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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 spycow:
Photo of spycow
4.2/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I went to Hopleaf for the first time last night. I've heard so many stories about it over the last couple of weeks I had to make my way there this weekend. The atmosphere was typical of a North Chicago bar focused on beer. With over 40 beers on tap from Belgian favorites and specialities to local favorites provides quite a variety for the beer connoisseur. In addition they carry over 250 beers in bottles again with a focus on Belgain styles of all kinds. The staff is extremely knowledgeable of beer and can help match up a beer to an individual's taste. In addition, they have the beer glass collection to match many of the Belgian favorites.

The food is also unbelievable. They specialize in Belgian fare from their appetizers to desserts. Mussels is their speciality served for one or two people with bread, frites, and aioli.

We arrived around 8:30 on a Friday night and the bar was already packed. The wait for dinner was up to 2 hours but worth it. From my understanding this is not uncommon due to the high demand for the food, beers, and the service.

I wish I would have found this place sooner especially with my love of Belgian beers and mussels! A place I will be frequenting often with friends. Highly recommended for any connoisseur of Belgian beers.

BTW - They carry Leffe Brune on tap as well. In traveling all over the US, this is first bar or store I've found that serves or sells Leffe Brune. Always can find the Blonde but never the Brune. Only place I've ever drank it was in Europe on many visits.

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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.