Fountainhead | Chicago, Illinois
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Fountainhead
Excellent based on 18 ratings
Type: Bar

1970 West Montrose Avenue
Chicago, Illinois United States 60618 [ print map ]
773 697 8204

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Hours: Mo-Th: 4p-2a, Fr: 3p-2a, Sa: 12p-3a, Su: 12p-2a


Mayor: bwa5879 (1) | Taps: 28 | Bottles: 100+


Fountainhead

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Beer Available At Fountainhead (arranged by most recent)
Begyle Comb The Desert 61, Sierra Nevada / Russian River BRUX Domesticated Wild Ale 96, Bios Vlaamse Bourgogne 91, Ten Ninety Half Witbier , Destihl Wild Sour Series: Flemish Amber 71, Perennial / Penrose Hereafter 91
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18 reviews for Fountainhead
 Ambiance  83%
 Service  76%
 Selection  84%
 Food  72%
 Value  69%
 Overall  80%
 Rating  88%
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78
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
t0rin0  (1448) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 13, 2013
Visited August 2012.

Was staying with a friend after GTMW and had a few days to spend in the city so I went north and hit up this place and Bad Apple. The tap list was pretty good here featuring a lot of locally made beers but also some more regionally distributed stuff like Bells. I ordered a couple of local beers that I hadnít tried before and talked to the bartender about the new places opening up. Ambiance was nice but it was also not all that exciting. If I had some business here I might stop in more often but I donít see this as a regular destination for me.
56
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 2/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 10/20
jrallen34  (445) Chicago, Illinois | July 30, 2011
Finally made it to this much hyped place... came in a sleepy Saturday afternoon... ambiance so was OK, nice and clean, but a touch boring... about 20 drafts and probably 100 bottles, most of the stuff was widely available at binnys or other bars, was hoping they actually had some good stuff... they had a special beer section, but Iím not sure if special describes it... solid stuff, just not a destination place by any means, if youíre a 2 min walk, ok, but otherwise go a couple blocks further to half acre and bad apple... food looks ok, lots of things sound good, had the bacon nuts and was so disappointed I didnít get more
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
msante79  (341) Mount Prospect, Illinois | October 24, 2011
Stopped in for some dinner with my wife. Nice corner bar/restaurant. Lots of wood and nice and relaxed atmosphere. Nice list of taps and seasonal brews. Food was expensive but decent. Monkey bread was good, scallops were good but goat cheese cucumber puree was disappointing. My wife had the korean style chicken sandwich which was forgettable. Not too packed on a Friday night. Nice place that I would go back for drinks, but probably not dinner.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilliGose  (252) pouring bus, New Brunswick | May 3, 2010
Promises to be an awesome place. can tell place is run by beer geeks. surly darkness and DLD golden ticket prints in the bathroom. Nice hard wood floors and brick building. Swung by for dinner and drinks around 5pm on saturday, may 1st. A couple days after the place opened. Decent crowd, but no wait for a table. quick service. Good variety of beers avaialble from chicago, other us micro breweries, belgium, germany, etc. Had no trouble finding something to i wanted to drink. Their menu is still a work in progress and had a french influence. girlfriend got the duck duck mac and i got the swine swoon or something. also split an order of frites. food was out to our table in no time. everything was quite tasty. frites could have been slightly crunchier. sourdough bread on the swine swoon sandwich had soggy spots. chalk it up to growing pains. no big deal. everything tasted great. beer was excellent compliment. reasonable prices. definitely looking forward to coming back here in the future. food beer combo was enjoyable flavor explosion. check it out!
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
cratez  (234) Toronto, Ontario | August 15, 2011| Updated February 10, 2014
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 Jerryís, but itís still exceptionally well-rounded. OVERALL: we had a memorable experience here and itíll be a priority destination for us when we come back to the city. The final kicker was the free copies of Draft magazine ($6 value) as we exited the bar. 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.
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
NobleSquirrel  (209) Chicago, Illinois | May 1, 2010
The next big thing in Chicago? I think so. They just opened on 4/29/10, so it is a bit rough at the edges. But that doesnít mean a damn thing. They are pouring all the right stuff, local and from afar. The food is fantastic and the bottle list will be ridiculous. The barstaff could use a little education, but at least the buyer is top notch. Canít wait to keep going back. Also, epic whiskey/scotch list as well, over a hundred strong... Prices are damn good as well.
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee  (182) down the whirlpool, California | January 5, 2011
Stopped in with drink4satan for their harvest beer festival, which was pretty much just a day of putting a lot of harvest-themed beers on tap, so lots of pumpkin and fresh-hop beers for the most part. I will say though, that they were way to into having four versions of Two brothers heavy handed on draught, which is one of the worst fresh-hop IPAs that Iíve had. Other than that, they had Lambrucha on tap, which was cool. the bottle list was extensive and of high-quality selections, but was expensive as hell and not something that I would touch. Our waitress was polite and knew a bit about beer. The decor is lots of cozy dark wood, but not in the faux Irish fashion. Another place that I would hit if I was in the area but doesnít feel like a destination like like some of the other bars in town.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
maneliquor  (151) Perth, Australia | April 27, 2011| Updated July 23, 2013
Met a fellow there to do a trade on my visit to Chicago. Shared some beers and had some very good stuff. Was pretty cheap and stayed there for ages. Selection is awesome. Went back for their 1st anniversary and had an awesome time. A huge amount of beer was consumed and I still didnít get to try everything I wanted. Even managed to pick up a 2008 KBS. Great place
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
hombrepalo  (131) Chicago, Illinois | June 21, 2010
Wow! Excellent place. This rankes up there with the maproom and hopleaf. Went here on a rainy Friday night. The location of the place is up and comming Lincoln Square, which lately has been booming with craft beer places (fiddlehead, Bad Apple, Half Acre and all those German bars). The place is nice with dark mahogony wood, exposed brick, old belgium artwork, fireplace and barrles all over. They will soon be opening there roof top patio, which should be even more attractive. The menu consist of about 25 taps and over 100 bottles. The selection is of rare, sesonal and popular craft and import beers (no BMC). The food looks excellent, that day we just had the friets (which were good, but neede the mayoneses instead of the two other dips that come with it). The atmosphere is young and vibrant. Sevice was really good, the guy who waited on us asked if we needed suggestion or what styles we tend to lean toward, he also check on us frequently and was very polite. A few of the selections on tap that stood out where: Bruery Coton, Surly Schadenfrude, a Cantillon, Allagash Odyssey, Porterhouse Oyster Stout, Two Brothers Long Haul, Rouge motrimoto and lots more. There had to have been like 8 or so I had not seen at any of the other places I frequent. Not only do they have a great select of brews but also a great selection of wiskeys. Overall a must visit to any and all beer and wiskey lovers.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
fluffheady  (100) Chicago, Illinois | April 9, 2013| Updated April 14, 2014
A really cool place that is finding its way. The beer list and events are great. The patio upstairs is one of the most beautiful spaces I have ever seen. It is an instant establishment. However, sometimes it feels like the place isnít quite right. Donít get me wrong, if you are visiting Chicago you absolutely need to visit this neighborhood and stop here, Half Acre Taproom, and Bad Apple. The chefs have changed here a few times, but I think they finally hit with Cleetus. Besides the food, this bar has always been a little bit of an awkward juxtaposition between being a bar and being a restaurant. P.S. If you like this place, check out itís "older brother" bar, "the Bar on Buena". All the good, but much smaller and neighborhoody.

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