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, Christina & Becca – will serve your liquid needs; while Jason & Doug 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 225 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 3 dozen single barrel and small batch bourbons & ryes, plus several wonderful Irish whiskeys and Cognacs for your drinking pleasure.

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Check out the latest vegan selections on our menu!


SPECIALS AND $5.99 MENU

MEATLESS MONDAYS: $5.99 Vegetable Potstickers or Cheese Quesadilla.
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)

WEDNESDAYS ONLY: $5.99 8OZ ANGUS BURGER or VEGGIE BURGER,  lettuce, tomato
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.


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2015

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

Southern Tier Mokah Stout
New Belgium Portage Porter
Stoudt’s Revel Red Ale
Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale
Milkhouse Goldie’s Best Bitter
Ommegang Witte
Uinta Bristlecone Brown Ale
Sierra Nevada Wild Hop IPA
North Coast Brother Thelonius Abbey Ale
Sixpoint Hi-Res Imperial IPA
Goose Island Bourbon County Imperial Stout
Heavy Seas Cutlass Amber Lager
Stone Enjoy By 2.14.15 IPA
Heavy Seas Powder Monkey Pale Ale
B.W. Beerworks Pendulum Pils
Victory Golden Monkey Tripel
Piraat Triple Hop Belgian Ale

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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