Hopleaf

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HopleafHopleaf
BA SCORE
99
world-class

301 Ratings
Ratings: 301
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 4.47
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 jim102864:
Photo of jim102864
3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Literally a plane, train and an automobile to get to this place two weeks ago at 6:30 while on business travel. Single digit temps and a good stiff wind which sucks the life out of you if you're outdoors requires beer to sooth the soul. Enter Hopleaf. Three Floyds Alpha King on tap becomes my first pint. Lots of 20 and some 30 somethings upon my arrival. Brazenly asked for a pen from the little snit waitress picking up an order at the bar.  Who says they're not friendly in Chicago? I note a few beatnick wannabes with their little goatees and funky nit caps. Very quaint.  Interesting tin ceilling and 30's era jazz on the stereo. Sizeable bar seats around 25 or so. The rear dining room has nice high ceilings with brick walls all around.  A pleasant, chesty broad behind the bar smiles and is chatty, unlike some of the patrons. Belgian tin signs adorn the walls. There's a wall of block glass behind shelves of proper glassware. The place slowly fills up at the bar. I am an ancient among yuppies and college students. No flat screen is mildly dissapointing.

Very pricy and minimalist food menu with the usual suspects a la frittes, mussels, etc, found in every big city Belgian bar. I ordered the beef stew which comes out luke warm. I tell the bar tender, he sends it back. Literally a minute later he returns with...semi-hot stew. And $19 bucks is fucking ridiculous!

Onto the bells double cream stout--- mildly chewy and chocolatey and malty. Slight hint of cofee espresso. Oooh. A find: Bells Third Coast Old Ale. A barleywine with a sweet yet brandy like flavor. 10.2 abv didn't hurt either. Followed with a well topped off St. Bernardus Abt 12 in proper glassware. I learned that girls use the c word from a convo I overheard betwixt two chix sitting next to me. Nice.

Triple Karmilet in a beautiful flour de lais stemmed tulip glass. Finished with a La Chouffe Houblon bottle.

This is a solid bar and worth a visit. Very young crowd and stay away from the bar if it's the dead of winter as you'll feel the breeze every time a patron enters.

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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.

Photo of EricTheRedd78
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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!

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Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
99 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.