Baby, it’s... well, cold-ish outside. Most days it could be a lot worse. Sometimes it’s downright balmy. Denver winters are not the harshest, is what we’re saying. But when the weather does take a turn for the worse, dozens of drinkeries boast indoor hearths and/or outdoor fire pits to keep you toasty while you get toasted. (Note that this list focuses on bars per se, and includes restaurants only if there are fireplaces conveniently located for non-dining customers. Read: drinkers. Read: you.)
1100 14th St
Pretty sure that if you sit in the the Hotel Teatro’s lobby lounge long enough, soaking up the English-manor-meets-ski-lodge vibe along with barrel-aged cocktails from The Nickel, you walk out an esquire or something.
437 W Colfax Ave
Offering a straightforward cocktail list, a small Italian/American menu and live entertainment most nights, this snug hideaway at the edge of Downtown also has a little secret: a basement nook lined with couches for kicking back in virtual privacy, fireside.
The Celtic Tavern/Delaney’s Cigar Bar & Lounge
1801/1805 Blake St
A bastion of bad habits in Irish disguise, this here’s your one-stop shop not just for all the pints of ale and fingers of whiskey you can keep down over a plate of corned beef and cabbage, but also for off-track betting, unabashed tobacco smoking, and finally, slumping down beside either of two fireplaces.
EDGE Restaurant & Bar
1111 14th St
See how the other half lives from your people-watching perch in the fireplace-flanked lounge of this posh steakhouse overlooking the Four Seasons lobby. Then follow their lead with a round of classic cocktails and Wagyu sliders.
1881 Curtis St
Weirdly, you can do the exact same thing in the exact same way over at the Ritz-Carlton — but this time, make it a bottle of Champagne and a shellfish tower, just for kicks.
Fadó Irish Pub
1735 19th St
Sure, this pub in the shadow of Coors Field is part of a chain — but when the gang’s all here and the game is on and the Guinness (or the Great Divide, for that matter) is flowing, Fadó does a damn fine impression of a local. With a fireplace.
Guard and Grace
1801 California St
Though it’s not technically closed, the patio at Troy Guard’s slick steakhouse won’t see much action until spring. But rest assured, they’ll have that fire pit going on the regular in no time — so come for the al fresco wine tastings, stay for the flight of filet mignon, and stay longer because that’s what the rather-attractive people who come here tend to do.
Katie Mullen’s Irish Restaurant & Pub
1550 Court Pl
All the vaguely Gaelic decorations, drinks, and dishes you’d expect, plus more than one fireplace to enjoy them by.
Leela European Café
820 15th St
A little bit hippie, a little bit grunge — this coffeehouse is like a time machine set to Santa Cruz circa 1992. But it’s got a full bar as well as a fireplace surrounded by couches in the back, and it’s open 24/7 (4am is no time to be a snob).
1701 Wynkoop St
With 30 local beers on tap, a menu of burgers and brats from Acme, and a location smack in the center of the action at Union Station, this place has been hopping since day one. Now they've added fire pits to the patio and Saturday s’mores service, so don't expect a slowdown anytime soon.
Epic Brewing Company
3001 Walnut St
Taprooms aren’t generally known for their ambiance, but Epic’s a sleek, sprawling, gleaming, gorgeous exception complete with a couch-flanked fireplace and, of course, all the big, bad beer it built its name on.
Our Mutual Friend Tenth Acre & Brewery
2810 Larimer St
With its lived-in look and community feel, this little taproom emanates warmth all year round, but it’s especially homey in winter when the fire’s going and the brown ale’s flowing.
Argyll Whisky Beer
1035 E 17th Ave
Do not head out to this celebrated gastropub’s fire-lit side patio on a cold night with the intention of reading through the entire beverage list, which is literally as long as your arm. They’ll find you there in the morning frozen stiff like Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Just ask the top-notch bar staff for their top picks to pair with the best ham sandwich you will ever have.
Caveau Wine Bar
450 E 17th Ave
Score a seat by the fire at this dim-lit, intimate haunt, and you're also likely to score serious date night points, particularly if you spring for a nice bottle of wine and some salumi.
Viewhouse Eatery, Bar & Rooftop
2015 Market St
This place is pretty much the Playboy mansion of Ballpark hangouts — of course it’s got indoor fireplaces and outdoor fire pits. And TVs and DJs and cabanas and lawn games and copious amounts of booze and burgers and dogs... not to mention, an equally over-the-top DTC sibling.
3496 W 32nd Ave
If you squint amid all the amber lanterns and weathered skulls, you can almost pretend Matador’s free-standing, wrought-iron hearth is a campfire, and you’re swilling tequila under the stars.
Ale House at Amato’s
2501 16th St
The list of craft drafts is as panoramic as the view — so if you luck into one of the tables with a built-in fire pit on this LoHi tavern’s rooftop patio, you’ll be perfectly positioned to drink it all in for hours.
Ernie’s Bar & Pizza
2915 W 44th Ave
Bask in the glow of not only the hearth at this pie-and-beer parlor, but also its retro aura — old neon signage, garlic knots, skee ball, and all.
Forest Room 5
2532 15th St
If Little Red Riding Hood and that clown from American Horror Story got together, this might be their love nest, mildly macabre yet magical — especially out in the courtyard illuminated by open flames.
