HOME > Chowhound > Chicago Area >

Discussion

Watch a game at Hopleaf? If not, where?

  • 3

I haven't been to Hopleaf in 8 years, so I don't remember it well. Can I watch a college football game there on a Saturday night? Do they even have TV's?

If not, where can my wife and I (late 30s) go with another couple to have good food and drinks but also watch a game? Preference is for north side - Andersonville, Lincoln Square, Edgewater, Rogers Park.

-----
Hopleaf Bar
5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. I don't recall seeing TV monitors at Hopleaf. The place doesn't lend itself to that sort of atmosphere, IMO. There are so many possibilities - other places. I've enjoyed recent football-watching outings at Candlelite in N. Western in W. Rogers Park; very good ("cracker crust" style) pizza and some interesting beers on tap. I've also watched a game or two at the Howard/Clark (Rogers Park) location of Hophaus (the burgers are all I've tried). Both of these places have many TV monitors. Whichever place you choose, call ahead beforehand to see if they'll be showing the game you're particularly interested in.

    -----
    Hopleaf Bar
    5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

    1 Reply
    1. re: gomexico

      The Hopleaf is TV free and that is a blessing. I would suggest eating there before the game and then going to Simon's to watch the game. Or alternatively, Calo's has really good pizza (thin crust, well done), excellent dirty martinis, and above average pastas, The have booths in the bar area that are served by waiters and you can watch the game in there. I watched the Iowa VS. Michigan game on a Saturday night there. It does tend to get crowded as the night goes on. Charlies is ok. The food is decent but the atmosphere is schizophrenic (are we open to families, are we a sports bar, or are we a dance club) sometimes. Candleiite is a good selection too. When their pizza is on, it is on.

      -----
      Hopleaf Bar
      5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

    2. On Lawrence, east of Western, west of Damen there is a good game watching spot. Chicago Ale House in Lincoln Square. The food is good. Great beer selection. They had Kronenbourg on tap last time I was there and that is a Chicago first for me. Lot's of tables.
      Not fancy or great, but worth checking out to see if it makes your grade.
      http://chicagoalehouse.com/

      -----
      Chicago Ale House
      2200 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625