44 Chicago restaurants and bars with fireplaces

Hot cocktails alone won't abate the wind chill—we found 44 great fireplaces and fire pits for warming up this winter.
Kelly D Puleio Library Bar at Ambassador Chicago
Advertising

Our long winters have one big upside—getting to cozy up next to a fireplace while eating and drinking at some of the best Chicago restaurants and bars. We found a whopping 44 to seek out this winter, ranging from rooftop bars with fire pits and great views of the city to fireplaces at some of the city's top cocktail bars.

Bars and restaurants with fireplaces

Restaurants, American

Upstairs at The Gwen

icon-location-pin River North

Feeling competitive? Head to this River North hotel and check out the new outdoor curling rink. Retreat to the posh fire pits to warm up between matches.

Restaurants, Contemporary American

Elske

icon-location-pin West Loop

There's an impressive outdoor fireplace in the alcove just outside the entrance to David and Anna Posey's West Loop eatery. After the couple feeds you, take a breather next to the roaring flames.

Advertising
Bars, Cocktail bars

The Drawing Room

icon-location-pin Loop

In the Drawing Room on the second floor, three fireplaces add a cozy feel to the library-like lobby.

Bars, Cocktail bars

The Broken Shaker

icon-location-pin River North

Tucked into the back corner of the Freehand Hotel lobby are two fireplaces ideal for warming up in winter. The cozy lobby has a cabin vibe and dark lighting, plus board games like backgammon for whiling away cold nights over wintry cocktails.

Advertising
The Dawson has a huge outdoor patio.
Nicole Ess
Restaurants, American

The Dawson

icon-location-pin River West/West Town

The Dawson has not one, but two fireplaces. Cozy up outdoors by the fire with a hot cocktail, or head upstairs to the one on the second floor.

Advertising
Ambassador Hotel
Photograph: Kelly D Puleio
Bars, Hotel bars

Library Bar at Ambassador Chicago

icon-location-pin Gold Coast

The daytime café transforms into a lounge by night. Grab an armchair upholstered in long-haired Mongolian lamb's wool (seriously) and cuddle up by the huge limestone fireplace.

Chicago Athletic Association
Thomas Hart Shelby
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Cindy's

icon-location-pin Loop

With firepits and flannel blankets to keep you warm, curl up with a glass of wine or a hot cocktail and enjoy one of the best views in the city.

Advertising
Bars, Sports Bars

Park & Field

icon-location-pin Logan Square

Though its kitchen and bar are housed in a former auto repair garage, Park & Field's main draw is its gigantic patio, which is dotted with fire pits. Secure a seat, order a basket of s'mores and tell winter to shove it.

1113.chi.rb.Fireplaces.drumbar.jpg
Photograph: Anthony Tahlier
Bars, Cocktail bars

Drumbar

icon-location-pin Streeterville

There are three reasons why Drumbar is pretty much exactly where you (and we) want to spend all winter: There's a fireplace inside, fire pits outside on the roof lounge and a long list of great cocktails.

Advertising
The Moonlighter
Photograph: Jude Goergen
Restaurants

The Moonlighter

icon-location-pin Logan Square

This Logan Square newcomer is outfitted with a partially enclosed indoor fireplace that feels like its own private space. The first-come, first-served area makes an impressive backdrop for date night.

Ella Elli
Photograph: Courtesy Ella Elli
Restaurants, Contemporary European

Ella Elli

icon-location-pin Lakeview

As soon as you walk into this stunning Lakeview restaurant, you're greeted by velvet furniture and a massive tile-lined fireplace—a fitting introduction to an exquisite experience.

Advertising
Bars, Hotel bars

The Bar at Peninsula Hotel

icon-location-pin Streeterville

Ideal for winter date nights, the snug Bar at Peninsula Hotel has a dark bar, comfortable nooks and well-crafted cocktails.

Restaurants, Contemporary American

Allium

icon-location-pin Streeterville

We're already heading to Allium for cocktails, and they're even better consumed next to the fire.

Advertising
FiresideTavern.Venue.jpg
Photograph: Chandler West
Bars, Lounges

Fireside

icon-location-pin Edgewater

Ravenswood locals flock to this bar for its namesake’s warmth and coziness—and heavy pours of Scotch.

A Couple Few Figs at Fountainhead
Photograph: Martha Williams
Bars, Beer bars

Fountainhead

icon-location-pin Lincoln Square

With more than 200 beer selections (and plenty of whiskey) to choose from, the gastropub will make you want to stay all winter—especially by the fire.

Advertising
1113.chi.rb.Fireplaces.Frontier2.jpg
Photo courtesy Frontier
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Frontier

icon-location-pin River West/West Town

Frontier boasts several fireplaces, but we like the one in the beer garden. Order charbroiled oysters and sidle up with old and new pals to the large table in front of the stone fireplace.

Bars, Pubs

The Grafton

icon-location-pin Lincoln Square

Grab a seat by the stone fireplace, then order a round of craft beers and Irish dishes.

Advertising
Photograph: Jude Goergen
Bars, Cocktail bars

The Heavy Feather

icon-location-pin Logan Square

Big leather chairs and throwback cocktails make this place cozy already, but grab a chair next to the fireplace for some extra comfort—especially when you've gotta take a break from all the dancing you've been doing downstairs at Slippery Slope.

Bars, Hotel bars

Apogee

icon-location-pin River North

You're here for Benjamin Schiller's wildly inventive cocktails, but the trendy outdoor fire pits are a huge bonus. 

Show more

Find more places to cozy up to the bar

Berkshire Room
Photo: Jason Little
Bars

Cocktails in Chicago

Whether you're looking for your next stop for a drink or want to try to make one yourself, we've got you covered with our guide to cocktails in Chicago.

Advertising