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Fountainhead

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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
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
78
pDev:
8.86%
 
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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by MrMcGibblets:
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Drove by this place countless times before realizing it was a good beer bar. Always wondered why it was always busy and now I know. Decent sized place with large glass windows. Very dark inside, too dark for my tastes...hard to get a good look at a beer even. Otherwise a classy, clean feel to the place. Very busy again even on the late weeknight I went, had to stand at the end of the bar. Service was fine and it didn't take too long for the bartender to address me. Great beer list-a lot to choose from and all are quality selections. No crap beer at all. Good glassware used. Beer menu has good descriptions and is sorted out well. Also an extensive whisky selection. Will definitely be back.
update: have been here many times since. taplines are always clean and i appreciate the extra rinse with the water thingy. the new(er) rooftop bar is very nice as well. good service overall and the beer guy is super nice and generous. a go-to place. my only critique is the bottle list is pretty dated. food is upscale pub food and pretty good.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Angerhaus
3.16/5  rDev -26.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 1

Photo of KarlHungus
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.25

The atmosphere at Fountainhead was dark on the night of my visit. The lighting was so dark the menus needed to be read by smartphone light. The décor, and layout of the place was quite inviting, but the experience would have been more enjoyable with better lighting.

The beer and whisky selection at Fountainhead are among the most impressive I've encountered in my travels. The beer list was too long to count while remaining a sociable person to my companions. It appeared to be well chosen style wise too. There was something for any style of beer drinker. The quality of the tap beer my group had was spot on, and poured into clean glasses. However, the first beer I had, a cask of ESB from a Chicago brewery, was clearly past its prime. Enough oxidation had happened to it that it should have been taken off.

The service was fast, friendly, and seemed to know the beers being served.

The food was forgettable. It was by no means bad, but it was by no means good either.

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Photo of cryptichead
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Eman17
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Barnoloid
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Have been just a small handful of times but really find this to be a solid spot to visit for a bite and a few drinks. The beer list is expansive, with some reserve type offerings at a reasonable cost. Draft list is varied with cask offerings as well as a few nitro pours. Had a nice local pale ale on cask which was a pleasant way to start my sunday. Vibe is fairly lively, with a very varied crowd. Brunch on the weekends here is an underrated option.

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Gambyt20
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Stezz420
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Gorf_Minor
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 2

Photo of Chief99
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of aussiebeer
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of little_star
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of djgoodwi
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of beinerso
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of feeger22
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of KeithE
4.59/5  rDev +7%
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 -6.8%

Photo of waitwhatamidrinking
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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Fountainhead in Chicago, IL
Place rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 78 ratings
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