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The very best bars with fireplaces in NYC

When it’s so cold outside that drinking isn’t enough to warm you, seek out the best bars with fireplaces in NYC

By Time Out New York contributors and Bao Ong

New Yorkers are a tough breed, but when the winter chill really sets in, you’re bound to see bargoers flocking to nearby cocktail bars in town. This year, things are different with limited indoor capacity for restaurants and bars. In other words, check ahead of time before making plans to warm up at one of the spots below. From romantic bars to hoppy beer bars, these are the best bars with fireplaces NYC has to offer. Trust us, they're lit.

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Best bars with fireplaces in NYC

Black Mountain Wine House
Photograph: Alex Strada

1. Black Mountain Wine House

Bars Wine bars Gowanus

On weekends when escaping the city isn’t a viable option, head to this cabinlike space for a rustic retreat. Your objective: Snag a seat around the wood-burning brick hearth. Though the wine list offers a wide variety of options, sip the mulled vino to eradicate any chill left in your bones.

2. Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel

Bars Lounges East Village

You’ll have to battle the hotel’s out-of-town guests to score a seat in the Art Deco–inspired environs, but it’s well worth it if you can secure one of the overstuffed couches or chairs by the gas furnace. Arrive early, pretend like you own the place and enjoy a stiff Negroni or Old Fashioned.

Black Rabbit
Photograph: Jeffrey Gurwin

3. Black Rabbit Bar

Bars Greenpoint

Hightail it to the back of this long, narrow space to secure your spot by the gas fireplace. If the hearthside benches are already filled, you’ll still feel the festive spirit as you sit in a carved-wood booth beneath strings of colorful, twinkling lights. Wash down the traditional German bratwurst sandwich with a whiskey-laden hot toddy, which riffs on the recipe from an erstwhile bartender’s Scottish granny.

Lobby Bar at the Ludlow Hotel
Photograph: Courtesy Annie Schlechter

4. Lobby Bar at the Ludlow Hotel

Bars Cocktail bars Lower East Side

The downtown-grunge–meets–your-rich-aunt’s-house vibe at this Lower East Side den practically invites you to sink into the trendy velvet couches beside a stone-facade fireplace. Cuddle up by the hearth with one of Dirty French’s belly-warming concoctions, like the slow-burning but smooth Muddy Water (Irish whiskey, cumin-spiced rye, cinnamon, chocolate mole bitters) or the sweeter, more festive Chai Matsuda, which blends chai-spiced bourbon, espresso and cardamom.

The Flatiron Room
Photograph: Courtesy The Flatiron Room

5. The Flatiron Room

Bars Lounges Flatiron

More than 1,200 varities of whiskey line the shelves at this bar from nightlife maven Tommy Tardie. Check out the ancient flooring (the planks are 100-year-old reclaimed wood) while nibbling cured meats, cheeses, oysters and ceviches and enjoying nightly jazz performances.

Art Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Merchants Market

6. Art Bar

Bars Lounges West Village

This bar has been around for more than a decade, and it shows. But the well-worn, bohemian look continues to please a casual, mixed-age crowd. Settle into the circular booths up front, or the comfy, date-friendly couches and lounge chairs in the back anchored by a working fireplace. Artwork—no big surprise—adorns the walls. A basic pub menu is available, and the digital jukebox is kept at a festive but reasonable volume, making this a suitable place to talk the night away.

Union Hall
Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

7. Union Hall

Bars Pubs Park Slope

This cavernous, bi-level venue may not fit the textbook definition of intimate, but the flickering stone fireplace is damn cozy. Commandeer the plush couch or one of the chairs near the hearth and settle in for the night with a hot Irish Nut with Bailey’s and amaretto coffee.

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Antonio Rubio

8. McSorley’s Old Ale House

Bars Beer bars East Village

In traditional Irish-pub fashion, McSorley’s floor has been thoroughly scattered with sawdust to take care of the spills and other messes that often accompany large quantities of cheap beer. Established in 1854, McSorley’s became an institution by remaining steadfastly authentic and providing only two choices to its customers: McSorley’s Dark Ale and McSorley’s Light Ale. 

Fine & Rare
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Fine & Rare

9. Fine & Rare

Bars Cocktail bars Midtown

Every bit of flare and fancy at Fine & Rare harkens back to Old New York, from the midcentury-style Chesterfield sofas to the Art Deco wallpaper to the vintage teller windows sourced from the nearby Grand Central Terminal. Set on a quiet street near the Morgan Library & Museum, this sophisticated spirits den from Tommy Tardie, proprietor of the whiskey-forward Flatiron Room, oozes retro glam beyond the tufted leather banquettes and oversize fireplace. 

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