Thought this was just a bar to belly up to with a Belgian brew in hand? One bite and you’ll know there’s much more. Our perfect night involves sampling the drafts at the bar while slurping down the famous ale-steamed mussels, but you could also class it up, grab a proper table and dig into seasonal rotations such as wood-roasted spring chicken with morels and favas, available in the spring. Beer geeks know this is the place in town to school their palate on craft brews, and they do come in droves, but the addition of an adjacent space helps keep the place from feeling like a sardine tin.
5148 N Clark St
|Cross street:||between Winona St and Foster Ave|
|Opening hours:||Sun-Fri noon-2am; Sat noon-3am|
|Transport:||El stop: Red to Berwyn; Red to Argyle. Bus: 22, 50, 92.|
|Price:||Average main course: $20|
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Hopleaf is always worth the trek to Andersonville--I so envy those who live nearby! Its beer selection is massive, the sandwiches are tasty, and it's so big there's always space. If there's a long wait for tables, just go to the side bar and order food there.
Always something awesome on tap, great bottle list, and, of course, stunning food. CBJ is the stuff of dreams.
One of the best beer bars in the city (it is our shining beacon of Belgian brews), Hopleaf is also a real gourmet presence in the city. Go to drink or eat but always be prepared for excellence.
I love the cashew butter fig jam sandwich here. Hopleaf is the perfect place to go on a rainy day. You can hole up inside next to the mini fireplace and NEVER run out of beer options.
When you move to Chicago, you should get a welcome package that includes a coupon for a free beer at Hopleaf. The Andersonville bar and restaurant is one of those places that everyone should go, even if you're not impressed by the formidable list of beers from all around the world. Dishes like the duck reuben and the the cashew butter and fig jam sandwich are as venerable as the tired-and-true Chicago-style hot dog. Just make sure to stop by early—this place fills up fast.
Belgian beer nuts love Hopleaf. The gastropub has a massive beer menu as well as a creative dinner menu. Great service and cool ambience. Love this place!