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Hopleaf

View Map5148 N. Clark St., Chicago
Tel: (773) 334-9851
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Editorial Review of Hopleaf

One look at the Hopleaf's walls should give you some idea of this Andersonville tavern's major focus. From the neon Delirium Tremens sign behind the bar to the huge vintage German beer advertisements in the back room, it's clear that this is a place for discerning beer drinkers, even if the crowd isn't exclusively connoisseur. Since being featured on WTTW's popular Check, Please!, the Hopleaf has become a weekend hangout for a varied crowd, but it still maintains its classic feel and, more importantly, its stunning beer selection.

Boasting the most Belgian beers on draft anywhere in the city, the bar offers everything from trappist ales to fruity lambics. Presentation is nearly as important as the beer itself; the amber-colored Kwak, for example, arrives in a round-bottomed glass set in a wooden holder. For more variety, sample Austrian/Swiss brew Samichlaus, "the world's strongest beer" at 14 percent alcohol, or the Philosopher's Stone, a black Saison from DuPage County's Two Brothers brewery. Don't even consider ordering a Miller Lite here—you might get a dirty look from the knowledgeable, if businesslike, staff if you do. Drafts are $5-$8, depending on glass size, and bottles (there's a 13-page menu featuring brews from Belgium, North America and Europe) can run up to $20 for 750 milliliters.

If you're hungry, head to the back room for classic Belgian favorites like rabbit legs, wild boar stew, and ham and gruyere sandwiches. Mussels are the specialty; try the Wittekerke white ale-steamed variety with frites and aioli for $11, or share with a partner for $20 (be warned; you get fewer frites per person this way). A private party room on the second floor has space for up to 50 people.

Average cost: $10-$20

Centerstage Reviewer: Ben Rubenstein

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Hours

bar hours: 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday; 3 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday; 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday; kitchen hours: 5-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 5 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday

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