Howells & Hood
May 11, 2018
Home to largest draft craft beer selection in the city of Chicago, a quality collection of cocktails, and a menu of re-imagined bar food, Howells & Hood might just be the most magnificent bar stop on the city’s famed Magnificent Mile.
Located on the ground floor of the Tribune Tower, Howells & Hood takes its name from the architects who designed this iconic building, John Howells and Raymond Hood. The esteemed team only gained the right to design it after winning a massive competition (such was the buzz about Tribune Tower), and we think they would be very happy with what Howells & Hood have done with the place. Yes, the venue is dapper as can be with a host of slick walnut and cherry woods, copper fittings, and sleek dimpled booths.
It’s what is behind the bar though that is the true gem at Howells & Hood: hundreds of beer taps pouring craft beer. Between the multiple bars, there are over 360 beer taps dispensing suds. We can’t even begin to list the labels on offer, but know that essentially any style of beer is on offer, and 20 percent of the brews come from craft outfits in Chicago. Cocktails aren’t forgotten though, with a couple of our favorites being the A Nice Old Fashioned (premium bourbon, bitters, orange, brandied cherry, and blood orange-flavored sparkling water) and the Ghost Bloody featuring homemade ghost pepper-flavored vodka, bloody mary mix, lime juice, hot sauce and celery salt. As far as the food, the kitchen dishes up a bevy of American favorites, nearly all with a creative twist like the gourmet tater tots featuring smoked potato, prosciutto & truffle creme fraiche and a kimchi beef burger, to name but two.