Max's Taphouse may very well be Baltimore's premier beer pub. Max's is in the heart of historic Fells Point, just east of the Inner Harbor at Water Taxi Stop #11.
With 140 rotating drafts, 5 Hand-Pumped Cask Ales, and a world-spanning collection of approximately 1200 bottled beers in stock, Max's is legendary for having Maryland's largest selection of local and imported beer. Max's features expert bartenders, a well portioned, above average Pub menu, a superb sound system, more at least 18 TVs playing the latest sporting events, a pool table, and a comfortable, quality atmosphere. Private rooms are available for booking that include large screens, custom beer lists, and excellent sound systems with iPod connection capability for your personal collection.
Also known as "The Horse" by locals, this dark little bar in the heart of Fells point with live music and cheap drinks attracting college and post college crowd. Happy hour that starts at opening on weekdays and lasts until 9PM with two-for-one or all you can drink specials.
On the weekends there are live musical acts. Shows are at 5PM and 10PM on weekends, 10pm to close on weekdays. The place can be slow and really be crowded within an hour close to show time. An Orioles ticket stub gets your first round two-for-one, and there is free popcorn and foosball for everyone anytime
Dress Code: Casual
With over 100 different beers, 77 of them on tap, you can get really trashed in a few hours at Max's. We stayed here for over five hours and a few hundred dollars later no two people in the group ever had the same beer. The 14% alcohol brew was a little nasty for my taste, but I enjoyed Franziskaner, Yuengling, Guinness, Hoegaarden, Kronenburg 1664, Shiner Bock and probably a few others. The girls liked the Purple Haze, some chocolate beer, and a raspberry beer.
Fells point has something for everyone...except those big, obnoxious chain restaurants like TGI Fridays and Applebees that are taking over the world! Great restaurants cover the gamut from sushi and local seafood to Italian, Irish, steaks and vegetarian. I love some of the creative business names here such as Funk's Democratic Coffee Spot, The Horse You Came In On, One-Eyed Mikes, Southern Accents, Wide Eye Coffee Shop, Wee Peters Pub, Wharf Rat, Whistling Oyster, and Ze Mean Bean.
You can spend your entire day here from your morning coffee to lunch at the deli, drinks on the waterfront, dinner, and a late night of drinking...what more could you ask for?
In 2004 the Project for Public Spaces named Fells Point the tenth best neighborhood in North America!
Kelly's is just one of the wonderful neighborhood joints that welcomes you with open arms ... and in this case an open mic too! Showing up on Karaoke night we sort of ..... um .... took over :) The regulars not only let us invade, but joined in on our fun!
Song selection was taken quite seriously by our VTers ... as was beer selection. The VT thong was passed among our singers like a flame of honor. Katmo and Saucey were hits with 'When I touch myself'. YooperProf plowed us all down with his rendition of 'New York, New York'. Little Lou Lou sang a ballad dedicated to those VTers we wanted to meet who couldn't make it. EllieLou, BaltoMike took several turns at the mic to keep us all going :)
Our waitress was patient, friendly and efficient as she maneouvered her way throught the crowd of drunken VTers with our orders .. and even kept her good humor when she had to clean up a broken glass during the night!
So next time you are in Baltimore, come on over to Kelly's and let your vocal cords play :)
Voted best dance club in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005, the LATIN PALACE sure is a happenin' place. After we were done our Crab Fest at L. P. Steamers, our VT organizers planned for all of us to go to the Latin Palace. I hemmed and hawed and really didn't care to go, but said what the heck. So a bunch of us hopped into a cab and headed for the "Palace". We were asked to show ID. ( Still don't understand why - I mean look at me, I have white hair already -- I'm of age ). We all paid a $5.00 cover charge and in we went. It wasn't too busy yet, so we found a nice large table tucked into the corner. So guess who was the first on the dance floor! the youngsters???Noooo!!! LoriPori and Waalewiener. Yeah baby! The music was awesome. I shaked some booty that I didn't even know I had. The youngsters got a kick out of us. hehe. Ok I admit it. It was fun! There were some awesome dancers on the floor. I'm sure some of them took the Salsa Lessons that the "Palace" gives Wednesday thru Saturday (8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ). The lighting and music were fantastic. Hans and I love Latino music anyway (love the Gypsy Kings ). Saturday night is NOCHE LATINA ( Latin night ) featuring the best Latin Dance music on the East Coast with DJ Jovi.
At the Latin Palace "Upper Level" there is the Las Palmas restauranat, specializing in Tex-Mex, Caribbean and Spanish cuisine.
Wednesday is Ladies' night - ladies free before 10 p.m.
