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305 Ratings
Ratings: 305
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: n/a
Taps: 68
Bottles: 350
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

5148 N Clark St
Chicago, Illinois, 60640-2828
United States
phone: (773) 334-9851

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Reviews by Avantyawn:
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4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is truly a destination bar in Chicago. I am an ex-Chicagoan now in NYC and I look forward to coming here for a few beers when I come home.

The atmosphere in the front bar area is ok but a little too crowded and there is a snobby attitude lurking around. It should be laid back and fun, but for some reason it just isn't. I think it is the fact that the bartenders are pretty unfriendly. Anyways, there are two other areas to the bar, both which I like more, my favorite area is the attic level on top, it is usually uncrowded and much more laid back up there. There is a small bar up there with a few taps and many bottles. You can bring a beer up here too from the main bar if you need a larger selection of tap beers.

The restaurant area is also nice. The food is very good and the wait staff I experienced was a little more friendly than the front bar area. The fish sandwich is quite good.

The service is the one thing that I dislike about the place. There is a sense of entitlement amongst much of the staff which is a real drag. I don't like feeling like they are doing me a favor by serving me. As if any question is a pain in the ass, and like I must be a moron if I ask a question about an exotic Belgian beer. I try to look past it because the beer selection is so awesome.

The beer selection is the heart of this place, they have a wonderful assortment of American craft beers as well as Belgian beers on draft. Also, an impressive bottle list. I've had nothing but good / interesting beers here. I usually start with a Bell's and move onto Belgians.

It's a bit pricy in general here, especially for Chicago, but not exorbitant as the quality is so high. The food prices are actualy quite reasonable.

All in all, every 6 months or so when I go back to Chicago I am excited about going here. I just wish that the front bar room was more fun, there is an air of unfriendly snobby Chicago north-side pretension that I find totally lame. It's just a beer bar in Andersonville guys!

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place is old and dirty but one of the best places in chicago to try beer

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Hopleaf in Chicago was recommended by a woman sitting next to me while at Russian River in Santa Rosa CA. Good thing, my wife and I really enjoyed it. Would get a 5 but they don't do flights. However, I have to say that the 2 bartenders who took care of us, spared no effort in serving us tasters of anything we asked for and some things they just thought we should try. Not very interested in bottles, we travel to drink draft beer from local breweries. In this regard, hop leaf was excellent. Had salad and venison meatballs at the bar, both very tasty. As usual, when we tipped with fresh bottles of Pliny, the bartenders were appreciative and bought us a round.

PS, went on Monday night, therefore not very busy. The bar was full, most of the tables occupied, but I'm sure that other nights it's crazy busy and we would not have gotten the service we did.

PPs. Many Chicago places used beermenus.com to advertise the beer on tap. Not always up to date, but it helped us decide which places we wanted to visit.

Photo of EricTheRedd78
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

In town very briefly and here because I was looking for a great Chicago beer bar. The physical place is nice, the staff is very knowledgable and friendly (which in my mind can make or break a place) but the tap selection is just ok. Bottle selection is solid. Enjoyed the Stone Hibiscuscity, Bockor Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge and Three Floyds Zombie Dust. As for food, the duck reuben is excellent! Skål!

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Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
99 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.