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Hopleaf Bar

Bar and New American Restaurant · Andersonville
5148 N Clark St (at W Foster Ave), Chicago, IL 60640, United States
Hours:
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri, Sun
    • Noon–2:00 AM
  • Sat
    • Noon–3:00 AM
Price:
$$$$
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Drinks:
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
9.5/10

Based on 951 votes

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    Time Out Chicago
    "Incredible beer selection and tasty food like mussels w/frites."(45 Tips)
    Darek L.
    "Cashew butter & jelly sandwich is soooo good!"(8 Tips)
    Joel S.
    "1. Zombie Dust on tap. 2. Outstanding, fresh and local foods."(7 Tips)
    Benjamin M.
    "Best place for for Belgian beer and food!"(7 Tips)
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  • Chicago Tribune

    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

    Chicago Tribune · December 31, 2014
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  • Chicagoist

    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

    Chicagoist · April 10, 2015
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  • Muriel V.

    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.

    Muriel Vega · October 11, 2014
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  • Jamie P.

    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 relax.love it

    Jamie Pitman · November 7, 2015
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  • Redeye Chicago

    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

    Redeye Chicago · January 16, 2015
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  • Chris H.

    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.

    Chris Hodowanec · March 23, 2014
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  • Rick J.

    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.

    Rick Jessup · May 6, 2013
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  • Time Out Chicago

    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

    Time Out Chicago · November 2, 2011
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  • Kristi D.

    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!

    Kristi Dorson · November 18, 2012
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  • Time Out Chicago

    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.

    Time Out Chicago · October 19, 2011
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  • Sarah C.

    Hop Leaf is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. Beer menu can't be beat. Delicious gastropub menu, they do better on the heavy dishes so come prepared to eat a rich meal! Can't wait to go back!

    Sarah Conner-Smith · February 15, 2010
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  • Original Penguin

    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.

    Original Penguin · November 9, 2010
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  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.

    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].

    Steve ‘Pudgy’ De Rose · April 16, 2013
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  • Jenny F.

    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!

    Jenny Fukumoto 🍺 · May 21, 2010
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  • Renaissance Hotels

    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

    Renaissance Hotels · October 16, 2012
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  • Luke

    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.

    Luke · May 18, 2013
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  • Nik W.

    This place is a must-visit for ANYONE on the northside. Great food, Excellent atmosphere, Great neighborhood, and if that wasn't enough, this place has THE BEST beer list in the city, hands down. Ch

    Nik Wenzel · July 18, 2010
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  • Simon K.

    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.

    Simon Knaggs · February 24, 2015
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  • Mia Q.

    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?

    Mia Q · June 18, 2013
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  • Fodor's Travel

    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.

    Fodor's Travel · August 24, 2015
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  • Larry H.

    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.

    Larry Hall · December 21, 2012
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  • Time Out Chicago

    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

    Time Out Chicago · May 23, 2012
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  • 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

    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle · August 16, 2011
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  • Chicagoist

    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

    Chicagoist · August 7, 2015
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  • Time Out Chicago

    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.

    Time Out Chicago · June 4, 2012
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  • Jake S.

    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!

    Jake Smith · February 8, 2013
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  • Theo E.

    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.

    Theo Estes · August 7, 2014
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  • Eric V.

    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.

    Eric Venker · August 30, 2015
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  • It's A Major Plus

    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.

    It's A Major Plus · March 13, 2014
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  • Alison

    Amazing beer selection, especially belgiums. As everyone has said, the mussels and frites are a must. But, try the restaurant in the back- the rest of the menu is delish too

    Alison · August 25, 2010
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  • Joe D.

    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.

    Joe Donka · June 13, 2011
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  • Rebecca S.

    Belgian-Style Mussels are a must! Steamed in Wittekerke white ale w/ sliced shallots, celery, thyme & bayleaf. Don't wait as long as I did to try this wonderful treat. Read more

    Rebecca Sage · June 16, 2010
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  • Quentin R.

    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.

    Quentin Reul · July 27, 2013
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  • Ben L.

    Definitely try the CB&J sandwich! It comes with mac & cheese and real potato chips—more food than you probably need.

    Ben Lippert · 2 weeks ago
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  • Erik R.

    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.

    Erik Rowley · November 6, 2012
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  • Sara S.

    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. ;)

    Sara Stubblefield · September 20, 2011
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  • Food Network

    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

    Food Network · August 4, 2014
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  • ben m.

    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.

    ben m · August 20, 2014
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  • Michael G.

    Try the Gift of the Magi beer (from Lost Abbey Brewery). Flavored with frankincence and myrrh, it's perfect for the holiday season (or just winter).

    Michael Goldman · December 26, 2009
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  • Jordan B.

    Great beer list! Downside- no flights or small pours. Cozy fireplace in the winter and lovely patio in the summer. Soup is excellent!

    Jordan Bishopp · January 13
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  • Adam W.

    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.

    Adam Webb · October 28, 2013
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  • Ross G.

    Yes, get the CBJ & wash it down with a great beer on tap. Get there eraly or make reservations: can get quite crowded on weekend evenings.

    Ross Guthrie · December 22, 2010
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  • Tiff 'TheFemGeek' T.

    Go to Hopleaf Bar and order their mussels. I never had mussels before and when I did I fell in love, specifically for Hopleaf's...nom nom nom :)

    Tiff 'TheFemGeek' Tate · June 20, 2009
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  • Emily P.

    Muscles for two (muscles in your choice of broth & fritz with aioli sauce). Love their selection of beer! I suggest the Delirium tremmens!

    Emily Park · October 25, 2010
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  • Men's Health Mag

    With beer, there’s a story behind every bottle. That’s why there’s genius in this bars beer menu. Those stories? Right there in black and white. Read up, boy, then drink up.

    Men's Health Mag · November 15, 2011
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  • Matt V.

    40 beers on tap, great selection of various IPA's. Good food on the menu as well

    Matt Volkwyn · October 14, 2014
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  • Mazda

    It's all about their decadent CB&J. House-made cashew butter, fig jam, and morbier cheese, and on top of that it's pan-fried!

    Mazda · November 15, 2010
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  • Tiffany C.

    The Brisket sandwich with fries was absolutely delicious. Great place to grab a beer and chat with friends. Great atmosphere!

    Tiffany C · February 24, 2014
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  • Erica M.

    Not a lot of veggie fare here but lovely in terms of alcohol and good, warm atmosphere. Easily my favorite bar in Chicago.

    Erica McKeehen · December 2, 2012
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  • Ken P.

    Try a Kwaak! A solid Belgian, served in a small yard with a wooden stand. The pageantry of it alone makes it a good choice.

    Ken Pelletier · April 6, 2012
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