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Hopleaf

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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

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
194
Ratings:
354
pDev:
9.38%
 
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Reviews by Realale:
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4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The Hopleaf is a relatively small bar with outstanding atmosphere and a simply incredible beer list. The space is divided into two rooms, the front room consists of an L-shaped medium-sized bar with about 15 seats, and small tables scattered about. Smoking is allowed in this front room, but not the back room and the smoke got pretty thick on a Saturday evening. Food is available at the bar and the front room tables as well as in the dedicated back dining room. Beautiful exposed brick throughout with tin ceilings. The dining room has a two-story ceiling and is a very appealing space.

The beer list is firmly focused on Belgium and Belgian-inspired beers from around the world. All of the Trappist beers are available, lots of lambics from the likes of Cantillon, Boon, and Oud Beersel. Probably at least 50 other Belgian selections between draft and bottle. Every beer is served in its own proper and branded glass. The draft selection included St. Bernardus Abt 12 the night we were there!

In addition to the Belgian and Belgian-inspired (Unibroue, Allagash, New Beligium, Ommengang), there was a nice selection of regional micros such as Bell's, and Three Floyd's. Each beer was well-described on the large bottled beer menu and the smaller draft beer menu. Every beer sampled was in excellent condition, although the bottled beers needed a bit of time to warm from the storage fridge temperatures. Prices were very fair, particularly for Chicago. De Konnick drafts were $5, Rodenbach Grand Cru was $10, small bottles of Unibroue were $5, and Westvleteren 8 was $10.

Both the bartender and our waitress knew the beer list well. I heard thoughtful recommendations from each of them throughout the night. We did manage to order a beer they were out of, but that was handled well with apologies and a good list of alternatives.

We dined here as well (at the recommendation of the bartender at Clark St. Ale House - Thanks, Adam!). The kitchen was just installed over the summer, and the chef is turning out a very beer friendly menu. The menu is small (but not as small as the kitchen - not sure how the chef does it!), but I wanted to try everything on it. The focus is Belgian cuisine with wonderful mussels in gueuze being a specialty (and they were very good). Prices were very reasonable, two of us ate appetizers and main courses and with a 750 ml. of Fantome Saison, and the total bill was $53. Highly recommended both for drinking and for dinner.

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Photo of wjbent
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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 could detect 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 beautifully and 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 NappyB
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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 cryptichead
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of ZEB89
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of needMIbeer
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of juneof44
4.75/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Stezz420
4.93/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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 willrun_4beer
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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 Gorf_Minor
4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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 chitowntink
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Photo of orangesol
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of c-rum
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of rcjennings
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of MikeThumel
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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Place rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 354 ratings
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