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Hopleaf Bar

Beer Bar and Bar$$$$
Andersonville, Chicago
319 Tips and reviews
  • mussels
  • beer
  • french fries
  • zombie dust
  • cashew butter
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rick T.
    Rick TantonMay 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Shycu
    ShycuJuly 22
    Extensive beer list. Fancy food for a brew pub. Crab and corn fritters were yummy. Lots of pomme frites come with sandwich orders. Sandwiches $11-$13, entrees over $18-$32. Mussels are the specialty.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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].
  • Simon K.
    Simon KFebruary 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.
  • 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?
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 13
    Andersonville residents manage to agree that the fireplace at Hopleaf is a huge asset to the space. Get lost in the Hopleaf's massive beer menu. Read more
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, 2016
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hudson Sutler
    This bar has been slingin’ beer for 25 years, and recently added onto the kitchen to satisfy any of your stick-to-your-ribs bar food needs. Read more
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • It's A Major Plus
    It's A Major PlusMarch 13, 2014
    Been here 50+ 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.
  • 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.
  • PureWow
    PureWowMay 3
    Andersonville: Even on the hottest of days, the garden at Hopleaf is packed with people cooling off with a Hefeweizen and light salad—made with greens grown around you, no less. Read more
  • Dustin H.
    Dustin HaleyFebruary 5
    Loads of great beer with a rotating list - always something new when I go in. Also, this place is crazy big with various different levels and rooms. Cool vibe!
  • Ben L.
    Ben LippertApril 9, 2016
    Definitely try the CB&J sandwich! It comes with mac & cheese and real potato chips—more food than you probably need.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Joe D.
    Joe DodsonJune 24
    This place is awesome. Had the catfish hoggie and can't wait to come back and get it again.
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  • Jordan B.
    Jordan BishoppJanuary 13, 2016
    Great beer list! Downside- no flights or small pours. Cozy fireplace in the winter and lovely patio in the summer. Soup is excellent!
  • 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.
  • Damon S.
    Damon SununtnasukDecember 30, 2016
    Excellent beer list and wonderful food. Mussels are incredible and the charcuterie platter great too. Pork belly salad was to die for.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • David C.
    David C.September 25, 2016
    It's definitely a trek from downtown, but so worth it. Amazing beer and wine selection.
  • Nik W.
    Nik WenzelJuly 18, 2010
    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
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerJune 18, 2016
    Mussels are a must. And the chocolate brownie for dessert is mind blowing.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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. ;)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah Conner-SmithFebruary 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Alison
    AlisonAugust 25, 2010
    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
  • Keith B.
    Keith B.April 22, 2013
    A must for any Beer Geeks! Plus the newly expanded kitchen and seating makes it an even better experience.
  • Ken P.
    Ken PelletierApril 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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!
  • Lizzie H.
    Lizzie HinemanFebruary 24
    Awesome beer list. Split the mussels and had the cb&j sandwich.
  • Christopher C.
    Christopher CraddockNovember 17, 2011
    CB&J is to die for. Make sure you sub pomme frites for chips. Mussels are, if I may use 90s vernacular, off the chain.
  • Fletcher R.
    Fletcher RhoadsAugust 8, 2014
    The mussels are fantastic, and the sausage and potato appetizer is great too. Killer Belgian beer selection.
  • Damon S.
    CB&J (cashew butter and fig jam) comes with Mac & cheese and house made chips is absolutely amazing
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    If you go, make sure to order the mussels for two in the beer sauce. Read more
  • Kerry N.
    Kerry NevelMay 10, 2013
    Yes, the mussels are without question, awesome, but their other foods are great,too. Also, great onion rings.
  • Jenni M.
    Jenni MoyDecember 7, 2012
    Lots of craft beers and cider on tap. Delicious mussels and frites. Great late night hang-out.
  • Joel S.
    Joel SavitzkySeptember 6, 2015
    1. Zombie Dust on tap. 2. Outstanding, fresh and local foods. 3. DESSERT WITH BEER
  • Ross G.
    Ross GuthrieDecember 22, 2010
    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.
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca SageJune 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Lindsay A.
    Lindsay A.April 22, 2013
    Mussels for 2 and awesome beer selections. Slim is the best cat around. Just go there, dummy.
  • David S.
