With its carefully attended-to beer list and homey, taverny look, this pub from the Bar on Buena folks has a serious Hopleaf vibe to it. The big difference? The crowds, though passionate drinkers, are not so large that they’re lining up on the sidewalk. So keep this underrated gem to yourself, or suffer the throngs of craft-beer geeks.
1970 W Montrose Ave
|Cross street:||between Damen and Winchester Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 4pm–2am; Sat noon–3am; Sun 10am–2am|
|Transport:||El stop: Brown to Montrose. Bus: 50, 78.|
|Price:||Average beer: $6|
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Average User Rating
4.6 / 5
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Fountainhead is always a welcoming atmosphere, with awesome food that changes seasonally, and a beer list that makes my mouth water just writing about it. Stumbled across the Octoberfest shindig last month, and there were giant horn players and oom-pah music. You just never know what delight awaits you here.
Not all the great rooftop bars are downtown, but Fountainhead proves not enough of them are in the neighborhoods. Residents flock to the second-floor patio bar on sunny days, but the menu and drink lists downstairs are worth checking out year-round.
When it comes to great Chicago bars, Fountainhead ranks among places like Map Room, Quencher's and Fischmans. It's a place where you can always find great beer and whiskey (usually something you haven't tried before) accompanied by good food. Stop by for a tapping event or show up to sit at the rooftop bar.