Contrary to popular belief, winter does exist in Los Angeles. For a few fleeting months, the Santa Ana winds litter our streets with palm fronds, cravings for ramen and pho are at an all-time high and, yes, even the leaves change colors (you might just have to drive to see them). So when the sun sets early and that Pacific Ocean breeze blows in, it’s time to head for the fire pits. These fireplace bars are keeping us warm with crackling flames and seasonal cocktails all fall and winter long. Now—let’s get lit!
Get cozy at these fireplace bars
Head to the back of Culver City’s Hatchet Hall for a cocktail at this rustic bar, which just so happens to feature taxidermy and a crackling fireplace. Bar director Matt Bone keeps things toasty with the 12 Miles Out, made with the restaurant’s own house-made rhum clement, plus applejack and the citrusy punsch liqueur.
You might feel as though you’ve been dropped into Mr. Toad’s study, and with good reason: Among the famous patrons of Tam O’Shanter’s nearly 100-year run are none other than Walt Disney and his Imagineers. It’s all rustic yet refined in this Scottish pub setting, with mutliple fireplaces surrounded by tartans and other bric-a-brac. There’s also a freshly renovated patio, which features a new, outdoor fireplace—the perfect spot for a hot toddy or one of Tam’s large-format boozy tea cocktails on cool nights.
Lined with stocked bookshelves, wood-paneled booths and a roaring fireplace, the Wellesbourne is your booziest library dream come to life. It’s modeled after 18th-century England, specifically Shakespeare’s hometown, so every room is filled with refined touches. To get into the mood, try the Dealer’s Choice and specify “strong and stirred,” letting the experts do the choosing, or opt for seasonal specials such as the Egg Nog Blue Blazer, made with three different rums and house-made nog.
The fire-pit–studded restaurant in Rancho Palos Verdes is seriously romantic—just sip by the flames with your significant other and try not to shack up at the adjoing resort. Wondering what to order? The Chipotle Tiki Torch mixes chipotle tequila, dry curaçao, orgeat, lime and pineapple juice for a smoky take on tiki.
Nursing a cocktail by the fireplace at this New Orleans-themed bar puts us in a notably warm and fuzzy mood, especially when you’re sipping on something like the What’s Up Doc? Settle into one of the couches and enjoy the drink’s fall flavors of spiced rum, smoked rum, honey and ginger, which get a bright and juicy infusion when carrots and coconut join the party.
Sweeping views of the Valley all the way to the coast? Yes, please. Of course, sitting on a patio to get these views can get pretty cold and windy, especially when perched high in the Verdugo Mountains. Thankfully, Castaway’s recent renovation decked out their famous deck with multiple fire pits to keep you warm. To get the VIP treatment, visit the classy Green Room, Castaway’s reservation-only bar, which features its own outdoor fireplace and lounge area.
Idle by the fire and nosh on beer queso and Belgian fries over cocktails at this indoor-outdoor hideaway. You can grab any seat in the lovely brick alleyway of this low-key Pasadena spot, but we recommend waiting for the snug sofa by the fire, housed inside of an old Craftsman-style bungalow.
L.P. Rooftop—the upper deck of E.P. & L.P.—has sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills, which makes it all the more enjoyable to huddle around the rooftop fire pit and take in the scenery. The cocktail menu here always boasts some creative libations, including bubble tea-laden booze and festive spritzes, and if you’re feeling peckish, there’s always chef Louis Tikaram’s Asian street-food-inspired bites.
Make the most of our near-perfect weather and enjoy some fire alfresco at the Front Yard, the Garland Hotel's breezy restaurant and bar. The patio features a blaze and plenty of bulb lights, perfect for a chilly evening and made all the more perfect with their heartier fare like a flatbread or the steak platter. Sip on any of their signature cocktails—like the Cranky J, named after the hotel owner James Crank—to really warm up.
Within the historic Downtown L.A. building, a fireplace flickers below a fake, gigantic redwood tree inside the Monarch Bar. The entire lounge feels like you’re in some woodsy den in Northern California, and you’ll be sipping surrounded by taxidermied animals and warm, glowing wood that reflects the fire’s flames. We crave their seasonal s’mores cocktail, but all other times of the year we get cozy with the Alcatraz, made with rye, French vermouth, lemon and pomegranate.