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Taps: 68 / Bottles: 350
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
5148 N Clark St
phone: (773) 334-9851
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$$
Hopleaf has a wonderful selection of beers. They might be a little heavy on the Belgian styles but hey, gotta have some sort of focus, right? Food is way better than your average bar fare. The atmosphere is a happy medium between dive and sports bar while being cleaner and having a little more character than each. Their pricing is about $1 higher on pints than their peers.
11-21-2013 18:52:10 |
More by teledeluxe
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I am fortunate enough to live blocks away from this beer lovers paradise. I'm a bit bias as I know many of the employees and kitchen staff there, but i eat out and all over Chicago and this joint is hands down the best. Map Room and Quenchers are great and all...really do love those places...but Hopleaf has it all! I too bring any out of towners here immediately. If you are in Chicago or visit Chicago, put this on your list! Great neighborhood too.
11-09-2013 01:24:49 |
More by tpschi
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
First timer ... I went out of my way to give this place a try based on the reviews herein. Great food and beer selection, Zombie dust was great.... first time. Bartender seemed disinterested and almost annoyed that I was there asking questions about some of the new beers I discovered on the list. Understandable if the bar was packed but it was not. The gratuitometer reflected the service quality rendered. Overall a good experience.
10-16-2013 15:29:35 |
More by paparu
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
Whenever my friends come in from out of town looking for the best craft beer focused bar in Chicago, Hopleaf would definitely be one of a handful of places I would suggest. If you can't find a beer you like on tap here, you probably shouldn't be drinking beer.
To start, I've never been here when Zombie Dust is not on tap. So if you want one and don't want to drive to Munster, this is probably your best bet. There's also an impressive bottle list as well, but I never actually make it to the bottles because the tap list always has 4-5 beers I really want to try and can't find elsewhere.
The food was great as well. Except for maybe The Publican, they serve one of the best head cheeses I've ever had. I always thoroughly enjoy the charcuterie plate when I order it. The mussels are good too.
Tip - This place gets REALLY crowded, so if you want to really sit down and enjoy everything they offer, don't go at peak times (ie. weekends and Thursday / Friday nights). The last time I went, I stopped in around 1:00 pm on a random Thursday and I had half of the bar and a bartender to myself who was very friendly and accommodating. It was one of the best times I've had. I went on a Saturday night once and I'll never do that again... I was able to fight for one beer before I got fed up and left.
10-01-2013 19:18:42 |
More by cnbrown313
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
One of the iconic Chicago craft bars. Booths and small tables to the right after entering and the main bar to the left. Keep on the path to a back area with more tables for dining. Upstairs has a smattering of tables as well as a small bar. This place used to be a nightmare to get into on weekend nights but now with the new addition, while still busy, it seems you can always find a place to relax somewhere.
The lighting is fairly dark, the air smells of garlic & mussels, and the taplist is expansive. One thing I've always appreciated about Hopleaf is the spectrum of styles they always seem to have on draft. I don't care what style of beer you're in the mood for you are surely going to find a good example represented. The draft prices are very fair and the markup on most bottles is reasonable. The service is always A+. These guys enjoy their job and it shows. Everyone I've ever spoken to at Hopleaf is quick to laugh, easy to talk to, and somehow make their job look easy even when slam packed.
08-24-2013 21:34:50 |
More by joe1510
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This place is a legendary Chicago beer bar. With their expansion last year, they have undoubtedly vaulted themselves into a top 10 beer destination in the United States. Their food menu is very solid, high end pub food with Belgian flare (eat mussels, drink beer). Their beer menu will blow your face off. With the expansion, I believe I counted 62 drafts. Even among the "good" beer bars, though, their list is very special. Few bars can fill more than 30 drafts with truly interesting choices. And then there’s the 22 page bottle list.
If you’re visiting Chicago, this is a MUST. MUST. Visit. If you live here and haven’t been, shame on you.
Hopleaf hosts great beer classes in their upstairs room. They range from classes for newbies to relatively advanced (cicerone tasting/sour beer/regional beers/etc)
Disclaimer: these guys get BUSY. The staff is extremely lovely, so go at a time when you can actually talk to them.
08-05-2013 00:33:06 |
More by Fluffheady
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$$
Arrived in Chicago at noon and here I was at hop leaf 40 minutes later. Lived up to the hype both on the beer selection and food. So many brews to choose from I was going mad! They even had drie fonteinen schaerbeekse kriek (for the hefty price of 75/bottle).
My consumption at this joint entailed: Tripel Karmeliet, Zombiedust and Jagwida's Minod Pitney Poltorak.
07-24-2013 06:38:00 |
More by Slap_and_Pickle
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
a number of years ago while visiting our oldest son in Chicago we came here to eat and drink but my youngest daughter was only 20 and they wouldn't let us in. Six years later even my youngest son is over 21; well worth the wait.
Awesome beer selection, lots of really hard to get excellent brews mixed with some small batches. Food selection was outstanding and very tasty. We started out with some mussels and they were excellent, everyone's dinner was very good, albeit small portions but that was actually good as gave us more room to consume some beer.
Wait staff was very attentive as well as very pleasant. a very great experience was had by all. We will dine and drink here again the next times we fix Chicago.
07-20-2013 20:52:35 |
More by stercomm
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Ahhh. That's the noise I make whenever I round the corner and see that tiny ass sign... because I know I'm headed to one of the best craft bars in the state/midwest/hemisphere. Tap list needs to be seen to be believed.. they have so many kegs of tiny one-off brews from all over the world, blows me away every time. I could walk in there with a fistful of ten dollar bills, a designated driver, and an IV, and still wouldn't be able to try everything I wanted to.
Service is very very hit or miss, depending on how crabby your viking-hipster-pinup server or bartender is that day... ranges from disinterested to f*cking awesome.
Food is excellent for a place like this... had some 32oz bone in pork chop once, they served it on a friggin cutting board. Curry Mussels are out of this world, and they have a duck reuben that will make you dream about it for weeks. This is made all the more impressive by the fact that their kitchen is about the size of a walk-in closet (seriously), and the menu changes pretty frequently.
Their beer garden is perfect for a nice breezy summer day in Chicago.
GREAT atmosphere for such a huge space. Loud, comfortable, worn in, always packed. Get here if you haven't... pilgrimage time. (Bring Money.)
07-05-2013 07:12:15 |
More by YogiBeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$$
The Hopleaf resides in a pretty hip and upcoing part of town called Anderson Ville. The people are nice and the environment friendly. Rustic look and feel with pretty close knit quarters, although the place is 2 floors, one will get friendly with their neighbor while dining.
Tap selection is always large and vast. From Local Craft to European selections.
Parking is daunting and the wait can be long to sit, eat and have a few drinks but worth it. Food is good if not a tad a pricey. Best described as Euro style gastro pub ? Meaning, fancy meats and breads for a pretty penny. Worth a stop.
06-19-2013 19:12:13 |
More by FATKIDREVOLUTION
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