HopCat Chicago, a new craft brew pub, is now open. They have taken over the old Vapiano’s location at 2577 N. Clark St. With a space to fill over 270 seats, HopCat will offer over 130 craft brews on tap and 200 types of beer in bottles and cans, of which 50% will be made from in state. Outside of the extensive beer options, the bar will also offer cocktails, wines and other drinks. While the beer list will differ from location to location, the food menu will remain similar to other HopCats’ “from scratch” pub fare.
Since its opening their first location in Grand Rapids Michigan in January 2008, they have accumulated many accolades such as being named Top 50 bars in the U.S. by Draft Magazine, #3 Beer Bar in the world by Beer Advocate Magazine, Top 5 beer bars in the U.S. from 2012-2014 by CraftBeer.com and in 2012 and 2013 RateBeer.com ranked HopCat – Grand Rapids as the #1 Brewpub in the United States. HopCat is not only known for their beer selection, as their “Crack Fries”: beer-battered French fries sprinkled with black pepper with toppings options including jalapeños, cheese sauce and onions was named made Food Network’s America’s 10 Best French Fries list.
HopCat has grown their chain of brew pubs to 10 locations since is initial opening in 2008, with plans for over 30 more locations throughout the Midwest. We are excited to welcome HopCat as our Neighbor in Lincoln Park!