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Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(773) 334-9851 | map

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

Pretty impressed with Hopleaf. The taplist rotates pretty frequently and always has lots of good local stuff, and usually something a little harder to find. Of course there's the gigantic Belgian selection (many on tap even), and every time I've been there they've had some nice 3F and Cantillon bottles in the back (highly priced but that's understandable considering the circumstances...).

The place has a friendly staff, and is generally pretty crowded, but it's always pretty easy to get a seat at the bar. The wait is pretty long for tables on weekends, but not quite as bad as other hyped bars/cocktail places in the city. Charming decorations as well.

The food is pretty awesome (the duck reuben is one of my favorites, the fries are always good). Great place, a shame it's so far north...

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Photo of socon67
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Came here to finish a pub crawl around Chicago. Stopped in to try some local stuff I can't get in NY. Bartender not only made suggestions, but even gave some samples of other local beer that she though we would like. Big Win! A couple other craft beer drinkers were there and made good conversation. didn't have food but the options of blegian food looked good.

Needless to say, the generosity made us buy another round and tip well. I think this was an awesome place with fair prices given what was on tap (FFF Seasonals, and NB Tart Lychee). I can see why Hopleaf gets such rave reviews.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The one place everyone said to go when I was in Chicago. Not too busy when I got here at 4pm on a Wednesday, bit filled up steadily as the night went on. 40 beers on tap and a decent boyle selection. Naturally the focus is on local beers and a lot of Belgian stuff. I drank more than my fair share. Selection was good, but didn't blue me out of the water. I did not see anything that I would call a must try and left having had all I wanted to try. I ordered the duck reuben which was quite tasty. A huge mound of fries which is exactly what I wanted. Somewhat over priced on what I saw in the menu for food. Beer was about average price. Service was prompt sitting at the bar.

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Photo of coldriver
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Holy crap - the walk from the Red Line station to Hopleaf in a near-blizzard was way too cold - had to stop at the CVS and pick up hat and gloves. Got to Hopleaf around 5:00 pm on a Friday afternoon (Feb10) and the place was moderately busy but filling up quickly. Everyone I talked to was all about the beer and great beer it was. Approximately 40 taps featuring a nice selection of local Chicago brews (including Three Floyds Zombie Dust during our visit!). Servers are very beer knowledgeable and very in tune with the current inventory. Didn't eat there but noted several delicious looking dishes passing by. Great crowd, great beer, great service - a great place for beer in Chicago!

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Photo of Higy
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I visited with my wife and a few friends on a Saturday evening. We went there primarily for the beer selection and secondarily for the food.
It was very busy, shoulder to shoulder, but this is typical for eateries in this part of town. We were able to hold conversations without screaming into eachothers' ears.
The beer selection was very good as well as the prices.
For the limited time we were there I noticed that the bartenders were friendly and Knowledgable.

The wait for a table was 1.5 hours so we decided to leave for another restaurant in the area.

Would visit again earlier or later in the evening to miss the crowd.

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Photo of goalie33
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I stopped in during a visit to Chicago this past week. I hadn't heard of this place, but an employee at Binny's recommended it while I was there picking up some goodies to bring back to New York.
I went early afternoon to kill some time before the Bulls game, so I didn't order any food. There was only one other person in the bar, so I had the bartender's attention. Very nice guy, very good service.
The selection on tap was outstanding. About 40 taps, mostly good domestic brews with a few foreign beers thrown in. I loved that they offer some of the bigger beers in half pints thereby reducing the price of what would be an expensive pour to the same as that of a non-premium beer.
Over all, this is bar is a must for a craft beer enthusiast visiting Chicago. Really reminds me of my favorite NY bar, Rattle N Hum.

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Photo of jophish17
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Visited on a Sunday night recently with a friend on his suggestion. We were able to get a seat in the back room immediately.

The bar up front was standing room only, but we were looking for dinner and got a table in the back. The bar up front was like a neighborhood bar, with the back being a lofty dining area. The bar area was average at best, but I liked the back room. The place was busy and fairly loud but overall I liked it.

The beer menu was fantastic - I had 4 different beers from different breweries: an Iron Works Alt from Metropolitan, a Green Line Pale from Goose Island, a Vida y Muerte by 5 Rabbit, and a delicious Bourbon Black Power from Revolution Brewing. All were served in proper glassware, and many offered in half pints. There were many other cool Belgians (some I had never heard of) and locals I can't get at home but I just didn't have the time or liver to try them all. Wonderful selection, one of the best, in terms of diversity and quality, that I have seen.

We ate dinner here as well - a buddy went with a large stew, and I ordered a steak and frites (I had been in Chicago 3 nights and hadn't had steak yet - I needed to change that!). The steak was ok, the frites were really good, and by buddies stew was great too. A bit pricey at $40 combined for the two entrees, and I'm not sure the quality quite lived up to the price.

Ironically enough, I'd say the beer pricing was pretty good though, especially compared to what I saw elsewhere in the city. Our service was average - we never went long with empty glasses and they were cordial and efficient so no complaints.

I really enjoyed Hopleaf and am glad my friend took me up there - it was easily the best bar I went to in Chicago (I also did Publican, but not Map Room) and one of the best I've been to period. Highly recommended.

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Photo of sarahspat
3.63/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I have been here a few times now and it has ALWAYS been crammed to capacity with human bodies, which I do not care for. Yes, they have a large selection of ales and lagers from which to sample, but the fact that I can never get a seat leaves me with a feeling of indifference regarding the question of whether I will ever return. Granted, there are worse things in the world than having to stand while you enjoy your beer, but there is no good place for that either. No matter where you go, you feel like you're in someone's way. And what's even more absurd is that there are multiple rooms and levels in the bar... and it's STILL crammed to capacity. I think they should let people on the roof.

The beers I've had here have been good, but not better than any other bar. The bigger selection is good only if you want something special that you can't get anywhere else and you know beforehand that they will have it on a particular night. Otherwise, the kind beers that I select will probably not lead to a radically different experience than they would at any other bar.

And it is definitely one of the more expensive beer bars I've been to.

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Photo of drumminbrewer
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Have frequented this spot many times, to start it is absolutely a destination for anyone visiting Chicago.

Unassuming store front, relatively small bar area with a much larger dining space in the back. It can be elbow to elbow now and then...timing of your visit is crucial to fully enjoy and appreciate this place.

The list is absurd. Large amounts of drafts, but the bottle list is what really shines. Huge amount of Belgians and American crafts...rarities comprising a huge portion of that list.

Service...is good. There are times when I've been really impressed (I'm guessing the older barkeeps are the owners, they're fantastic). Sometimes, when it's busy, I don't appreciate long conversations between patrons and the bartenders when there are a lot of people trying to get served...but meh, it's not a reason to hate.

The food is outstanding. Nothing else to say there.

Prices are fine...under the assumption that you're going there to enjoy high quality/rare stuff you can't expect to find "value", but I've never felt like they go out of their way to overcharge for anything.

Go there, I advise on the early side, so you can get a table and appreciate the delicious food and bottle offerings without having to deal with the crowds. Exceptional place.

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Photo of Davidpgibbons
2.25/5  rDev -49.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 3

First off its a little pricey and there decent drafts are always out during the weekends. Ive had a couple bad experiences with the service but it was during a busy time. Another sorta lame thing is they dont open until 4 pm everyday! What kind of craft beer bar opens only latenight! I like to grab a few for breakfast! The food is damn good but also over priced, they do have a sweet hop vine wrapped around the back bar. Overall its an alright bar if you wanna wait 15 min to grab a beer and seat and pay up the asss for it

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