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.
K4K Pour of the Week: Bell's Two-Hearted Ale
Bottle Brewery of the Month—March: The Bruery
03/01-03/31—Stone's March IPA Madness
03/25—Worldwide Orval Day
03/29— Chimay/Trappist Beer Celebration w/Bobo Van Mechelen
03/30—Brewer, Beer & Food Day with Lagunitas
04/08—4th Annual Saison Day with Allagash
04/03—Belgian Fried Chicken Night (1st Mon. of month)
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.
Mon. April 3 —
it's Belgian-Fried Chicken Night with Kwak!
The First Monday of every month is 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. March's preparation (pictured) is:
Buttermilk & dry dredged chicken — mint/basil waffle — kale & shaved carrot salad w/sesame oil & rice wine vinaigrette —Thai chile sauce w/a hint of Kwak beer, sesame seed garnish. 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.
All of March—
Stone's March IPA Madness
Tangerine Express on tap all month,
plus, on a rotating basis:
Jinda Pale, Enjoy By 4.20, Red X, & Doublicious !
Friday Feb. 24 —
It's Gouden Carolus
Van de Keizer Day!
Honoring the Emperor Charles V, the only Holy Roman Emperor to rule from Belgium!
The highly sought Cuvée Van de Keizer Blauw 2015 on tap, along with its stablemate, Hopsinjoor.
Monday Feb 20 —
Stone Brewing Collab Beer & Pairings with
Cleetus Friedman & the Hopleaf Kitchen Force
On February 20th, we will be pouring from corked and caged bottles, Stone Rumvergnugen. This beer is a collaboration beer brewed at Stone's new Liberty Station Brewery with Chicago chef Cleetus Friedman.
Cleetus and Hopleaf owner, Michael Roper's relationship goes back to 1995 when Cleetus moved to Chicago. Over the years they have developed a great relationship revolving around beer, food, and their shared love for Chicago.
Join us for an evening of Stone Brewing beers paired by Cleetus Friedman and the crew at Hopleaf.
Rumvergnügen: Cleetus's new collaboration with Stone Brewing is an Imperial Dunkelweisen with toasted hazelnuts and black strap molasses, aged in rum barrels.
Over a year ago, Cleetus went out to Stone Brewing at Liberty Station to brew with Kris Ketcham, Steve Wagner, and Steve Gonzalez. after 13 months in rum barrels we are ready to let you all get some of this small batch beer. RumVergnügen will be available in Chicago and at Stone Brewing ONLY. 100 cases of 500ml cork and cage bottles will also be at select shops around the city.
Vergnügen is a word Germans use to describe something pleasurable, so when we got a hold of rum barrels in which to stow away a German-style dark wheat ale, well, the beer named itself.
IN THE MASH Pale, White Wheat, Red Wheat & Chocolate Spelt Malts and Toasted Hazelnuts
IN THE BOIL Magnum & Emerald Hops and Blackstrap Molasses
To make this a Hopleaf culinary experience, our talented culinary team sat down with Cleetus and me and come up with a menu that will pair perfectly with this brew and with another new Stone offering, Tangerine Express.
Salad of Little Gem Lettuce, broccoli and pork rillette croutons in a Tangerine Express dressing to be paired with Stone Tangerine Express
Duck Breast with Black Mole, Pepita Gremolata and Tamale Gnocchi to be paired with Stone/Cleetus Rumvergnugen.
Banana Hazelnut Waffel Cake with Chocolate Mousse and Brulee' Banana Ice Cream to also be paired with Stone/Cleetus Rumvergnugan.
Available while it lasts!
Weds. Feb. 15 —
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!
Sun Feb 7—
Super Stout Sunday!
34 Stouts plus our Super Stout Chili!
• Brooklyn Black Ops • 3 Floyds Crack the Skye • Revolution Cafe Deth • Dark Horse B.B.A Plead the Fifth • Begyle B.B.A Imperial Pajamas • Deschutes The Abyss • Deschutes Black Butte XXVIII • Temperance Double Rye Might Meets Right • Avery Samael • surly B.B.A. darkness • sierra nevada trip in the woods • Lost abbey angel’s share • north coast b.a. old rasputin • perennial abraxas • allagash Hibernal Fluxus • maplewood mindfk • great divide coffee oak-aged yeti • great divide b.a. hibernation
• founders backwoods bastard • founders kentucky breakfast stout • agunitas high west reserve • lagunitas willet reserve • new holland Dragon’s milk: Brewer’s Select & Coconut Rum Barrel-Aged
• Firestone Walker: Anniversary XX & parabola & §ucaba • 5 RaBBIT Piña Colada
PLUS Hopleaf’s Super Stout Chili & Cornbread Special!—Cooked w/ Founders Breakfast Stout w/house bacon, ground beef, stout/chili sausage, beef stew meat, smoked brisket, and kidney beans. . Served with fixins and Bloody Butchers corn bread. $14
Weds. Dec. 14, 6pm —
Unibroue's À Tout Le Monde
Release & Glassware Giveaway & Special Dinner Pairings
WEDS DEC 14—UNIBROUE is celebrating the RELEASE of their new dry-hopped Saison, À TOUT LE MONDE. Our pal the Unibroue rep Karl Braun will join us at 6, giving away glassware while supplies last. The À Tout Le Monde goes *great* with our famous classic Mussels & Frites—the mussels are always steamed in Unibroue’s Blanche de Chambly. And the Flemish Stew is back, prepared with Unibroue’s quad-style La Terrible!
Weds. Nov 30, 6:30pm —
The Debut of 5 Rabbit's
Lupita & The Three Kings!
Be the 1st to taste 5 Rabbit's brand new Belgian Quadrupel-style dark ale inspired by the traditional Rosca de Reyes dessert: it's brewed w/ Morello cherries, candied pineapple, cinnamon, orangepeel & piloncillo sugar.
5 Rabbit crew will be in attendance and there will be swag & prizes! 5R's fine Ironica IPA will also be on tap.
Our Menus (pdfs & links)
Our Lunch Menu as of Feb. 23
Our Wine List as of Jan. 27
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
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
Holiday Hours 2016
Bar 6pm - 2am
Bar 12pm - 3am
Kitchen 12pm - 10pm
Bar 6pm - 2am
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
Hopleaf 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 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.
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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!
02/15—Our 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.