Fab Five Friday
As promised, here's my list of the five best places to get a beer in Fells Point. Feel free to debate them.
1. Max's Taphouse, 737 S. Broadway.
Max's is heaven for beer geeks -- the biggest selection in the state, I believe. Cellar master Casey Hard is constantly on the prowl for delicious new brews. It's also the only place I've been to where the bar staff can pair just about any cigar with the right beer. And yes, a wild and crazy crowd comes to Max's on Friday and Saturday nights, but you can usually escape them by heading upstairs to the Mobtown Lounge.
2. Friends, 1634 Aliceanna St.
Friends has never let me down. I can always get a table there -- even on Friday and Saturday nights. The list of beers on tap is fairly long, the music selection is always solid and the crowd is, well, friendly.
3. Cat's Eye Pub, 1730 Thames St.
Great local music always makes the beer taste better. At the Cat's Eye, you can soak in some of the area's best local talent -- usually for free. Sometimes I go there just to sip a beer and stare at all the junk on the walls. I always find something new.
4. The Wharf Rat, 801 S. Ann St.
Knock back a few locally brewed Oliver Ales and soak in the classic atmosphere. What more do you need out of a bar?
5. The Dead End Saloon, 935 Fell St.
I'd forgotten about this place until someone commented on it recently. If you want to get away from the fuss and foot traffic of Broadway and Thames Street, head to the Dead End. You won't be disappointed.