The Judge's Bench

8385 Main St (at Hill St.), Ellicott City, MD 21043, United States
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 4:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Sat
    • 2:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 1:00 PM–2:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Happy Hour
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  • beer
  • foosball
  • single malt scotches
  • darts
  • hidden gem
  • jukebox
  • good service
  • grilled cheese sandwiches
  • quesadillas
  • vegan food
  • happy hour
  • live music
  • hot dogs
  • french fries
  • chili
  • breweries
  • great value
  • creme brûlée
  • martinis
  • bacon
  • The Baltimore Sun

    The Judge's Bench rotates suds among its 17 taps, and also pours more than 75 varieties of whiskey. Read more

    The Baltimore Sun · March 28, 2012
  • Andrew J.

    This place is so awesome. Cheap micro brews and awesome bands!

    Andrew Johnson · February 27, 2011
  • Michael M.

    If you love beer, come here. It's divey, but you'll be happy you came. Rotating beers from all the best breweries. Cheap eats, patience is required with service on busy nights. Best open mic in Ec

    Michael Majoue · October 15, 2010
  • Naptown .

    Definitely has that dive atmosphere, but the draft beer selection is plentiful and the bar tenders are always friendly.

    Naptown 💪 Larry · February 16, 2011
  • Brian

    If its open, check out the upstairs with a foosball table, darts (ask for them from the bar), and a TV/lounge w/views down Main Street from the windows

    Brian · March 28, 2011
  • Jeff Q.

    Step out of your comfort zone. Don't be like the guy I saw this weekend asking if they had Bud.

    Jeff Quinton · August 30, 2010
  • Emilie A.

    Bar tenders Are cool as shit come have a drink

    Emilie Ann · May 24, 2012
  • Andrew S.

    Go upstairs.

    Andrew Stewart · February 15, 2012
  • Brandon W.

    Ask about "Dickbook"

    Brandon Wolff · October 1, 2011
  • Alyssa R.

    Make sure you check out their Open Mic nights. Lots of really great local talent.

    Alyssa R · August 1, 2011
  • Adam C.

    $2 dollar domestics or Rails on Tuesday night. Usually there is good tunes for the open mic also.

    Adam Churchwell · April 21, 2010
  • Brian

    Seek out owner Mike and talk beer with him. Enjoy any of the 17 diverse taps and another 50 or so well selected bottles.

    Brian · March 21, 2010
  • Tony R.

    Southern TIer Creme brûlée on tap. DAMN!

    Tony Ronzo · December 5, 2012
  • Leslie K.

    Very quaint bar with excellent craft beer choices. And, might I mention the selection of every Scotch possibly made. Definitely go for the flight to get a small taste of what they have to offer.

    Leslie Kon · July 13, 2012
  • Phil G.

    Slow service and shitty food. Go somewhere else.

    Phil Gentile · May 12, 2012
  • Robert W.

    Ask for The Brandon...(just in case, its a bacon wrapped hot dog with chili, onions and cheese)

    Robert Wright · April 9, 2012
  • Jon O.

    Look for a book that has dicks in it, conveniently named... Dick book

    Jon Ober · October 1, 2011
  • Ian M.

    First time and blown away by the Single Malt selection!

    Ian Murphy · 2 weeks ago
  • Victor C.

    The beer is always a good option. Otherwise don't show up.

    Victor Cornejo · January 20
  • Axel G.

    A rotating draft selection. IPAs are prevalent, but there's something here for everyone, and they kill it on craft selections. Bar staff knows the offerings, easy to find a winner. Hidden gem.

    Axel Giegerich · August 11, 2014
  • Trina Beana

    Home to a noisy ghost who likes to flush toilets when no one is around and has haunted this old tavern for many years.

    Trina Beana · January 27, 2014
  • Grace M.

    Hazelnut crusted Field Roast cutlet?! Yes, please. Unexpectedly amazing vegan choices.

    Grace Markarian · January 19, 2014
  • Craig H.

    Live music

    Craig Hullen · October 23, 2013
  • Janet M.

    It's a place for beer, but Chris makes a great dry martini!

    Janet Metzner · July 23, 2013
  • Allison C.

    Best drunk bar food.

    Allison Campbell · June 30, 2013
  • Krystle H.

    Foosball table on the 2nd floor! Free!

    Krystle Hinds · April 6, 2013
  • Kimberly S.

    The wings, fries & quesadillas are great!! Add old bay on everything!

    Kimberly Scribner · November 24, 2012
  • Timothy

    Bring yo thirst and taste

    Timothy · August 5, 2012
  • Jamie Y.

    Grilled cheese is really good!!

    Jamie Yi · July 2, 2012
  • Micheal R.

    Great spot! Make sure you check out jukebox...!

    Micheal Rutland · February 16, 2012

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