Fountainhead

BA SCORE
94
outstanding

78 Ratings
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
Score:
94
Ratings:
78
Reviews:
26
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
4.24%
 
 
Taps:
27
Bottles/Cans:
150
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by StoneTSR:
Photo of StoneTSR
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went to Fountainhead about a month ago on a double date with the girlfriend and some co-workers and we plan to return.

The food was excellent, not the best in the City, but very solid and reasonably priced considering the portion size. My bowl of mac-and-cheese could have fed some small families for a week.

As for the beer, the selection was wide and very eclectic and it provided me my first ever experience with Russian River. RR does not distribute in Chicago, but Avery does and Fountainhead had a RR/Avery collaboration beer on tap the night we were there. I wish I would have had the chance to review it, but it makes me even more excited about eventually trying Pliny the Elder and Younger.

The thing I found most interesting about the beer menu was the number of wild/sour ales they had. About half the beers we tried at the table that night were sour.

Anyhow, the food is a great value, the beer is a tad on the high end as far as price goes, but you are paying for the unique selection the seem to have. Service was OK, nothing to complain about, but nothing to rave about either.

Food, beer and the lively and open atmosphere combine to make Fountainhead a good place to be.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Angerhaus
3.16/5  rDev -25.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 1

Photo of KarlHungus
4.08/5  rDev -4%
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 +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Eman17
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Barnoloid
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
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 +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Gambyt20
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Stezz420
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Gorf_Minor
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
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 -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 2

Photo of Chief99
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of dwagner003
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of aussiebeer
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of little_star
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of djgoodwi
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of beinerso
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of feeger22
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of KeithE
4.59/5  rDev +8%
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 -5.9%

Photo of waitwhatamidrinking
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25 out of 5 based on 78 ratings.
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