Fireplace bars

Gather round the hearth at one of these nine cozy haunts.

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  • Photograph: Dale May; Makeup artist: Jen Myles using Makeup Forever; Makeup designer: Ashley Ryan; Hair designer: Charles LaPointe; Costume designer: Tobin Ost; Associate costume

    Lantern's Keep

  • Photograph: Courtesy Beekman Beer Garden

    Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club

    Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club

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    Central Park Lounge at Bowlmor Lanes Midtown

    Central Park Lounge at Bowlmor Lanes Midtown

  • Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel

    Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel

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    Lani Kai

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    JBird

    JBird

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    Jimmy at the James Hotel

    Jimmy at the James Hotel

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    Le Barricou

Photograph: Dale May; Makeup artist: Jen Myles using Makeup Forever; Makeup designer: Ashley Ryan; Hair designer: Charles LaPointe; Costume designer: Tobin Ost; Associate costume

Lantern's Keep


Alewife Queens
This new two-story gastropub draws a local crowd with a homey hearth: The upstairs gas fireplace boasts a gas-fueled setup with a minimalist white-brick mantel. An extensive drink menu includes top-shelf spirits, plus more than 100 international beers by the bottle and 28 more on tap. For cool-weather flame watching, we prefer the hot "punch" for two (mulled wine, spiked cider or hot eggnog, depending on the month), delivered in a teakettle ($22). 5-14 51st Ave between Vernon Blvd and 5th St, Long Island City, Queens (718-937-7494, alewifequeens.com)

Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club
This escape recently installed three wood-burning brick fire pits on its "beach" (300 pounds of trucked-in sand). Reserve the white plastic club chairs surrounding the flames if you're willing to pony up for bottle service. Otherwise, arrive after work or on weekend afternoons for your best shot at the first-come, first served seating near the river and at large central tables. You can order cocktails and regional beers like Sixpoint Crisp Lager from the fully stocked bar, but for something more seasonally appropriate, linger with a hot toddy ($11) or spiked cider ($13). North side of Pier 17, Beekman St at South St (212-896-4600, beekmanbeergarden.com)

Central Park Lounge at Bowlmor Lanes Midtown
This themed lounge is meant to evoke the Boat Basin and its lush surroundings, but with flagstone-paved walls and midcentury furnishings, the vibe here leans more toward an Alpine ski lodge. If it's not booked for a private event, take over the lounge area, which is warmed by two freestanding gas hearths, and toast to your strikes with a tart, gin-based Ten Pin ($13). 222 W 44th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-280-0012, bowlmor.com/timessquare)

Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel
Hotel guests have the first crack at this opulent Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson--designed room, but anyone can secure a seat when space allows. Art Deco details drip from the walls, and a majestic carved-sandstone wood-burning hearth dominates the parlor. Get there early to snag one of the plush couches or chairs arranged next to the toasty furnace. So long as you keep a low profile while sipping one of the single-malt Scotches on offer, the hotel staff shouldn't give you any trouble. 335 Bowery between Bond and Great Jones Sts (212-505-9100, theboweryhotel.com)

Lani Kai
Downstairs at this Polynesian-inspired den, you'll spot a sizable gas hearthstone filled with a bed of lava rock, evoking the volcanoes of the bar owner's Hawaiian homeland. Larger parties can reserve the banquette next to the warmth, but those not rolling deep can still gather on the adjacent bench or socialize nearby. Regardless of where you're sitting, raise a mellow Bermuda Swizzle ($13) or tart New York Sour ($13) and honor the season. 525 Broome St between Sixth Ave and Thompson St (646-596-8778, lanikainy.com)

JBird
Sidestep the club crowd headed for XVI, wind through a maze of hallways and you'll find yourself in a secluded bi-level penthouse with padded leather seats and a clever, two-sided gas fireplace. Reservations here are a must (e-mail reservations@jbirdny.com), so request the coveted spot when you book. Innovative riffs on classic cocktails from notable barkeeps Jason Littrell and Marshall Altier include the La Rosita (an aejo tequila take on a Negroni) and the popular Honey Nut Old-Fashioned, featuring roasted-peanut--infused bourbon and honey syrup (each $16). 251 W 48th St between Broadway and Eighth Ave (jbirdny.com, 212-956-1300)

Jimmy at the James Hotel
Sultry lighting and a brushed-steel frame make the flickering gas grate here particularly alluring on a cold night. The well-heeled crowd enjoys smooth cocktails like the Matador ($16), which pairs tequila and smoky mescal with lime juice, agave syrup, and an effervescent topper of ginger beer and ginger ale. The best time to snag a fireside spot is after work, as there are no reservations and the door gets tougher as the night wears on. 15 Thompson St at Grand St (212-201-9118, jimmysoho.com)

Lantern's Keep
Helmed by Meaghan Dorman of the Raines Law Room, this intimate space is the antithesis of your average-crazed midtown drinkery. With only 30 seats, you're guaranteed to feel the heat blazing from the black lacquer furnace, even if you're not sitting right near the gas-powered hearth. Ask one of the expert barkeeps to mix you a classic cocktail, such as the New Yorker Highball ($18), a warming blend of bourbon, champagne, lemon juice and red wine. Plan ahead, though—the bar has limited hours and is occasionally rented out for private parties, so your best bet is to make a reservation. 49 W 44th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-453-4287, thelanternskeep.com)

Le Barricou
Savvy patrons head straight to the back room—a cozy bar vin replete with a vintage, cast-iron wood-burning stove. While you warm up, scan the affordable French-focused wine list; nine are available by the glass, and another 60 by the bottle. We're partial to the Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Domaine de Sulauze "Les Amis" 2010 (glass $12, carafe $36, bottle $48), a medium-bodied syrah-grenache blend with notes of currant, black pepper and blueberries. Absinthe fans, take note: Maison Premiere, Le Barricou's sister bar (a 10-to-15 minute walk away if you're looking to barhop), says it'll soon have its own outdoor covered fireplace. 533 Grand St between Lorimer St and Union Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-782-7372, lebarricouny.com)


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William
William

Went to the Lobby Bar on Wednesday night--as I have happily done in the past--dressed well and ready to spend some bucks, and was disappointed to learn that they allow only hotel guests to sit in the comfy chairs and couches, relegating me and my guest to these office-like tables. Considering that I was there at 6 pm and most of the couches and comfy chairs were empty, I think the host could have made an exception.