• Hopleaf Bar

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

  • Past Events

    • Belgian Fried Chicken Mondays

      First Monday of the Month

      Enjoy Belgian Fried Chicken Mondays with Kwak!

      It’s the First 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. April’s preparation (pictured) :

      Sweet tea-marinated fried chicken thighs, cornbread stuffing waffle, Westmalle Dubbel-braised dandelion greens, pickled okra & honey-bourbon butter. $18

      APRIL 1 is special because it is LAUNCH DAY for WESTMALLE DUBBEL ON TAP, so that’s your ideal pairing. Usually we suggest  a Kwak in its signature stirrup glass. And there’s plenty more choices on our beer lists, wine lists, and more. Dinnertime starts at 5 on Mondays. The dish is $18 and the Kwak pairing an additional special $5.



    • Flagship February

      Feb. 1 - Feb. 28

      Canadian James Beard Award-winning beer writer Stephen Beaumont recently wrote about the decline of classic “flagship” beers. His writing has inspired many bars across the nation to feature some of the great historical flagship beers in the month of February—Hopleaf is happily joining in. In our early days many of these beers helped define Hopleaf and were instrumental in building our business. We have decided to pick some of the best flagship beers from breweries that we’ve had long relationships with. Click through top the detail page for more info and the list of beers we’ll be featuring on the first “Flagship February”!

    • Our Collaboration Beer with Dovetail

      Friday Feb 15

      At 6pm Friday Feb 15 we will be tapping our Dovetail Special Collaboration Blend, which was developed between Hopleaf’s Michael Roper and Joe Huminiak and Kaiser Tiger’s Pat Berger, with Hagen Dost at Dovetail. It is funky, complex and mildly tart, and compares with many of the Belgian Gueuze beers we have carried for many years at Hopleaf. Click through for more info…

    • Taproom Exclusive Release and Panel Discussion

      Thurs. Feb 7

      Solemn Oath’s “Taproom Exclusive” debuts on tap Thursday Feb 7—this is the COLLABORATION RYE STOUT we brewed with them and Bavarian Lodge. Our release event—a panel discussion, in which Michael Roper will take part, is at 7pm in the upstairs bar. See event page  for all the details!

    • Omer Vander Ghinste Sour Night

      Thurs. Dec. 20

      Before there was a sour beer trend, there was a sour beer pioneer in the Brouwerij Omer Vanderghinste (Bockor). Hopleaf for many years has been pouring on draft and offering in bottles the wonderfully complex foeder beers from this historic brewery. We also offer their not-at-all-sour golden ale, Omer, in bottles. Michael, Hopleaf’s owner, has visited and enjoyed their hospitality; we display one of their enamel signs on our dining room’s north wall. This multi-generational brewery has recently modernized and expanded in a way that retains the essence of the historic styles while improving consistency, sanitation and packaging. They have the best of old and new worlds. We are proud to introduce and promote their beers as ideal food pairing beverages with this event—this 3-course fixed price pairing menu, that includes 6 oz. pours and a glass of Omer as a welcome beer. $45. Dinner starts at 5pm.

      1st—HOUSEMADE CHICKEN LIVER MOUSSE w/shallot- currant jam, Bruin mustard and grilled sourdough —(paired w/Oud Bruin.)
      Sour beer braised Broken Arrow farms venison w/herbed polenta, charred baby carrots, pickled onion, cherry-pumpkin seed-gremolata —(paired w/Cuvée des Jacobins)
      3rd—GOAT CHEESE CHEESE CAKE (pictured!) w/Jacobins Kriek-and- sour cherry compote, candied walnut, Maldon sea salt —(paired w/Jacobins Kreik)

      There will also be special pricing on the beers with two sizes on offer so you can sample them all. Plus Cuvée des Jacobins Prestige is available in bottles.

        Bottle Mondays—every Monday prices on bottled beers are discounted.
        Kegs For Kids Pour of the Week—sponsored kegs change as they run through, all proceeds go to Peirce Elementary School

        Recurring Reading, Storytelling, Performance Events:
        Tuesday Funk (1st Tuesday of Month)
        This One Woman (4th Monday of month)
        Do Not Submit/Open Mic (4th Wednesday of month)
        Check out their own websites for details and to confirm dates.

        Super Stout Sunday—a collection of stouts, inc. Goose Island’s BBSs, presented on tap at noon on Super Bowl Sunday.
        Kegs for Kids/ Peirce Day—*all* proceeds all day to Helen C. Peirce Elementary School (last Sunday in April or thereabouts)