Stayed at the hotel across the street and I was thirsty, so why not. They advertised 60 taps and focused on local craft beer, which was cool. Quite a few Halifax or NS options. Place had a cool vibe, got the feeling like I was in a port town bar from ages ago. Plus, they had MNF on the tube, so I was happy. Seemed like quite a few bars in downtown Halifax, wish I had more time to visit them.
A bit of a rundown bar in downtown Halifax with a large bar and plenty of seating. Service was decent if not particularly beer oriented. They had 60 taps (a few were out) and samplers were available. Had the nachos which were pretty good. Prices seemed inline with the area. A pretty standard bar except for the fact that they had 60 taps which seems to set them apart in Halifax. A good spot for a ticker.
Maxwell’s Plum boasts the largest tap selection in Halifax. Outside it is a nice looking wooden construction with a gigantic advertisement sign obscuring most of the building. Inside it is a fairly non-descript..... They have plenty of taps and offer flights of some of Nova Scotia’s micro breweries - Propeller, Garrison, Big Spruce etc. Prices and service were reasonable enough. A place to visit to fire through some flights for sure, but there are plenty more fun establishments in town to spend the majority of your time.
I thought the place had a strong selection of quality local beers, and the staff was more or less knowledgeable (depending on your sever). I recommend going during the day. In the evening, they don’t have enough bartenders for the crowd. I don’t think a beer bar should try to create a sense of exclusivity by under-staffing in the evening.
I stopped in here on the way back to my hotel. I was drawn in by the giant sign on the side of the building advertising 60 taps. Lots of craft on tap as advertised. 6 Propeller taps, 6 Pumphouse, 6 Rickards, Some Spring house and Garrison as well. Bring wooden feel with a dozen seats around the bar penninsula with 20 or so tables strewn about. I had a 4 beer sampler and was pleased. I didn’t eat here but the plates flying by smelled wonderful. I would stop here again if in the area
This place seems like the kind of place you’d want to go from the outside, but once inside it isn’t very impressive. The beer selection was pretty decent, with local micros being the major attraction, but the food and service and overall feel just weren’t very quality.
The worst meal I have ever eaten!
The kitchen staff must have been heavy smokers because both mine and my fiancees sandwich tasted of cigarettes. Our server was a very nice young girl and even she said ’off the record’ that she refuses to eat at Maxwell’s because of the extremely dirty conditions of the kitchen.
The beer was extremely overpriced and we heard a rumour that salvage the trail ends of pitchers and brew masters to re-serve.
This place almost ruined my experience in Halifax.
I really like the vibe here and the service is pretty decent but far too many of the beers are subject to aging issues and they’re priced insanely. Typical mark-up on already expensive stuff seems to be at least 300%. An ultimately failed attempt at a beer bar.
Visited on a quiet Monday afternoon back in November, this has a fun rockin’ music feel going on for a local student bar. Reminds me of typical English bars with it’s central hub of a bar and perimeter tables on wooden floors. Service is friendly but slow and forgetful. Didn’t try the food. Beer selection was out of date but had a few interesting bottles available. I’d like to see it on a busy Saturday night packed with students, but at the same time not. Could be a fun local.
First thing I noticed was the unsightly signs adorning the sides of what is obviously a character building. WTF? Big, laid back wooden place with lots of tables and a pretty raucous vibe. They really play bad music here! A few of the draughts were tasting off. I got the sense immediately that in spite of a pretty long list, this is not a true beer bar. More of a watering hole that happens to have a decent selection.