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Hopleaf

Not Rated.
HopleafHopleaf
BA SCORE
96
world-class

184 Reviews
Reviews: 184
Visits: 326
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: n/a
Taps: 68
Bottles: 350
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

5148 N Clark St
Chicago, Illinois, 60640-2828
United States
phone: (773) 334-9851

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Reviews: 184 | Visits: 326
Reviews by Realale:
Photo of Realale
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The Hopleaf is a relatively small bar with outstanding atmosphere and a simply incredible beer list. The space is divided into two rooms, the front room consists of an L-shaped medium-sized bar with about 15 seats, and small tables scattered about. Smoking is allowed in this front room, but not the back room and the smoke got pretty thick on a Saturday evening. Food is available at the bar and the front room tables as well as in the dedicated back dining room. Beautiful exposed brick throughout with tin ceilings. The dining room has a two-story ceiling and is a very appealing space.

The beer list is firmly focused on Belgium and Belgian-inspired beers from around the world. All of the Trappist beers are available, lots of lambics from the likes of Cantillon, Boon, and Oud Beersel. Probably at least 50 other Belgian selections between draft and bottle. Every beer is served in its own proper and branded glass. The draft selection included St. Bernardus Abt 12 the night we were there!

In addition to the Belgian and Belgian-inspired (Unibroue, Allagash, New Beligium, Ommengang), there was a nice selection of regional micros such as Bell's, and Three Floyd's. Each beer was well-described on the large bottled beer menu and the smaller draft beer menu. Every beer sampled was in excellent condition, although the bottled beers needed a bit of time to warm from the storage fridge temperatures. Prices were very fair, particularly for Chicago. De Konnick drafts were $5, Rodenbach Grand Cru was $10, small bottles of Unibroue were $5, and Westvleteren 8 was $10.

Both the bartender and our waitress knew the beer list well. I heard thoughtful recommendations from each of them throughout the night. We did manage to order a beer they were out of, but that was handled well with apologies and a good list of alternatives.

We dined here as well (at the recommendation of the bartender at Clark St. Ale House - Thanks, Adam!). The kitchen was just installed over the summer, and the chef is turning out a very beer friendly menu. The menu is small (but not as small as the kitchen - not sure how the chef does it!), but I wanted to try everything on it. The focus is Belgian cuisine with wonderful mussels in gueuze being a specialty (and they were very good). Prices were very reasonable, two of us ate appetizers and main courses and with a 750 ml. of Fantome Saison, and the total bill was $53. Highly recommended both for drinking and for dinner. (2,471 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of wapcap
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

A great place not to far from Wrigley. Stopped in there twice on a recent trip. They have a very good and diverse selection.
The place is bigger than it seems, and both times it seemed packed, but we found seats.
The foods were good and they source some local foods.
The beer selection was very good.
All in all a great place to frequent when in the area! (356 characters)

Photo of thomasarose
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of scott2269
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jschott75
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of GMorgan
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of htm
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of gsmit
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Photo of fredmugs
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Doublechar0517
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Clutch5
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Sometimes a wait for dinner and sometimes tough to get a table but well worth it due to the food and beer selection are OUTSTANDING (131 characters)

Photo of Chief99
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of aussiebeer
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of AndyEdgar
3.59/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of SirBentham
4.49/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of offandennui
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of eawolff99
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
4.36/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of djgoodwi
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of misternebbie
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Jlu73183
4.94/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of feeger22
4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
96 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.