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Hopleaf

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

316 Ratings
Ratings: 316
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 4.48
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 by TheLoneGunman:
Photo of TheLoneGunman
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Located in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago, Hop Leaf gives you one of the two best beer selections in Chicago. The other being Map Room.

You walk into a comfortable room with the bar being on your left. Booths on your right. Tables in the middle. Continue on through the bar and you'll find the walkway to the dining room, located in the rear. upstairs you will find an extra room with balcony for busy nights and private parties. There is a mini-bar for a small,
convenient, quality selection of beers. Music is always quality and somewhat chill.

The food is outstanding and I believe fairly priced for the quality. Service will always be good. But sometimes it is obvious that the staff is overwhelmed. They try their best but the place simply gets mobbed. It may be hard for their rather small kitchen to keep up.

Bar service is always solid. Even when they are slammed they hold their own. Considering what is available to the Chicago market, I couldn't ask for anything more from their beer selection.

It should be illegal for a serious fan of beer to miss the place.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Clutch5
5/5  rDev +11.6%
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

Photo of Kraj30
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

place is old and dirty but one of the best places in chicago to try beer

Photo of jfh
4.75/5  rDev +6%

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.

Photo of EricTheRedd78
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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!

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

Photo of surfcaster
5/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.43/5  rDev -23.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.66/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

This place is awesome. They have a bunch of not only American craft on tap but plenty of Belgian beers too.

Food is great and reasonably priced. It's a great neighborhood too.

Only ten minutes away from Half Acre. Get the oysters they are the best I have ever had.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.86/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere: nothing to special here. mostly has the feel of a fancy restaurant.

Quality: fairly good to great quality but I would assume this isn't too out of the ordinary in Chicago.

Service: good service, didn't need much help making my selections but he was there when needed and fairly quick

Selection: pretty good selection, I'd hope for nothing less with the distro and quantity that chicago gets. I had zombie dust and heart of gold from perenial. it didn't look like the most rare and unique beer but there was a good variety

Food: very good, probably the highlight, I had good mussels and some tasty fries

Overall: if your in the mood for mussels and beer you can't go wrong. Definitely worth a shot but unlikely to be the very best of chicago

Photo of BeerLover99
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A: my visit was a post-lunch Monday affair, during Spring Break; bar area quietly full.
Perhaps a weekend or night time visit would be completely packed.

Q: This place is rather clean, nicely decorated, high standard fare,
sublime beer.

S: Johnny (Jersey guy w/red beard) was extremely friendly and helpful.
He offered pairing suggestions and his own personal touch to almost
every beer + food item on the menus.

S: The food and beer are top notch gastropub. A casual craft beer
fan or foodie will absolutely enjoy this spot.

F: Chose appetizer for my 1st visit: Sausage variety plate with white beans
in a bourbon barrel aged sauce and panchetta. The aroma and flavors
were so incredibly divine, I didn't want the dish to end.

V: The only mild drawback is the price; not for me, honestly. two 1/2 pints + 1 pint
plus an appetizer was $30 including tip. Life is about quality experiences, this was
so worth the wait, money, and time.

O: Hopleaf has been my #1 food/beer overlooked destination
in Chicago. Chicago born & raised. Treat yourself to this
mighty fine craft beer spot!

Photo of Missy82
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

We only got appetizers on our visit as we were more interested in the beer. Food was good but not great. The beer selection however, was amazing. Everything was fairly priced. It took me twenty minutes of menu review to finally pick a beer. They were fairly busy (it was a Sunday afternoon) and the service was very good and the staff was knowledgeable about their beer selections.

Photo of ZS881107
4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is my go to. The fries are ridiculous, the small plates are great, but the dinner plates are where its at. I love this place so much. Will always be a fan. Every time I go here I am impressed with the beer selection, and the quality of food. If I could work here I would.

Photo of teledeluxe
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Hopleaf has a wonderful selection of beers. They might be a little heavy on the Belgian styles but hey, gotta have some sort of focus, right? Food is way better than your average bar fare. The atmosphere is a happy medium between dive and sports bar while being cleaner and having a little more character than each. Their pricing is about $1 higher on pints than their peers.

Photo of tpschi
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I am fortunate enough to live blocks away from this beer lovers paradise. I'm a bit bias as I know many of the employees and kitchen staff there, but i eat out and all over Chicago and this joint is hands down the best. Map Room and Quenchers are great and all...really do love those places...but Hopleaf has it all! I too bring any out of towners here immediately. If you are in Chicago or visit Chicago, put this on your list! Great neighborhood too.

Photo of paparu
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

First timer ... I went out of my way to give this place a try based on the reviews herein. Great food and beer selection, Zombie dust was great.... first time. Bartender seemed disinterested and almost annoyed that I was there asking questions about some of the new beers I discovered on the list. Understandable if the bar was packed but it was not. The gratuitometer reflected the service quality rendered. Overall a good experience.

