Hopleaf

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98
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189 Reviews
HopleafHopleaf
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(773) 334-9851 | map
www.hopleaf.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
98
Reviews:
189
Ratings:
346
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
6.77%
 
 
Taps:
68
Bottles/Cans:
350
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 189 | Ratings: 346
Reviews by Here4Beer:
Photo of Here4Beer
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Aha, finally to the joint that was the reason for my visit from Vegas...and it didn't disappoint.

The review below mine describes wonderfully the aesthetics of the interior setup, so scroll on down folks for a great read on their interpretation of the vibe, with which I completely concur. I sat at the bar though, on the far wall next to glass shelving that holds the immense variety of brewery specific glassware. Although glassware has never made or broke my opinions of a place (so long as they had generic pints, tulips, hefe etc.) it always is cool to get a Kwak in the obscure glassware/holder, etc.
It does convey that they do care about their operation though, so very cool!

Had a Brouj Bocker: Cuvee des Jacobins on tap, as I was in a flemish red/tart sour sorta mood and it was probably the best beer I tried on a trip including the 'Leaf, MapRoom, Publican, Local Option & Goose. Just damn great. Tried some other obscure bottles that ran around $10/bottle, but frankly I was on vacation & didn't think it was too outrageous a price.

Great draft and bottle selection, homely interior feel & friendly patrons that definitely put off the vibe as being regulars, which are always fun to chat with. Was wearing my Stone SublimelySelfRighteous t-shirt & was approached by their Stone rep, who had a cool chat with me and introduced me to more regulars. He even tried to give me a free Dark Lord Day pass. Damn I miss the midwestern kindness!

Service was pretty attentive, although one of the barkeeps was visibly annoyed at a group of tourists whom had no clue how to manage such an expansive beer menu. As a beer-bar barkeep myself; I must say that it comes with the gig guys, so play nice lest you get pegged as a rude establishment like Toronado in SanFrancisco.

All in all, a must-stop when in the Windy.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of needMIbeerinMD
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of juneof44
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Stezz420
4.93/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of williamsgodfrey
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
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 +0.7%
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 +5.9%
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 +7.4%
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 willrun_4beer
4.83/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of DMcGirr
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Gorf_Minor
4.16/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of ovaltine
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of chitowntink
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Photo of orangesol
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of c-rum
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of rcjennings
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of MikeThumel
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of barleywin
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of gatorlove
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Gregf51
4.43/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Ajlvt
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of wapcap
4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
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 thomasarose
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of scott2269
4.65/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
98 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.
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