Best Magic Bathroom: Max's Taphouse

737 S. Broadway, (410) 675-6297,

Max’s claims many properties we admire (see previous Best Of awards, too numerous to list), but the city’s undisputed king of beer bars possesses a quirk that we only note to certain friends: Its women’s room is almost always empty. Even during Belgian Beer Fest, when the crowd is wall to wall, we have copped a squat without waiting in line—and there’s only three stalls in there! We’ve heard folks try to explain away the miraculousness of this (“women don’t drink beer like men do, blah blah blah”), but look, women DO drink beer and go to Max’s, and beer makes you pee more, and the fact that you hardly ever have to wait in line at Max’s is magic.

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