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Reviews by Erdinger2003:
4.34/5 rDev -2.3%
My first trip to Chicago and I wanted to see the Hopleaf, it is an old building with most of the walls still intact.
The first thing I noticed after showing the doorman my ID was all of the Belgian glasses and beer of different than clear colors. The back room looked like a great place to eat a dinner sometime, but for that moment I just took a little looky-loo.
The service was nice, he asked me right away, but sadly I didn't have time for a drink since there's a lot of stuff I needed to see and so much that I didn't.
I will enjoy another visit with money and beer and food and everything, probably at night to enjoy the suddle atmosphere.
05-19-2006 03:16:24 | More by Erdinger2003
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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.