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Reviews by AylwinForbes:
4.5/5 rDev +1.4%
I suppose in our minds the natural rival to the Map Room; and it is quite a bit different in many ways. Clientèle appear to be slightly more middle-class/intellectual/well-to-do. Food is much more prominent, but not served before 5 PM. It doesn't open until 3 (or 4?) and seems to be packed from the get-go. Lively, conversational, we met several people. Hard to find a place to sit but that happens after a while.
Beer of course fabulous, the emphasis on the Belgian, can be overwhelming unless you know your stuff; a bit hard to order sometimes but the staff are courteous and efficient.
Not as fun for us as the Map Room but a beer aficionado's paradise.
06-01-2008 01:31:32 | More by AylwinForbes
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4.29/5 rDev -3.4%
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
08-12-2014 00:30:24 | More by ThePorterSorter
Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
98 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.