Hopleaf

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4.48/5
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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

5148 N Clark St
Chicago, Illinois, 60640-2828
United States

(773) 334-9851 | map
hopleaf.com

Notes:
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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
361
pDev:
9.38%
 
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Reviews: 195 | Ratings: 361
Photo of sb17
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I stopped in on a busy night, so I had to head upstairs to a second bar area. Tons of selections (not exaggerating - at least 60 taps, with additional brews in bottles or cans). There are hard to find beers, and everything I tried was fresh and delicious. I didn't eat here, but what I saw looked great. It's dark and homey, filled with brew-related decor and worn in furniture. During my time there I saw couples and families, both young and old.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.21/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

One of Chicago's classic beer bars... and my first visit here after 13 years of coming to Chicago. Chill, neighborhoody ambience, jazz music, breeze coming through the open doors in this beautiful late summer day... nice.

They have two bars, a mezzanine, a dining room and a great garden patio.

Good-but-not-great draft menu with a ton of Chicago-Illinois-Midwest brews plus goodies from Warpigs!!

Check out the Belgian drafts (outstanding) and the bottle menus as well.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

I would like to think that I've been to some of the best beer bars in the country during the past 15 years or so as my appreciation for craft beer has blossomed and Hopleaf in Chicago is among the best on that list.

After a exploratory Friday afternoon visit of walking around downtown Chicago and having the opportunity to check out the Rolling Stones Exhibitionism showcase at Navy Pier, we headed to the hotel room to freshen up before meeting up with a good friend. We decided to pre-game at Sweetwater Tavern close to the hotel for a beer and then hopped in an Uber and made the trek north to Hopleaf, fighting the infamous rush hour Chicago traffic in the process. The weather was hot and muggy, profiling a typical end of July weather vibe in the air.

Upon arrival, the neon beer signs in the window were the equivalent of a lighthouse providing direction to a misguided boat at sea. Once we walked in, I detected a relaxed and welcoming vibe in the air. The atmosphere was dimly lit by candle light, tin beer signs of the finest breweries decorated the wall and captivating blues music played over the speakers.

This place is tastefully decorated with breweriana memorabilia or other beer related collectibles. I don't remember seeing a TV here and that deserves recognition not as a statement against TV, but rather what the absence of TV in social setting can do among patrons in a bar; it provides the avenue for people to focus on a good conversation, appreciate the music and most importantly, the opportunity to focus on the wonderful beer being consumed.

I typically like to recite portions of the beer lists at places I visit in my reviews, but I would not do it justice if I decided to do that in this case. The focus here is on Belgian beers with an extensive list and phenomenal offerings. Quality was top notch as all of the beers I sampled were served in appropriate glassware, accentuating the marvelous qualities of each rare brew.

When in Chicago, this is an extraordinary beer bar destination. I was completely impressed and hope to revisit in the future. Hopleaf rekindled my love and appreciation for Belgian beer and will remember this visit for many years to come.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.66/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have visited several times and will continue to return. The food has always been very good. The beer selection is impressive. They have 64 taps and a long list of cans and bottles. There is an off-list menu of rare bottling's as well. Recommended.

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Photo of williamsgodfrey
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

This is likely my favorite place in the entire city of Chicago. I currently live about 1.5 miles away and probably make it in here once a week or so. Phenomenal service, great atmosphere (no TVs!), a huge, huge selection (something like 70 rotating beers on tap and about 300-400 on the bottle menu) with an emphasis on Belgians, and the food is great. Hopleaf is recognized as one of the first "gastropubs," whatever you might interpret that to be.

If you are in Chicago, or visiting Chicago, this place should be a must visit.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Loved my visit to Hopleaf. Great taplist, excellent service, and a nice atmosphere. I appreciate their willingness to have a more diverse taplist than most craft beer destinations in Chicago. Food was excellent as well.

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Photo of 98green
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Stopped by at 3 on a Saturday. Plenty busy but not overwhelming. Vibe is very chill. 30 or so on tap, focus on Belgians, but lots of local and national craft. Pricing was very fair given the quality. Didn't have any food, but it is high end gastropub fare

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

An absolutely stellar Belgian bar/restaurant....gastropub....whatever you call it this is one of the 'must visit' places for beer fans in Chicago. The crowd in here is usually mixed, a range of ages, plenty couples and families mixed with friend groups. Can get loud, with the cavernous open main room really amplifying the festivity going on here. Beer selection in bottle and on tap is exemplary. There is a lot of American brewery representation but really if you're here you want to try their extensive Belgian selections.

Food wise, have only eaten here once but loved the offerings, from their charcuterie options through to a fantastic dish of mussels this has something for everyone.

