• The Hopleaf Bar

    5148 N. Clark St., Chicago 773-334-9851

    Serving Better Beers, Wines & Spirits since 1992.

    (It's Our 25th Anniversary Year!)
    Belgian-inspired kitchen featuring our famous Mussels & Frites.

    No reservations—first come, first served!

    Hopleaf is an adult venue—everyone must be 21 or over with valid ID to enter. Sorry: children (including infants) will not be admitted.

  • Upcoming Events

    7/23—Dogfish Head Fish Fry and Bottle Raffle

    8/02—A Visit from Frank and Karle Boon—with Boon Kriek and Lambic

    7/12—Brasserie de Silly Sampling Silly Sour & Silly Saison

    with Bertrand Van der Haegen

    7/17—Meet n Greet with Danny Dieusseart from Brouwerie Leroy

    featuring Poperings Hommelbier & others!

    08/07Belgian Fried Chicken Night (1st Mon. of month)

    K4K Pour of the Week: Stone Ghost Hammer

    Bottle Brewery of the Month—July: Sierra Nevada


    All Mondays—Bottle Mondays (discounts on bottled beers)


    Recurring Reading, Storytelling, Performance Events:

    Tuesday Funk (1st Tuesday of Month)

    This One Woman (4th Monday of month)

    Cassandra (4th Tuesday of month)

    Check out their own websites for details and to confirm dates.

    SUN. JULY 23

    The Dogfish Head Fish Fry


    Everyone who comes before 2 PM to our Dogfish Head Fish Fry Sunday gets a chance at winning one of these vintage bottles of Dogfish Head beer!

    Sam Caligione could not make it but he sent these bottles to us UPS including: a 2005 Old School Barley Wine with label art by Chicago's own Jon Langford, a signed bottle of 2009 World Wide Stout, a 2008 Palo Santo Marron and a 2008 Immort Ale. We're expecting 100 to 150 to show all day for this so your odds are pretty good ( 1 in 25 or so ) compared to PowerBall or Mega Millions. All of these beers are very cellar-worthy and came from Dogfish Head founder Sam's private stash. Come eat some fish, drink some Dogfish Head and maybe take some Dogfish Head home with you.

    See info on the The Dogfish Head Fish Fry directly below!

    SUN. JULY 23

    The Dogfish Head


    From Noon until 4pm

    $20 tickets available at the door.

    We’ll be switching out most of our usual lunch menu for the DOGFISH HEAD FISH FRY! 

    $20 gets you fish and a Dogfish Head draft beer, both of your choice, plus sides. All while supplies last…come early for best choice.

    Tix available at the door—just $20

    THE MENU*:

    • Cornmeal-dusted Catfish or

    Dogfish Head beer-battered Pollock. 

    • Both come w/hushpuppies and then visit the Buffet of Sides: potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, pickled green tomatoes.

    • Banana pudding as a special dessert ($5).

    • Dogfish Head beers on tap will be 60-Minute IPA, SeaQuench Ale, Festina Peche, and Flesh & Blood.

    • (*Also available during the event will be a limited selection of Hopleaf items: radish carpaccio, charcuterie, cheese plate, wedge salad, tomato salad, corn salad, side salad, chips, & desserts.)

    • Please note! There will be no regular Hopleaf Menu this afternoon! We're guessing that regular service will resume around 4:30pm.

    • Of course if you just want to come in to drink, you can do that too.

    • See event listing directly above this one for info about the BOTTLE RAFFLE!



    Weds. Aug. 2

    Meet-n-Greet with Frank and Karel Boon

    Seminar from 7-8pm upstairs bar (free)

    Socializing 8-10pm downstairs

    Learn about Lambics with the masters!

    Mon. AUG 7 —

    it's Belgian-Fried Chicken Night with Kwak!

    It's the First Monday of every month —Belgian Fried Chicken Night! You might not find fried chicken on many menus on Brussels, but you might wish that you did after tasting this! It's not historically a staple of the Belgian culinary scene, but we thought we'd change that. The preparation changes from month to month. July's preparation (pictured) was:

    Fried chicken thigh, lemon Kwaffle, potato salad purée, housemade 5-chili hot sauce, pickled watermelonrind & watermelon-lime "fries"—Yum!

    Best enjoyed with a Kwak in its signature stirrup glass, but there's plenty more choices on our beer lists. Dinnertime starts at 5 on Mondays.

    Weds. July 11

    Sampling Silly with Brewer-Owner

    Bertrand Van Der Haegen

    Silly Sour & Silly Saison & Stupid Silly Sour all on tap!

    Mon. July 17

    Meet-n-Greet with Brewery Leroy's

    Danny Dieussaert

    Featuring Poperings Hommel,

    Hommel Dry Hop, & Hommel Harvest

    Glass giveaway too!

    Sunday April 30, all day

    It's PEIRCE DAY!

    100% of the Day's proceeds (minus taxes and tips) will be donated to Helen C. Pierce School of International Studies!

