Hopleaf | Chicago, Illinois
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Hopleaf
World Class based on 150 ratings
Type: Bar

5148 N. Clark
Chicago, Illinois United States 60640 [ print map ]
773 334 9851

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Hours: Bar: Sunday - Friday 3pm - 2am, Saturday 3pm - 3am


Mayor: hombrepalo (3) | Taps: Several | Bottles: Extensive


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Beer Available At Hopleaf (arranged by most recent)
Two Brothers Panther Fist , Green Flash Green Bullet 98, Marz Kazmonaut , Dogfish Head Birra Etrusca - Bronze 89, Brewery Vivant Pumpkintart 75, Firestone Walker Opal 97, Lagunitas Born Yesterday Pale Ale 99, Ten Ninety / Pollyanna Imperial Black Saison 77, Half Acre Gin Barrel Aged Pony Pilsner 80, 5 Rabbit Gringolandia Series: Magnifica Wheat 60, Grand Teton Sheep Eater Scotch Ale 97, Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel 99, Three Floyds Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker 98, Jolly Pumpkin De Viento 94, BFM √225 Saison 99, New Belgium Hop Kitchen #6 - Odell FOCOllaboration Pale Ale 96, Temperance When Life Gives You Melons , Urthel SaisonniŤre 90, Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster Double IPA 97, Solemn Oath Ultrahighfrequency 74
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150 reviews for Hopleaf
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  73%
 Selection  88%
 Food  81%
 Value  74%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  96%
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80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty  (97) Oak Lawn, Illinois | March 7, 2006
Not much more can be said that hasnít been said already. Crowded on Saturday night? Yes. Good selection? Definitely. Study the draft and bottle menus from home, take a cab, prepare to stand in a line or two and donít expect the bartenders to babysit. (For me, seeing those little white bottles of Gulden Draak staring at me longingly from the coolers was enough to ilicit some fairly high numbers!)
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
redlem  (76) Ohio | February 6, 2006| Updated February 24, 2007
I find one of the best ways to get a good impression of a bar is to go there when they first open up or are ready to close. I have done both with the big 2 in Chicago ( Maproom and Hopleaf) and I have to say that of the two I prefer the Maproom. The difference for me would be a general impression of the two places. The Maproom they are happy to serve and talk beer with you, at the Hopleaf it seems you are lucky that they sell beer to you. An impressive selection of beer with the Belgian influence being more toward the bottles as the tap selection has a larger selection of U.S. micros. While the presence of Tripel Karmeliet on tap raises Hopleaf to very high standards I have recently seen The Point Pale Ale there also which goes for $3.99 a sixpack and is a below average WI micro and I have to believe that someone took some money under the table to get that beer a big write up in the beer menu, please. Sorry, tangent, nice diplay of proper glasses, which I dont know if they ever get used. If you are in the area it is a good beer bar, are there better places, yes, as I have to agree with The_Enemyís view on the type of clientele in the area. Weekends are very crowded and as a sidenote the city will tow any car parked on Foster after 3 A.M.( as a buddy of mine warned). Still a quality bar, not to be missed when visiting CHI.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere  (469) Ottawa, Ontario | December 29, 2005
Place was crowded on this rainy Nov. 11 night, after FoBAB. Excellent selection of Belgian and good tap selection. Was in the mood for Flem Sour so ordered Monkís Cafť. Managed to get a standing spot. Good efficient service, and reasonable prices. Menu was definitely interesting.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft  (113) Charleston, South Carolina | December 17, 2005
Enormous selection of Belgian beers (look at website). Though if you donít know much about Belgian beers youíre pretty much guessing which one to get. Gets kind of crowded. Thereís a bar area with some tables and then a small restaurant area that serves food. Apparently there is an upstairs bar area with limited beers. The selection of domestics is lacking with some undesirables. There were some good ones though, e.g. expedition stout, alpha king, bellís double cream stout. Food menu is weird. not your typical bar food.
68
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
TheEnemy  (44) Chicago, | December 13, 2005| Updated March 1, 2006
Like the rest of the Andersonville neighborhood around it, Hop Leaf has lost a lot of its funky/artsy vibe to the yuppie invasion that inevitably follows whenever the progressive/indie crowd initiates the revitalization of any given neighborhood. (See also: Lakeview, Roscoe Village, Wicker Park, Bucktown, North Center/Lincoln Square. Next up: the Wilson/Lawrence/Broadway corridor of Uptown.) Converting from bar-only to full-service kitchen has almost certainly accelerated the process. It appears some (not many) concessions have been made in the tap selection to appease the more general and less beer-centric crowd that has started to frequent the Leaf. Bottle selection remains uncompromised. Servers often seem like theyíd rather chew industrial diamonds than humor patrons, even when not busy. Still a top beer destination in Chicago but now a distant second to the Map Room which has more successfully defended its Bohemian vibe against the Yuppie onslaught.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti  (67) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | December 2, 2005
Large selection (mostly bottles). Loud and busy on weekends. DIdnít check out the tap list; most of the goodies were in bottles. Wish theyíd have a tap list online and more seating.
68
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo  (142) Wisconsin | November 14, 2005
nice selection of bottles, a few gems but mostly more common items.. not nearly enough seating loud atmosphere a bit pricy, but not for chicago I suppose.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
marcus  (180) Sacramento, California | November 9, 2005
This is a nice place to spend an afternoon drinking great beer, followed by an early dinner. The beer selection is exceptional, especiially the Belgians. The food is quite tasty and surprisingly inexpensive, with an accent on Belgian cuisine. On most evenings, the bar becomes heavily populated with upscale couples who are not really beer people, and the barkeeps are too busy to help with beer selection; thus my initial statement.
74
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
JFGrind  (79) Glenside, Pennsylvania | July 26, 2005
Hop Leafís bar had a 1950ís feel to it, with large storefront windows overlooking Clark Street bring plenty of natural light in the establishment, sturdy mahogany bar, textured ceiling, and old school cash register. Selection was large, concentrating on Belgian beers. Bartender would give you a sample of draft if you asked, and if you are an attractive woman you can get many samples without asking for them from the bartender. There was a feel of beer snobbiness while sitting amoungst "I drink cool beer and I am cool" clientele. I had a good beer experience there, but headed south to Carolís Pub for a true Chicago Old Style dive bar experience afterwards.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
palka76  (1) Chicago, Illinois | July 5, 2005
Surprisingly, one of the few places in Chicago to find GREAT beer. Friendly and hard-working staff. Itís a small intimate environment, so if you visit on the weekend, donít be afraid to share a table with strangers. If you decide to eat here, the menu frequently changes and the chef prepares an eclectic variety of food... from skate to duck. Prices are very reasonable for the quality of food. Prices are even better for the quality of beer. Worth the trip to the Hopleaf.

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