This is my favorite Fells Point bar. Yes, itís a dive and the bathroom is all kinds of beat up. They have a stupendous selection of brews from the downtown brewpub, great jukebox, and a broken pool table that allows free play. Scrappy service is hit or miss. Food is n/a since you really should eat somewhere else.
A Baltimore Tradition...One of my favorite places to grab a beer on a nice Saturday Afternoon in Baltimore city. Bartenders always make you feel welcome there. Food menu is limited, but the food is very tasty. Have an impressive selection of their own microbrews on tap, and the 3 beers for $4 deals canít be beat. It has a very old school, port bar feel, but thatís what gives it its ambience. Check it out!
Wharf Rat is your definitive "waterfront tavern," even if it is more than a few blocks from the water and a 5 minute walk/stumble from the beloved Maxís (see my review).
It has a dark interior, low lighting with plenty of wood; upon entering, is a very small bar area on the right opposite a few rickety but well-worn tables. Off to the side is a poolroom. There is another larger bar/dining area in the back. Throw in some muted TVs (always nice) and some interesting music, then you are ready for a pleasant quaffing experience.
The Rat offers a veddy fine selection (16 taps) of Oliverís British ales and some good lagers, including several casks of the former. They range from Manchester Cream Ale (think Boddingtonís), a smooth pour stout, a bitter and an Old English Ale (think Old Peculiar) all served in room temperature in a bloody imperial pint glass. And ... if this isnít enough, the prices are very reasonable. During my recent visit, a pint of their Merry Ale went for $4.00.
Note: the Menís Room is literally at the end of the front bar.Certainly convenient. The Wharf Rat must be included in your Fells Point pubcrawl.
Incidentally, the photo iactually depicts the Pratt Street location, which is now the Pratt Street Alehouse.
Relaxed atmosphere, great ambiance, and a little less hurried than many of the busier Fells Point bars. Beers, for the most part, are English styles, including an ESB and best bitter that I crave as I type, but the brewer is doing other things as well. Nitros and cask conditioned selections also available. The 3 fer special is usually available, so you can get a good sampling on the cheap. Decent food, including a tasty oyster poboy. If you are in the area or doing a pub crawl, this one should be included.
Remember the show Homicide:Life in the STreet? This was one of the bars they used as a set. I have been going here for years. The selection of beers is always changing, I always end up with a heaping plate of steamed mussels that satisfies, and the 3 for 3 specials are killer. Yeas, it is divey, like it should be. The staff can be a little rough around the edges, but in a place like this, you arenít there for the staff, you are there to pound beers and enjoy the company of your friends. This is the location you go to if you want to get away from the touristy crap in downtown. A lot of stuff in Fellís Point has changed in the last 15 years, but it seems the Wharf Rat never will....and that is a good thing to be able to count on.
This is a quaint pub in Baltimore that has a nice cask selection along with other beers. The place is rather dark on the inside, but I did not really mind given what it is supposed to be. The staff is nice and attentive. On Fridayís you can get 3 10oz cask beers for $6; that is an amazing deal in my book. I must stop by again and try their food. This location is about 2 blocks from Maxís, so stop in and give íem a try.
A satellite location, with a good selection of Oliverís amazing English style ales. This place has a jukebox, is close to all the other great Fells Point bars, and has that dive bar vibe that some of us love. However, if youíre looking for a meal and trying every beer they make, I would suggest going to the main location near Camden Yards, especially if youíre with the wife and kids. Then again, theyíre close enough together to hit íem both with the #10 bus!