• Hopleaf Bar

    Promoting Better Beers, Wines & Spirits in Chicago since 1992.
    Belgian-inspired Kitchen featuring our famous Mussels & Frites.

    • Hopleaf History—Chapter1—Micu Negresti, Clark Foster Liquors

      Wednesday, February 15th, is the 25th anniversary of our takeover of the former Clark Foster Liquors and the beginning of it morphing into Hopleaf. For those who are interested, over the next 12 months, I am going to tell the story, more or less chronologically, of how Hopleaf became Hopleaf. To start, the former Clark Foster Liquors was known mostly as Hans’ because Hans Gotling owned the place for decades. However, between Hans and us, there was an unlikely one year period of ownership by Khalid Sahi, known as Sid.

    • Hopleaf History—Chapter 2—

      The bar was losing money.  What little money that came in could not make up for all of the free drinks going out.  The only salvation were the illegal poker machines to which many of the regulars were profoundly addicted even though they invariably lost a big portion of their paychecks week after weeks in them. …

    • Hopleaf History—Chapter 3—Michael’s History in Bars—The Bronx

      Every bar that I worked at left me with something valuable to take with me in life and in the business and culture of bar ownership.  Every bar has a plethora of stories too.  So it was with The Bronx Bar, on the corner of 2nd Ave and Prentis.  I actually worked there twice, leaving and returning when something else did not pan out.  …