Food & Drink

35 Bars with Fireplaces to Keep You Warm in ATL this Winter

Published On 01/08/2015 Published On 01/08/2015

Most of the year in Atlanta we can kick it outdoors and patio-drink to our heart's content, but what heck are we supposed to do now that it's winter?! Well, besides these sweet things, you can do your drinking at one of these 35 Thrillist-approved, fireplace-equipped bars...

Seven Lamps

Seven Lamps
3400 Around Lenox Rd NE

Snag one of their top-shelf cocktails and their secret burger. The house-pickled, uh, pickles, top this sweet piece of meat.

FadĂł Irish Pub
273 Buckhead Ave NE

Grab a pint and a shot downstairs among the soccer-cheering crowd, then head upstairs for more good times. Don’t worry, there’s another bar there to keep you supplied while you’re warming your tootsies.

3125 Piedmont Rd NE

The flames by the fireplace keep your outsides warm, and the hookah smoke will keep your inside warm. A few of their Persian cocktails will help with that, too.

Gordon Biersch
3242 Peachtree Rd NE

The reflections of the flames on their giant beer tanks provide a pleasant ambience for you to sip their dark lager. The legendary garlic fries are a pretty good complement, too.

Twin Peaks
3365 Piedmont Rd NE

Since we’re so far from skiing here in the South, you need to hit up this resort-themed watering hole for the “scenery”. The menu surprises with more-than-typical bar fare, including the chef's specialty steamed coconut buns.

Buckhead Saloon
3227 Roswell Rd 

Well-known for packing in hundreds and serving drinks by the thousand, this Buckhead bar has a cozy side, too. Oh, and one of their 10oz bacon and BBQ sauce burgers can be your new best friend.

Treehouse Restaurant and Pub
7 Kings Cir NE

How this tiny little spot under the leaves has managed to stay a secret for almost 30 years is inexplicable. How they manage such a deep beer and wine list in this tucked-away cottage is also inexplicable.

Churchill’s British Pub
3223 Cains Hill Place NW

Always a solid place for a quick game of darts and a pint, this British-ish pub is also a great place to grab a neat scotch and trade tall tales.

56 E Andrews Dr NW
After you enter the code for this secret establishment, grab a cigar, a bourbon, and head to the back to enjoy them as they were intended.

Joe's on Juniper

Joe’s on Juniper
1049 Juniper St NE

One of the best bars in town sports an impressive patio, but the fireplace inside is worth checking out as well... as are the $2 beers and shorties.

45 13th St NE

This trendy lounge inside a house has a laid-back side too, so get you a martini and find a girl in an impossibly short dress to talk to about your latest Kardashian theories.

Kat’s Cafe
970 Piedmont Ave NE

A jazz spot/martini bar/open-mic room is usually warm enough just from the body heat. But on those really cold nights, the hearth works well too.

Park Tavern
500 10th St NE

The city’s best ground-level view keeps you comfortable in all seasons, and always remember, when it rains this winter, they'll pour dollar drafts.

Cypress Street Pint & Plate
817 W Peachtree St NW

The boys behind one of Atlanta’s best cheeseburgers want to give you every reason to chow down in any weather. Get yourself a Fireside Rye for the most appropriate combination of whiskey, ginger beer, and heat.

Rí Rá Irish Pub
1080 Peachtree St NE

Good for much more than just St. Patrick’s shenanigans, a solid selection of Irish spirits, Euro sports, trivia, and a snuggly pit provide an excellent year-round experience.

Dunwoody Tavern

Ye Olde Dunwoody Tavern
5488 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd

No matter who ye are, ye will enjoy Dunwoody’s British-style pub designed by a real Brit. UK-appropriate drafts, Scotch eggs, and chips keep you in proper cheer.

Paces & Vine
4300 Paces Ferry Rd

Tom Murphy created one of Atlanta’s best neighborhood spots, and now he’s got a serious beer, wine, food, and cocktail place up 75. The Winter Margarita has a little chipotle heat.

Meehan’s Public House
Sandy Springs
227 Sandy Springs Pl NE
The chef dishes bangers, mash, and chips from the kitchen. Pints on pints on pints of delicious ales, ciders, and lagers flow from the bar. Seems like a pretty good pairing.

Rose and Crown Tavern
1931 Powers Ferry Rd SE

A full late-night menu and daily $5 drink specials are always a good reason to hit up this Northside spot. A very respectable beer list makes coming inside the good kind of drafty.

Atkins Park Tavern
2840 Atlanta Rd SE

One the most established names in Atlanta bars got the reputation for much more than just beer. Their gravy and cheddar-jack fries, Creole-boiled peanuts, and grilled cheese with whiskey bacon jam are righteous drinking food.

