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Hopleaf

Not Rated.
HopleafHopleaf
BA SCORE
99
world-class

272 Ratings
Ratings: 272
Reviews: 180
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 HopsMatt:
Photo of HopsMatt
2.85/5  rDev -36.1%

Average tap selections were priced reasonable. Anything limited on the menu was not available. Anything interesting was so inflated it was stupid. $75 for a 3F Schaerbeekse Kriek? Are you insane?

We waited about an hour but it was Friday. Whatever. What really pissed me off was the service. Our waitress had an attitude and decided to be a general bitch the entire night. She had no personality to speak of. She came to the table, said two words and vanished. I had been rather excited to try this place but after my experience with her as a waitress, I will never be back. There are way too many better bars to spend my money in than waste my time here. You're better off avoiding this place in favor of an establishment that treats its customers as if they want them to return.

HopsMatt, Feb 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

dahray02, Thursday at 07:51 PM
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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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millertime416, Sep 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

birdsellam, Sep 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Kevin_Young, Aug 18, 2014
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Robyn, Aug 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Justinsosmart, Aug 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Keelin, Aug 13, 2014
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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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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Eman17, Aug 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Alpar, Aug 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

IBUQT, Aug 07, 2014
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2/5  rDev -55.2%

patdunkel, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.43/5  rDev -23.1%

The bottle list is about 80% or more the same as the Belgian bar I worked in Philly. That is to say, for a Belgo-centric bar and beer selection, it has most if not all of the minimum of what should be there. The other 20% being whatever local selections they had.

I visited on a Wednesday toward the end of July. Pretty hip, lively atmosphere. Jazz playing. Seems like a majority of the decor and design in the main front room has a bit of a 40s(?), maybe French/Euro cafe or soda-fountain/drug-store look and vibe. The back of the bar looks genuinely antique, art deco-ish - has some hard wear on the flat-tops flanking the register in the middle. The whole inner bar rail is drain gates - love it!

There's also a sizable back room (that was devoid of people when I was there) and multiple staircases and hallways going down to the toilets. Got a little lost. The whole place was fairly tidy and had an generations-old feel to it that I dig.

Seems like they would also feature a small, decent cocktail list, but I somehow doubt they do. Not that that's pertinent to the review here. Had a Dupont draft, poured flat, right to the top in a footed goblet. I do enjoy head...

Not sold on the quality of personality in the staff though - a bit aloof, a bit like they were 'doing their job' or they either didn't care for the crowd or wanted to be elsewhere. I have days like that myself.

Nothing about this place that would make me want to revisit. Not even the odd, rare draft. I found their draft list extensive, but rather unexciting. But, like I said, I'm quite familiar with all the Belgian bars in Philly, so Hopleaf offered me nothing new.

Bouleboubier, Aug 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Indiana1989, Aug 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Brensol, Aug 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

kneary13, Jul 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

markgugs, Jul 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

kingjohnh, Jul 21, 2014
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Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
99 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.