Hopleaf

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

183 Reviews
Reviews: 183
Visits: 323
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: n/a
Taps: 68
Bottles: 350
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 183 | Visits: 323
Reviews by Avantyawn:
Photo of Avantyawn
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
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! (2,000 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jschott75
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of GMorgan
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of htm
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of gsmit
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Photo of fredmugs
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Doublechar0517
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Clutch5
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Sometimes a wait for dinner and sometimes tough to get a table but well worth it due to the food and beer selection are OUTSTANDING (131 characters)

Photo of Chief99
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of aussiebeer
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of AndyEdgar
3.59/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of SirBentham
4.49/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of offandennui
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of eawolff99
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
4.36/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of djgoodwi
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of misternebbie
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Jlu73183
4.94/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of feeger22
4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Kraj30
4.58/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

place is old and dirty but one of the best places in chicago to try beer (72 characters)

Photo of AJacob81
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Sweffin
4.89/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
96 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.