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.
Nice Belgian style food, good beer selection. Lots of Belgian stuff, but nothing super rare. If you’re visiting from Europe, chances are you’ve seen most of it before. As for the US stuff, decent but not great selection. I will say this is a great restaurant and bar, though, mindful to not take away from that fact.
Craft Beer bar in North Chicago. Really good beer menu with lot of interesting stuff on my want list. Satisfactory service. Food looked good. Beers only come in one size depending on what it is. Close to Red line metro.
Belgian style beer bar on the north side. You’ve been to one like it before. Visited on a weekday afternoon. Friendly bartender. Large assortment of Belgian beers in bottle and on tap with some local hoppy beer. Nice food Nice service OK selection. Worth visiting if in the area
A good palce in chicago, I woudl personally take JErry’s down the road over this but this is a nice place, always packed, food is good but pricey for what it is, its not world class or anything, beers are usually good their calling card is events with special tappings.
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.