Party Earth Review Though the name evokes memories of a high school English assignment, Fountainhead’s moniker is actually a reference to a free-flowing source of craft booze rather than an homage to Ayn Rand. Located on an otherwise quiet... ... read full review
1970 West Montrose Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640
Brown Line: Montrose
M–F 4pm–2am, Sa noon–3am, Su 10:30am–2am
Sunday brunch until 2:30pm
Lakeview, Chicago –
Though the name evokes memories of a high school English assignment, Fountainhead’s moniker is actually a reference to a free-flowing source of craft booze rather than an homage to Ayn Rand.
Located on an otherwise quiet corner, the gastropub draws in passersby with the warm light that illuminates its large windows, and keeps them inside with a drinks menu that would take a lifetime to get through.
Patrons tuck in along the window booths, cozy in around the fireplace, or snag one of the dark wood tables that fill the open room before diving into the task of choosing from the two hundred-odd beers – and almost as many bourbons and whiskeys.
Once that mission is accomplished, it’s time to move on to the small menu of budget-minded comfort food that ranges from basic burgers to fancier fare like duck confit pasta and herb-roasted salmon.
The venue’s assortment of alcohol supports a diverse clientele, from young wannabe connoisseurs to seasoned sippers to post-grads dropping in with their parents. But after prime dinner hours, the vibe is more bar than restaurant, with packs of young professionals out with coworkers or old college friends who will no doubt wake up with regrets the next morning.
Thankfully, Sunday brunch makes the regret go away, especially with the special “breakfast” beers.
Drawing crowds looking for a late night of drinking that want greater variety than at the average watering hole, Fountainhead is a grown-up drinking den that still manages to be cool.
Diverse mix of booze hounds, hop heads, whiskey nuts, bourbon nerds, scotch savorers, young professionals, old professionals, and anyone looking for solid grub to go with their grog, mid-20s to 50s, with most of the late-night crowd in their early 30s.
Frequent food- and drink-related events, including tastings, “meet the brewer” nights, classes on proper pairing, and more.
Check venue website for latest event.
Full menu of creative comfort food, including venison spatzle, curry chicken, burgers, braised beef, duck confit pasta, and shepherd’s pie.
Brunch menu on Sundays includes several varieties of eggs Benedict, frittatas, special “breakfast” beers, and staples like Bloody Marys, Bellinis, and mimosas.
Brunch menu $7–$12. Appetizers $5–$10, entrées $8–$20. Beer $4–$30, wine $6–$8/glass or $19–$61/bottle, whiskey $7–$24, other spirits $5–$24+.
Casual to business casual: t-shirts, jeans, Banana Republic and J.Crew, comfy skirts, flowy dresses.
Friday and Saturday nights for a packed house by 7pm and Sunday brunch to stave off Monday with one more round.
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