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2.25/5 rDev -49.3%
First off its a little pricey and there decent drafts are always out during the weekends. Ive had a couple bad experiences with the service but it was during a busy time. Another sorta lame thing is they dont open until 4 pm everyday! What kind of craft beer bar opens only latenight! I like to grab a few for breakfast! The food is damn good but also over priced, they do have a sweet hop vine wrapped around the back bar. Overall its an alright bar if you wanna wait 15 min to grab a beer and seat and pay up the asss for it
08-18-2011 02:46:17 | More by Davidpgibbons
2.85/5 rDev -35.8%
Average tap selections were priced reasonable. Anything limited on the menu was not available. Anything interesting was so inflated it was stupid. $75 for a 3F Schaerbeekse Kriek? Are you insane?
We waited about an hour but it was Friday. Whatever. What really pissed me off was the service. Our waitress had an attitude and decided to be a general bitch the entire night. She had no personality to speak of. She came to the table, said two words and vanished. I had been rather excited to try this place but after my experience with her as a waitress, I will never be back. There are way too many better bars to spend my money in than waste my time here. You're better off avoiding this place in favor of an establishment that treats its customers as if they want them to return.
02-20-2013 09:07:30 | More by HopsMatt
3/5 rDev -32.4%
This is the most pretentious beer bar you will find in the great State of Illinois. The service is wrectched and sitting in the bar during prime hours is nearly impossible because it is so packed. In fact, before I lost 45 pounds I was literally incapable of sitting at most of their tables in the main bar. It was simply too tight of a squeeze.
What keeps people coming back, however, is the buzz and the beer. The selection is incredible and it is far and away the most well-known beer bar on the North Side. So you look cool for knowing about it.
What really bothers me about this place is the bartenders. I am one myself and so I know how to treat them, I understand their plight and I have the utmost respect for them. Sadly, they do not return that favor. Even a fairly well educated beer geek like myself is made to feel like a moron for asking any question about any of the beer, which is a shame.
If you know what you want, and you can't find it elsewhere, check out the Hopleaf. If you want to learn about beer and explore, find another place with a smaller selection, but a more helpful staff. There are plenty of other spots in Chicago.
11-07-2010 01:42:43 | More by StoneTSR
District of Columbia
3.18/5 rDev -28.4%
Visited in March of 07. Small bar in front with about 10 or so tables, very tight and crowded, difficult to navigate from bar to seat even sober. Visited late afternoon and bar area was full. Two bartenders were working, both took quite a while to acknowledge and serve me. Asked about a Bell's beer, told they were no longer sold in IL, but why the hell do they list about 5 or 6 on a chalkboard menu; maybe you can't erase it? Finally I chose a couple beers, then I had to start a tab on a piece of paper because at the Hopleaf they're reliving the 19th century with their cash register circa 1890s. This makes having a tab a pain in the ass as well as the $20 min. on using credit cards; my biggest complaint about this place. We ordered some fries served in a cone that were great and a nice piece of sustenence between beers. Ordered a few things on tap served in the appropriate glassware, often the breweries own. However, when I ordered a bottled beer, I was given not a pint glass but one that was only about 10oz.. so I could only pour about 2/3 with a nice head. I don't know why they did this when a pint would be fine. Anyway, the selection was the best I've seen, but the service was just awful, and alas I will probably never return.
03-25-2007 21:11:49 | More by dreadnatty08
3.38/5 rDev -23.9%
We were here on a Friday night around 7 pm. Wow, this place was packed. 1 1/2 hr. wait for food - no thanks. However, I was really hoping to eat there. It was very loud, which, again, it was packed, which made it hard to even have a conversation. However, if the crowd was half the size it was, I would have probably really enjoyed this place. Their tap list was large, but nothing too special and their bottle list was pretty nice. Prices were a bit high for what can be had at other nearby locations. I’d recommend them on a week day afternoon to avoid the ridiculous crowd. However, I doubt that I'll be making any effort to go back. Irregardless of the crowd, the prices and the lack of an exciting list of beers turned this one into a bit of a dud for me. Not bad, but not great either.
