• 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

    K4K Pour of the Week: Bell's Two-Hearted Ale

    Bottle Brewery of the MonthMarch: The Bruery

    03/01-03/31Stone's March IPA Madness

    03/25Worldwide Orval Day

    03/29 Chimay/Trappist Beer Celebration w/Bobo Van Mechelen

    03/30Brewer, Beer & Food Day with Lagunitas

    04/08—4th Annual Saison Day with Allagash

    04/03Belgian Fried Chicken Night (1st Mon. of month)

    All Mondays—Bottle Mondays (discounts on bottled beers)

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    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.

    Weds. Mar.29, 7pm

    the Night of TRAPPIST Breweries Night

    with Bobo Van Mechelen!

    In celebration of Hopleaf's 25th anniversary & of our longstanding partnership with Chimay & the other Trappist ales, we are honored to have Bobo Van Mechelen, Chimay's American importer and representative on hand to pour from rare magnum bottles of Chimay and Rochefort including the new release of Cognac Barrel-Aged Chimay Grand Reserve. We'll be raffling off some special bottles from other Trappist beers brought to us by Merchant du Vin!

    In the very early days of Hopleaf's 25 year history, we established one of our most enduring brewery relationships and that is with the Trappists. These Cistercian monasteries brew some of the world's most outstanding beers. Chimay in particular has been a mainstay for us and our customers, first in bottles and more recently on draft.

    Hopleaf stocks the Trappist ales of Chimay, Rochefort, Orval, Westmalle, Koningshoeven ( La Trappe ) and Engelszell. There are no more honored breweries in the world. We are also proud to serve them knowing that beyond supporting the abbeys themselves, proceeds from these beers support good works in Africa and elsewhere.

    Bobo is a delightful raconteur and you'll want to share some of these special beers with him. We'll be in the south bar room at 7 and the beers poured from magnums will be free while they last. We'll have all three Chimay beers on tap and others in bottles as always.

    The monks of the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Scourmont, near the town of Chimay, Belgium have been producing their now famous beer and rich, cows milk cheese since the mid-19th century. Needing to generate modest funds for the abbey, the monks settled on two things most people can't get enough of; beer and fatty, delicious dairy products. What came out of their efforts became iconic. Chimay beer and cheese of the same name are meant to be eaten together.

    As an extra-special treat we'll be cutting into and offering a whole wheel of Chimay cheese—gratis—to pair with the Chimay beer of your choice!

     

    Thurs. Mar. 30, 6-9pm

    Lagunitas'

    Brewer, Beer & Food Day

    Featuring 3 special menu pairings, a la carte, available all evening, —menu here soon!

    Pouring Little Sumpin' Sumpin', Aunt Sally and Cappuccino Stout—Meet & Greet with Head Brewer Joe Flo!

     

    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. April's preparation (pictured) is:
    Buttermilk-soaked/Kwak-battered chicken thighs, ramp waffle, purées of peas & carrots, pickled ramps, shaved radish, fennel, Kwak honey. 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.

    MENU:

    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

    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!

    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.

    Thurs. Mar. 30, 6-9pm

    Lagunitas Brewer, Beer & Food Day

    Featuring 3 special menu pairings, a la carte, available all evening, —menu here soon!

    Pouring Little Sumpin' Sumpin', Aunt Sally and Cappuccino Stout—Meet & Greet with Head Brewer Joe Flo!

     
  • Our Menus (pdfs & links)

    Our Draft Beer Menu as of Mar. 18

    Our Dinner Menu as of Feb. 22

    Our Lunch Menu as of Feb. 23

    Our Wine List as of Jan. 27

    Our Dessert Menu as of Jan. 27

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

    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

    Hours

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

    BAR:

    Sunday - Friday 12pm - 2am

    Saturday 12pm - 3am

    LUNCH:

    Monday - Friday 12pm - 5pm

    Sat. - Sunday 12pm - 4pm

     

    DINNER:

    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

    Thanksgiving:

    Bar 6pm - 2am

    Kitchen CLOSED

    Christmas Eve:

    Bar 12pm - 3am

    Kitchen 12pm - 10pm

    Christmas:

    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!

    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.

  • 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.

    Phone

    Private Events &

    General Inquiries

    Requests for Graphics & Photos; Gift Certificates Queries

    Facebook

    Twitter

  • 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!

    http://chicago.eater.com/2015/10/22/9593276/michelin-chicago-bib-gourmand-list-2016

     

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

     

    Thanks for the love, Thrillist!
    http://www.thrillist.com/drink/chicago/the-11-best-beer-bars-in-all-of-chicago-thrillist-chicago

  • 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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