Cool, hip, often crowded beer Mecca in Chicago. Worth a trip with these caveats. Expect that several things on the beer list will be sold out. They do not update the menus frequently, and the interesting stuff has almost always been sold out for months. At peak times, this place is packed. Prepare to wait. That said, ham sandwich and frites are epic. Seriously. Best ham sandwich ever. Menu does not disappoint. If you’re a fan of Belgians, this is by far the best place to find them in Chicago. Bartenders are some of the most knowledgeable in the city, but can, as can be expected, be a little short when the bar is busy. Prices are in line with other Chicago beer bars.
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.
Small bar with great city feel. Servers were a little cold, but that’s the big city. Food looked really good and people raved about it. Most importantly they had great beers on tap that bridge the gap between Ohio & NE and west of Chicago. Of course they also had the great Chicago brews and great Belgiums.