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
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 cratez:
Photo of cratez
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by with my girlfriend during a recent trip to Chicago.

VIBE: as soon as we pulled up we were intrigued by the beautiful outdoor facade. Interior resembles a comfortable, rustic, and old-fashioned restaurant with a clean and refined edge. A large display of bourbons, Scottish whiskies, and spirits towers over the bar. Patrons are a chatty and diverse bunch and everybody was enjoying themselves on our visit. A really nice, approachable atmosphere.

SERVICE: our server was incredibly friendly. He helped us along with beer and wine recommendations, talked at length about some of the rarer bottles, and poured me a generous shot of Lagavulin when I ordered a 2008 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale that was aged in barrels of that whisky. Very welcoming and attentive service, which we appreciated.

SELECTION: I had a Half Acre Gossamer and Three Floyds Zombie Dust (!!!) on draught and the aforementioned barley wine out of the bottle. My girl enjoyed her pinot grigio and sauvignon blanc. Also noticed Summit EPA on cask, Southampton Cuvee Des Fleurs and Lost Abbey Inferno in bottles, and Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, La Trappe Witte, Petrus Aged Pale, and Pauwel Kwak on tap. The beer list seems smaller than the menus at Map Room and Jerry's, but it's still exceptionally well-rounded.

OVERALL: we had a memorable experience here and it'll be a priority destination for us when we come back to the city. Fountainhead is a quintessential American beer bar, which makes the meaning behind its name (principal source) all the more appropriate. A must-visit in my books.

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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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of waitwhatamidrinking
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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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%

Photo of Jordanmtate
5/5  rDev +17.1%

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Fountainhead in Chicago, IL
94 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.
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