190 Reviews

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(773) 334-9851 | map

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by hopleaf on a recent trip to Chi town. Just prior to hopleaf I stopped by a modestly impressive bottle shop located nearby (unsure of the name, same intersection)
The bar had an English pub kind of feel walking in, though it was weird being carded at the door before it was even nighttime (midday on a Friday). The bar seats were generally taken, but it was easy enough to grab a table, which had the draught and bottle menus available.
There were many local options available, but I gravitated towards the 3 floyds options, which included zombie dust, yum yum, and fantasmo - all for $6/pint. Yum Yum was a new option for me, so I requested a sample first (1/4 oz pour into a highball glass - barely enough to coat my palate or to get much aroma) and eventually I settled on that option for my full pour. Service was reasonably quick and it was already busy (considering the time of day and location - kind of far North compared to other options). There were no issues using card/closing tab, getting water, using the bathroom, etc.
Unfortunately I didn't stay for a meal.
Overall I'd say this is a worthwhile stop. The taps were selective (including some STL love with their perennial collab hopfentea) and I was able to grab a pint of a fresh local beer I was actually interested in trying with general ease (and for a reasonable price).
Protip: check out some amazing viet food @ tank noodle beforehand and make the reasonable walk from there

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.43/5  rDev -22.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

The bottle list is about 80% or more the same as the Belgian bar I worked in Philly. That is to say, for a Belgo-centric bar and beer selection, it has most if not all of the minimum of what should be there. The other 20% being whatever local selections they had.

I visited on a Wednesday toward the end of July. Pretty hip, lively atmosphere. Jazz playing. Seems like a majority of the decor and design in the main front room has a bit of a 40s(?), maybe French/Euro cafe or soda-fountain/drug-store look and vibe. The back of the bar looks genuinely antique, art deco-ish - has some hard wear on the flat-tops flanking the register in the middle. The whole inner bar rail is drain gates - love it!

There's also a sizable back room (that was devoid of people when I was there) and multiple staircases and hallways going down to the toilets. Got a little lost. The whole place was fairly tidy and had an generations-old feel to it that I dig.

Seems like they would also feature a small, decent cocktail list, but I somehow doubt they do. Not that that's pertinent to the review here. Had a Dupont draft, poured flat, right to the top in a footed goblet. I do enjoy head...

Not sold on the quality of personality in the staff though - a bit aloof, a bit like they were 'doing their job' or they either didn't care for the crowd or wanted to be elsewhere. I have days like that myself.

Nothing about this place that would make me want to revisit. Not even the odd, rare draft. I found their draft list extensive, but rather unexciting. But, like I said, I'm quite familiar with all the Belgian bars in Philly, so Hopleaf offered me nothing new.

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

This place is awesome. They have a bunch of not only American craft on tap but plenty of Belgian beers too.

Food is great and reasonably priced. It's a great neighborhood too.

Only ten minutes away from Half Acre. Get the oysters they are the best I have ever had.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.86/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere: nothing to special here. mostly has the feel of a fancy restaurant.

Quality: fairly good to great quality but I would assume this isn't too out of the ordinary in Chicago.

Service: good service, didn't need much help making my selections but he was there when needed and fairly quick

Selection: pretty good selection, I'd hope for nothing less with the distro and quantity that chicago gets. I had zombie dust and heart of gold from perenial. it didn't look like the most rare and unique beer but there was a good variety

Food: very good, probably the highlight, I had good mussels and some tasty fries

Overall: if your in the mood for mussels and beer you can't go wrong. Definitely worth a shot but unlikely to be the very best of chicago

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A: my visit was a post-lunch Monday affair, during Spring Break; bar area quietly full.
Perhaps a weekend or night time visit would be completely packed.

Q: This place is rather clean, nicely decorated, high standard fare,
sublime beer.

S: Johnny (Jersey guy w/red beard) was extremely friendly and helpful.
He offered pairing suggestions and his own personal touch to almost
every beer + food item on the menus.

S: The food and beer are top notch gastropub. A casual craft beer
fan or foodie will absolutely enjoy this spot.

F: Chose appetizer for my 1st visit: Sausage variety plate with white beans
in a bourbon barrel aged sauce and panchetta. The aroma and flavors
were so incredibly divine, I didn't want the dish to end.

