Max’s Taphouse

Max Taphouse, Fells Point, Baltimore Maryland


One bar, at 737 South Broadway, in Fells Point is mostly popular for its variety of over 2000 types of beers on their drink menu. Max’s Taphouse is the one bar that anyone from Baltimore will direct a beer fan to this establishment to try a new brew.

Early History

The building that now houses Max’s Taphouse has been a building of numerous types of businesses from restaurants, brothels, homes, and even a place where chickens were killed for consumption. The establishment was originally 3 separate buildings that were combined into one in the early 1900s. In later years it was a disco until it was bought by Ron Furman in April of 1986 who turned it into a music venue called Max’s on Broadway. In 1994 Ron closed the venue and re-established it as a bar called Max’s Taphouse.

Ghosts of Man, Woman, and Chicken?

While this is a popular place for the living, it seems the dead also like to spend time here as well. The third floor seems to be a popular hotspot for a woman in white who has been seen, along with footsteps being heard. There is also apparently a window on the third floor that will not stay closed, even after it was nailed shut it would still mysteriously open. One incident on the third floor that was thought to be a break in and had the police called with K9 units. Once the cops arrived their K9 squad refused to go up to the 3rd floor to investigate. The bar has also had activity. Bottles have been reported to float and a man has seen walking through a wall. Once a cook felt someone touching his head but no one was there with him. The most memorable incident was when a worker came up from the basement upset stating there were headless chickens running around everywhere.

The bar’s activity is so well known that it is actually the first stop on the Fells Point Haunted Pub Walk.


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