Columbus Tap (200 N Columbus) opens at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park on National Beer Day, Thursday, April 7.
Leading the culinary team is Chef Atticus Garant with a fresh Midwest-focused menu that flirts with seasonal and regional ingredients, created to pair with the restaurant’s extensive beer selection. The result is a gastropub with a neighborhood vibe and offerings for locals and hotel guests alike.
Columbus Tap introduces a savory menu of sharable snacks, salads, sandwiches and main plates such as Rotisserie Chicken served with mashed potatoes, pan drippings and spring vegetables, Whiskey Honey Ham Hock, a Porchetta Sandwich with chimichurri, cracklings and roasted garlic mayo, and the Tap That Burger. Other include the Animal Crackers made with pork cracklings and a secret spice dust, Fried Artichokes, Charred Broccoli with an umami bomb vinaigrette and Roasted Roots & Radishes with a honey lemon gremolata. Each day, the restaurant will offer a Sunday dinner rotisserie special served with market sides.
Drawing from Chicago’s rich beer history, the beverage program at Columbus Tap continues the tradition focusing on varieties from Chicago and Midwestern breweries wherever possible. General Manager Joe Bunke spent months cultivating the selection that features 16 drafts on tap. In addition, seasonal cocktails bring modern touches to traditional favorites including the Citrus and Smoke with mezcal, green chartreuse, Aperol, egg white and sour ale and the Cider-75 made with Letherbee Gin, lemon juice and hard cider. Both cocktails use Midwestern craft beers to bring an unexpected twist. The bar will also offer a beer-and-shot pairing menu with choices like Anguish and Regret (Surly Hell and Malört) or Whose Cider You On? (Original Sin and spiced rum).
Opening just in time for spring, Columbus Tap will offer takeout options featuring rotisserie chicken, for days spent in the Millennium Park or along the lakefront.