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Hopleaf

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HopleafHopleaf
BA SCORE
99
world-class

306 Ratings
Ratings: 306
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: n/a
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 beerinator:
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

edit (4-26-05): I have had better service since this first review, so I raised my "service score".

The Hopleaf's beer chalk board is almost enough to make a beer lover faint. The beers are scrawled over three boards and are grouped by breweries and countries. The belgian section is breathtaking. There are lots of beers in this place.

The decor on the walls is also pretty neat. There are lots of signs of belgian breweries hanging from the wall, and the bar seems to have lots of character.

The beers seemed to be in great shape. The tap selections were poured into the proper glass, and everything was fine.

The problem I found with the Hopleaf was the service. The bartenders here basically acted as though they wouldn't care if you were living or dead. I'm usually pretty forgiving of bad service, but rude service is a different matter entirely. The bartender never cracked a smile, and he never responded to my polite 'thanks' after bringing me another beer.

We tried a bread and cheese plate, and the bread was outstanding. The cheese was nice too, and complimented our belgian drafts.

Overall I would say this is a definate 'must see'. But just don't expect decent service. I have seen better service from a big city bus driver than the bartenders here.

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4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

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

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4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

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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

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4.66/5  rDev +4%
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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.

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Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
99 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.