609 King West, 416-703-7775, wvrst. com
Don't let the fancy (and addictive) encased meats at WVRST steal the thunder from the noteworthy row of Ontario-focused taps. The joint pronounced “Verst” is a the classedup Torontonian version of a German social staple: the beer hall. Elongated communal seating makes this a stellar choice for lowmaintenance parties. Just so the currently unaware can avoid confusion and unnecessary panty-bunching, WVRST doesn't do table service. Order at the counter (if you're lost, read the signs), take a number (calm down, they'll give it to you), and your pint and sausage will be dropped off in no time. Psst: $5 glasses of Ontario craft every Monday. Prost! Years in operation Three Specialty 24 taps plus Ontario cask, lots of local beer, with three taps reserved for international classics like Pilsner Urquell and Weihenstephaner, and three taps dedicated to local cider from Spirit Tree, West Avenue and Twin Pines. Food House-made sausages on a bun and duck fat frites. Mmmm. Mess-hall-style service. Patio None Hours Sunday to Wednesday 11:30 am to 11 pm, Thursday 11:30 am to midnight, Friday and Saturday 11:30 am to 1 am.