5 Seasons Brewery
Sandy Springs
5600 Roswell Road #21

The Prado’s giant beer and tavern fare mainstay offers -- as its name suggests -- a place for you during any season. The fifth one must be beer season because their 285 Gridlock ESB is named after our awful traffic, which is an every day thing.

Hudson Grille
4046 Peachtree St

Loads of beer taps and some of the city’s most solid bar food keep you fully satisfied. Plenty of sports action and a very “social” atmosphere give you plenty to do, whether you’re into the game or the off-field activities.

Agave Restaurant

242 Blvd SE Atlanta

You could certainly do worse than dining on authentic Mexican in this little neon-blue place. Tequila, beer, and wine are all on the menu. And speaking of tequila, they only make 13 different ones for your enjoyment.

Two Urban Licks
Old Fourth Ward
828 Ralph Mcgill Blvd NE
The big open kitchen and the big open fireplace are perfect for the big open-faced salmon chips that you must order every time because they are damned delicious.

Jack’s Pizza & Wings
Old Fourth Ward
676 Highland Ave NE 
The outdoor fire pit at this cool pizza-burger and Bloody Mary place is a good reason to hang outdoors in the O4W.

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Little Five Points
1104 Crescent Ave NE
This NOLA-inspired spot keeps busy well outside of hurricane season. A thick late-night menu keeps you in the Big Easy spirit with jambalaya egg rolls and andouille deviled eggs.

Brewhouse Cafe
Little Five Points
401 Moreland Ave NE

Arguably the city’s best soccer bar, this spot keeps its patio stocked outside of the once-every-four-years madness. Kick your feet up next to the warm fireplace bricks, and, as the mural outside says, grab a rum-infused Painkiller.

Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurant
Inman Park
240 N Highland Ave NE

All the wood, meat, and wine here are very good reasons to show up. Their deep tapas menu will keep you busy while you swirl and sniff that Syrah.

The Warren City Club
Virginia Highlands
818 N Highland Ave NE
A membership means a lot in this Highlands upstairs institution, like a quieter spot on a congested weekend. The good news is that Sunday brunch is open to the public, and they have multiple hand-warming stations.

Ink & Elm
Druid Hills
1577 N Decatur Rd

Scotch, bourbon, and other whiskies, plus a fireplace in the lounge, keep the tavern full of good times.

Poor Calvin’s
510 Piedmont Ave NE

This converted house of Thai-fusion includes curry, satay, and some of Atlanta’s sweetest chicken & waffles.

1551 Piedmont Ave NE 

The giant curved bar across from the heat source will keep you supplied with cocktails and their specialty Wake and Bake brunch pizza, with sausage, bacon, and three over-easy eggs.

Bellwoods Social House

Bellwood Social House
West Midtown
1000 Marietta St NW

All that wood you see stacked around the impressive bar is a good sign. Good, because they use it to smoke their chicken and pork. Doubly good because of their sweet fireplace.

West Midtown
969 Marietta St NW

This bar is good for more than just tacos. Quesadillas, gorditas, tamales, and ceviche are also good reasons to come in and keep toasty.

Yard House
Atlantic Station
261 19th St NW

The beer list here is thicker than most of your old textbooks, so get cozy with your new reading material and grab a goblet from one of the dozens of different styles.

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1. Seven Lamps 3400 Around Lenox Rd, Atlanta, GA 30326 (Buckhead)

This rustic resto is serving craft food and drinks, which means artisan cheeses, handmade pastas, and, naturally, things like their Smoked Bramlett Trout Mousse. Drinks run the gamut from jerk sodas to beer-tails to speciality 'tails.

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2. Fado Irish Pub 273 Buckhead Ave, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

Stop by Fado's Irish Pub and Restaurant for a pint and delicious bar eats like their pork schnitzel sandwich. As far as we are concerned, that are the best and most authentic Irish pub in Atlanta and have the best Guinness in town.

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3. Buckhead Saloon 3227 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA 30327 (Buckhead)

Saloon's got a hunting lodge-styled spread with dark leather couches, a mounted deer's head, and a patio periodically filled with plastic swimming pools, serving up tasty bar food like mozz sticks and their signature Saloon nachos.

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4. Cypress Street Pint & Plate 817 W Peachtree St NW, Ste E125, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Midtown)

Midtown's beloved beer emporium, Cypress's got awesome daily features like trivia Wednesdays and 1/2 off apps Friday.

