Food & Drink

The 12 Best Bars With Fireplaces in Boston

Published On 02/05/2015 Published On 02/05/2015

The howling winter winds are back (you know how bad it gets), and there are only two things you can do: 1) book a flight to Fenway South or 2) find the nearest bar/restaurant with a fireplace. Because option #2 is way easier and has less Florida, here are the 12 best spots to roast your chestnuts in Boston.

The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common

Avery Bar

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Tucked away in the Ritz-Carlton, Avery Bar’s retro-chic fireplace lounge could be the set for a Mad Men spinoff (Madder Men?). Melt into a soft leather couch or chair, sip revved-up versions of classic libations, and close the deal à la Draper. Schmooze yourself with the No. 8 martini dubbed “Smokey,” a stellar combo of Tito’s vodka, a Lagavulin wash, and charred orange. For the bold, go for the Agave Sazerac fueled by Bulleit rye Whiskey, agave nectar, and absinthe.

Bastille Kitchen

Bastille Kitchen

Fort Point Channel
The rustic French countryside meets the 21st century at Chalet, Bastille Kitchen’s subterranean hideaway with a stone-clad fireplace front and center. For maximum comfort, your trip to l’Hexagone requires a bottle of Gamay, Foie Gras Sliders, and Tea Smoked Mussels Marinière. Complete your evening of indulgence with a silky Chocolate Mousse Tarte crowned with marshmallow brûlée.
 

Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro

Beacon Hill
Charles Street is already postcard-level quaint, and BHB keeps the theme alive inside an appropriately dark and friendly den. The fireplace burns brightest next to the eight-seat bar, so grab a coveted high-back stool and settle in for some belly-warming fondue. Also on your to-do list: try one of the paradoxically named cocktails, such as the Whispering Viking.

Catalyst Restaurant

Bondir

Cambridge
Bondir is a definitively charming farmhouse style restaurant, and the hearth table is the best seat in this little house. As the gales whip down Broadway, take refuge here with a robust beer (Founders Porter), a 1994 Borges Vintage Port, or a Cardamaro Vino Amaro. Once you’re cheeks are rosier, a refreshing house-made soda (Ginger-Spice, Maple-Mint, Lemon Lime) will set you straight. The fare changes daily based on available ingredients, but you’ll have no problem finding snacks for that extra winter padding.
 

Catalyst Restaurant

Kendall Square
Wait, is that a giant see-through vault of fire in Catalyst’s side lounge? Yes. And it’s as chillaxing as it looks with an atmosphere that is beyond comfy. Drink highlights include the Corvallis, a mighty beverage with Overholt rye, Sipsmith sloe gin, orange bitters, and orange oil, and the Lolo propelled by Denizen Merchanges Reserve rum. Not in a thinking mood? Ask for The Undecided and the mixmasters will do the heavy lifting for you. “Trust us,” they say. (You should.)

Deuxave

Deuxave Restaurant & Bar

Back Bay
For a next-level winter-warmer experience, a multi-course feast by the fire at Deuxave is the way to go. “Night Moves” Scituate Lobster with Gnocchi is a good start, along with A Duet of Prime Beef Tartare & Wagyu Carpaccio. Remain in the lap of luxury with selections like Niman Ranch Prime New York Strip and Cavendish Farm Pheasant capped off with a chocolate souffé..

Legal Harborside

Legal Harborside

Seaport District
Flip Old Man Winter the bird from this choice spot at Legal Harborside with sweet views of the frigid North Atlantic waters. Revel in Legal’s signature cuisine, such as Smoked Trout Paté, Monkfish Saltimbocca, and Butter Poached Lobster. Bonus: there’s another fireplace upstairs on the four-season promenade deck.

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Local 149

City Point
The pride of City Point has the Mercedes of fireplaces and the floating grillwork to prove it. Pretend you’re on Masterpiece Theatre in those red leather chairs and savor masterpiece cocktails like the Pomegranate Smash with bourbon, pomegranate juice, and “spanked” mint. Another standout is the Dark and Stormy, made stormier with dark navy proof rum and extra-spicy house-made ginger beer.

Post 390

Post 390

Back Bay
Forget about those bone-rattling Back Bay wind tunnels with fire and style at Post’s downstairs Tavern hangout. Similar to BHB, the potent drinks here have catchy names like the Loosen Mai-tai and the Whiskally Wabbit. You should eat before trudging to the T, and the Braised Beef Short Rib Bourguignon is calling your name.

the red house restaurant

The Red House

Harvard Square
Outstanding cocktails (the Smoked Nail) and 22oz drafts of craft beers (e.g. Peak Organic, Mystic) set the tone before your dinner inferno of Lobster Fra Diavolo in this colonial era cottage-turned-restaurant. Pro tip: really heat things up with hot mulled cider with added brandy, rum, or whiskey.

