Judge's Bench, The

8385 Main St, Ellicott City, MD, 21043, United States
410 465-3497
Latitude: 39.26828, Longitude: -76.80052


  • Monday: 4:00 PM 2:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 4:00 PM 2:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 4:00 PM 2:00 AM
  • Thursday: 4:00 PM 2:00 AM
  • Friday: 4:00 PM 2:00 AM
  • Saturday: 2:00 PM 2:00 AM
  • Sunday: 1:00 PM 2:00 AM
Wifi Available
Cask Beer
Indoor Smoking
Available Parking
Beer Pricing: $$
Public Transit
Proper Glassware
Outdoor Seating
Family Friendly
Selection: 4.75 | Atmosphere: 4.00 | Service: 4.13 | Food: 4.00
out of 100
Overall Beer Mapping Score
Based on 2 reviews.
If you were logged in, you could review or add photos. Or check-in to keep track of your visits.

Log in | Sign up

vgatto (442)
Wednesday 4th of July 2012 07:52:03 PM
There are plenty of shops and eateries along Ellicott City's Main Street. Massive 300 million year old monolithic rock lines the north side of the street, and this makes for a lovely sunny day stroll (or crisp evening crawl). For beer hunters, I recommend three stops which span just 1/3 mile. Ellicott City's best draft selection is at Judge's Bench, the best bottle selection is at Phoenix Emporium, and freshly brewed craft beer is offered at Ellicott Mills brewpub. I really enjoyed my visit to this charming town.

The Judge's Bench Pub & Restaurant has a 14-chair semi-elliptical bar, plus several small tables in the bar area. Tiled floor, wood and brick walls, low ceiling and cluttered decor make this place feel like a dive bar. Upstairs there is a dining room and lounge. There is an excellent offering of 17 beers on tap, that rotate through an extensive list of diverse national craft beers, plus there are about 60 global beers in bottles. I was happy for the option to create a sampler from among the draft beers. They also offer the option to create your own single malt scotch sampler. Good bar.
Selection: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 4 | Service: 3.75 | Food: N/A

spikbeatz (12)
Wednesday 5th of January 2011 03:14:48 AM
Me and my wife visited this place during Thanksgiving weekend. It was pretty busy but it cleared up shortly after we got there. I guess people had more plans and used The Judge's Bench as a starter joint.

Great place to start. I believe they have somewhere between 15 to 17 on tap. Since we were there during the winter, they had plenty of winter seasonal's and warmers. OUTSTANDING selection. Belgium imports and even Maryland local craft brews.

Prices were a touch over average. By touch I mean, for say, a normal craft pale ale, it was 4$ for a normal pint. But for say a Belgium import in the appropriate glass, was 7$. I've had the same import for 6$ and sometimes even 5$ at other establishments like The Bench. That is why I say "a touch" over average. You will not be disappointed.

Food. Well, if you are looking for food to pair with the great beer. Go somewhere else. But, they do have a really good burger. Which is actually, the best item on the menu. I would say, don't go there for dinner. I would go there after dinner and movie though. That's for sure. Or, if you've had dinner at home with friends or family and want a great place to have some outstanding beer, this is your place.

Oh, I forgot!! They also have like 20 in bottle...I think. I'm not exactly sure on the count because I was looking for tapped beer. The bottle selection is the only way you can get your "mass produced" beer. But if you are on this site, beer mapping, then you most likely don't drink "mass produced" beer, so then you shouldn't worry about that part of their bottled list. It was still a great bottled selection.

The way they keep their selection fresh is they only get 5 gallon kegs of each beer on tap. So, if it's gone, it's gone. This keeps the list forever changing. Which is awesome.

You will not be disappointed...except for the food, but the beer, you wont be.

