18 King East, 416-861-9872, beerbistro.com
Beerbistro is one of the city's top destinations for Belgian beer And if you do dig that kind of scene, throw yourself into the mob, clear a path with designer-clad elbows and order a fancy beer – there are over 100 kinds to choose from. Beerbistro is an excellent launch pad for the novice beer drinker. The bottleheavy menu is formatted as a flavour map navigable by mood. If you fancy something quenching, sociable, robust or spicy, your options (complete with tasting notes) are laid out for you. Years in operation 11 years. Specialty A wide selection of Belgian bottles, plus local and international selections; 20 mostly local taps with some Euro faves like Rodenbach and Hacker-Pschorr mixed in. Food Belgian-inspired fare like mussels and steak frites with suggested beer pairings; gastro pub grub. Beer is even incorporated into some dishes, like the cheese and lager fondue ($15) and the Blanche de Chambly cured smoked salmon ($12). Patio Sizable side patio seats 60. Hours Monday to Wednesday 11:30 am to 1 am, Thursday and Friday 11:30 am to 2 am, Saturday 11 am to 2 am. Sunday 11 am to midnight.