Hopleaf

BA SCORE
98
world-class

190 Reviews
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
Reviews:
190
Ratings:
348
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
6.77%
 
 
Taps:
68
Bottles/Cans:
350
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 190 | Ratings: 348
Reviews by kensuthe:
Photo of kensuthe
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere - The Hopleaf Bar is a bar and restaurant located to the north of downtown Chicago on Clark Street. The front of the establishment has a bar with stools stretching the left side of the room, booths and tables to the right side of the room, and a walkway to a ramp to the restaurant area of the establishment down the middle. The restaurant area consists of the main dining space, a smaller loft space upstairs, and an outdoor deck that can be used during nice weather. The restrooms are at the bottom of the stairwell that also goes up to a private room and the loft dining area. Neither the bar nor the restaurant is excessively cramped, although they're not really spacious either. Brick, iron, wood, and glass can be found in various areas. You could say that there is an intimate feel to the building.

Quality - The beers, meads, ales, and other assorted beverages were served at the correct temperatures and in the correct glassware. Almost everything we sampled on tap was fresh, and almost all of the bottles were in great condition. One beer that we ordered was the tail end of the keg and had completely unbalanced carbonation, but the staff took care of it and replaced that beer with another one.

Service - The service here was pretty good. The bartender was spot on with his pours, the servers were quick to make sure we were never left waiting long, and the bussers were quick as well. The staff was knowledgeable about the food selection and the beer, and they didn't get any of the numerous items we ordered wrong. They replaced the one beer that was bad with no problem, and the waitress not only knew that they were out of a certain beer that we ordered for dessert but also knew something that would be a good replacement.

Selection - The draft selection was good, with a variety of Belgian, English, German, and American craft options to choose from. I'd guess that there were between 40 to 50 options on the list, but I didn't actually count. The bottle list was extensive with well over 100 beers available, and there was a good mix of styles and prices available to choose from. We made two trips here during the same week, and we always found something new to experience in their beer menu booklet.

Food - The food is a little different than what you might expect from regular bar fare, with appetizers like a Belgian style mussel pot, frites with aioli, sausage and cheese plates, and onion rings, sandwiches including a duck reuben and a Montreal-style brisket, and entrees such as lamb stew and venison meat loaf. Everything we tried was good, and the food we ordered made for some interesting combinations with the beers we were drinking.

Value - Three people drank plentifully and ate extensively through roughly five or six hours and three courses, and the total price per person after everything was said and done was more than reasonable. Some of the items on the beer list are a bit pricey, and some of the items on the food menu are slightly high, but all in all it was a great value and I plan on stopping here again in the future.

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More User Reviews:
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

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

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Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
4.43 out of 5 based on 348 ratings.
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