    From a customer’s standpoint, it’s a regular Sunday—no tickets to buy or on-site auction items, just the usual wonderful menu of food, beer & wine (full bar too.) Come with your family*, friends or by yourself. You are bound to find a familiar face from Andersonville, Edgewater, or Peirce that day. Budget cuts loom againgoing into next year...can we raise $35,000? Hopleaf open as usual from Noon-2am (food served until 10pm).


    Weds. Feb. 15

    Celebrating our

    25th Anniversary with Bell's Beers!

    We're serving the Bell's beers that we carried in 1992 when we started, at the 1992 prices!

    The Bells "legacy beers" on draft at $2.75 pint: Amber, Porter, Kalamazoo Stout, & Double Cream Stout. In bottles for $2.50 each: Bells 3rd Coast & Third Coast Old Ale. (Other "modern" Bell's products will be normally priced.) This event is WEDNESDAY ONLY. More celebrations to come as our anniversary year progresses; check back often!

  • Our Menus (pdfs & links)

    Our Draft Beer Menu as of July 12

    Our Dinner Menu as of June 27

    Our Lunch Menu as of June 27

    Our Wine List as of March 25

    Our Dessert Menu as of June 27

    Our Off-Menu Beer List of Rarities & Large Format Bottles —May 7

    Our dining menus are also available as a list at various menu sites, including http://chicago.menupages.com/restaurants/hopleaf/ .


    Our most current draft menu is usually available at

    https://www.beermenus.com/places/1081-hopleaf-bar (which you can follow and stay up-to-date)


    (Please note that because our menus change frequently—draft menus several times a week—what you see here and especially on external websites may not be perfectly accurate.)


  • Hours & Party Info

    © Grant Kessler


    Hopleaf is open 365 days of the year, at Noon every day (except as noted specifically


    Sunday - Friday 12pm - 2am

    Saturday 12pm - 3am


    Monday - Friday 12pm - 5pm

    Sat. - Sunday 12pm - 4pm



    Monday-Thursday 5pm - 11pm

    Friday 5pm - 12am

    Saturday 4pm - 12am

    Sunday 4pm - 10pm

    Private Parties

    • Our private party room upstairs can accommodate up to 40 guests. 
    • It is available Sunday-Thursday 12 noon until 1 AM and Friday- Saturday 12 noon until 6. (NO SAT NIGHTS)
    • Friday evening parties are now available with a $4000 minimum.
    • A non-refundable fee of $200 is required to reserve the space.   
    • Full open bar (4 drafts, 50 beers in bottles, wines, spirits, & soft drinks) —$18 per person per hour.  
    • Food buffet packages can be discussed in person. Typically they run $15-$20 per person.  
    • Let us know if you'd like to book or have questions. Scroll down to contacts to do so.

    Holiday Hours 2016


    Bar 6pm - 2am

    Kitchen CLOSED

    Christmas Eve:

    Bar 12pm - 3am

    Kitchen 12pm - 10pm


    Bar 6pm - 2am

    Kitchen CLOSED

    New Year's Eve:

    Regular Hours, Regular Menu,

    Regular Prices, No Cover


  • The History of Hopleaf

    by Michael Roper, Proprietor

  • Where We Are

    Easily reached by CTA— 22 Clark and 72 Foster buses stop at our intersection. The Red Line stops are roughly 5 blocks east—
    use Berwyn or Argyle. Cabs are plentiful.
    Street parking is available—mostly metered but
    there are free ones on side streets and on Ashland

  • Gift Certificates!

    -7Hopleaf Gift certificates are physical stored value cards, and can be purchased in whatever denomination you like. Buy them with Paypal here online or pick one up when you come in—just ask your server.

    Cards purchased online will be sent via US Post and should arrive within 5-7 business days.
    If you are sending the card directly to someone else:
    please be sure to include any short greeting or message you'd like to include, this way:
    when you get your Paypal receipt in email from your order, hit "Reply", type your message, and Send!

    WE'RE SORRY BUT DELIVERY FOR CHRISTMAS CANNOT BE GUARANTEED. Post Office Guidelines show Dec. 20 as the last day for likely delivery by Christmas. Chicago addresses maybe have an extra day or so.

  • Find Us/Contact Us

    Please join us on Facebook and Twitter.
    At present, our Facebook page tends to have the most immediate updates on events and features. And please email us with any questions.


    Private Events &

    General Inquiries

    Requests for Graphics & Photos; Gift Certificates Queries



  • News & Accolades

    Delighted to be honored by Time Out Chicago in the company of so many fine establishments and people: https://www.timeout.com/chicago/bars/the-winners-of-the-2016-time-out-chicago-bar-awards


    We were awarded Michelin's Bib Gourmand for 2016 ! Happy to be in such nice company too!



    Our CB&J made the TheChicagoTraveler.com's Grilled Cheese List


    Thanks for the love, Thrillist!

