Taps: 68 / Bottles: 350
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 220 | Reviews: 175 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Avantyawn:
4.18/5 rDev -5.6%
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!
02-18-2011 02:55:41 | More by Avantyawn
More User Reviews:
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
Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
98 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.