391 King West, 647-352-7476, barhopbar.com
Voted best draught selection at Ontario's Golden Tap Awards last year (a deserved nod to the impeccably curated 36 taps plus two casks), Bar Hop is an outpost for great beer on a touristy strip otherwise best avoided apart from random pilgrimages to the LCBO and occasional culture absorption at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Since opening two summers ago, it's become lower downtown's spiritual home for craft brews, attracting everyone from occasional beer drinkers to full-blown hops scholars. What keeps the crowds surging in, besides the incredible selection, are the chill, über-knowledgeable staff, who unblinkingly fill in the blanks when it comes to the constant rotation of collaborative one-offs and small-batch specialties. Check in frequently for badass tap takeovers and the next instalment of Hop Talk, an educational meet-the-maker series featuring local breweries. Years in operation Two Specialty 36 taps plus two cask options; tons of rotating and rare (mostly local) brews, plus a vast bottle selection. Food Contempo pub fare like burgers and mac 'n' cheese; don't miss buck-a-shuck oysters on Tuesdays. Patio A small front patio seats 14. Hours Daily noon to 2 am.