Beware a bar that offers you the Bible-size tome of available beers. Do you have the time to search through that many choices? How confident are you that your bartender really knows the difference between, say, a dubbel and a doppelbock? The beer selection at Erato falls into that ideal range: long and varied enough to catch your attention, focused enough to keep it. Start with the tap selection: Paulaner Hefeweizen, Grimbergen Dubbel, Lindeman's Framboise. (You might even find O'Fallon Smoked Porter, a cult favorite and former RFT
Best Beer winner, on tap.) Serious beers. The one concession to "popular" taste? Guinness. The bottled selections are no slouch, either: the great Belgian beer Duvel; La Fin du Monde and several other fantastic selections from Quebec's Unibroue; and a few of American brewer Rogue's more intriguing varieties, Chipotle Ale and Morimoto Soba Ale. Once you've worked your way through the list, you'll just want to start all over again from the beginning. You might not need another bar, ever again.