V: The only mild drawback is the price; not for me, honestly. two 1/2 pints + 1 pint
plus an appetizer was $30 including tip. Life is about quality experiences, this was
so worth the wait, money, and time.

O: Hopleaf has been my #1 food/beer overlooked destination
in Chicago. Chicago born & raised. Treat yourself to this
mighty fine craft beer spot!

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Photo of Missy82
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

We only got appetizers on our visit as we were more interested in the beer. Food was good but not great. The beer selection however, was amazing. Everything was fairly priced. It took me twenty minutes of menu review to finally pick a beer. They were fairly busy (it was a Sunday afternoon) and the service was very good and the staff was knowledgeable about their beer selections.

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Photo of ZS881107
4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is my go to. The fries are ridiculous, the small plates are great, but the dinner plates are where its at. I love this place so much. Will always be a fan. Every time I go here I am impressed with the beer selection, and the quality of food. If I could work here I would.

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Photo of teledeluxe
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Hopleaf has a wonderful selection of beers. They might be a little heavy on the Belgian styles but hey, gotta have some sort of focus, right? Food is way better than your average bar fare. The atmosphere is a happy medium between dive and sports bar while being cleaner and having a little more character than each. Their pricing is about $1 higher on pints than their peers.

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Photo of tpschi
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I am fortunate enough to live blocks away from this beer lovers paradise. I'm a bit bias as I know many of the employees and kitchen staff there, but i eat out and all over Chicago and this joint is hands down the best. Map Room and Quenchers are great and all...really do love those places...but Hopleaf has it all! I too bring any out of towners here immediately. If you are in Chicago or visit Chicago, put this on your list! Great neighborhood too.

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Photo of TheRealPour
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

My favorite place to have a beer in Chicago...period. They've been around since before most beer nerds were legal and along with being a Belgian beer Mecca they always have a top-notch craft beer list. Zombie Dust...always on draft. Service is spot-on, especially at the bar and everyone knows their beer and can recommend something new if you find yourself overwhelmed by the selection. Food is excellent with the mussels and frites being the star and steaks, sandwiches and other unique selections sure to satisfy your taste. The fireplace in the main dining room fills the entire space with a pleasing but not overwhelming cozy vibe that feels best on the coldest winter nights. During the warmer months a beautiful outdoor space beckons but I can never seem to pry myself away from the bar. Such a wonderful place!

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Photo of paparu
4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

First timer ... I went out of my way to give this place a try based on the reviews herein. Great food and beer selection, Zombie dust was great.... first time. Bartender seemed disinterested and almost annoyed that I was there asking questions about some of the new beers I discovered on the list. Understandable if the bar was packed but it was not. The gratuitometer reflected the service quality rendered. Overall a good experience.

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Whenever my friends come in from out of town looking for the best craft beer focused bar in Chicago, Hopleaf would definitely be one of a handful of places I would suggest. If you can't find a beer you like on tap here, you probably shouldn't be drinking beer.

To start, I've never been here when Zombie Dust is not on tap. So if you want one and don't want to drive to Munster, this is probably your best bet. There's also an impressive bottle list as well, but I never actually make it to the bottles because the tap list always has 4-5 beers I really want to try and can't find elsewhere.

The food was great as well. Except for maybe The Publican, they serve one of the best head cheeses I've ever had. I always thoroughly enjoy the charcuterie plate when I order it. The mussels are good too.

Tip - This place gets REALLY crowded, so if you want to really sit down and enjoy everything they offer, don't go at peak times (ie. weekends and Thursday / Friday nights). The last time I went, I stopped in around 1:00 pm on a random Thursday and I had half of the bar and a bartender to myself who was very friendly and accommodating. It was one of the best times I've had. I went on a Saturday night once and I'll never do that again... I was able to fight for one beer before I got fed up and left.

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Photo of joe1510
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

One of the iconic Chicago craft bars. Booths and small tables to the right after entering and the main bar to the left. Keep on the path to a back area with more tables for dining. Upstairs has a smattering of tables as well as a small bar. This place used to be a nightmare to get into on weekend nights but now with the new addition, while still busy, it seems you can always find a place to relax somewhere.

