Taps: 68 / Bottles: 350
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by spycow:
4.2/5 rDev -5%
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.
01-25-2009 00:35:46 | More by spycow
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