Enjoy! Cheers!

added 18 March 2011:

My wife has now gone 2 more times since our last visit. Without me. I know right? How dare she?! In her defense, I'm in Iraq. She just loves this place. Her most recent visit, she told me she had Sierra Nevada's Glissades, their spring seasonal. Just in time for spring. I'm telling you, this place is just fantastic for beer. Again, you could pass on the food.
Selection: 5 | Atmosphere: 4 | Service: 4.5 | Food: 3.75

rpm29 (1)
Saturday 4th of April 2009 09:13:16 AM

This person needs 3 or more reviews on the site for their scores to start counting.

A hidden gem. Use to avoid this place due to the smoke. Heard there was a new owner who knew his beer. Definitely moves high on my list of great beer bars in the area. Wide selection of micro-brew draft and bottles. Owner absolutely knows his stuff. Didn't try the food on this trip, but it looked good and the prices seemed reasonable. Much better alternative than the place across the street.
Selection: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Service: 5 | Food: N/A
Judge's Bench tap's
Judge's Bench tap's
Image credit: spikbeatz
Uploaded: March 18, 2011 02:13 AM
LocationTypeBeer Mapping ScoreGoogle ScoreDistance
Phoenix Brewing Company Brewpub 75.0 4.3 out of 5 0.05 miles away)
Phoenix Emporium, The Beer Bar/Restaurant 80.0 4.3 out of 5 0.28 miles away)
Carpe Vinum Beer Store 0.31 miles away)
Jason's Liquors Beer Store 4.2 out of 5 1.18 miles away)
Bare Bones Grill and Brewery - Maryland Beer Bar/Restaurant 50.4 4 out of 5 1.57 miles away)
T-Bonz Grill and Pub - Ellicott City Beer Bar/Restaurant 2.25 miles away)
Sapwood Cellars Brewery 4.8 out of 5 2.95 miles away)
White Oak Tavern Beer Bar/Restaurant 4.3 out of 5 3.15 miles away)
Victoria Gastro Pub Beer Bar/Restaurant 83.3 4.4 out of 5 4.03 miles away)
Manor Hill Brewing Co. Brewery 76.7 4.8 out of 5 4.77 miles away)
Ale House Columbia, The Beer Bar/Restaurant 4.2 out of 5 4.90 miles away)
Pub Dog Pizza and Drafthouse - Columbia Brewpub 77.5 4.5 out of 5 5.33 miles away)
Dog Pub - Columbia Beer Bar/Restaurant 5.33 miles away)
Ocean City Brewing Company Beer Bar/Restaurant 2.6 out of 5 5.56 miles away)
Perfect Pour, The Beer Store 4.7 out of 5 5.57 miles away)
Push American Brewing Brewery 5.85 miles away)
Frisco Tap House - Columbis Beer Bar/Restaurant 90.0 4.4 out of 5 5.85 miles away)
Maryland Homebrew Homebrew 4.9 out of 5 5.95 miles away)
Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House Brewery 4.7 out of 5 6.36 miles away)
Black Flag Brewing Co. Brewery 73.3 4.7 out of 5 6.54 miles away)
Decanter Fine Wines Beer Store 4.5 out of 5 6.71 miles away)
Hysteria Brewing Co. Brewery 83.3 4.6 out of 5 6.97 miles away)
Heavy Seas Beer Brewery 95.0 7.15 miles away)
DuClaw Brewing Co. - Arundel Mills Beer Bar/Restaurant 86.1 3.5 out of 5 8.38 miles away)
Kloby's Smokehouse Beer Bar/Restaurant 8.93 miles away)
Suspended Brewing Company Brewery 9.11 miles away)
Rams Head Tavern - Savage Beer Bar/Restaurant 85.0 3.9 out of 5 9.26 miles away)
DuClaw Brewing Co. - BWI airport Beer Bar/Restaurant 82.5 9.30 miles away)
Obrycki's - BWI Airport Beer Bar/Restaurant 75.0 9.46 miles away)
Latela's Discount Liquors - Jessup Beer Store 63.3 9.48 miles away)