The lighting is fairly dark, the air smells of garlic & mussels, and the taplist is expansive. One thing I've always appreciated about Hopleaf is the spectrum of styles they always seem to have on draft. I don't care what style of beer you're in the mood for you are surely going to find a good example represented. The draft prices are very fair and the markup on most bottles is reasonable. The service is always A+. These guys enjoy their job and it shows. Everyone I've ever spoken to at Hopleaf is quick to laugh, easy to talk to, and somehow make their job look easy even when slam packed.

Go there!

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Photo of Fluffheady
4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place is a legendary Chicago beer bar. With their expansion last year, they have undoubtedly vaulted themselves into a top 10 beer destination in the United States. Their food menu is very solid, high end pub food with Belgian flare (eat mussels, drink beer). Their beer menu will blow your face off. With the expansion, I believe I counted 62 drafts. Even among the "good" beer bars, though, their list is very special. Few bars can fill more than 30 drafts with truly interesting choices. And then there’s the 22 page bottle list.

If you’re visiting Chicago, this is a MUST. MUST. Visit. If you live here and haven’t been, shame on you.

Hopleaf hosts great beer classes in their upstairs room. They range from classes for newbies to relatively advanced (cicerone tasting/sour beer/regional beers/etc)

Disclaimer: these guys get BUSY. The staff is extremely lovely, so go at a time when you can actually talk to them.

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Photo of Slap_and_Pickle
4.95/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Arrived in Chicago at noon and here I was at hop leaf 40 minutes later. Lived up to the hype both on the beer selection and food. So many brews to choose from I was going mad! They even had drie fonteinen schaerbeekse kriek (for the hefty price of 75/bottle).
My consumption at this joint entailed: Tripel Karmeliet, Zombiedust and Jagwida's Minod Pitney Poltorak.

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Photo of stercomm
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

a number of years ago while visiting our oldest son in Chicago we came here to eat and drink but my youngest daughter was only 20 and they wouldn't let us in. Six years later even my youngest son is over 21; well worth the wait.

Awesome beer selection, lots of really hard to get excellent brews mixed with some small batches. Food selection was outstanding and very tasty. We started out with some mussels and they were excellent, everyone's dinner was very good, albeit small portions but that was actually good as gave us more room to consume some beer.

Wait staff was very attentive as well as very pleasant. a very great experience was had by all. We will dine and drink here again the next times we fix Chicago.

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Photo of YogiBeer
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Ahhh. That's the noise I make whenever I round the corner and see that tiny ass sign... because I know I'm headed to one of the best craft bars in the state/midwest/hemisphere. Tap list needs to be seen to be believed.. they have so many kegs of tiny one-off brews from all over the world, blows me away every time. I could walk in there with a fistful of ten dollar bills, a designated driver, and an IV, and still wouldn't be able to try everything I wanted to.

Service is very very hit or miss, depending on how crabby your viking-hipster-pinup server or bartender is that day... ranges from disinterested to f*cking awesome.

Food is excellent for a place like this... had some 32oz bone in pork chop once, they served it on a friggin cutting board. Curry Mussels are out of this world, and they have a duck reuben that will make you dream about it for weeks. This is made all the more impressive by the fact that their kitchen is about the size of a walk-in closet (seriously), and the menu changes pretty frequently.

Their beer garden is perfect for a nice breezy summer day in Chicago.

GREAT atmosphere for such a huge space. Loud, comfortable, worn in, always packed. Get here if you haven't... pilgrimage time. (Bring Money.)

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3.73/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

The Hopleaf resides in a pretty hip and upcoing part of town called Anderson Ville. The people are nice and the environment friendly. Rustic look and feel with pretty close knit quarters, although the place is 2 floors, one will get friendly with their neighbor while dining.
Tap selection is always large and vast. From Local Craft to European selections.
Parking is daunting and the wait can be long to sit, eat and have a few drinks but worth it. Food is good if not a tad a pricey. Best described as Euro style gastro pub ? Meaning, fancy meats and breads for a pretty penny. Worth a stop.

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Photo of HopsMatt
2.85/5  rDev -35.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Average tap selections were priced reasonable. Anything limited on the menu was not available. Anything interesting was so inflated it was stupid. $75 for a 3F Schaerbeekse Kriek? Are you insane?

