dump it. I might return for beer events but if I ever go back on a regular day I’ll make sure to be more careful about what I order or at the very least scroll past the casks. Should have been a zero tip situation but I think I left the tip when I ordered the drink.
Max’s has a comfortable ’lived-in’ feel to the pub. Staff were welcoming on my 2 visits. The tap selection as noted is pretty crazy and I’d be surprised if anyone couldn’t find a beer worth drinking on that list! Heaps of bottles that can be purchased to drink in, and takeway. I enjoyed some relaxing beers when it wasn’t too busy but I can imagine it could be very different during the madness of weekends and festivals here. Cool location on a bustling street down by the waterfront. One of the better beer bars Stateside for sure.
Max’s is one of the best beer bars in the U.S., period. It took me a few visits to get used to the pub style service, but I now embrace it wholeheartedly. The taps are fresh and change often, and they rotate 4 - 6 cask beers through their hand pumps. The staff are super friendly and helpful as well as beer knowledgeable, though the place can get very crowded and make it hard to get prompt service. The food is standard pub fare or you can bring in your own food, from home or another establishment (and there are quite a few within a two-block radius. The atmosphere is super laid back though it can get really packed on the weekends or during Baltimore sporting events, special pub events; Halloween is crazy in Fells Point, and Max’s decorates nicely for the festivities. This is a must-stop if you are in Baltimore.
Theydon_Bois (1044) Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, England | August 27, 2012| Updated August 28, 2012
Dropped by on a Tuesday afternoon - 22/05/12. Pretty busy and free hot snacks available for an hour or so. Great selection, 100 + on tap. Service was good and the bar tenders both knowledgeable and happy to chat and give the odd sample. Right in the heart of the old harbour front tourist area so no excuse not to visit even if you are with your other half!
DiarmaidBHK (940) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | April 28, 2011| Updated November 24, 2011
I think Lew Bryson said something to the effect that experience of drinking a beer at Max’s is something close to perfection. Far be it from to disagree with the big fella. The place does feel perfect, entirely comfortable. it has a worn-in ambience. It could a lot of people without becoming oppressively loud. It feels entirely comfortable instantly. Like many great things, it’s greatness is elusive but pronounced. they have over 100 taps all of them of great quality. they also have over 800 different bottles. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and super-competent. And the prices are very reasonable for the quality. (I had a Mikeller that I would have paid a king’s ransom to sample.)They also have 5 different beers on cask. What a fantastic experience. I will definitely be back.
I FINALLY made it here. And I’m glad I did. Low key atmosphere with a long bar and lots of tables. The bartenders were very friendly and helpful. The draft list is impressive and the bottle list is simply intimidating. Prices are solid all around on food and beer. The food was tasty. Parking is a nightmare. Incredible bar.
Visited 04/02/15. Cool location near the water in downtown Baltimore. The bar itself really isn’t much to look at. It’s a busy wood-paneled place that prioritizes functionality over style or atmosphere. The bathrooms look like something you’d find in county lock-up. However, the beer selection more than makes up for the lack of ambiance. The tap list was as large as it was impressive. I was so consumed by the draft choices that I didn’t pay much attention to the expansive number of bottles available. I settled on a Mikkeller offering I had never seen before and was pleasantly surprised by the price. I also appreciated that all beers are available as tasters. Service was quick and professional. Overall, a really impressive spot that deserves the acclaim it receives.
Visited Fells Point over the 4th of July weekend & finally got a chance to vist this great establishment. Max’s has lot’s of character & is in a really fun neighborhood near the water. It really looked like everyone was having fun here...it’s that kind of place. The beer selection is excellent in bottles...the drafts were very good but they did not blow me away or anything. Nonetheless I realize that with a place rated this high by so many I need to visit again to see if I just hit the draft selection at an off time. We had some snack food & enjoyed it very much. This is a place I definitely want to come back to...& give it a longer visit. I highly recommend this Max’s.