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 (Chick’n Chili, Vegan Jammies 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.  Swiss, American, provolone or cheddar $0.50. 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.



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

Southern Tier 2x Rye  IPA
Firestone Walker Double Jack Double IPA
Stone XVIII Anniversary IPA
Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale
B.W. Beerworks The Raven Lager
Dogfish Head Old School Barleywine
Smuttynose Vunderbar Lager
Duvel Belgian Golden Ale
Yards Grand Cru Ale
Blue Point Toasted Lager
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout

Oskar Blues/Brewdog Shipwrecker Circus Barleywine
Oskar Blues Old Chub Scotch Ale
Oskar Blues Gordon Imperial Red Ale
Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils

Oskar Blues The Gubna Imperial IPA
Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale

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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