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Bars, Beer bars Lincoln Square
5 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
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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.


Venue name: Fountainhead
Address: 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.

Great food, amazing beer and wine list, and a warm, welcoming attitude. Love this place!


This has quickly become my favorite neighborhood joint. For one, I have never had anything but exceptional service. All the servers I have ever encountered have always been upbeat, outgoing and armed with a great recommendation be it for food or drink!

The menu is great, but one tiny cringe is that they have been 86'd on the item I've ordered more than once, but there is never a shortage of enticing menu offerings so I'm able to make a quick recovery from the initial devastation. One of these days I will have the tamales! Risotto was pretty good, frites are great, pub cheese yum, mussles yum, the burger was good but not $14 good.

The crowd is very chill. The environment is cozy and warm. The rooftop is a great little city oasis. There really isn't a bad seat in the house or on top for that matter. Great food, great drinks, great service, pretty great environment!


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.