• 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.

  • Hours

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

    © Grant Kessler


    Sunday - Friday 12pm - 2am

    Saturday 12pm - 3am


    12pm - 5pm


    Monday-Thursday 5pm - 11pm

    Friday & Saturday 5pm - 12am

    Sunday 5pm - 10pm


  • Our Menus (pdfs & links)

    Our Draft Beer Menu as of Mar. 13

    Our Dinner Menu as of Jan. 27

    Our Lunch Menu as of Jan 27

    Our Wine List as of October 23

    Our Dessert Menu as of Jan 12


    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.)


  • Upcoming Events


    03/21—An Event with Founders for The Alliance for the Great Lakes

    03/22—Special Tappings of Toppling Goliath

    03/24—Orval Day

    03/26—St. Bernardus Happy Hour with Bottle Raffle

    04/02—Belgian Fried Chicken Night

    04/22—Virtue Cider Pork Dinner

    04/29—Kegs for Kids! Peirce Benefit Day

    K4K Pour of the Week: Victory Prima Pils


    Featured Brewery of March—St. Bernardus


    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)

    Do Not Submit (4th Wednesday of month)

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


    Weds. March 21
    Meet&Greet with Founders' Dave Engbers, Benefit for Alliance for the Great Lakes


    Meet & Greet with Founders Brewing Company's' President and Co-founder Dave Engbers and President of The Alliance for the Great Lakes Joel Brammeier. Tickets are $20 each and include one four-ounce pour each of Canadian Breakfast Stout and Kentucky Breakfast Stout!


    This same evening there will also be a rare bottle raffle* and a tap takeover (a % of tap sales also go to The Alliance.)


    *No purchase necessary to win. 100% of admission ticket and raffle proceeds to the Alliance for the Great Lakes.


    The Alliance for the Great Lakes works to protect the Great Lakes for today and tomorrow, involving tens of thousands of people each year in advocacy, volunteering, education, and research to ensure the lakes are healthy and safe for all. Learn more about the Alliance at Greatlakes.org. Let's work to keep our waters healthy and safe.


    Saturday March 24


    Orval Trappist Ale will be discounted this day, plus glassware & maybe other swag giveaways. Plus, it's drinking for a good cause:

    Merchant du Vin, Orval's importer aims to deliver $1,000,000 in direct benefit to MAP International, which delivers medicine and health supplies to people in need around the world. They will be donating 50 cents for each bottle of Orval sold on Orval Day.

    Thurs March 22

    Toppling Goliath Tappings

    with merch giveaway!

    March 26

    St. Bernardus Happy Hour

    As part of our Brewery of the Month celebration, we'll be Raffling off a 6-Liter Bottle of St. Bernardus, with proceeds going to Nonviolence Chicago. Jesse Mogk will be visiting us, representing the brewery. St. Bernardus

    March's Brewery of the Month

    St. Bernardus

    Hopleaf’s featured “Brewery of the Month” is St. Bernardus, a longtime favorite of Hopleaf's owners, staff and customers. In the most remote corner of West Flanders, in the middle of “Le Plat Pays”, in the heart of the hop area in West Flanders, is the village of Watou, home of the St Bernardus Brewery.
    The history of the brewery is connected to 2 trappist monasteries, one gave them their name, the other, their beer. Due to anti clerical policies in the 19th and early 20th Centuries in their former home in Godewaersvelde, France, the Trappist monks of Mont des Cats moved to Watou. They transformed a farm into the “Refuge Notre Dame de St.Bernard” and started production of Abbey cheese.
    In the early thirties, the attitude versus the monks improved and in 1934, the Abbey community decided to dispose of the Belgian annex and to bring back all activities to France. Mr. Evarist Deconinck took over the cheese factory from the Trappist monks and expanded the cheese factory. The most important cheese was sold under the name St. Bernard Watou. Shortly after the Second World War, the Trappist Monastery St. Sixtus in Westvleteren was looking for somebody to commercialise their beer because they did not want to do it themselves anymore. They gave a license to the cheese factory, and Brewery St. Bernard was founded. The brewmaster from Westvleteren, Mathieu Szafranski (of Polish origin) became a partner in the brewery and brought along the recipes, the know-how and the St. Sixtus yeast strain. They started selling the Trappist beers under the brand names Trappist Westvleteren, St. Sixtus or even later Sixtus.
    During a period of 46 years they brewed and distributed the beers, while the monks continued to brew for themselves and to sell to 3 pubs in the neighborhood, including In De Vrede, just next to the monastery.
    In 1992 the license came to an end and since then they are brewing the same beers, with the same recipes, but under a different brand name: St.Bernardus.
    In Hopleaf’s early years, we carried the beers under the St Sixtus name and won many a devotee. Then for a time we even carried Westvleteren, now unavailable in America but highly revered. Happily, St Bernardus brews those recipes, some unchanged since 1946, and Hopleaf is proud to offer them. Hopleaf's owner Michael visited the St Bernardus Brewery last September and was treated to great hospitality there. Good beer, good people from a good place. Special prices all month.
    Try them all!! Prices are $2 off on Sundays-Thursdays in March

    Monday April 2

    Belgian-Fried Chicken Night

    with Kwak!

    It's the 1st 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.
    March's preparation (pictured):

    Adobo poached & fried chicken thigh, spicy sweet potato purée, warm bok choy salad w/soy Kwak dressing, beet waffle w/maple syrup! —$18—Best enjoyed with a Kwak in its signature stirrup glass,—just $5 more. Dinner time starts at 5pm on Mondays.

    April 22

    Virtue Cider Pork Dinner

    Cider and Pork from Virtue Cider's farm. Tickets $75; link to come.

    Peirce Day!

    April 29

    Kegs for Kids—all proceeds all day to Peirce School !

    Tues. & Weds. Feb 20 & 21

    was the 25th Anniversary of our Official Opening Weekend

    Hopleaf is now in its 26th year.
    We thank you for your patronage!

  • Private Party Info

    Our private party space is on the 2nd floor.

    It can accommodate up to 40 guests.​

    • The room is available Sunday-Thursday 12 noon until 1 AM and Friday- Saturday 12 noon until 6. 
    • Friday evening parties are now available with a $1000 minimum. Saturday evenings only under certain circumstances.
    • A non-refundable fee of $200 is required to reserve the space.   
    • Full open bar (4 drafts, 45 beers in bottles, wines, spirits, & soft drinks) —$18 per person per hour. One hour of package purchase is required for all parties.
    • Food buffet packages can be discussed in person. They run from $12-$45 per person.  
    • Let us know if you'd like to book or have questions. Scroll down to contacts to do so.



  • The History of Hopleaf

    by Michael Roper, Proprietor

    February 13, 2017
  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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.

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