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Hopleaf

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HopleafHopleaf
BA SCORE
99
world-class

276 Ratings
Ratings: 276
Reviews: 181
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 coldriver:
Photo of coldriver
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%

Holy crap - the walk from the Red Line station to Hopleaf in a near-blizzard was way too cold - had to stop at the CVS and pick up hat and gloves. Got to Hopleaf around 5:00 pm on a Friday afternoon (Feb10) and the place was moderately busy but filling up quickly. Everyone I talked to was all about the beer and great beer it was. Approximately 40 taps featuring a nice selection of local Chicago brews (including Three Floyds Zombie Dust during our visit!). Servers are very beer knowledgeable and very in tune with the current inventory. Didn't eat there but noted several delicious looking dishes passing by. Great crowd, great beer, great service - a great place for beer in Chicago!

coldriver, Feb 18, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%

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, Thursday at 10:34 PM
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4.64/5  rDev +4%

Landsbrew, Oct 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

robotiks, Oct 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

LennyBound, Oct 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Czarna_Owca, Sep 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

dahray02, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of surfcaster
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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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

millertime416, Sep 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Davit, Sep 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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

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

Irishace9, Sep 07, 2014
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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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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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
Photo of ThePorterSorter
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
Photo of Indiana1989
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Indiana1989, Aug 04, 2014
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Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
99 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.