Hop Leaf’s bar had a 1950’s 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 Carol’s Pub for a true Chicago Old Style dive bar experience afterwards.
Venerable stalwart of the Chicago Beer Scene, along with Map Room. Additions of the next-door space, dining rooms, and kitchens over the years have only improved the destination. Bartenders are also less surly than back in the day when this was a one room space. Easy to get to off of the Red Line. Strict no kids and carding policy. You will be carded even if you are obviously over 60. You make me feel so young!
Acre and Jerry’s are closest other destinations to Hopleaf, but on a crawl you could also consider trying to hit Half Acre, Bad Apple and Fountainhead. The Damen bus actually ends in Andersonville.