06-06-2011 21:23:13 | More by Eldalonde
3.43/5 rDev -22.7%
The bottle list is about 80% or more the same as the Belgian bar I worked in Philly. That is to say, for a Belgo-centric bar and beer selection, it has most if not all of the minimum of what should be there. The other 20% being whatever local selections they had.
I visited on a Wednesday toward the end of July. Pretty hip, lively atmosphere. Jazz playing. Seems like a majority of the decor and design in the main front room has a bit of a 40s(?), maybe French/Euro cafe or soda-fountain/drug-store look and vibe. The back of the bar looks genuinely antique, art deco-ish - has some hard wear on the flat-tops flanking the register in the middle. The whole inner bar rail is drain gates - love it!
There's also a sizable back room (that was devoid of people when I was there) and multiple staircases and hallways going down to the toilets. Got a little lost. The whole place was fairly tidy and had an generations-old feel to it that I dig.
Seems like they would also feature a small, decent cocktail list, but I somehow doubt they do. Not that that's pertinent to the review here. Had a Dupont draft, poured flat, right to the top in a footed goblet. I do enjoy head...
Not sold on the quality of personality in the staff though - a bit aloof, a bit like they were 'doing their job' or they either didn't care for the crowd or wanted to be elsewhere. I have days like that myself.
Nothing about this place that would make me want to revisit. Not even the odd, rare draft. I found their draft list extensive, but rather unexciting. But, like I said, I'm quite familiar with all the Belgian bars in Philly, so Hopleaf offered me nothing new.
08-04-2014 21:53:23 | More by Bouleboubier
3.5/5 rDev -21.2%
My wife and I visited Hopleaf during a recent visit to the Windy City. It was relatively easy to find and within walking distance of the Berwyn stop on the Red Line.
The atmosphere is nice. The dining area was not smoky, a big plus. The whole place is decorated with old beer signs. As others have noted, they have a lengthy selection of Belgians and American versions of Belgians. They also carry several non-Belgians that I have not found elsewhere (including Anchor's Small beer). The menu has great information about the various beers.
They were doing a brisk business that night (a Saturday), but to me that was no excuse for the service that we received. The staff was pleasant, but they didn't seem organized. There was a great deal of waiting and the folks at the table next to us were having the same experience.
Also, my wife told our server that when she used the Lady's Room, water was dripping from the ceiling into one of the stalls. When she went down again sometime later, nothing had been done to correct it or even indicate that the stall was out of order.
The food was very tasty and interesting. This is kind of a pricey place to visit, but for the selection and quality of the food, it did not seem at all unreasonable to me. Unfortunately they were out of one of the entrees but on busy nights that happens. The beer seemed very fresh and properly poured.
All in all it was a good experience, but not a great one. We'll go back to give the Hopleaf another chance.
06-20-2005 22:52:21 | More by Engibeer
3.63/5 rDev -18.2%
I have been here a few times now and it has ALWAYS been crammed to capacity with human bodies, which I do not care for. Yes, they have a large selection of ales and lagers from which to sample, but the fact that I can never get a seat leaves me with a feeling of indifference regarding the question of whether I will ever return. Granted, there are worse things in the world than having to stand while you enjoy your beer, but there is no good place for that either. No matter where you go, you feel like you're in someone's way. And what's even more absurd is that there are multiple rooms and levels in the bar... and it's STILL crammed to capacity. I think they should let people on the roof.
The beers I've had here have been good, but not better than any other bar. The bigger selection is good only if you want something special that you can't get anywhere else and you know beforehand that they will have it on a particular night. Otherwise, the kind beers that I select will probably not lead to a radically different experience than they would at any other bar.
And it is definitely one of the more expensive beer bars I've been to.
10-10-2011 23:00:51 | More by sarahspat
Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
98 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.