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Hopleaf

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HopleafHopleaf
BA SCORE
99
world-class

280 Ratings
Ratings: 280
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 10.09%
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 Fluffheady:
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4.79/5  rDev +7.4%

This place is a legendary Chicago beer bar. With their expansion last year, they have undoubtedly vaulted themselves into a top 10 beer destination in the United States. Their food menu is very solid, high end pub food with Belgian flare (eat mussels, drink beer). Their beer menu will blow your face off. With the expansion, I believe I counted 62 drafts. Even among the "good" beer bars, though, their list is very special. Few bars can fill more than 30 drafts with truly interesting choices. And then there’s the 22 page bottle list.

If you’re visiting Chicago, this is a MUST. MUST. Visit. If you live here and haven’t been, shame on you.

Hopleaf hosts great beer classes in their upstairs room. They range from classes for newbies to relatively advanced (cicerone tasting/sour beer/regional beers/etc)

Disclaimer: these guys get BUSY. The staff is extremely lovely, so go at a time when you can actually talk to them.

Fluffheady, Aug 05, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Zonian1, Tuesday at 10:50 PM
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

SD-Alefan, Oct 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

dahray02, Sep 25, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Just an incredible selection of beer and some tough to find gems--fresh Zombie Dust and some great Belgians amongst others. Super laid back. Will go again. Easy red train from downtown.

surfcaster, Sep 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

millertime416, Sep 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Davit, Sep 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

SammyVndc, Sep 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Flabbyjandro, Sep 14, 2014
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Irishace9, Sep 07, 2014
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Kevin_Young, Aug 18, 2014
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Robyn, Aug 18, 2014
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Justinsosmart, Aug 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Keelin, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%

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

ThePorterSorter, Aug 12, 2014
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Alpar, Aug 08, 2014
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Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
99 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.