5148 N Clark St Chicago

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Since 1992, Hopleaf has been delighting patrons with it's rotating selection of over 260 beers. Nearly half of these are Belgian - a place owner Michael Roper considers to have the world's last remaining old beer culture. His reasoning? In a country of only 6 million people, they have over 1,000 beers and often use creative ingredients such as wild yeast and wild fruits.

Hopleaf is serious about its beer. Each of the 260 brews is poured in a pre-selected glass ideally suited to the flavor. Fruity beers get large-mouth treatment so you can enjoy the aroma along with the taste. More bitter brews get a tall, slim glass so you're not overwhelmed by the hops. Knowledgable bartenders are there to assist in making selections so you don't get overwhelmed.

In 2003, Hopleaf added food to the menu, making it one of the country's first gastropubs. This, too, is Belgian-inspired. The mussels and frites are perennial favorites, along with carefully curated charcuterie and cheese boards.

Some things to know before you go: No kids. No televisions. No reservations. There's an incredible selection of books and magazines if you're drinking/dining alone, but mostly Hopleaf wants you to have some great conversation there. There are also monthly readings and live lit sessions in the upstairs to inspire conversation.

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