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Hopleaf

Not Rated.
HopleafHopleaf
BA SCORE
98
world-class

268 Ratings
Ratings: 268
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 10.11%
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:
Photo of Avantyawn
4.18/5  rDev -6.1%

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!

Avantyawn, Feb 18, 2011
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Stopped by hopleaf on a recent trip to Chi town. Just prior to hopleaf I stopped by a modestly impressive bottle shop located nearby (unsure of the name, same intersection)
The bar had an English pub kind of feel walking in, though it was weird being carded at the door before it was even nighttime (midday on a Friday). The bar seats were generally taken, but it was easy enough to grab a table, which had the draught and bottle menus available.
There were many local options available, but I gravitated towards the 3 floyds options, which included zombie dust, yum yum, and fantasmo - all for $6/pint. Yum Yum was a new option for me, so I requested a sample first (1/4 oz pour into a highball glass - barely enough to coat my palate or to get much aroma) and eventually I settled on that option for my full pour. Service was reasonably quick and it was already busy (considering the time of day and location - kind of far North compared to other options). There were no issues using card/closing tab, getting water, using the bathroom, etc.
Unfortunately I didn't stay for a meal.
Overall I'd say this is a worthwhile stop. The taps were selective (including some STL love with their perennial collab hopfentea) and I was able to grab a pint of a fresh local beer I was actually interested in trying with general ease (and for a reasonable price).
Protip: check out some amazing viet food @ tank noodle beforehand and make the reasonable walk from there

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The bottle list is about 80% or more the same as the Belgian bar I worked in Philly. That is to say, for a Belgo-centric bar and beer selection, it has most if not all of the minimum of what should be there. The other 20% being whatever local selections they had.

I visited on a Wednesday toward the end of July. Pretty hip, lively atmosphere. Jazz playing. Seems like a majority of the decor and design in the main front room has a bit of a 40s(?), maybe French/Euro cafe or soda-fountain/drug-store look and vibe. The back of the bar looks genuinely antique, art deco-ish - has some hard wear on the flat-tops flanking the register in the middle. The whole inner bar rail is drain gates - love it!

There's also a sizable back room (that was devoid of people when I was there) and multiple staircases and hallways going down to the toilets. Got a little lost. The whole place was fairly tidy and had an generations-old feel to it that I dig.

Seems like they would also feature a small, decent cocktail list, but I somehow doubt they do. Not that that's pertinent to the review here. Had a Dupont draft, poured flat, right to the top in a footed goblet. I do enjoy head...

Not sold on the quality of personality in the staff though - a bit aloof, a bit like they were 'doing their job' or they either didn't care for the crowd or wanted to be elsewhere. I have days like that myself.

Nothing about this place that would make me want to revisit. Not even the odd, rare draft. I found their draft list extensive, but rather unexciting. But, like I said, I'm quite familiar with all the Belgian bars in Philly, so Hopleaf offered me nothing new.

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Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
98 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.