This place is extremely popular with both beer geeks and the general populace. It’s also in a touristy part of town (the harbor area) so it naturally attracts a lot of tourists. You probably can’t find a better place in town for the selection of brews. Nevertheless, it’s popularity is lost on me. Surly -- I mean, surly! -- bar keeps. Mediocre food. LOUD ambiance -- it’s like a testosterone-packed frat bar, and sorry, but even in college, I didn’t enjoy that level of obnoxiousness. If it were up to me, I’d tear out the sports televisions, replace them with a nice stereo system that places jazz and cool rock music, and hire friendly bartenders. What’s so damned difficult about creating a relaxing place to drink beer?
This place is down near the harbor which is interesting for out of Towners who find that interesting. Parking at this place sucked took about twenty minutes of driving around and found a spot then I paid and the machine did not spit out the paper, but at 8pm the spot was free. The place is a worn down college bar on the corner. This place has a really long bar, but even on a Wednesday night this place was busy, but I was able to get one seat quickly, but as soon as I left a girl swooped in to take the seat. The tap selection was a large selection of some different beer, but nothing I have been looking to try. The bottle selection was also large and I found a gem to consume. I would come back, but I suspect this place would get crazy busy on Friday and Saturday nights.
We came here on 13.4.2017. 84 beers on tap and a really good selection, some rare beers I have not seen before. They have Stiegl Lager on tap!!!! My home town beer. The bar area also due to several sport TV screens is extremely loud and it is hard to have a conversation. They have many special events inviting breweries to their pub.
The place was packed with beer geeks on a Thursday night, of course there was a convention of us in town. Old wooden bar spanning most of the right wall of the place. Tables to the left and in back. Huge tap list and I hear the bottle list is even better, but I never got past the taps. bomb! and parabola on tap and a hundred of their friends. I had a chicken sandwich that was messy but tasty. Service was pretty good for how busy it was. It is a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for I guess. I’d go back in a heartbeat.
So I read the review from the gentleman that visited Aug 1/2015 and thought it has been 6 months so maybe things have changed on minors being allowed in so I called, long distance, from Canada and the lady that answered the phone told me that kids were allowed in up till 5 pm. So on Sat Mar 12/2016 my kids and I took the long 1.7 mile walk from our hotel to Max’s. When we got there the 2 guys at the door told me "no kids allowed". I proceeded to tell them that I had read a review that said this and that is why I called before I wasted my time walking all the way there and was told kids were allowed up till 5 pm. They looked confused so they handed me off to the manager who told me the same thing. I explained to him that I called and was told different. He then told me that there was a special St. Patrick’s day thing happening and kids just couldn’t be there. That sounded reasonable to me, as I didn’t tell the lady on the phone when I was coming until I asked the next set of questions. I asked the manager if it wasn’t a special day would kids be allowed and he told me "no, not on weekends". At this point I had to take the questioning all the way so I asked him if kids were allowed during the week then. His answer was "sometimes, maybe, not sure". So at this point I can’t really blame the lady that answered the phone as the manager is just making stuff up as he goes as well.
Max’s let me help you with this. Decide on a policy regarding minors, inform your staff, and then put it on your website.
I realize you have a fantastic selection and are probably one of the best beer bars in the country but if you keep pissing people off that isn’t going to be enough someday.
Drove all the way down here for lunch with my family only to find out they don’t allow anyone under 21. I could understand not allowing anyone under 21 at night but during the day? In a touristy part of town?? What a load of horseshit. I’ve been to some pretty nice beer places all over the country and have never been turned away for this reason. I guess there is a first time for everything. Anyway, if you have your kids with you, don’t bother coming here.
In a nice part of town near the water but this place has nothing special atmospher wise, just a well worn pub feel. The beer selection, both on draft in in bottles is huge. I wish I’d had more time to spend there ticking, but my friend was not feeling well so we bailed early. The place was pretty busy the evening I was there and service was not especially good. They do offer tasters, but the prices for them are pretty high, about half the price of a full pint. I’d love to go back some time when I have more time to spend and maybe at a time of day when they are not so busy.