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Taps: 68 / Bottles: 350
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
5148 N Clark St
phone: (773) 334-9851
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 172 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Holy crap - the walk from the Red Line station to Hopleaf in a near-blizzard was way too cold - had to stop at the CVS and pick up hat and gloves. Got to Hopleaf around 5:00 pm on a Friday afternoon (Feb10) and the place was moderately busy but filling up quickly. Everyone I talked to was all about the beer and great beer it was. Approximately 40 taps featuring a nice selection of local Chicago brews (including Three Floyds Zombie Dust during our visit!). Servers are very beer knowledgeable and very in tune with the current inventory. Didn't eat there but noted several delicious looking dishes passing by. Great crowd, great beer, great service - a great place for beer in Chicago!
02-18-2012 20:19:11 |
More by coldriver
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I visited with my wife and a few friends on a Saturday evening. We went there primarily for the beer selection and secondarily for the food.
It was very busy, shoulder to shoulder, but this is typical for eateries in this part of town. We were able to hold conversations without screaming into eachothers' ears.
The beer selection was very good as well as the prices.
For the limited time we were there I noticed that the bartenders were friendly and Knowledgable.
The wait for a table was 1.5 hours so we decided to leave for another restaurant in the area.
Would visit again earlier or later in the evening to miss the crowd.
02-12-2012 18:16:53 |
More by Higy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I stopped in during a visit to Chicago this past week. I hadn't heard of this place, but an employee at Binny's recommended it while I was there picking up some goodies to bring back to New York.
I went early afternoon to kill some time before the Bulls game, so I didn't order any food. There was only one other person in the bar, so I had the bartender's attention. Very nice guy, very good service.
The selection on tap was outstanding. About 40 taps, mostly good domestic brews with a few foreign beers thrown in. I loved that they offer some of the bigger beers in half pints thereby reducing the price of what would be an expensive pour to the same as that of a non-premium beer.
Over all, this is bar is a must for a craft beer enthusiast visiting Chicago. Really reminds me of my favorite NY bar, Rattle N Hum.
01-23-2012 14:50:07 |
More by goalie33
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Visited on a Sunday night recently with a friend on his suggestion. We were able to get a seat in the back room immediately.
The bar up front was standing room only, but we were looking for dinner and got a table in the back. The bar up front was like a neighborhood bar, with the back being a lofty dining area. The bar area was average at best, but I liked the back room. The place was busy and fairly loud but overall I liked it.
The beer menu was fantastic - I had 4 different beers from different breweries: an Iron Works Alt from Metropolitan, a Green Line Pale from Goose Island, a Vida y Muerte by 5 Rabbit, and a delicious Bourbon Black Power from Revolution Brewing. All were served in proper glassware, and many offered in half pints. There were many other cool Belgians (some I had never heard of) and locals I can't get at home but I just didn't have the time or liver to try them all. Wonderful selection, one of the best, in terms of diversity and quality, that I have seen.
We ate dinner here as well - a buddy went with a large stew, and I ordered a steak and frites (I had been in Chicago 3 nights and hadn't had steak yet - I needed to change that!). The steak was ok, the frites were really good, and by buddies stew was great too. A bit pricey at $40 combined for the two entrees, and I'm not sure the quality quite lived up to the price.
Ironically enough, I'd say the beer pricing was pretty good though, especially compared to what I saw elsewhere in the city. Our service was average - we never went long with empty glasses and they were cordial and efficient so no complaints.
I really enjoyed Hopleaf and am glad my friend took me up there - it was easily the best bar I went to in Chicago (I also did Publican, but not Map Room) and one of the best I've been to period. Highly recommended.
01-22-2012 20:51:12 |
More by jophish17
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I have been here a few times now and it has ALWAYS been crammed to capacity with human bodies, which I do not care for. Yes, they have a large selection of ales and lagers from which to sample, but the fact that I can never get a seat leaves me with a feeling of indifference regarding the question of whether I will ever return. Granted, there are worse things in the world than having to stand while you enjoy your beer, but there is no good place for that either. No matter where you go, you feel like you're in someone's way. And what's even more absurd is that there are multiple rooms and levels in the bar... and it's STILL crammed to capacity. I think they should let people on the roof.
