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Judge's Bench

8385 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4605
+1 410-465-3497
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good51%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
4 Nov 2018
“Whiskey Lovers Paradise”
15 Apr 2018
“Hanging with friends”
Opens in 29 min
American, Bar, Pub
8385 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4605
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Reviewed 4 July 2012

An amazing beer selection on tap! They constantly rotate their tap selection through about 75 different types, and have hunbdreds in bottles. Typically they have music on Friday and Saturday night. Friendly bartenders and patrons.

Date of visit: May 2012
Thank t15
Reviewed 29 June 2012

Local crowd, unpretentious, friendly, down to earth, good bar food menu, great import and microbrew beers not usually found elsewhere. Live music on weekends, plus open mike on Tuesdays. Good place to meet friends or to just chill. The bartenders are attentive. Recommend this place...More

Date of visit: June 2012
Thank Jacqueline L
Reviewed 21 February 2012

17 taps with no "safe" mainstream beer. Great selection which changes, supplemented by many more available in bottles. Can't speak about the food, but the Happy Hour prices all day Sunday make it real attractive for a tasting session. Staff seemed both friendly and knowledgeable.

Date of visit: February 2012
Thank greenfeet
Reviewed 8 January 2012

The bar menu is quite limited and the food isn't so great, but there's a good draft selection here. Eat at La Palapa or Ellicott Mills Brewing Co before you stop here for a drink.

Thank alligeek
Reviewed 5 November 2011

Went early on a Friday night around 7:30. Tables availabe , ordered at the bar and didn't get food until after 9. Their speciality, burgers, were burnt and dry...and cold and my order was for medium rare . Understaffed for the crowd so I guess...More

Date of visit: November 2011
2  Thank seattlestan
Reviewed 18 July 2011

Went to Judges Bench for the first time in several years last Saturday 7/16. Needless to say I was impressed with the extensive Scotch selection (Wait did you say Scotch). Yeah this place has a great selection of Beer as well, serving Colossus from DuClaw,...More

Date of visit: July 2011
Thank EricReinhardt
Reviewed 24 August 2010

JB is a laid back, local watering hole. No frills, but a good selection of microbrews and non-conventional beers on tap and on rotation. Their burgers are great and made with homemade patties.

1  Thank BostonianT
Reviewed 5 July 2010

No matter what your tastes are they'll have a beer for you. Friendly and knowledgeable staff will make you feel like a regular instantly. Good live music on a regular basis sets this place apart from other venues in the area.

Thank Piesfan
Reviewed 5 January 2010

I've been to this establishment three times in late 2009. With around 15-20 beers on tap (mostly regional) and another 50+ in bottles, you won't have to search long for something good. Atmosphere is nice, dark, and cozy, just like a traditional English (or Colonial...More

Thank ashleyhsmith
Reviewed 27 May 2009

Have visited JB's on a number of occasions, and feel as if I now have a reason to go to Ellicott City from time to time. The atmosphere here is laid back and informal, and this is definitely the place to go for good beer....More

Thank johnthebodiless
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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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