We waited about an hour but it was Friday. Whatever. What really pissed me off was the service. Our waitress had an attitude and decided to be a general bitch the entire night. She had no personality to speak of. She came to the table, said two words and vanished. I had been rather excited to try this place but after my experience with her as a waitress, I will never be back. There are way too many better bars to spend my money in than waste my time here. You're better off avoiding this place in favor of an establishment that treats its customers as if they want them to return.

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Photo of Hopsiam14
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

I had the opportunity to visit the Hopleaf in 09 and really enjoyed it. A sweet beer list and the layout was super cool as well. Bartenders knew their beer but service was a bit slow. I would like to try the Maproom in my next Chicago visit. I didn't get a chance to try their food either, so many good restaurants in that town.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Located far from the tourist downtown Chicago, Hopleaf represents what I believe to be a "destination beer bar". The large selection of drafts and bottles is one of the best of have seen anywhere in my travels. The atmosphere is nothing flashy and is perfect for consuming and discussing great beer. There are no TVs. All drafts are poured into appropriate glassware. Service is attentive and can answer any questions regarding their various selections. I did not try any of the food they serve however their offerings appear to be good pairings for the beers on hand. Overall, if you are visiting Chicago and want to find a great beer bar, this is your place.

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Photo of hopfotch
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Upscale bar in a nice northside 'hood; recently remodeled which improves atmosphere and ability to hold a conversation dramatically. Liked it before and put up with the noise and crowds for the incredible selection of Belgians (served of course in the appropriate goblet) and local high-quality microbrews. Like it even more now with all the goods still in place but double-plus the floor-space!

In addition to drinks, food selection and quality is well above average, and shows thoughtfulness to drink pairing. Small wine selection and fully stocked cocktail bar rounds out Hopleaf's capabilities.

A top tier bar - in the top three beer bars in Chicago, no question. A great place to meet friends, end the day, or ring in the weekend or special event. Also, the mainshift bouncer's goatee is highly impressive.

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Photo of FEUO
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Dropped in for dinner and a couple beers on 10/29.
Atmosphere was relaxed and warm. Sat in the front room in a booth. Had to go to the bar for service which was fine as the staff was pleasant.
Beers: Bruery Autumn Maple, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, Allagash Fluxus.
Dinner: starter was the rabbit sausage (good), main course was the brisket platter (excellent) with mac and cheese.

Vibe was really nice. Big place with back room and apparently an upstairs.
Combination of vast beer menu (bottles and taps) and a dinner menu with interesting selections makes this a must for the next visit.
They had monkfish on the menu! Say what? Wasn't in the mood for seafood that night but normally would never turn down an opportunity for something like that.
Thanks again!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here on a minor pre-wedding pub crawl. I've only heard glowing compliments, so expectations were high.

The place, at least the front area, seems somewhat small, but, for once, the word cozy could be used without being a euphemism for cramped. It's lit well enough to escape dimness, but not so much to be called bright. Nice. As I am wont to do, I went right for the bar. Being fairly early in the afternoon, I wasn't surprised that the place was nowhere near full. The bartender was friendly, prompt, and definitely seemed to know her stuff (I overheard her making recommendations to others at the bar). The selection is decidedly Belgian-heavy, though local and other miscellaneous stuff remains plentiful as well. While perusing the tap list I noticed many offerings not available anywhere else (or, at least, not yet, anyway). Always nice. I was offered tastes of anything I was on the fence about, which helped make my usually-poor decision-making a much easier task. Proper glassware was always employed. Prices were not higher or lower in any appreciable sense from other places in the City. I didn't try any of the food, nor did I even look at a menu, but I've heard great things. Maybe next time...

And, trust me, there will be a next time. This place lived up the praise. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of sethmcconkey
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of my all-time favorite bars in Chicago. Guaranteed fun night any night of the week. Fantastic selection, great food...you have to try the fries! Knowledgeable and mostly-friendly staff. Atmosphere is great...cozy feel, nice option to drink at main downstairs or the smaller upstairs bar. You can normally find a table without waiting for too long, even on Friday and Saturday nights. Nice rotation of brew...love that they stay committed to serving some great local beers as well as featuring beers from amazing breweries from all over the world.

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