Welcome to the Judges Bench

Dear truly valued new and returning customers,

            WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS AS USUAL!  Howard County has posted a very informative map online which shows exactly how the new traffic flow, and new short term parking will be implemented. Visit https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Ellicott-City-Flood-2018 or https://www.facebook.com/hocogov/

            From the north & west, you may come down Ellicott Mills Dr. from Rogers Ave. to the entrances to parking Lots F or G. The walkway will lead you to Court Ave.; walk right to Main St. and then right to The Judge’s Bench. Also, all 200+ spots at the old court house on Court Place just up the hill from Main St. are available. Alternately, you could come east on Frederick Rd., drive past us on Main St. to Old Columbia Pike, make the right turn, head up the hill about 100 yards and make another right onto the temporary entrance on Roussey Lane to lot D (150+ spaces).

            From the east and south, unfortunately, it’s a bit more complicated.  The bridge over the Patapsco will be open; but you can only go a very few feet to go left at the light at Maryland Ave. and go all the way around on College Ave. to get to Historic Ellicott City. No pedestrian traffic will be permitted through the restricted zone at this time. From Catonsville, it’s probably best to take Route 40 west to get to Historic Ellicott City.

            We sincerely hope you can cope with these brave new traffic patterns until normalcy (whatever that is) returns to our beloved Ellicott City.

We love you all,

The Judge’s Bench


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

Tuesdays starting at 8:30 p.m. are Open Mic Nights (Jazz Jam on the first Tuesday of every month, and Music Open Mic on the rest of the Tuesdays)!

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

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 except Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter & 4th of July.

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

Follow us on Twitter for brews and news updates.

Our expert bartenders –  Angela, Christina, Elena, Kelly, and Nikki- will serve your liquid needs; while Jason and Michelle 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 300 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 70 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: $5.99  Meat Pizza – pepperoni and bacon flat bread pizza
$2.75  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 $1.00
$2.75 Domestic Bottles and $6.00 for Select Bombs

THURSDAYS ONLY: $5.99 WINGS (7), 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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