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The Judge's Bench

Not Rated.
The Judge's BenchThe Judge's Bench
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

26 Ratings
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 13.95%
Taps: 17
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

8385 Main St
Ellicott City, Maryland, 21043-4605
United States
phone: (410) 465-3497

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @judgesbench

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(Place added by: John_M on 08-21-2008)
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Stopped in on a Sunday afternoon with the wife to check the place out... I had heard about their great beer selection and had to see for myself. They open at 1 on Sunday's and we got there around 1:30 so there was only one other person in the place at the time so we basically had the place to ourselves...I have to think that this place would get more traffic if it was located two or three blocks down the hill closer to the heart of Elicott City's beautiful historic district. Unfortunately it is on the fringe of the town which could be a blessing or a curse depending on the circumstances...

None the less the beer selection was fantastic!! Literally something for everyone and lots of it too!! Offerings on tap were handwritten on a chalk board along with ABV % and I was told that the offerings are always changing. I was like a kid in a candy store! I was unfamilliar with most of what was on tap so I ordered a 4 glass sampler. All were top notch without a bad apple in the bunch. I then asked to see the bottled list and was blown away with the selection...although my first request was "not available" my next two were on hand.

While we chilled at the bar we ordered some chicken nachos while we watched the Cowboys get beat up by the Browns. The menu offerings were not as impressive as the beer selection...typical stuff, but I like pub food (who doesn't?) so it was no biggie. Unfortunately the nachos sucked! Cold cheese goop...the kind pumped from the metal container 7-11 style, stale chips, and dry chicken crumbles with a few olives and even less jalapeños. For the price I was expecting way more in quality and size. Taco bells nachos would have been more satisfying! The bar tender asked how they were and I politely said I had better...I wasn't going to sugar coat it. Hell, if he can't take constructive criticism then that's his fault and I work hard for my money too...so be it.

Long story short. I liked the place. The atmosphere was cool and the beers were top shelf. I'd like to head back on a Friday night, when the place was more lively to see how the vibe is with a few more people in the place. Definitely worth checking out if your are heading to Ellicott City.

HarryPotHead, Nov 25, 2012
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The Judge's Bench in Ellicott City, MD
93 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.