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Hopleaf

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HopleafHopleaf
BA SCORE
99
world-class

283 Ratings
Ratings: 283
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 Here4Beer:
Photo of Here4Beer
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%

Aha, finally to the joint that was the reason for my visit from Vegas...and it didn't disappoint.

The review below mine describes wonderfully the aesthetics of the interior setup, so scroll on down folks for a great read on their interpretation of the vibe, with which I completely concur. I sat at the bar though, on the far wall next to glass shelving that holds the immense variety of brewery specific glassware. Although glassware has never made or broke my opinions of a place (so long as they had generic pints, tulips, hefe etc.) it always is cool to get a Kwak in the obscure glassware/holder, etc.
It does convey that they do care about their operation though, so very cool!

Had a Brouj Bocker: Cuvee des Jacobins on tap, as I was in a flemish red/tart sour sorta mood and it was probably the best beer I tried on a trip including the 'Leaf, MapRoom, Publican, Local Option & Goose. Just damn great. Tried some other obscure bottles that ran around $10/bottle, but frankly I was on vacation & didn't think it was too outrageous a price.

Great draft and bottle selection, homely interior feel & friendly patrons that definitely put off the vibe as being regulars, which are always fun to chat with. Was wearing my Stone SublimelySelfRighteous t-shirt & was approached by their Stone rep, who had a cool chat with me and introduced me to more regulars. He even tried to give me a free Dark Lord Day pass. Damn I miss the midwestern kindness!

Service was pretty attentive, although one of the barkeeps was visibly annoyed at a group of tourists whom had no clue how to manage such an expansive beer menu. As a beer-bar barkeep myself; I must say that it comes with the gig guys, so play nice lest you get pegged as a rude establishment like Toronado in SanFrancisco.

All in all, a must-stop when in the Windy.

Here4Beer, Apr 29, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of jfh
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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, Sunday at 12:35 AM
Photo of EricTheRedd78
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!

EricTheRedd78, Friday at 09:04 PM
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Zonian1, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%

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 +11.9%

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.

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Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
99 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.