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Photo of DMcGirr
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

One of the best and most interesting beer lists I've seen. Food is good, very good by bar standards. Staff is knowledgeable. Have enjoyed each of my visits here immensely.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

One of my go to spots in Chicago - really good food and a world-class beer selection. My first time trying anything from Maine Beer Company was here (MO). That alone elevates Hopleaf.

But they seriously do have a phenomenal selection of beers. More than worth the trip.

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Photo of wapcap
4.09/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

A great place not to far from Wrigley. Stopped in there twice on a recent trip. They have a very good and diverse selection.
The place is bigger than it seems, and both times it seemed packed, but we found seats.
The foods were good and they source some local foods.
The beer selection was very good.
All in all a great place to frequent when in the area!

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Photo of jfh
4.75/5  rDev +6%

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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Photo of EricTheRedd78
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%

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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Photo of surfcaster
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Just an incredible selection of beer and some tough to find gems--fresh Zombie Dust and some great Belgians amongst others. Super laid back. Will go again. Easy red train from downtown.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.43/5  rDev -23.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.66/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

This place is awesome. They have a bunch of not only American craft on tap but plenty of Belgian beers too.

Food is great and reasonably priced. It's a great neighborhood too.

Only ten minutes away from Half Acre. Get the oysters they are the best I have ever had.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.86/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere: nothing to special here. mostly has the feel of a fancy restaurant.

Quality: fairly good to great quality but I would assume this isn't too out of the ordinary in Chicago.

Service: good service, didn't need much help making my selections but he was there when needed and fairly quick

Selection: pretty good selection, I'd hope for nothing less with the distro and quantity that chicago gets. I had zombie dust and heart of gold from perenial. it didn't look like the most rare and unique beer but there was a good variety

Food: very good, probably the highlight, I had good mussels and some tasty fries

Overall: if your in the mood for mussels and beer you can't go wrong. Definitely worth a shot but unlikely to be the very best of chicago

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A: my visit was a post-lunch Monday affair, during Spring Break; bar area quietly full.
Perhaps a weekend or night time visit would be completely packed.

Q: This place is rather clean, nicely decorated, high standard fare,
sublime beer.

S: Johnny (Jersey guy w/red beard) was extremely friendly and helpful.
He offered pairing suggestions and his own personal touch to almost
every beer + food item on the menus.

S: The food and beer are top notch gastropub. A casual craft beer
fan or foodie will absolutely enjoy this spot.

F: Chose appetizer for my 1st visit: Sausage variety plate with white beans
in a bourbon barrel aged sauce and panchetta. The aroma and flavors
were so incredibly divine, I didn't want the dish to end.

V: The only mild drawback is the price; not for me, honestly. two 1/2 pints + 1 pint
plus an appetizer was $30 including tip. Life is about quality experiences, this was
so worth the wait, money, and time.

O: Hopleaf has been my #1 food/beer overlooked destination
in Chicago. Chicago born & raised. Treat yourself to this
mighty fine craft beer spot!

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Photo of Missy82
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

We only got appetizers on our visit as we were more interested in the beer. Food was good but not great. The beer selection however, was amazing. Everything was fairly priced. It took me twenty minutes of menu review to finally pick a beer. They were fairly busy (it was a Sunday afternoon) and the service was very good and the staff was knowledgeable about their beer selections.

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Photo of ZS881107
4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is my go to. The fries are ridiculous, the small plates are great, but the dinner plates are where its at. I love this place so much. Will always be a fan. Every time I go here I am impressed with the beer selection, and the quality of food. If I could work here I would.

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Photo of teledeluxe
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Hopleaf has a wonderful selection of beers. They might be a little heavy on the Belgian styles but hey, gotta have some sort of focus, right? Food is way better than your average bar fare. The atmosphere is a happy medium between dive and sports bar while being cleaner and having a little more character than each. Their pricing is about $1 higher on pints than their peers.

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Photo of tpschi
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I am fortunate enough to live blocks away from this beer lovers paradise. I'm a bit bias as I know many of the employees and kitchen staff there, but i eat out and all over Chicago and this joint is hands down the best. Map Room and Quenchers are great and all...really do love those places...but Hopleaf has it all! I too bring any out of towners here immediately. If you are in Chicago or visit Chicago, put this on your list! Great neighborhood too.

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Photo of TheRealPour
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

My favorite place to have a beer in Chicago...period. They've been around since before most beer nerds were legal and along with being a Belgian beer Mecca they always have a top-notch craft beer list. Zombie Dust...always on draft. Service is spot-on, especially at the bar and everyone knows their beer and can recommend something new if you find yourself overwhelmed by the selection. Food is excellent with the mussels and frites being the star and steaks, sandwiches and other unique selections sure to satisfy your taste. The fireplace in the main dining room fills the entire space with a pleasing but not overwhelming cozy vibe that feels best on the coldest winter nights. During the warmer months a beautiful outdoor space beckons but I can never seem to pry myself away from the bar. Such a wonderful place!

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Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
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