• 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 Feb. 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

    Week of 02/11—Super Stout Sunday Stouts—some still on tap!

    02/15—Mike Beck Visit (Uncle John's Cider) and Lost Orchard Cider Tappings

    02/19—Presidents Day Benefit for Non-Violence

    02/20 & 21—25th Anniversary of Hopleaf's Official Grand Opening Weekend

    02/23–03/04—Andersonville Restaurant Week

    K4K Pour of the Week: New Holland Dragon's Milk


    Featured Bottles of February

    "Change of Plans"—an amazing array of rare or special bottled beers


    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.


    Monday Feb 19, 201

    Our President's Day
    Benefit for Non-Violence

    We will donate 10% of our pre-tax gross sales that day to these two groups

    Hopleaf is choosing to observe Presidents Day and commemorate the recent victims of gun violence in Florida by hosting a benefit for two organizations, one local and one national that are working to reduce the plague of gun violence in Chicago and in America.  We thought it appropriate to do this on President's Day because our current President and many other elected officials are more interested in listening to the NRA and the gun industry than the people on these issues.  The President recently supported and enthusiastically signed legislation to remove regulations that prevented certain individuals with mental health conditions from buying firearms.    Across the country, reasonable regulation of firearms is being rolled back or eliminated by elected officials, many of whom are recipients of funding by the NRA.  We think there should be a powerful voice of reason in this debate.
       Since gun violence is both a national issue and a local one with differing strategies needed to confront it in both spheres, we will split our donation between two worthy organizations. 

       The mission of the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago is to replace the cycle of violence using the principles, practices and teachings of nonviolence.  Nonviolence Chicago is located on the boarder of Austin and West Garfield Park (near Cicero Avenue and Chicago), hires from and serves individuals and families in the communities we serve. Their location in the community is intentional, and allows us to serve as an anchor for both community residents and local partners. This positions us as community “insiders” who are trusted, respected, credible partners and service providers.

       Launched by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2014 and funded initially with $50 million of Bloomberg's billions, Everytown was conceived of as a counterweight to the National Rifle Association.  The organization has been advocating a specific, if not entirely radical, legislative agenda that includes more background checks for would-be gun owners, laws that would keep guns away from domestic abusers, and tougher gun-trafficking laws. It also has a political action committee that supports and opposes various congressional candidates.

    We hope you'll visit their websites to learn about their work.  

    Tuesday & Wednesday
    Feb 20 & 21

    The 25th Anniversary of our Official Opening Weekend

    Michael and Louise will be hanging around both evenings. Come see us!

    Week of February 11


    Despite the 100s of attendees at our Super Stout Sunday V, we still have some of the following on tap:

    Lineup as of Feb 15:


    Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stouts:

    BCS 2017 13.8%

    BCS 2016 14.5%

    BCS Barleywine 2017 14.4%

    BCS Barley Wine 2016 13.6%

    Lagunitas Willet Coffee Stout 12.6%

    Brooklyn Black Ops 11.5%

    Epic Triple Barrel Big Bad Baptist 11.4%

    The Bruery So Happens Its Tuesday 14.7%

    Firestone Walker

    Parabola 14.5%

    Anniversary XXI 11.8%


    February's Featured Bottles of the Month

    Our "Change of Plans"

    In 2012, we installed the “Off-Menu Cooler” in the south bar room and filled it with great rare beers that people could see and select themselves. In the years since, we’ve seen our customers’ habits change, with bottled beer dropping in favor of draft. So we’ve decided to make that cooler a home for chilled wines, large format bottles of beer and a much, much smaller selection of specialty beers.

    We're offering these "evicted" beers this month in place of our February “Brewery of the Month” promotion! Some beers you may never see anywhere else—at prices that are half what we originally planned! Some are even less than retail. Some are brand new and hadn’t yet even appeared in the cooler. There are now 40, from the US and Canada, from Belgium, and elsewhere in Europe!

    We also have a few beers we’re “downsizing” from 750s to 375ml bottles on our regular menu. Check out this list, available throughout the bar. Many are in 750s and some are strong, so you may want to make this a communal beer sharing event. Invite some friends to pull up a chair. Offer some to the person at the next stool. Pair a few of them with a meal with friends. We have one case or less of most of these beers, so don’t hesitate!


    Monday March 5

    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.
    February's preparation (pictured):

    Smoked & fried chicken thighs, Kwak waffle, beet purée, fried kale, carrots, frizzled leeks and honey. $18 Best enjoyed with a Kwak in its signature stirrup glass,—just $5 morewith the chicken. Dinnertime starts at 5pm on Mondays.

    Thurs. Feb. 15, 7pm

    Uncle John's Cider's Mike Beck

    visits us with 4 special

    Lost Orchard Ciders on tap

    Happy "Cider Week", Chicago!

    We are pleased to welcome Uncle John's cidermaker and co-owner, Mike Beck. Mike's family built the Fruit House barn in St. John's, Michigan as a place to store and package fresh fruit for the wholesale market. They specialized in apples, but also grew peaches, cherries, strawberries, and raspberries.

    Mike (Uncle John’s son), has been making fresh cider for as long as he can remember. In 2003, with the help of a Federal Value Added Agricultural grant, he and his wife Dede, converted the barn again, and it is now the home of Uncle John’s Fruit House Winery & Uncle John’s Hard Cider.

    We've been serving Uncle John's ciders for several years and Mike's visit is a great opportunity to meet the maker and sample some of his most delicious offerings. We'll be pouring Uncle John's: Peary, Baldwin Single Variety , Apple Cherry, and Lost Orchard. Stop by!

    Feb 23 - Mar. 4


    Restaurant Week

    In accordance with this neighborhood-wide promotion, we offer this $20 Prix-Fixe menu at dinner:

    Choice of Salads:
    Beet & Brussel Sprouts ...or...
    Tuscan Kale
    Choice of Main Course:
    Flemish Stew —beef stewed in Brother Thelonious Ale w/ carrots, celery root, crispy duck fat hash browns, & pickled fennel ...or...
    Wood Grilled Cauliflower w/turmeric sunchoke puree, beet & herb couscous, golden raisin & caper preserved lemon relish, &pine nut chimichurri
    Choice of Drink:
    One draft beer or a Quartino of draft wine
    NOTE: Tax and gratuity not included in $20

  • 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

  • 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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