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Hopleaf

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HopleafHopleaf
BA SCORE
99
world-class

292 Ratings
Ratings: 292
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 10.07%
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 Bierguy5:
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4.36/5  rDev -2.5%

Stopped in here around 5:30 on a Friday evening, the place was packed. With luck, we were able to secure seats at the bar after a few minutes. I head that this place is divided into the bar area, and the dining area. I heard rumors of a patio as well, but honestly we never got up from the bar. The bar area was small, but it was nice. You could hear some easy music playing. Certainly a Belgian feel going on here.

SOme spectacular Belgian beers on tap, as well as an impressive bottle selection. Also, other craft beer as well such as 3 Floyds, and an interesting Brown Saison from Sierra Nevada/ Beers were served in the appropriate branded glassware for the most part, which was quite impressive for some of the Belgian brews.

Service was good, particularly for how busy this place was. There were 2 bartenders, and I am not sure if they ever stopped pouring beer while we were there.

Didn't have food, but we sat next to a couple who had a nice pot of mussels, so I would certainly be interested in eating there in the future. Prices seemed reasonable, even for the rare beers. A great place to stop, but get there early if you want a seat.

Bierguy5, May 09, 2009
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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.

jfh, Oct 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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 is a great beer bar. Decor is about what I expected: Lots of brick and wood and simple, industrial-looking barstools in the back. This is a big place with lots of nooks and crannies. I love the vintage beer signs hanging throughout.
We arrived at Hopleaf on Sat. evening and the place was packed. Still, I had a Zombie Dust in my mitts within 5 mins. of arrival and had a seat at a bar shortly thereafter. The friendly hostess came and got us when a table was ready (about 15 mins.) and we thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the evening. Amazing beers, fabulous food, great service. The legendary mussels steamed in Belgian Wit are fabulous. Among us, we had the salmon, duck reuben, and organic brisket. All were excellent.
I knew which beers I wanted so ordered straight away each time. The two people with me were less certain and got plenty of help and samples from the helpful barkeeps.
The beers are priced on par with most other places. the food is pricey but worth it.
I will make this a regular stop whenever I'm in Chicago.
Top notch all the way.

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Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
99 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.