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W Lounge

Theater District
This sleek Theater District lounge at the W Hotel is a showstopper with its burning ring of fire, classy quenchers, and tasty bites. Nosh Roasted Mushroom Flatbread elevated by pancetta and ComtĂ© cheese while sipping a Northeast Kingdom Collins (Barr Hill gin and Vermont maple syrup). Then toast your rising stardom with the Champagne Mojito, a fresh twist on the original thanks to Sailor Jerry and sparkling wine.

West on Centre

West on Centre

West Roxbury
The weather doesn’t seem so bad when you’re drinking Hot Buttered Rum Cider or Shipyard Pumpkinhead splashed with vanilla vodka beside a gigantor fireplace. Don't miss the 13-hour hickory smoked BBQ pulled pork tacos.

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1. Avery Bar 10 Avery St, Boston, MA 02111 (Downtown Crossing)

Tucked away in the Ritz-Carlton, Avery Bar’s retro-chic fireplace lounge could be the set for a Mad Men spinoff (Madder Men?). Melt into a soft leather couch or chair, sip revved-up versions of classic libations, and close the deal à la Draper. Schmooze with the No. 8 martini dubbed “Smokey,” a combo of Tito’s vodka, Lagavulin, and charred orange.

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2. Bastille Kitchen 49 Melcher St, Boston, MA 02210 (Fort Point Channel)

Fancy eats like Frisée Aux Lardons, Vanilla Butter-Poached Lobster, and Beef Short Rib Wellington are complemented by a deftly assembled wine list at Bastille Kitchen.

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3. Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro 25 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114 (Beacon Hill)

Charles St is already postcard-level quaint, and BHB keeps the theme alive inside an appropriately dark and friendly den. The fireplace burns brightest next to the eight-seat bar, so grab a coveted high-back stool and settle in for some belly-warming fondue. Also on your to-do list: try one of the paradoxically named cocktails, such as the Whispering Viking.

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4. Bondir 279A Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Inman Square)

His name is Bond. Jason Bond. And he's the seasoned-vet of a chef behind Bondir, which serves a menu of "Modern Farmhouse" fare that's constantly changing based on the availability of local ingredients, in an atmosphere that's warm, inviting, and full of country goodness.

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5. Catalyst 300 Technology Sq, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Kendall Square)

Starting your day at a place called Catalyst is pretty easy considering the enjoyable, locally sourced organic food options. But you can just as easily (and ironically) end your day there with a house cocktail, beer, or glass of wine.

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6. Deuxave 371 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02115 (Back Bay)

Deuxave rocks an upscale, locally sourced new American menu in an elegant 90-seat dining room replete w/ a giant framed vintage map of Boston in the 1800s, a slat stone fireplace, and a front bar and lounge area.

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7. Legal Sea Foods Harborside 270 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210 (South Boston)

The mother of all Legal Sea Foods, Legal Harborside is the upscale seafood chain's flagship restaurant on the Boston Waterfront. The 20,000sqft space takes over three floors, each with a different concept. The first floor is a nod to the restaurant's heritage as a casual all-day seafood market, complete with picnic tables and an oyster bar (up to 14 varieties of oysters are offered daily). On the second floor, a more formal dining room serves a sophisticated menu (you won't find any lobster rolls up here). Finally, overlooking the harbor on the third floor is a massive roof deck with wines by the glass, sushi, and small bites.

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8. Local 149 149 P St, South Boston, MA 02127 (South Boston)

The Local 149 puts the emphasis on "Local," offering a cozy and welcoming atmosphere for folks to pick from more than 20 brews on tap and eat delicious and fresh bar grub in South Boston.

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9. Post 390 406 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)

This two-floor, 300+ seat Back Bay "urban tavern" from the owners of Harvest and Grill 23 & Bar dons multiple fireplaces and an in-house smoker, and serves up high-end comfort food like beer and bacon mac & cheese w/ a crisp shallot crust.

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10. The Red House 98 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138 (Harvard Square)

Outstanding cocktails (the Smoked Nail) and 22oz draughts of craft beers (e.g., Peak Organic, Mystic) set the tone before your dinner inferno of Lobster Fra Diavolo in this colonial-era cottage-turned-restaurant. Pro tip: really heat things up with hot mulled cider with added brandy, rum, or whiskey.

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11. W Lounge 100 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116 (Theatre Dist)

This sleek Theater District lounge at the W Hotel is a showstopper with its burning ring of fire, classy quenchers, and tasty bites. Nosh roasted-mushroom flatbread elevated by pancetta and Comté cheese while sipping a Northeast Kingdom Collins (Bar Hill Gin and Vermont maple syrup). Then toast your rising stardom with the Champagne Mojito, a fresh twist on the original thanks to Sailor Jerry and sparkling wine.

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12. West on Centre 1732 Centre St, West Roxbury, MA 02132 (West Roxbury)

The weather doesn’t seem so bad when you’re drinking Hot Buttered Rum Cider or Shipyard Pumpkinhead splashed with vanilla vodka beside a gigantor fireplace. Don't miss the 13-hour hickory smoked BBQ pulled-pork tacos.

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