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Reviews by mdfb79:
4.3/5 rDev -3.2%
Stoped by on 04/20/11, the night before Dark Lord Day. We walked in around 9:45-10PM and were able to get some seats at the bar, which is always nice. Long bar to the left with a wall of beer bottles behind it, and small tables set up all to the right, with a resturant section in the back.
The service was good, as they had 3 bartenders working the bar, and I thought the selection was great. They had La Folie on tap, as well as a new Brooklyn beer and Goose Island Green Line. On the bottle list they had LA Deliverance for $20 a bottle, which is a steal, and they had Madame Rose and Lolita for $20 a piece as well.
The crowd seemed to be pretty laid back and a knowledgable beer geek crowd. Overall I thought it was a great bar I would certainly go back to if I were in Chicago.
05-10-2011 02:49:23 | More by mdfb79
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4.29/5 rDev -3.4%
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
08-12-2014 00:30:24 | More by ThePorterSorter
Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
98 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.