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Hopleaf Bar

Beer Bar and Bar$$$$
Andersonville, Chicago
300 Tips and reviews
  • mussels
  • beer
  • zombie dust
  • french fries
  • cashew butter
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  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneDecember 31, 2014
    Come to this bar for lunch or dinner as they serve up some delicious meals as well as great drinks. Ask your server what they recommend but definitely try the Montreal-style beef brisket. Read more
  • Jamie P.
    Jamie PitmanNovember 7, 2015
    We only had the mussels, but they were excellent. very nice atmosphere, high quality food. Andersonville is a very nice area to explore, and this is a great place to have a few beers and it
  • Muriel V.
    Muriel VegaOctober 11, 2014
    Get the Belgian style mussels (they come with pomme frites!). If you see the table by the window open, grab and order from the bar. Better than waiting for 45 mins for a table.
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoJanuary 16, 2015
    You may enter here as a novice, eyes glazing over with one glance at all the "brouwerijen" smattered through the encyclopedic menu. Take your time and experiment with something new. Read more
  • Chris H.
    Chris HodowanecMarch 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the reasons I moved to Andersonville. Likely the world's greatest beer bar. The ham sandwich is epic, so are the muscles. Have a Zombie Dust, one of few places in Chicago that have it on tap.
  • Rick J.
    Rick JessupMay 6, 2013
    Snag the CB&J - an adult grilled cheese made with cashew butter and fig jam and a side of Stilton Mac & Cheese - and pair it up with one of many draught beers, or a rarity from the south bar fridge.
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistApril 10, 2015
    It's where you'd least expect, but Hopleaf actually features a great wine list. It's mainly European, focusing on old world wines, but that's not to say there aren't any new world choices. Read more
  • Kristi D.
    Kristi DorsonNovember 18, 2012
    The brisket has great flavor but it's super lean and often dry. It's better in sandwich form, or just skip it and go for the amazing sausage plate with the bourbon white beans, and a side of frites!
  • Simon K.
    Simon KnaggsFebruary 24, 2015
    Great selection of actual proper beer. Staff very friendly and willing to let you sample a couple and advise you before deciding. Possible to get food in the bar, which was very good.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoNovember 2, 2011
    Check out the roasted chicken with oven-roasted artichokes, spring onions and mashed potatoes or a CB&J: a grilled sandwich of housemade cashew butter, fig jam and Morbier cheese on sourdough bread. Read more
  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.
    Steve ‘Pudgy’ De RoseApril 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    A solid, sincere bar whose backbone was Belgian styles, but which has since expanded to the entire spectrum of craft beer; both U.S.A. & imported. ☞ Stunningly, it now has wi-fi [ComcastBusiness].
  • Eric V.
    Eric VenkerAugust 30, 2015
    Great potato chips and obviously a great beer list. Two bars so if the front is crowded, move around to the back left and find that the space opens up nicely.
  • Theo E.
    Theo EstesAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome beer selection. You can spend quite a few hours (and quite a few dollars) trying all the brews. The frites are a good snack to nibble on while you imbibe.
  • Eater
    EaterMay 6
    Hopleaf is well known for its huge beer selection—which is well deserved—yet the interesting takes on Belgian food is also a main reason crowds continue to pack the Andersonville spot. Read more
  • Mia Q.
    Mia QJune 18, 2013
    Delectable beer and scrumptious food make the Hopleaf great for a date or a quick beer. It's usually not crowded in the afternoon and they serve the fries with mayo, need i say more?
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJune 4, 2012
    Always a bit more crowded than I'd wish, but with reason. Incredible beer selection and tasty food like mussels w/frites. Never had a bad beer there, out of dozens I've tried.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelAugust 24, 2015
    The bar’s selection of around 400 different bottled beers and 64 on draft will satisfy even the most discerning beer fan, especially one who is hankering for a good Belgian ale.
  • Ben L.
    Definitely try the CB&J sandwich! It comes with mac & cheese and real potato chips—more food than you probably need.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 23, 2012
    Always a bit more crowded than I'd wish, but with reason. Incredible beer selection and tasty food like mussels w/frites. Never had a bad beer there, out of dozens I've tried. -HS Read more
  • Renaissance Hotels
    Renaissance HotelsOctober 16, 2012
    The vast majority of the beers here are from the small, extraordinary breweries around the world, including many esoteric, seasonal or hard-to-find brews, so there’s always something new to try. Read more
  • It's A Major Plus
    It's A Major PlusMarch 13, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Charcuterie is a treat, frites are a must, brisket sandwich is delicious & filling, mussels also a must and if it has any kind of fish (menu changes) GET IT.
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 7, 2015
    The woody pub atmosphere of this neighborhood staple adds even more to make this a must-do weekend stop, early or late, or if you’re compelled to linger there for hours (and you probably will be). Read more
  • Larry H.