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5. Atkins Park Restaurant 794 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Virginia Highland)

Atkins Park is Atlanta's oldest continually-running restaurant (it began as a deli in 1922), and the figurative cornerstone of Virginia-Highland. Over the years, it has remained relevant and beloved by Atlantans, with culinary creature comforts that have, and will continue to, stand the test of time (like a bunch of different burgers, mostly). The beer selection on offer beats many of the newer, trendier places in the Va-Hi district. At Atkins Park, family-friendly dining and late-night drinking coexist, which is the mark of a true neighborhood destination.

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6. Meehan's Public House 232 19th St NW, Ste 7165, Atlanta, GA 30363 (Midtown)

Meehan's is your one stop shop for true Irish pubbiness, boasting knockout burgers and pints, right in the heart of Midtown. Check out their patio'd outdoor space for a brew and a bite. We think that Meehan's is the best Irish pub in Atlanta, but you'll have to stop by and see for yourself.

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7. HOBNOB Tavern 1551 Piedmont Ave, Atlanta, 30324 (Atlanta)

Hobnob's a modestly sized neighborhood tavern with orange/yellow walls, candelabra chandeliers, a stone-ringed fireplace, and a heated patio, founded by the bros who gave you Gilbert's in Midtown, and offering blessedly inexpensive comfort food, craft beers, and even alcoholic milkshakes -- made with the real stuff, as they firmly refuse to bring all the soys to the yard.

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8. Poor Calvin's 510 Piedmont Ave, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Downtown)

Poor Calvin's serves Asian fusion food with Thai and American influences. Check 'em out for their killer brunch, and some of the best chicken and waffles Atlanta has to offer.

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9. Ink & Elm 1577 N Decatur Rd, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Druid Hills)

Druid Hills' sexiest new restaurant combines a casual tavern, fine dining room, and curated champagne cocktails and bourbons under one roof.

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10. Barcelona Wine Bar 240 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Inman Park)

An Inman Park wine bar complete with unvarnished paneling, a brick fireplace, and a shaded wraparound patio, Barcelona delivers Spanish flair to Atlanta with more than 200 wines straight from Spain and, of course, tapas. In small portions, cozy couples at lantern-lit tables and big groups in polished booths split small plates of spicy roasted vegetables, rice, and meats like chorizo and thick cuts of grilled lamb.

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11. The Brewhouse Cafe 401 Moreland Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Little 5 Points)

Modestly self-billed as "Atlanta's BEST International Sports Bar", Brewhouse is definitely at least among the top examples, as it made our list of Favorite 5 Sports Bars thanks to its comfortably divey interior, TVs galore, daily pint specials (Terrapin/SweetWater Mondays, Leinenkugel's Thursdays -- keep the glass!), and a month-long $20 large pizza/Miller Lite pitcher combo... wait, they figured out how to get beer inside those little pretzel rolls too?! Amazing.

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12. Two Urban Licks 820 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Inman Park)

The kitchen at Two Urban Licks is cooking up wood-fired meats and fish with a fiery kick. If you come here with a group, consider sharing some of their delectable small plates like salmon chips, lamb lollipops, and bronzed sea scallops. The warehouse space offers breathtaking views of the city, but the best part? Their epic 26-foot wine wall that holds 72 stainless steel barrels of wine from which the waiters pour directly.

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13. Agave 242 Boulevard SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Cabbagetown)

From the name alone, it shouldn't be hard to tell that this place is into tequila. And boy are they, with nearly 100 varieties, including a couple that are 100+ proof (good luck, there). But Agave isn't a one-trick pony, as experienced head chef Jack Sobel is well-trained in Mexican-Southwest cuisine, serving up barbacoa enchiladas, tuna fish tacos, and fresh tenderloin fillets. Easy on the tequila, this is a meal you'll want to remember.

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14. Bellwoods Social House 1000 Marietta St NW Ste 200, Atlanta, GA 30318

This Westside watering hole wants to fill you up with booze, beer, and what is instantly in the running for best bar food in the city: think PBR-brined wings, some pork shoulder tacos, and the best cocktails this side of Marietta St.

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15. Bartaco 969 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

This taco joint serves some of the best tacos in Westside, and we suggest trying the chef’s sampling of pork belly, duck, fried oyster, and whatever the hell else he can find meat-wise and slam between those luscious tortilla cheeks.

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16. Yard House 261 19th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30363 (Atlantic Station)

The Yard House takes its name from a traditional yard-long British beer glass, but it made its fame from American opulence and hospitality. They feature a giant American fusion menu and 130 brew taps, available to drink out of various glass sizes for those who aren't ambitious enough to drink 3ft of beer.