Hopleaf

BA SCORE
98
world-class

350 Ratings
HopleafHopleaf
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
Score:
98
Ratings:
350
Reviews:
191
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
6.77%
 
 
Taps:
68
Bottles/Cans:
350
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Ratings: 350 |  Reviews: 191
Reviews by SheepNutz:
Photo of SheepNutz
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

What a nice place to have a brew! It was really nice to hit the Hopleaf while in Chicago for Lollapalooza. I even got to meet a new BA (Acme). The Hopleaf has a great draft beer selection, with about 15 Belgians on tap, and about 20 others on tap (no macro lagers to be found). I enjoyed Rodenbach, DFH Aprihop, and Allagash White on tap. A few others I remembered them having were Unibroue Maudite, Sprecher Black Bavarian, Gouden Carolus Cuvée Van De Keizer and Three Floyds Alpha King. They also have a huge chalk board on the left as you walk in that lists their bottle selection. Let's just say they have to write VERY small on it. There's at least a few hundred bottle selections on there, from all over the world. A very overwhelming overall selection. The beer is a little on the expesive side, but that's to be expected in Chicago. Don't expect to get a pint (minus tip) for under $5. Many Belgian 750mLs go into the high teens-twenties range. The beer is super fresh though, and served properly. The atmosphere is fairly nice. There's lots of dark wood, beer signs, and a nice bar right up front. It gets crowded, and even though there's plenty of tables, you need to order up at the bar (unless you sit in the back room I think). The bartenders are friendly, but not overly friendly. One server working the back room almost knocked my brother down trying to get to the bar. I checked out the almost all Belgian food menu, but didn't order as I had already had dinner. This place is a fantastic spot for getting quality fresh beer, and I'll definitely hit this place back up when I make it back to Chicago.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
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 -6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of ZEB89
4.06/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of needMIbeer
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

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Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
4.43 out of 5 based on 350 ratings.
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