Fountainhead

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

24 Reviews
FountainheadFountainhead
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

1970 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60613-1021
United States

(773) 697-8204 | map
fountainheadchicago.com

Notes:
Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 2:00am
Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00am
Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:30pm
Sunday: 2:30pm - 2:00am

Added by emerge077 on 04-29-2010

PLACE STATS
Place Score:
94
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
73
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
4.22%
 
 
Taps:
27
Bottles/Cans:
150
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 73
Reviews by MarcatGSB:
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3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

It must be noted that this was my first time visiting Fountainhead. I know nothing of it's history, ownership, sister bars, etc...

I like the location. It's off some of the main roads, which makes it much more of a destination. The place was not busy when I arrived mid-day Saturday, with a few tables of young folk/business professionals sitting around eating and drinking. The noise level at this point of the day was not overwhelming. The back bar is gorgeous, and they have it stocked with some fantastic whisk(e)y. Some really rare bottles like Cask of Yamazaki 1984, Knappague Castle 1951 ($130 a shot), and Glenfarclas 1951.

It was a very solid beer selection. They had a really great selection of Harvest style pale ales on tap, which at this visit, I was not seeking, so a bit of a let down as far as tap selection goes. They had a Cantillon on tap that kicked 2 ounces into my pour, so the bartender served me the two ounces and I reviewed the bottle list...only to be a bit disappointed. They offered some nice sours on there, including some Cantillon, etc...but nothing that really blew me away. At this point they were also featuring some different brews from craft breweries out of Michigan, many of which I was very familiar with seeing how I'm from Michigan. One Oatmeal Stout from Dark Horse, Founders Breakfast Stout, Founders Imperial Stout...some real nice beers. I ended up ordering a Founder's Imperial Stout, which they were out of, so 0 for 2 at this point.

Due to the huge whisk(e)y selection, I ended up choosing the new Ardbeg Alligator to sip on, and be on my way.

The prices seemed to right in line with the rest of the city...tap selection was vast (although a bit one sided with the Harvest ales during my visit), and great bottle selection (although, I have to disagree with the last reviewer, it is no where near the level of The Hop Leaf).

I did not try any of the food, although the menu look very broad and tasty, I just wasn't hungry. Bright place, nice atmosphere. I will return, and I'm sure won't be disappointed.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of needMIbeerinMD
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Gambyt20
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Stezz420
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Gorf_Minor
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.14/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

A classy establishment with a massive selection of whiskeys and spirits. You’ll find mezcal, amaros, a million bourbons and else. Massive bible menu with a ton of bottles and rare stuff. Their menu is cool: “Our Beer of the Month”, “Our Fountainhead Drafts” (Dark Horse and Cleetus Scary Jesus Rockstar), “Our Barrel Aged Drafts” (Anderson Boont, Jolly Baudelaire, Almanac Reserve Citrus), “Our Draft Meads”, “Our Nitro Drafts”, “Our Trappist Draft” (La Trappe Tripel), “Our Other Drafts” (16 total, including stuff from Bruery, Perennial, Against the Grain, FFF Alpha King). Quality stuff indeed. And check out “Our Large Format, Rare, Barrel Aged & Cellared Bottles” (Chris Fambroise, De Cam Oude Lambiek, Eclipse ’12-14. Super pricey but outrageous.

Good service, knowledgeable , but I object to their serving spirits in Single/Double/Neat or Rocks because it is confusing. I ordered doubles thinking I would get neat pours and ended up paying an insane amount of money.

Great place, though. Very well worth a visit and a detour.

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Photo of chitowntink
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 2

Photo of Chief99
3.93/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of dwagner003
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Bwagner1122
4.57/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of aussiebeer
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of little_star
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of djgoodwi
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of beinerso
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of feeger22
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of KeithE
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Great neighborhood tavern with a fantastic selection for craft brews both on tap and in bottle. Tap beers are always changing and they carry a lot of small batch beers. I highly recommend this place for it's really great beer selection and it's unpretentious atmosphere.

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Photo of dexterk1
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of waitwhatamidrinking
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Nuggetz
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Spiny-Norman
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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Fountainhead in Chicago, IL
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