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Judge's Bench

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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8385 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4605
+1 410-465-3497
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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Hunt Valley
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59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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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490 reviews
312 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
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
Rockville, Maryland
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
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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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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260 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
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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482 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
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 

Thank Cynhoff
Glen Burnie, MD
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed March 29, 2015

Great craft beer selection and a nice place to see a band. We didn't try the food. Place was packed, but the service was good.

Thank Skinsfan1311
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2015

Went to this place after dinner at another local spot. Great atmosphere, live music, good libations, fun stuff.

Thank Bubblesgalore1
Ellicott City
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed February 27, 2015

Opens after work. One of the best selections of ale in Ellicott City. Food selection is reasonable to me, but not to the woman with whom I am madly in love. Bartender is often seriously overworked.

Thank Richard A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
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: +1 410-465-3497

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?