Photo of cnbrown313
4.09/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Whenever my friends come in from out of town looking for the best craft beer focused bar in Chicago, Hopleaf would definitely be one of a handful of places I would suggest. If you can't find a beer you like on tap here, you probably shouldn't be drinking beer.

To start, I've never been here when Zombie Dust is not on tap. So if you want one and don't want to drive to Munster, this is probably your best bet. There's also an impressive bottle list as well, but I never actually make it to the bottles because the tap list always has 4-5 beers I really want to try and can't find elsewhere.

The food was great as well. Except for maybe The Publican, they serve one of the best head cheeses I've ever had. I always thoroughly enjoy the charcuterie plate when I order it. The mussels are good too.

Tip - This place gets REALLY crowded, so if you want to really sit down and enjoy everything they offer, don't go at peak times (ie. weekends and Thursday / Friday nights). The last time I went, I stopped in around 1:00 pm on a random Thursday and I had half of the bar and a bartender to myself who was very friendly and accommodating. It was one of the best times I've had. I went on a Saturday night once and I'll never do that again... I was able to fight for one beer before I got fed up and left.

Photo of joe1510
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

One of the iconic Chicago craft bars. Booths and small tables to the right after entering and the main bar to the left. Keep on the path to a back area with more tables for dining. Upstairs has a smattering of tables as well as a small bar. This place used to be a nightmare to get into on weekend nights but now with the new addition, while still busy, it seems you can always find a place to relax somewhere.

The lighting is fairly dark, the air smells of garlic & mussels, and the taplist is expansive. One thing I've always appreciated about Hopleaf is the spectrum of styles they always seem to have on draft. I don't care what style of beer you're in the mood for you are surely going to find a good example represented. The draft prices are very fair and the markup on most bottles is reasonable. The service is always A+. These guys enjoy their job and it shows. Everyone I've ever spoken to at Hopleaf is quick to laugh, easy to talk to, and somehow make their job look easy even when slam packed.

Go there!

Photo of Fluffheady
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of Slap_and_Pickle
4.95/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Arrived in Chicago at noon and here I was at hop leaf 40 minutes later. Lived up to the hype both on the beer selection and food. So many brews to choose from I was going mad! They even had drie fonteinen schaerbeekse kriek (for the hefty price of 75/bottle).
My consumption at this joint entailed: Tripel Karmeliet, Zombiedust and Jagwida's Minod Pitney Poltorak.

Photo of stercomm
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

a number of years ago while visiting our oldest son in Chicago we came here to eat and drink but my youngest daughter was only 20 and they wouldn't let us in. Six years later even my youngest son is over 21; well worth the wait.

Awesome beer selection, lots of really hard to get excellent brews mixed with some small batches. Food selection was outstanding and very tasty. We started out with some mussels and they were excellent, everyone's dinner was very good, albeit small portions but that was actually good as gave us more room to consume some beer.

Wait staff was very attentive as well as very pleasant. a very great experience was had by all. We will dine and drink here again the next times we fix Chicago.

Photo of YogiBeer
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Ahhh. That's the noise I make whenever I round the corner and see that tiny ass sign... because I know I'm headed to one of the best craft bars in the state/midwest/hemisphere. Tap list needs to be seen to be believed.. they have so many kegs of tiny one-off brews from all over the world, blows me away every time. I could walk in there with a fistful of ten dollar bills, a designated driver, and an IV, and still wouldn't be able to try everything I wanted to.

Service is very very hit or miss, depending on how crabby your viking-hipster-pinup server or bartender is that day... ranges from disinterested to f*cking awesome.

Food is excellent for a place like this... had some 32oz bone in pork chop once, they served it on a friggin cutting board. Curry Mussels are out of this world, and they have a duck reuben that will make you dream about it for weeks. This is made all the more impressive by the fact that their kitchen is about the size of a walk-in closet (seriously), and the menu changes pretty frequently.

Their beer garden is perfect for a nice breezy summer day in Chicago.

GREAT atmosphere for such a huge space. Loud, comfortable, worn in, always packed. Get here if you haven't... pilgrimage time. (Bring Money.)

Photo of FATKIDREVOLUTION
3.73/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

The Hopleaf resides in a pretty hip and upcoing part of town called Anderson Ville. The people are nice and the environment friendly. Rustic look and feel with pretty close knit quarters, although the place is 2 floors, one will get friendly with their neighbor while dining.
Tap selection is always large and vast. From Local Craft to European selections.
Parking is daunting and the wait can be long to sit, eat and have a few drinks but worth it. Food is good if not a tad a pricey. Best described as Euro style gastro pub ? Meaning, fancy meats and breads for a pretty penny. Worth a stop.

Photo of HopsMatt
2.85/5  rDev -36.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
99 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.