DOWNTOWN — A new bar is going for a neighborhood vibe near, of all places, Millennium Park.
Columbus Tap will formally open Thursday at the Fairmont Chicago hotel, 200 N. Columbus Drive. The bar is replacing Aria, a sushi bar, and going "quintessentially Chicago" now with 16 draft beers, 50 cans, and plenty of food that goes well with drinking, hotel officials say.
Despite being so close to many of the city's biggest tourist attractions, the bar "is a gesture toward the sort of restaurant the neighborhood deserves," said Joe Bunke, Columbus Tap's general manager.
Columbus Tap even has its own brew: "Bespoke Blend," a Citrus Spelt Saison from Logan Square's Maplewood Brewery.
The restaurant is partnering with Publican Quality Bread in the West Loop for its sandwiches, and is looking for other partnerships throughout the city, said Atticus Garant, Columbus Tap's chef.
He said the menu has a "good variety of shareable plates" and other savory things that go well with beer. His favorite item? A deep-fried ham hock entrée with maple whiskey glaze and cauliflower purée ($22).
The bar will be open from 11:30 a.m.-midnight daily, with the kitchen open as long as the restaurant is. Check out the menu below:
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