The beers I've had here have been good, but not better than any other bar. The bigger selection is good only if you want something special that you can't get anywhere else and you know beforehand that they will have it on a particular night. Otherwise, the kind beers that I select will probably not lead to a radically different experience than they would at any other bar.
And it is definitely one of the more expensive beer bars I've been to.
10-10-2011 23:00:51 |
More by sarahspat
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Have frequented this spot many times, to start it is absolutely a destination for anyone visiting Chicago.
Unassuming store front, relatively small bar area with a much larger dining space in the back. It can be elbow to elbow now and then...timing of your visit is crucial to fully enjoy and appreciate this place.
The list is absurd. Large amounts of drafts, but the bottle list is what really shines. Huge amount of Belgians and American crafts...rarities comprising a huge portion of that list.
Service...is good. There are times when I've been really impressed (I'm guessing the older barkeeps are the owners, they're fantastic). Sometimes, when it's busy, I don't appreciate long conversations between patrons and the bartenders when there are a lot of people trying to get served...but meh, it's not a reason to hate.
The food is outstanding. Nothing else to say there.
Prices are fine...under the assumption that you're going there to enjoy high quality/rare stuff you can't expect to find "value", but I've never felt like they go out of their way to overcharge for anything.
Go there, I advise on the early side, so you can get a table and appreciate the delicious food and bottle offerings without having to deal with the crowds. Exceptional place.
09-26-2011 18:25:37 |
More by drumminbrewer
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$$
First off its a little pricey and there decent drafts are always out during the weekends. Ive had a couple bad experiences with the service but it was during a busy time. Another sorta lame thing is they dont open until 4 pm everyday! What kind of craft beer bar opens only latenight! I like to grab a few for breakfast! The food is damn good but also over priced, they do have a sweet hop vine wrapped around the back bar. Overall its an alright bar if you wanna wait 15 min to grab a beer and seat and pay up the asss for it
08-18-2011 02:46:17 |
More by Davidpgibbons
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I stopped by Hopleaf after the Map Room last night. The interior was not as Spartan as the map room and their draft list was more interesting as well. There was a wide selection of American and Belgian beers with some really quality offerings. I settled on Zombie Dust and drank a couple finishing with some DFH 120 minute. The food looked interesting but a bit pricey for the decor and feel of the place. We arrived around midnight so we did not get to try the food. The bartenders were very attentive and helpful as they were at ease with the brews they were serving. Overall I really enjoyed the experience and would love to return.
08-01-2011 19:42:27 |
More by Neffbeer
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Every time I am in Chicago I make the trip out to Andersonville to visit this great beer restaurant. The food is very good and I enjoy the atmosphere, but the real draw is the beer list. It is quite extensive, featuring one of the best selections of Belgian beers I have seen outside Belgium and a wide range of American craft beer. They had about 40 beers on tap and countless more in bottles.
Overall, the Hopleaf is a very nice place to hang out and have a few beers, or to stay for a meal. As far as beer selection, i have yet to see better.
07-09-2011 11:47:44 |
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$$
Food is pricey for entres. I just got a sandwich, the tilapia. Not bad. I wouldn't go again for the food, that's for sure.
I went at around 5pm on Friday to beat the crowds and it was already starting to fill up. It's a relatively small joint, so I imagine it gets pretty tight during peak hours. I don't like crowds, I'm glad I went early. Be warned, go during peak hours and expect to sharpen those elbows to get to the bar.
Tap and bottle list is extraordinary. Absolutely massive. I was able to try a 5 Rabbit, Dogfishhead and Urthel. A bit pricey, but great selection. A craft lovers place.
Go early, go for the beer, leave the food alone, beat the crowds.
06-25-2011 00:39:13 |
More by Northsider
Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
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