  • Past Events

    (recent events:)

    02/15Our 25th Anniversary Celebration with Bell's Beers!

    02/20—Rumvergnugen: Stone Brewing Collab Beer & Pairings

    with Cleetus Friedman!

    02/24—Gouden Carolus Van de Keizer Blauw Day

    11/10—An Evening with New Belgium's Lauren Salazar //

    7/7—Amazing Beer Pairing Dinner w/ Solemn Oath & The Bruery //

    Thurs. Nov 10, 7-10pm

    An Evening with Lauren Salazar

    of New Belgium Brewing

    Don't miss this special opportunity to join beer blending wizard Lauren Woods Salazar of New Belgium Brewing Thursday night at Hopleaf for a pre-Festival of Barrel Aged Beers conversation about her craft, this years entry in the competition and last year's medal winner. Beer & food are included. Space is limited; details and tickets ($35) are available on http://nblaurenathopleaf.bpt.me

    Tuesday July 7—
    Beer Dinner with 
    Solemn Oath & The Bruery

    There are beer dinners and there are very special beer dinners. This one is one of the latter. Patrick Rue, founder and beer savant from The Bruery does not get to Chicago very often so we are particularly honored to have him as our special guest. Along with local heroes, the aptly named John and Joe Barley, from Naperville's Solemn Oath Brewery, Patrick and those who attend will enjoy a great meal prepared with and paired with very special beers from both breweries. This is one not to miss! 5 Courses, 8 Beers, Prix Fixe menu (no substitutions) Tickets are $100 and are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1784315/


    The Menu, (but see the ticket link above for complete details about the dishes):


    Opening beer- Geriatric Hipster Club


    1st - Tradewinds Triple paired with  Prawn Salad


    2nd - Pain Cave paired with Lamb Carpaccio


    3rd - Honorable Presenter paired with Duck & Waffles


    4th - Double pairing of Sour in the Rye and Metaphysm paired with Rabbit Roulade


    5th - Beret paired with White Chocolate Cheesecake & Raspberry/Malted Milk Layer Cake


    Closing beer - Big Box Make Magic

  • "Pour It Forward"—
    our Oak-Aged LaTrappe Party & Raffles

    —a benefit for 3 schools

    At 7pm Thursday Feb 26 Hopleaf will host a tasting of 4 different vintages 
    of LaTrappe Oak-Aged Quadrupel, for a mere $20 admission*. 
    Additionally, the first 30 people to arrive will also receive a full pour of a La Trappe beer. A $1 raffle ticket will give one lucky guest a bottle of one of these amazing beers to take home. And at the end of the evening guests are able to buy their La Trappe chalice for $5. And there will be the drawing for Brother Wolfgang's painting #6—raffle tickets for this are $20 a piece, and can be purchased at Hopleaf without attending the event. Please see below for an explanation of the charity.


    Tickets for the tasting can be purchased online or at the door. 

    (As this is in Hopleaf's upstairs bar, the room could reach capacity.) 

    Proceeds of raffles will go to the two Ugandan schools that 
    are neighbors of LaTrappe's daughter monastery there. 
    (See details below for the important painting raffle.)

    Proceeds of admission tickets will go to our local public elementary school, 
    Helen C Peirce on Bryn Mawr Ave.

    Brother Isaac, Prior of the abbey and director of the brewery, writes: Each Trappist monastery uses a part of its revenues for social and charitable purposes. For example, the PUUR run, an annual recreational running event which was organized last may on the grounds of our Koningshoeven abbey raised nearly 5,000 euros.


    This money will be used to renovate the schools that are close to our daughter monastery in Uganda and to provide them with drinking water. During the last visit to Uganda, which the entire management of the brewery made, we were very touched by the deplorable state the schools were in. 30 children were in a hut with no windows or light.


    The proceeds of Brother Wolfgang’s paintings will be used for these schools. There are two schools near the monastery in Uganda; a Catholic school and a Muslim school. We make no distinction. We will try to help both schools. Our daughter abbey in Uganda is itself so poor that they are not able to help these schools by their selves. That is why the brewery and the abbey will take this for their account. Also, we will try to teach the brothers of the monastery some more about agriculture. This is one of main ways of generating income in Uganda.

    Brother Wolfgang is a monk at the LaTrappe abbey and he is a painter. His paintings have been auctioned or raffled in various locations in the US over the past year, with the proceeds going to help these Ugandan schools, which are in dire need of renovation and upgrading— the structures are small, rough, windowless and dark— they are especially in need of light. Which is appropriate: Brother Wolfgang's paintings are inspired by the Lux Perpetua, the everlasting light of God, shining through the darkness and adversity.


    This painting is referred to as "#6", and it measures 39"x48". Please help us help the monks do this good thing! Raffle tickets are $20 a piece, and can be purchased from your server at the bar or at your table or at the event. We will be drawing the winning ticket at our LaTrappe party “Pour It Forward" on Thursday evening February 26, upstairs here at Hopleaf. 

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