Dress Code: Casual attire
sort of between Fells Point and Canton lies Kelley's. It's also across the street from the Patterson duckpin bowling alley. If you want a friendly, local, diverse crowd with cheap drinks on a Friday or Saturday night, with some karaoke to go along with your drink, you just can't do much better than this place!
Dress Code: wear whatever you want...
One of the coolest hangout spots in Fells Point can be found on the corner of South Broadway. Passersby may mistake this classic-tavern's facade as simply your basic corner bar....but once inside you'll realize you stumbled upon a beer-drinkers heaven.
Max's boasts a great bar on the main floor...pool tables, televisions, and best of all, a huge glass-front refrigerator that displays any type of bottled beer you could imagine drinking. One menu lists your typical bar munchies, and the other lists a ton of unique draft beer selections (in case the 100+ bottled beers don't appeal to you).
Then choose a cigar from their large humidor and head upstairs to Max's Mobtown Lounge and indulge in an ever-so-laid-back cigar bar atmosphere. The upstairs is one of those places to hang out with the boys, toke on a cigar, and pretend your a high-roller for the night (at wallet-friendly prices!).
Max's is one of those places that remains totally cool because there is a great mix of locals and tourists. We Baltimoreans are proud to share Max's with you, so come on in, kick back a few beers, and maybe buy a round for us locals!
P.S. There's also a Max's located outside of Camden Yards....a different atmosphere, but still worth a visit. So if you leave an Orioles game and don't want to head to Fells Point, walk across the street and chug a few at Max's at Camden Yards.
Dress Code: Casual....flip-flops, tank tops, and jeans are all you need. This is a place to indulge your taste buds in an extensive variety of beers and watch the game on t.v.....who cares what you look like as long as you can appreciate an amazing beer menu!
OK, now this is where we had our VT meeting. Normally i wouldn't put it up as a tip, but this place has some things that are definitely going for it, like a happy hour special, where you can try threee local brews for three dollars, roughly 12 ozs eeach, and the beer is GOOD. Its some local microbrew called Olivers that is definitely worth tasting. Also, i tried the mussels here, and they were both fresh and well done. They weren't expensive either.
Dress Code: None, anything goes
This friendly pub in Fell's Point has an interesting mix of people, good music, and a downhome atmosphere. Some solid blues bands and Irish bands often pack the place.
Dress Code: Very informal, ranging from preppy college students to funky local artists and an occasional coat and tie.
Miss Irenes is a hole in the wall bar. The ceiling is falling apart and none of the chairs sit evenly on the floor. I won't discuss the condition of the men's room, except to say that the floor is far from level.
That being said, I still go there. The people there, all locals, are acutally pretty nice. It's a good place to see some of the denizens of Fells Point being themselves (which can be entertaining on its own). The best part, however, is summed up by a sign that I saw posted outside the place a while back. It read, "We skimp on the detail so you don't have to. Cheap Booze."
Dress Code: Whatever you feel like wearing, just nothing too nice.
Several to check out: Summer - Bohagers. A large outside nightclub in Fells Point.
Any Fells Point bar - they're all cool. If you are over the age of 25, don't go to 723 club...it's mostly for 18-21 yr olds.....and a bit silly inside. The Fells Point Cafe, adjacent to it is ok.
Any other time...Fells Point Bars, Federal Hill Bars. A few places downtown, but most are beat now. Try the New Hammerjacks, you usually need to be 21 to enter although I think Thursday is College night.
If you are looking for something slightly more offbeat, email me and I'll let you know of some other clubs. There are just too many to list. Everything from skanky to jazzy. Lemme know. lol.
Bal'mer IS the reason, hon! There are some great clubs, bars, restaurants, and night spots....even some late night places to hang.
Dress Code: Everything from trendy to trashy.
FELLS POINT IS VERY UNIQUE. THERE ARE ABOUT 100 OR MORE BARS, RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTCLUBS THAT YOU CAN WALK TO ON COBBLESTONE STREETS OVER ABOUT 4 CITY BLOCKS.
Dress Code: YOU CAN DRESS CASUAL OR DRESSY IT DOESN'T MATTER
Fell's Point is filled with bars that host a variety of bands/djs. I suggest picking up a City Paper. It'll list most of the entertainment for the week. The paper comes out on Wednesday and they go quickly. Or you can just walk around Fell's Point till you hear what you like.
Not only is it a big night spot but there are also a wide variety of shopping. You got the usual tourist shops plus antique stores, jewelry store, record stores and tons of other stuff.
One hint though, it's more of a family place during the day and a twenty-something place in the evening.
Dress Code: Very casual. You will see a WIDE variety of people and various styles of dress.
Though this is not the namesake brewpub (which is across the street from Camden Yards ballpark and a nice place as well), it is more cosy and atmospheric, and serves most of the Wharf Rat beers as well as many other micros from the area.