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 flames. 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
Within the historic Downtown L.A. building, a fireplace flickers below a fake, gigantic redwood tree inside the Monarch Bar. Try their Gimme S'more, which is like a hot chocolate for grownups. Tequila, Kahlúa, hot cocoa and cayenne pepper are topped with boozy whipped cream, a marshmallow, cocoa and Bacardi 151, which is then lit on fire.
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 Marine Layer mixes Mount Gay Black Barrel rum with rosemary demarara syrup and a hoppy pale ale.
Lined with stocked bookshelves, wood-paneled booths and a roaring fireplace, the Wellesbourne is your booziest library dream come to life. To get into the mood, try the Egg Nog Blue Blazer, a fireworks show of a drink. Blending three different rums with house-made eggnog, the cocktail is lit on fire, then sprinkled with nutmeg, cinnamon and clove dust.
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 Italian Job. This drink embodies the season in a glass with Caña Brava rum, Fernet-Branca, ginger, honey and lime, plus a caramelized pineapple as a garnish.
Smarter than the nearby Roost but still quite casual and cosy, the stylish Griffin is the kind of low-key, hipster-happy lounge you'd like in your neighbourhood. Gather 'round one of the hooded fireplaces while sipping on a classic hot toddy—made strong to get your blood flowing.
L.P. Rooftop—part 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 pits and take in the scenery. The cocktail menu here always boasts some creative libations, including bubble tea-laden booze and festive spritzes.
The Hermosa Beach Pier is filled with rowdy bars and fast food stands, but Palmilla Cocina y Tequila is a little more dressed up. Take shelter from the ocean breeze on their fire-pit laden outdoor patio, where you can sip on margaritas, sangrias and punch bowls made for sharing.