    Larry HallDecember 21, 2012
    I disagree with the comment about bartenders being asses. If you tKe the time to understand their disposition, excellent service ensues. I love this place for the beer, food and ambiance.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithFebruary 8, 2013
    The Onion "Rings" are more like onion strands or strings, which makes them way better than you would expect. Plus, the aioli sauce that the "rings" are served with is delicious!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 19, 2011
    Check out the roasted chicken with oven-roasted artichokes, spring onions and mashed potatoes or a CB&J: a grilled sandwich of housemade cashew butter, fig jam and Morbier cheese on sourdough bread.
  • Jordan B.
    Jordan BishoppJanuary 13
    Great beer list! Downside- no flights or small pours. Cozy fireplace in the winter and lovely patio in the summer. Soup is excellent!
  • ben m.
    ben mAugust 20, 2014
    Incredible beer selection. Don't be like my friend who ordered Bud Light. But don't worry, the bartender put him in his place and it was great.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    They're nixing regular fries and burgers and adding in none other than cheese head (that's pig's head) charcuterie. Or, try a duck and Gruyere crepe. Read more
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Work your way through the front bar to the back dining room for a more comfortable spot to take in the awe-inspiring international beer selection and even better food. - Inspector
  • David C.
    David C.3 weeks ago
    It's definitely a trek from downtown, but so worth it. Amazing beer and wine selection.
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyNovember 6, 2012
    Great place to grab a few beers with your buddies. Break free from those generic commercial brands and explore a wide variety of unique beers on tap.
  • Louis K.
    Mussels are a must. And the chocolate brownie for dessert is mind blowing.
  • Jake G.
    Jake GoodJune 13, 2015
    The mussels "Belgian Style" are superb! They pair nicely with almost any beer!
  • Matt V.
    Matt VolkwynOctober 14, 2014
    40 beers on tap, great selection of various IPA's. Good food on the menu as well
  • Quentin R.
    Quentin ReulJuly 27, 2013
    The selection of Belgian beers is better than anywhere (even most bars back home in Belgium), but was a bit disappointed by the small selection of US craft beers.
  • Adam W.
    Adam WebbOctober 28, 2013
    The mussels. Oh my God the mussels. The frites. And the biggest beer menu I've ever seen. And the best part: not a single TV in the place.
  • Original Penguin
    Original PenguinNovember 9, 2010
    Grab some buddies and head over to the Hopleaf, a microbrew emporium of unsurpassed greatness. You don’t have to be a beer nerd to feel compelled to tackle extensive beer selection (over 200) on tap.
  • Tiffany C.
    Tiffany CFebruary 24, 2014
    The Brisket sandwich with fries was absolutely delicious. Great place to grab a beer and chat with friends. Great atmosphere!
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CarterApril 20, 2015
    Stay for the mussels. Great beer selection. A pioneer in craft brewing when it comes to bringing it to Chicago.
  • Joe D.
    Joe DonkaJune 13, 2011
    I recommend the Thai mussels. They are spicy and rich and wonderful. Trust your waitstaff's recommendations when it comes to a beer pairing. They really know their stuff.
  • Kelly K.
    Kelly KayeJune 7, 2014
    Get the white wine mussels. Amazing and enough for two for a meal. Comes with huge basket of awesome frites.
  • Luke
    LukeMay 18, 2013
    If you get muscles make sure to bring your own bread. They don't bring enough and if you ask for more they bring one piece each time you ask. Then if you ask too many times they just ignore you.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMarch 30, 2012
    The best mussels, best frites and best grilled sandwiches at any bar in Chicago team with an extraordinary beer selection. Read more
  • Sara S.
    Sara StubblefieldSeptember 20, 2011
    Awesome Beer selection, pretty good sausages too, but not a lot of food to choose from, mainly a beer place, so don't go too hungry, unless you want sausage. ;)
  • Jenny F.
    Jenny Fukumoto 🍺May 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    If you loved (or still love) PB&J as a kid, try the CB&J for dinner - cashew butter and fig jam sandwich with mac 'n' cheese, chips on the side. It's a sophisticated childhood meal - so tasty!
  • Tim A.
    Tim AkimoffMay 5, 2013
    Try the Mussels In Belgium Beer - Beer and mussels might be the perfect pairing. Better than basil tomato even.
  • David S.
    David SeitzAugust 25
    The charcuterie is on point. Great beer selection, a lot of Belgians, but a lot of options overall.
  • Muriel V.
    Muriel VegaOctober 11, 2014
    The Duck sandwich is amazing! Get it with the smokey mac n cheese or homemade potato chips. So good!
  • Adriana Cruz N.
    Adriana Cruz NicolatApril 19, 2014
    Get the CB&J Sandwich for a great vegan experience! The Mac n cheese that comes with it was so tasty!
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    If you go, make sure to order the mussels for two in the beer sauce. Read more
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