Hopleaf

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Bar, Eatery

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

(773) 334-9851 | map
hopleaf.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.48
Reviews:
196
Ratings:
362
pDev:
9.38%
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Reviews by fredmugs:
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fredmugs from Indiana

4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Jun 08, 2015
More User Reviews:
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slasich from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

May 16, 2020
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BSEDS from Illinois

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

Nov 19, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Oct 27, 2018
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mattmarka1 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Sep 09, 2018
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Rubezahl from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Jul 30, 2018
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Another fantastic spot in Chicago to drink beer. If you aren't a big brewery person and like variety, this is the spot. It feels very Chicago and has a taplist to envy. I was lucky enough to grab a seat by the window and got to enjoy some great beer in a great city. You should go, anytime you're in Chicago. It's always worth it.

May 07, 2018
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kidzord from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Feb 17, 2018
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sb17 from Pennsylvania

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.

Dec 27, 2017
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wjbent from Florida

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

Sep 25, 2017
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 25, 2017
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Hibernator from Massachusetts

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.

Jul 25, 2017
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NappyB from Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Jun 06, 2017
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BarrelAgedG from California

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

May 10, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

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.

May 03, 2017
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cryptichead from Illinois

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

Feb 25, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

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

Feb 21, 2017
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needMIbeer from Virginia

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

Aug 13, 2016
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juneof44 from Texas

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

Jun 18, 2016
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Stezz420 from Illinois

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

Jun 06, 2016
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williamsgodfrey from Illinois

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.

Jun 02, 2016
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BSiegs from Illinois

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.

Jun 02, 2016
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98green from Michigan

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

Mar 26, 2016
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Barnoloid from Illinois

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.

Mar 26, 2016
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willrun_4beer from Illinois

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

Feb 24, 2016
Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
Place rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 362 ratings