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Judge's Bench

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American, Bar, Pub
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8385 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4605
+1 410-465-3497
Today
14:00 - 02:00
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Hours:
Sun 13:00 - 02:00
Mon - Fri 16:00 - 02:00
Sat 14:00 - 02:00
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Ellicott City
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Great rotating beer selection. There is always something new to try. Place is small and cozy. I go as often as I can.

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Thank msenate
Arizona
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248 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Great Beer Selection. Their Wiskey selection has over 200. We did not have time to eat so unfortunately I can't say any thing about the food. Great Pub.

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Thank GTOGirl1967
Baltimore
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337 reviews
282 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

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 

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Thank renfield1969
Baltimore, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

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 

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Thank Marty U
Cleveland, Ohio
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380 reviews
286 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

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 

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Thank Misonix
Hunt Valley
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59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 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 

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Thank AmyBlue66
Silver Spring, Maryland
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445 reviews
284 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 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 

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

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Thank weeiindy
Westminster, Maryland
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 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!!

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Thank DrummerDad1969
Maryland
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
13:00 - 02:00
Monday
16:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
16:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
16:00 - 02:00
Thursday
16:00 - 02:00
Friday
16:00 - 02:00
Saturday
14:00 - 02:00
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?