Welcome to the Judges Bench


Join us for a Fundraiser Event to Benefit the ECP Flood Recovery Fund on Saturday, December 10, 2 – 6 pm. Vegan and Non-Vegan food specials – proceeds donated to the ECP Flood Recovery Fund, Raffle with multiple prizes, Silent Auction (Summer OC vacation package, Founders Brewery collector’s firepit, Salmanazar bottle of Piraat Belgian Ale, etc.), Trivia T-Shirt giveaways, Happy Hour Fun, Live Music by Buntopia

We will continue to have Karaoke with Tommy on Thursdays, 10pm – 1:30am, until their original home at The Phoenix reopens their doors. We have hope that this will happen sometime in December. Come help keep it going so they can return successfully to the Phoenix!

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

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)

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Our expert bartenders –  Angela, Christina, Elena, Kelly, and Nicole- 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 nearly 280 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 $0.95
$2.75 Domestic Bottles and $6.00 for Select 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.


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

  Allagash White Ale
Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA
Great Divide Hibernation
Ninkasi Hop Cooler Citrus IPA
Laughing Dog Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA
B.W. Beerworks Pendulum Pils
Troegs Troegenator Doublebock
Harpoon Vanilla Bean Porter

Dogfish Head Worldwide Stout
Unibroue La Fin Du Monde Tripel
Ommegang Lovely Dark And Deep Stout
Heavy Seas Cutlass Amber Lager
Ballantine Burton Strong Ale
Unibroue Ephemere Blueberry Belgian White Ale
Avery Old Jubilation Winter Ale

Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion #3 IPA
Clown Shoes Space Cake Double IPA

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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