Taps: 68 / Bottles: 350
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 220 | Reviews: 175 | Show All Ratings:
4.88/5 rDev +10.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
A: my visit was a post-lunch Monday affair, during Spring Break; bar area quietly full.
Perhaps a weekend or night time visit would be completely packed.
Q: This place is rather clean, nicely decorated, high standard fare,
S: Johnny (Jersey guy w/red beard) was extremely friendly and helpful.
He offered pairing suggestions and his own personal touch to almost
every beer + food item on the menus.
S: The food and beer are top notch gastropub. A casual craft beer
fan or foodie will absolutely enjoy this spot.
F: Chose appetizer for my 1st visit: Sausage variety plate with white beans
in a bourbon barrel aged sauce and panchetta. The aroma and flavors
were so incredibly divine, I didn't want the dish to end.
V: The only mild drawback is the price; not for me, honestly. two 1/2 pints + 1 pint
plus an appetizer was $30 including tip. Life is about quality experiences, this was
so worth the wait, money, and time.
O: Hopleaf has been my #1 food/beer overlooked destination
in Chicago. Chicago born & raised. Treat yourself to this
mighty fine craft beer spot!
03-24-2014 23:18:56 | More by BeerLover99
4.55/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75 | $$
We only got appetizers on our visit as we were more interested in the beer. Food was good but not great. The beer selection however, was amazing. Everything was fairly priced. It took me twenty minutes of menu review to finally pick a beer. They were fairly busy (it was a Sunday afternoon) and the service was very good and the staff was knowledgeable about their beer selections.
03-20-2014 18:23:21 | More by Missy82
4.94/5 rDev +11.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
This is my go to. The fries are ridiculous, the small plates are great, but the dinner plates are where its at. I love this place so much. Will always be a fan. Every time I go here I am impressed with the beer selection, and the quality of food. If I could work here I would.
02-05-2014 23:40:38 | More by ZS881107
4.46/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$$
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
4.09/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I am fortunate enough to live blocks away from this beer lovers paradise. I'm a bit bias as I know many of the employees and kitchen staff there, but i eat out and all over Chicago and this joint is hands down the best. Map Room and Quenchers are great and all...really do love those places...but Hopleaf has it all! I too bring any out of towners here immediately. If you are in Chicago or visit Chicago, put this on your list! Great neighborhood too.
11-09-2013 01:24:49 | More by tpschi
4.1/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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
4.09/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
Whenever my friends come in from out of town looking for the best craft beer focused bar in Chicago, Hopleaf would definitely be one of a handful of places I would suggest. If you can't find a beer you like on tap here, you probably shouldn't be drinking beer.
To start, I've never been here when Zombie Dust is not on tap. So if you want one and don't want to drive to Munster, this is probably your best bet. There's also an impressive bottle list as well, but I never actually make it to the bottles because the tap list always has 4-5 beers I really want to try and can't find elsewhere.
The food was great as well. Except for maybe The Publican, they serve one of the best head cheeses I've ever had. I always thoroughly enjoy the charcuterie plate when I order it. The mussels are good too.
Tip - This place gets REALLY crowded, so if you want to really sit down and enjoy everything they offer, don't go at peak times (ie. weekends and Thursday / Friday nights). The last time I went, I stopped in around 1:00 pm on a random Thursday and I had half of the bar and a bartender to myself who was very friendly and accommodating. It was one of the best times I've had. I went on a Saturday night once and I'll never do that again... I was able to fight for one beer before I got fed up and left.
10-01-2013 19:18:42 | More by cnbrown313
4.54/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
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
4.79/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This place is a legendary Chicago beer bar. With their expansion last year, they have undoubtedly vaulted themselves into a top 10 beer destination in the United States. Their food menu is very solid, high end pub food with Belgian flare (eat mussels, drink beer). Their beer menu will blow your face off. With the expansion, I believe I counted 62 drafts. Even among the "good" beer bars, though, their list is very special. Few bars can fill more than 30 drafts with truly interesting choices. And then there’s the 22 page bottle list.
If you’re visiting Chicago, this is a MUST. MUST. Visit. If you live here and haven’t been, shame on you.
Hopleaf hosts great beer classes in their upstairs room. They range from classes for newbies to relatively advanced (cicerone tasting/sour beer/regional beers/etc)
Disclaimer: these guys get BUSY. The staff is extremely lovely, so go at a time when you can actually talk to them.
08-05-2013 00:33:06 | More by Fluffheady
4.95/5 rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$$
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
Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
98 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.