Welcome to the Judge’s Bench

Feb. 14, 2020: The Judge’s Bench is introducing STOOP-TALK OPEN MIC which we’ll host about once or twice a month. The Talk will start at 8:00 pm. Those wishing to share their story can place their name in a jar. Names will be picked at random to tell their true, interesting, and humorous story in about 3-4 minutes over an open mic. Weave your story to get your audience engrossed and ready for the punch line! We will announce a theme for each night’s stories. Embellish your storytelling with all the minute details to keep the audience captivated and entertained! It will be a fun night with sharing and good times for all! The first “Talk” is on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 and the theme is a unique story about how a couple met, a “memorable” date, or how marriage was proposed.

New in 2020 are our OPEN MIC contests! Be sure to come out and vote for your favorite performer. Visit our Facebook page for details. https://www.facebook.com/judges.bench

Offering 19 rotating taps, over 350 single malt whiskies, over 100 bourbons & ryes.

Join us on Mondays starting at 8:30 p.m. for Mike’s CHALLENGING Trivia Night!

Tuesdays are Open Mic Nights and Open Mic Contests! (Jazz Jam on the first Tuesday of every month-8:30pm, Music Open Mic and Contest with Raging Immortals on the fourth Tuesday of every month-8:00pm, and Music Open Mic and Contest with Kelly on all other Tuesdays-8:30pm.)

Live Music every Saturday night!

Happy Hour Every Day til 7:00 p.m. – Extended Happy Hour on Sun. and Mon.

During the 1800’s in historic Ellicott City, the small stone building (which was destroyed by the May 27, 2018 catastrophe) located at the corner of the parking lot on Main Street and Ellicott Mills drive was the original Howard County Court House. Our Building, which is now the Judge’s Bench, was a small “Mom and Pop” grocery store. Since there was no air conditioning in those days, the hot and exhausted judges would come across the street and enjoy cold beverages on benches in the shade outside the grocery store. This is how our location became known as “The Judge’s Bench.”

We’re open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter & 4th of July.

(Open M-F @4:00 pm, Sat. @2:00 pm, Sun. @1:00 pm)

Visit our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/judges.bench

Email: 8385main@gmail.com

Follow us on Twitter for brews and news updates.  

Our expert bartenders –  Christina, Angela, Vinnie, Devon, Natalia, and Mike – will serve your liquid needs; while Jason will attend to your culinary cravings.

Call us at 410-465- 3497

We have the largest selection of single malts in the state.

The  selection now numbers 350 outstanding whiskies.  We offer flights (four 1/2 oz. shots) of these distillations to assist your exploration of the single malt universe.  In addition, we feature over 100 single barrel and small batch bourbons & ryes, plus several wonderful Irish whiskeys and Cognacs for your drinking pleasure.


Check out the latest vegan selections on our menu!


MEATLESS MONDAYS: $5.99 Vegetable Potstickers or Cheese Quesadilla or Vegan “Chick’n” Wrap or Grilled Cheese
Happy Hour All Night Long!

TUESDAYS ONLY: $4.99  Fries with Melted Cheese & Gravy or Grilled Beer Brat
$2.75  Night (domestic bottles and some liquor – Southern Comfort, Jim Beam, Bacardi, Smirnoff, Seagrams 7)

Add toppings $0.40 each, fried onions, jalapenos, salsa, ranch dressing, buffalo sauce, bbq sauce.  $0.50 Swiss, American, provolone or cheddar. Bacon $1.00
$2.75 Domestic Bottles and $6.00 for Select Bombs

THURSDAYS ONLY: $5.99 WINGS (7), over a pound tossed in regular, inferno, Old Bay, or BBQ sauce. Ladies Night! Drink & Beer Specials! Shooter Specials!

SUNDAY:  Happy Hour open to close! (All the $5.99 Food Specials during the Ravens Games!)

* Eat-In Only – Not for carry-out. These specials may not be available on select days and holidays throughout the year.

Every effort is made to accommodate all musicians who sign up to play on Open Mic Night between 8:30pm and 12:00am. Thank You.

Upcoming Music

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