Hopleaf

BA SCORE
98
world-class

351 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:
351
Reviews:
191
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
6.77%
 
 
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Ratings: 351 |  Reviews: 191
Reviews by beerinator:
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

edit (4-26-05): I have had better service since this first review, so I raised my "service score".

The Hopleaf's beer chalk board is almost enough to make a beer lover faint. The beers are scrawled over three boards and are grouped by breweries and countries. The belgian section is breathtaking. There are lots of beers in this place.

The decor on the walls is also pretty neat. There are lots of signs of belgian breweries hanging from the wall, and the bar seems to have lots of character.

The beers seemed to be in great shape. The tap selections were poured into the proper glass, and everything was fine.

The problem I found with the Hopleaf was the service. The bartenders here basically acted as though they wouldn't care if you were living or dead. I'm usually pretty forgiving of bad service, but rude service is a different matter entirely. The bartender never cracked a smile, and he never responded to my polite 'thanks' after bringing me another beer.

We tried a bread and cheese plate, and the bread was outstanding. The cheese was nice too, and complimented our belgian drafts.

Overall I would say this is a definate 'must see'. But just don't expect decent service. I have seen better service from a big city bus driver than the bartenders here.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NappyB
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | 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

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Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
4.43 out of 5 based on 351 ratings.
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