Like a virgin, this strip-mall beer bar feels shiny and new as the Hawthorne drinking crowd touches it for the very first time. With all the right microbrews, a prime location across the boulevard from New Seasons and tasty deep-fried cheese curds, the startup has a fighting chance against its many local competitors. Sleek and classy, it has a clean feel—it's the kind of joint you could bring your mother to for a wholesome luncheon in the daylight—but the bar's biggest asset is the enormous volume of beers on tap: 24 mostly local brews. All the Hophouse needs is a fireplace to become the perfect haven for beer connoisseurs. LEIGHTON COSSEBOOM.
What to drink: Oakshire Ill-Tempered Gnome.
Happy hour: $4 food , $3 well drinks and beer 9 pm-midnight. All flights of beer are half price on Monday. $3 local brews all day Sunday.  
Entertainment: Live music.