The Beer Bars
21 N Eutaw St.
This downtown Baltimore beer tavern was built inside of what was once a bank. Now the space boasts 40 taps and 100 different bottles of fantastic craft beer from Baltimore and beyond. Check out Alewife online for the most current list. The supper menu is a bit more upscale than a typical bar, with options like blue catfish tacos and wild boar sliders. Most people go for the indulgent Smoke Burger, an 11 ounce beef patty topped with smoked gouda, gruyere, bacon, caramelized onions and chipotle aioli and served with duck fat fries.
911 W 36th St.
Le Garage is located in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood, just west of Johns Hopkins University. Beers here usually includes a few Belgian, French and German options along with the best local and national brews. Traditional Belgian frites and the accompanying dips are the star of the menu. There are plenty of heartier options as well.
737 S Broadway
Max’s Taphouse features an astounding 102 rotating beer taps along with five casks. Options include local Baltimore favorites as well as far-flung offerings from breweries like Baladin in Italy. The unfussy menu is sure to help soak up all the delicious beer. Try Max’s tater bowl – tots smother in pulled barbeque pork with melted cheeses, sour cream and bacon – or go for the classic Maryland crab pretzel.
2706 Dillon St.
Head over to the Canton neighborhood and grab a beer at Mahaffeys, which has nearly two dozen beers on tap as well as an extensive bottle list. Selections rotate frequently, and a current list is kept updated online. Tuesdays usually feature a pint night for a specific brewery. The bar also has the 100 Beer Club, which lets regular customers track their beers and earn prizes as they mark off tasting milestones. While you’re at it, grab one of the bar’s 10 oz burgers or some crab cake sliders.
Of Love and Regret
1028 S Conkling St.
Of Love and Regret is part-owned by Baltimore native Brian Strumke, the founder of Stillwater Artisanal ales. There’s no dedicated Stillwater Brewery (it’s known as a Gypsy brewery), so this bar is a great place to find the brewery’s products like Cellar Door witbier (6.6% ABV) or the Vacuum black IPA (8% ABV). Of Love and Regret (7.2% ABV) itself is actually a spiced beer made with chamomile, lavender, heather and dandelion. Of Love and Regret also serves up a cocktail list featuring beer and liquor pairings and other craft drinks. The upscale bar food menu changes frequently with the season.
Pratt Street Ale House
206 W Pratt St.
The birthplace of Oliver Brewing, Pratt Street Ale House serves up a selection of year-round and seasonal Oliver Brewing drafts as well as several guest drafts. There are also four cask conditioned taps and plenty of options for non-beer drinkers. Menu items center around typical bar fare like wings, quesadillas, flatbreads, sandwiches and entrees. There are plenty of crab options, like crab cakes or crab mac and cheese. The bar is located just around the corner from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, making it a popular place for a pint and a bit before or after a game.
7732 Harford Rd., Parkville
Take a drive out to Parkville to sip from one of the 13 rotating taps at Racer’s Cafe. Established in 1944, Racer’s has built a reputation as a neighborhood hangout, and the prices back that up. Every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Racer’s Cafe offers a special of three 12 oz beers for just $7. There’s no kitchen, so guests are encouraged to bring their own food.
The Beer Shops
Beverage Depot Liquors
7705 Harford Rd.
Make the drive to Parkville for a shop with a full selection of craft and local beers from Baltimore’s top breweries. There’s also lots of free parking. The owner will also do his best to order any special requests for pick up.
Grand Cru at Belvedere Square
540 E Belvedere Ave.
Grand Cru is a full-service wine and beer bar and retail store. It’s located inside the Belvedere Square Market, which hosts a variety of specialty restaurants along with food and shopping vendors.
2701 Boston St.
This shop has a huge beer cooler and advertises having 32 doors with 30 products in each. There’s also a bar with rare draft-only releases and other hard-to-find options. If you get hungry, there’s also a deli serving up a variety of sandwiches.