    David SeitzAugust 25, 2016
    The charcuterie is on point. Great beer selection, a lot of Belgians, but a lot of options overall.
  • Vincent J.
    Vincent JamesMarch 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best selections of IPAs, ever... There's also Belgium styles for the soft ones (slightly judging you)
  • Ryan T.
    Ryan TauerJune 23, 2016
    Great bar with an awesome selection of beers on tap. Friendly staff.
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan CarrMarch 31, 2013
    Fantastic food and awesome beer. Great atmosphere, too. A bit loud, but not loud like a sports bar.
  • Tammy
    TammyAugust 22, 2014
    Besides their extensive menu of drinks/beers, you must try their mussels and fries!
  • Steve G.
    Steve GozdeckiSeptember 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best beer selection on earth. Awesome dinner menu. Lunch offerings a bit lacking, though.
  • Julian
    JulianNovember 4, 2015
    The beer selection is amazing. Even though they pronounce all the European beers wrong. M
  • PB B.
    PB BrownDecember 6, 2012
    This place is always busy, but it's my favorite beer bar in town. Get the cashew butter sandwich.
  • Jude R.
    Jude ReterJanuary 13, 2014
    The Mussels are excellent. Vegetarian Wellington and cauliflower salad are awesome.
  • Todd C.
    Todd CarpenterApril 27, 2015
    Catfish hogie was pretty good and the beer selection is great. I had a delicious Flemish sour.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 15, 2011
    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.
  • Christopher
    ChristopherFebruary 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Check their off menu "Cooler" for the rarer and vintage bottles
  • Kelly C.
    Kelly CantonDecember 2, 2015
    Sour beer lovers should try this place. Beer lovers of all kinds will be happy.
  • Emily P.
    Emily ParkOctober 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Muscles for two (muscles in your choice of broth & fritz with aioli sauce). Love their selection of beer! I suggest the Delirium tremmens!
  • Emily Z.
    Emily ZanottiSeptember 12, 2011
    The food is fantastic, the beer selection is second to none, but the bathroom graffiti is the real treat. Seriously.
  • Mazda
    MazdaNovember 15, 2010
    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!
  • Chuck M.
    Chuck MalmMarch 6, 2012
    If you are sitting at a table or booth in the front room, you need to go to the bar to order your food and drinks.
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 1, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. With 150 beers on tap, including Trappist ales and mead, try to order something other than a Stella Artois. Read more
  • Matt C.
    Matt CoppensDecember 3, 2013
    Huge/excellent beer selection. Lots of Belgian beers on draft. Try Atomium. Tasty.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SegerAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try a splash of hum in a Flemish Sour and it will change your life. hum is the World's Most Unique Rum made right here in Chicagoland.
  • Lindsay E.
    Lindsay ErinJune 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Besides the best Belgium list they now have wine and Prosecco on tap!
  • Reverend J.
    Reverend JimFebruary 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Mussels. craft beer. men in beards. Tattoos. cb&j. Order a Trappist and enjoy the best place in the city.
  • Ben O.
    Ben OstranderMarch 24, 2013
    Great beer selection, great atmosphere, and fantastic bartenders. Highly recommended.
  • John K.
    John KiddeNovember 17, 2014
    I had a really good cherry cider that wasn't too sweet or bitter, very good.
  • Carly S.
    Carly SMarch 21, 2016
    If the wait for the restaurant is really long, grab a table in the bar area and order food from the bartender.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WhiteDecember 26, 2014
    Large selection of great beers on tap. Magazines and periodicals are available
  • Mightybytes
    MightybytesJuly 23, 2012
    Hopleaf features Belgium's finest brews, plus food including perfect mussels and frites. Read more
  • Katie W.
    Katie WFebruary 10, 2013
    Get the mussels!! There are more than enough for 2 people in the order for 1!
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SmithDecember 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Want to try a new beer or 200? Hopeleaf has an amazing selection. And if you've never tried their Duck Reuben, you haven't lived!
  • Sandra
    SandraDecember 5, 2016
    Nuestro anfitrión en Chicago nos recomendó el Hopleaf para echar la copita. Fuimos y tuvo mucha razón. Tienen mucha La Cerveza Internacional, pero me enamoré de la comida. El sándwich de pato, ¡ay!
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