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Hopleaf

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HopleafHopleaf
BA SCORE
99
world-class

299 Ratings
Ratings: 299
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 kensuthe:
Photo of kensuthe
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere - The Hopleaf Bar is a bar and restaurant located to the north of downtown Chicago on Clark Street. The front of the establishment has a bar with stools stretching the left side of the room, booths and tables to the right side of the room, and a walkway to a ramp to the restaurant area of the establishment down the middle. The restaurant area consists of the main dining space, a smaller loft space upstairs, and an outdoor deck that can be used during nice weather. The restrooms are at the bottom of the stairwell that also goes up to a private room and the loft dining area. Neither the bar nor the restaurant is excessively cramped, although they're not really spacious either. Brick, iron, wood, and glass can be found in various areas. You could say that there is an intimate feel to the building.

Quality - The beers, meads, ales, and other assorted beverages were served at the correct temperatures and in the correct glassware. Almost everything we sampled on tap was fresh, and almost all of the bottles were in great condition. One beer that we ordered was the tail end of the keg and had completely unbalanced carbonation, but the staff took care of it and replaced that beer with another one.

Service - The service here was pretty good. The bartender was spot on with his pours, the servers were quick to make sure we were never left waiting long, and the bussers were quick as well. The staff was knowledgeable about the food selection and the beer, and they didn't get any of the numerous items we ordered wrong. They replaced the one beer that was bad with no problem, and the waitress not only knew that they were out of a certain beer that we ordered for dessert but also knew something that would be a good replacement.

Selection - The draft selection was good, with a variety of Belgian, English, German, and American craft options to choose from. I'd guess that there were between 40 to 50 options on the list, but I didn't actually count. The bottle list was extensive with well over 100 beers available, and there was a good mix of styles and prices available to choose from. We made two trips here during the same week, and we always found something new to experience in their beer menu booklet.

Food - The food is a little different than what you might expect from regular bar fare, with appetizers like a Belgian style mussel pot, frites with aioli, sausage and cheese plates, and onion rings, sandwiches including a duck reuben and a Montreal-style brisket, and entrees such as lamb stew and venison meat loaf. Everything we tried was good, and the food we ordered made for some interesting combinations with the beers we were drinking.

Value - Three people drank plentifully and ate extensively through roughly five or six hours and three courses, and the total price per person after everything was said and done was more than reasonable. Some of the items on the beer list are a bit pricey, and some of the items on the food menu are slightly high, but all in all it was a great value and I plan on stopping here again in the future.

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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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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 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.

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Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
99 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.