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Lobby Bar at the Ludlow Hotel
Photograph: Courtesy Annie Schlechter

NYC's best fireplace bars

You could say they're the city's hottest spots.

Written by
Time Out New York contributors
,
Bao Ong
&
Amber Sutherland-Namako
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In a town where functioning intercoms are considered an apartment amenity, New Yorkers seek niceties like fireplaces outside of the home. And this time of year, when jackets replace sweaters and we’re already eyeing our big coats, gathering around a hearth sounds more idyllic than ever. Whether they’re in a dive, a cocktail spot or a cold weather rooftop, these are the best fireplace bars in NYC.  

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  • Bars
  • Wine bars
  • Gowanus
  • price 2 of 4

A lot of restaurants have opened lately with the stated goal of feeling like you’re in an intimate private residence, and Black Mountain has had that ambiance in residential Carroll Gardens since 2007. The cozy cabin has Adirondack chairs outside and home fires burning inside, where you can sip excellent varieties of its eponymous specialty with cheese and charcuterie.

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Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel
  • Bars
  • Lounges
  • East Village
  • price 4 of 4

Mingle with out of towners around the hearth in The Bowery Hotel’s lush lobby bar. Cumulus couches and chairs fill the antique-y, old-money space that seems to require classic cocktails on cold winter nights. 

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Clover Club
  • Bars
  • Lounges
  • Carroll Gardens
  • price 2 of 4

Low-profile leather banquettes and candle-topped tables line Clover Club up front, its long, excellent bar is in the middle and an intimate, wood-paneled space in the back (often used for private parties) has its very own fireplace. 

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  • Bars
  • Lounges
  • West Village
  • price 2 of 4

Art Bar’s been open for more than 30 years, and it shows. But its well-worn, bohemian look makes it even easier to sink into lounge chairs around the fireplace in the back room. Select beer, wine and well drinks are $5 at happy hour from 4-7pm and four hot cocktails are also on the menu. 

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Midtown East
  • price 2 of 4

Every bit of flare and fancy at Fine & Rare harkens back to Old New York, including its mid century-style Chesterfield sofas, Art Deco wallpaper and vintage teller windows sourced from the nearby Grand Central Terminal. Its retro glam truly sparks around the distinctive fireplace. 

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  • Bars
  • Greenpoint
  • price 2 of 4

Hightail it to the back of this long, narrow space to secure your spot by the gas fireplace. Even if seats are already filled, you’ll still feel the festive spirit in a carved-wood booth in warm environs. Black Rabbit also has happy hour every day until 8pm, when select drinks are $8. 

  • Bars
  • American
  • Lower East Side
  • price 2 of 4

Other bars may have the look of a 1970s house party, but the Flower Shop actually seems like one. On the top floor: A restaurant with wood-paneled walls and a fish tank behind the bar. And while the grown-ups dine upstairs, you’ll want to sneak down to the basement. That retro-cool crowd—drinking beer, playing pool and gossiping among the space’s vintage photographs, floral upholstery and bubblegum-pink fireplace—brings the theme to life.

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Jimmy
  • Bars
  • Hotel bars
  • Tribeca

Rooftop bars are certainly more associated with summer, but the fireplace at Jimmy on the 18th floor of the ModernHaus hotel makes a great case for the season to last all year. Warm up with skyline views and seasonal cocktails like the spiced pumpkin mule. 

  • Bars
  • Beer bars
  • East Village
  • price 1 of 4

Choose your McSorley’s Dark or McSorley’s Light Ale and gather ‘round the flames at one of NYC’s most historic–and certainly its most literally named–bars. One of the the oldest in NYC, the Ale House famed for sawdust on its floor is also lined with vintage photos and bursting with local stories.

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