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Judge's Bench

American, Bar, Pub
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8385 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4605
2:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Sun 1:00 pm - 2:00 am
Mon - Fri 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat 2:00 pm - 2:00 am
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312 reviews
264 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Judge's Bench is one of the long time mainstays of Ellicott City's Main Street, located at the top of the hill across from the wine store. They have a fantastic beer selection, both on tap and by the bottle. Their real pride is their Scotch and Whiskey selection, and they have a large menu just for that. Their are... More 

Thank renfield1969
Baltimore, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On Sunday afternoon I stopped in the "Judges Bench" for the first time for a quick lunch. I was greeted by the owner, Mike Johnson who knew everyone in the Pub by their first name and made me feel like I was a long time customer. I mentioned that I liked craft beer and Mike quickly gave me a introductory... More 

Thank Marty U
Cleveland, Ohio
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327 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great family run place, terrific food, huge tap beer selection, friendly and knowledgeable owners and could be the best selection of whiskies in the state! Almost 300 different kinds. Inside tip - get the warm pretzel bites! Its in a hundred year old tavern. Plenty of parking across the street. Went there on a Saturday for a privet baby shower,... More 

Thank Misonix
Hunt Valley
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56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

We stopped in for a drink before dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant. The place was so great we stayed for a second round. This is normally a quiet spot and our bartender was the only employee working. She unexpectedly had a group of 35 stop in. She was so calm and composed and took care of everyone in a... More 

Thank AmyBlue66
Silver Spring, Maryland
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420 reviews
269 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

Could be and amazing little dive bar.... could be. This "off-Main Street" watering hole offers a great selection of beers and bourbons, but that's lost in the layout and cramped quarters. Lots of amazing beers on-tap, including a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot IPA - both 2015 and 2016.. much like a winery. lol But this is lost in that the beer... More 

Thank COTraveller33
Charleston, South Carolina
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

A friend highly recommended stopping in at the Judge's Bench for a beer flight. We saddled up to the bar and ended up staying for several hours until a great live band showed up to play. For a hole-in-the wall bar, it was clean, friendly, and the food was good. My boyfriend ordered a terrific burger, and I tucked into... More 

Thank weeiindy
Westminster, Maryland
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

we had a great time at the Judge's Bench!! We heard a really fun band there too! Twenty Dollar Prophet rocked the house!!

Thank DrummerDad1969
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Some things don't change much and probably shouldn't. This place, from what I've heard, has been the same for decades. It is a classic, unassuming place for conversation, music, simple food, and the best selection of beers around. Can't say I've tried much of the menu, but the burger is very satisfying. Wash it down with a great pint, and... More 

Thank GeneOk
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
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215 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Just stopped here for drinks. Sat at the bar. The bartender was the only one working, yet she was still very friendly, nice and provided great service! We met some nice people also sitting at the bar & had a great time!

Thank ddallas1969
Brewster, New York
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307 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Let me preface by saying that I have no problem with dive bars. When I got there for the "jazz jam session" there was no place to sit. Mind you there were plenty of seats, but the way the tables & chairs were in disarray, it was nearly impossible. Had I been the owner, I would have made room so... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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Bar scene
Open Hours
1:00 pm - 2:00 am
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
2:00 pm - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8385 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4605
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Ellicott City
  • Phone Number: 410-465-3497

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?