Welcome to the Judges Bench

All the comforts of home await you – friends, great craft beer, spirits & food.

During the 1800′s in historic Ellicott City, the small stone building 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 till 2:00 a.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter & 4th of July.

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

Happy Hour Every Day till 7:00 p.m. – Extended Happy Hour on Sundays and Mondays.

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Our expert bartenders -  Carrie, Lisa, Becca, Christina & Justin  – will serve your liquid needs; while  Jason & Justin 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 over 200 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 nearly 30 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: $1.00 Off Select Vegan Menu Items (Vegan Jammies, Chick’n Wrap and Hazelnut Cutlet Sandwich) PLUS $1.00 Will Be Donated To COK (Compassion Over Killing) For Each Of These Items Sold On Mondays.
Happy Hour All Night Long!

TUESDAYS ONLY: $5.99  Meat Pizza – pepperoni and bacon flat bread pizza
$2.50  Night (domestic bottles and some liquor)

Add toppings $0.35 each, fried onions, jalapenos, salsa, ranch dressing, buffalo sauce, bbq sauce.  $0.50 Swiss, American, provolone or cheddar. Bacon $0.95
$2.50 Domestic Bottles and $5.50 for All Bombs

THURSDAYS ONLY: $5.99 WINGS (8), 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!)

* These specials may not be available on select days and holidays throughout the year.



Might be the last update ’til Monday – we’ll see.

TODAY’S DRAUGHT LINEUP (as of 4:00pm – changes constantly as kegs kick).

Blue Mountain Classic Lager
Heavy Seas Cutlass Amber Lager
Ballast Point Big Eye IPA
Maui Coconut Porter
Breckenridge Avalanche Ale
Dogfish Head Old School Barleywine
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Unibroue La Fin Du Monde Belgian Strong Golden Ale
Devils Backbone Vienna Lager
Blanche De Chambly White Ale
Flying Dog Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout

Oskar Blues/Brewdog Shipwrecker Circus Barleywine
Oskar Blues Old Chub Scotch Ale
Oskar Blues Gordon Imperial Red Ale
Original Sin Cider

Mad River Steelhead Double IPA
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon IPA

Every effort is made to accommodate all musicians who sign up to play on Open Mic Night between 8:30pm and 12:30am but it cannot be guaranteed. Thank You.

Upcoming Music

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