Similar places to Hopleaf in Wicker Park?
I'm going out on Saturday night and was looking for a place like Hopleaf, which I love. We are going to be around Wicker Park, so any recs for bars or an atmosphere that is fun and laid back with a mix of people, preferably offering a variety and range of drinks a cut above the others, is helpful. Not something too expensive, can be dive bar or not. And in general, any favorite bars/microwbreweries around Wicker Park/Division/Damen area is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
The Map Room (www.maproom.com) has a great beer list (one of the top 5 in the world, if I remember hearing right), but i'm not sure about food selections. I've never been, but my beau (who loves the Hopleaf as much as I do!) has raved about this place. It's a bit away from Division and Damen, but it might be worth the trek!
The Map Room
1949 N Hoyne Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
Yeah, I agree with the Map Room rec. Unfortunately, The Hopleaf is hard to beat...there's really nothing else like it.
You may want to check out Piece Restaurant in Wicker Park.
1927 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
Dunlays on Logan Blvd in Logan Square is not too far from Wicker Park. I really like this place. It's not so cookie cutter like all the other bar and grill's. The vibe is a little urban artsy and the food is excellent for bar standards. Pretty good beer selection too.
Dunlays on the Square
3137 W Logan
There's a newer wine bar called Bluebird on Damen that has a great beer list, as well. They've also got one of the best wine lists I've seen in a long time. I think the food's great too. I've heard a lot of complaints from others about service, but we went in the early evening before it was too crowded, so our service was very good.