The Hopleaf Bar
5148 N. Clark St., Chicago 773-334-9851
Serving Better Beers, Wines & Spirits since 1992.
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: Three Floyds' Mithral Dice
8/01—Belgian Fried Chicken Night (1st Mon. of month)
Still On Tap—Hopleaf Patio Trees Cider Tapping!
Recurring Reading 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.
Monday Aug 1—it's Belgian-Fried Chicken Night with Kwak!
The First Monday of every month is Belgian Fried Chicken Night! (Because of Independence Day, we pushed it back one week.) 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. August's preparation : Kwak battered chicken, red grit waffle, summer succotash, red pepper coulis, kwak honey, pickled peppers. Enjoy it with a Kwak in its famous glass! Starts at 5pm.
Hopleaf Patio Trees Cider —
produced for us by Virtue Cider
We never anticipated that we'd be able to produce a Hopleaf cider from our two trees, but last year's bounty has been put to a tasty purpose. Come and share the gift that nature bestowed on us: Hopleaf's Patio Trees Cider! Michael tells the story:
As some of you may have noticed, Hopleaf has two apple trees on our back patio. They were planted in 2006 and over the years have yielded some tasty apples. In 2015, however, those trees absolutely exploded with fruit. With such a bumper harvest at hand, I mentioned to my friend, Virtue cider's Greg Hall, that perhaps we could make a cider. He heartily agreed and we harvested the apples, sent them to Fennville to be crushed and spend some quality time in an oak cask. This spring, I went to Fennville to taste out our juice and that from a dozen or so other barrels with Virtue's master cider maker/blender, Seth Boeve, in order to decide on a appropriate blend. We've blended our Gala and Fuji apple juice with some traditional cider apples from Michigan and we think that we've come up with a winner. We have enough of it to last through the summer but you may want to come Tuesday to try it as fresh as it will ever be.
Thursday July 14, 7pm —
VanderGhinste Sour Family Values
Usually in bottles, all 3 on draft! Yay!
Mon. May 16, 7pm — Celebrating
Saison du BUFF — Meet-n-Greet with Stone/Victory/Dogfish Head's Greg Koch,
Celebrating Saison du BUFF— the special collaboration beer from Dogfish Head~Stone Brewing~Victory Brewing. (It’s a Saison of sorts: hellaciously herbaceous and hopefully contagious." )
These 3 friends will be hanging out, swapping stories, at Hopleaf around 7pm. Selections of Classics & Rarities available on draft & bottles from each Brewery!
Sam, Greg, and Bill formed the BUFF alliance (Brewers United for Freedom of Flavor) in 2003, intent on highlighting the passion & camaraderie of the American craft brew movement.
Our Menus (pdfs & links)
Our Draft Beer Menu as of July 29
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 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
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—
when you get your email receipt from your order, just hit "reply" and let us know!
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!
7/7—Amazing Beer Pairing Dinner w/ Solemn Oath & The Bruery //
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.