Welcome to the Judges Bench


Open Jazz Jam, Tues November 4,  8:30 pm
If you’re a jazz player, come sit in for a few tunes.  We’ll
have a  trio welcoming all jazz players, horns, singers,
rhythm instruments, or others.  Just come by during
the jam session and let us know you’d like to join by
signing the sheet and introducing yourself to the house
band.  We’ll be playing mostly standards from
the Real Books.  If you’ve got your own chart, please
bring copies for the band.

P.S. :  Our 7th annual IPA Week starts today (October 20th). Here is a list of  in-stock possibilities for the week.

Ballantines IPA
Ballast Point Big Eye IPA
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
Breckenridge 471 Imperial IPA
Devils Backbone 8 Point IPA
Dominion Double D IPA
Evolution Lot 3 IPA
Evolution Lot 6 Double IPA
Flying Dog Galaxy Imperial IPA
Great Divide Hercules Double IPA
Green Flash Green Bullet Imperial IPA
Green Flash Imperial IPA
Green Flash Road Warrior Imperial Rye IPA
Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon IPA
Iron Fist The Gauntlet Imperial IPA
Lagunitas IPA
Left Coast Hop Juice Double IPA
Mad River Steelhead Double IPA
Moylans Hopsickle Imperial IPA
New Belgium Ranger IPA
No-Li Jet Star IPA
Oskar Blues Deviant Dales IPA
Otter Creek Kind Ryed IPA
Rogue  7 Hop IPA
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Imperial IPA
Sierra Nevada Single Hop IPA
Smuttynose/Stone Cluster’s Last Stand IPA
Smuttynose Finestkind IPA
Uinta Crooked Line Detour Double IPA
Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA
Yards Cape of Good Hope IPA


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, Justin & Brian  – 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: $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)

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.



Several very tasty German Oktoberfest biers will be available in bottles for the next few weeks. $4.00!

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

New Belgium Rampant Double IPA
Jailbreak Big Punisher Double IPA
Smuttynose/Stone Clusters Last Stand IPA
Mad River Steelhead Double IPA
Lagunitas IPA
Oskar Blues Deviant Dales IPA
Stone Go To IPA
Breckenridge 471 Imperial IPA
Uinta Hop Nosh IPA
Laughing Dog Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA
Burley Oak Bunker C Porter
Sierra Nevada Single Hop Equinox IPA
Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA
Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA
Evolution Lot 3 IPA
Moylan’s Kiltlifter Scotch Ale
North Coast Scrimshaw Pils

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.

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