Highland Tap and Burger
2219 W 32nd Ave
As though serving some of the city’s best burgers alongside a banging beer selection weren’t enough, the folks behind this LoHi favorite also saw fit to grace their patio with a fire pit. No wonder the whole neighborhood’s here most nights.
1135 E Evans Ave
The far side of the bar directly overlooks the stone fireplace anchoring this grown-ups’ sanctuary near DU, so that’s the place to gather for a heart-to-heart over cranberry cobblers, braised short ribs, and other seasonal spot-hitters.
1529 S Pearl St
Built into the community table on the patio, the fire pit at this Old South Pearl-fixture has been drawing the neighborhood’s party people for years. If you’re up for some wine and down with raw oysters, you’re surely invited to join them.
1201 S Pearl St
If you’re looking for a biker bar with Cajun food and a fireplace, then a) you have oddly specific tastes and b) you’re in luck.
La Cour Bistro & Art Bar
1643 S Broadway
Sip wine to the strains of live jazz by the blazing fire upstairs, or huddle over cocktails by the fire pit on the patio. Nibble on charcuterie and fromage while marveling that amid all the dispensaries along the Green Mile, this little slice of Paris exists.
Cana Wine Bar
2554 S Broadway
Take your date to taste wine in an adorable old bungalow run by a married couple. Sit by the fire, pronounce "Viognier" correctly, and order a nice cheese plate. Earn yourself at least three free guys’-night-out passes.
Punch Bowl Social
A bowling alley. A video arcade. Two karaoke rooms. Three bars. Plenty of comfort food. And, of course, both an indoor fireplace and an outdoor fire pit. If there’s an amenity this sprawling funhouse doesn’t have, we can’t think of it. (Okay, maybe a bed, so you could just crash here for awhile.)
Historians Ale House
The rooftop deck is as cool as they come — and also as warm, thanks to a fireplace (plus a few heating towers). Pick from a 40-tap beer list and pair it with meaty eats like prime-rib nachos and brisket-gravy fries.
Inga’s Alpine Lounge
5151 Leetsdale Ave
If, in a past life, you were a playboy chasing bunnies through the ski lodges of 1960s Europe, you might have flashbacks upon entering Inga’s. If not, bummer, but you’ll make plenty of new memories by the light of the vintage fireplace, fueled by cocktails and killer loaded fries.
Bull & Bush
4700 Cherry Creek Dr S
A seat on the sofa by the fire at this decades-old institution will warm your toes; ye olde English-pub atmosphere will cheer your soul; a glance at the seriously geeky beer and whiskey lists will melt your brain.
Lowry Beer Garden
7577 E Academy Blvd
In a nifty hangar-shaped structure at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, this sunny, super-casual joint dispenses 16 mostly local brews on tap, plus many more by the bottle and the appropriate sustenance (pretzels, chili dogs, fried pickles). Sadly, the wood-burners outside are out of commission, but the tabletop fire pit indoors works just fine. Or you could head to its sibling near the airport, Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden, instead.
The Kitchen Upstairs
1039 Pearl St
This eternal hot spot’s second-floor cocktail lounge was made for snowy evenings. And snowy evenings were made for tomato soup, sticky toffee pudding, and a stunning array of barrel-aged beers.
1235 Pennsylvania Ave
Get cozy over sangria and small plates at this loft-like tapas bar, a fire-lit oasis of class on the Hill.
Dark Horse Bar & Grill
2922 Baseline Rd
If the fireplace at this legendary old dive doesn’t get your circulatory system going, maybe the, um, Tuesday-night tricycle races will. No joke.
Under the Sun Eatery & Taphouse
627A S Broadway
Southern Sun’s gastropubby alter-ego-downstairs features 30-plus house and guest beers, a slew of smart bar snacks & wood-fired pies, and a live-music lineup with dancing some nights. Oh, and a fireplace. What it doesn’t feature is credit-card machines, so bring cash if you don’t want to get burned (so to speak).
The West End Tavern
926 Pearl St
This laid-back Boulder longtimer offers everything you need in life: a fireplace on the first floor, a fire pit on the rooftop deck, boatloads of craft beer & bourbon, and the chance to become a minor celebrity by eating 50 wings in 30 minutes.
Second Home Kitchen & Bar
150 Clayton Ln
With a fire pit long enough to heat up the entire courtyard, you won’t be left out in the cold here, even if you’re out in the cold here. (A shot of good bourbon and a bowl of bison chili can’t hurt either.)
If your caveman-like quest for fire continues, here are 10 more places with indoor or outdoor features to keep you toasty:
Blake Street Tavern
Downing Street Grill
Jake’s Food & Spirits
Lodo’s Bar and Grill
Rocky Flats Lounge
Scruffy Murphy’s Irish Pub
Sign up here for our daily Denver email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town.
1. EDGE Restaurant & Bar1111 14th St, Denver
2. Elway's Downtown1881 Curtis St, Denver
3. Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant1735 19th St, Denver
4. Guard and Grace1801 California St, Denver
5. Epic Brewing Company3001 Walnut St, Denver
6. Argyll Whisky Beer Gastropub1035 E 17th Avenue, Denver
7. Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew2810 Larimer St, Denver
8. Matador3496 W 32nd Ave, Denver
9. ViewHouse2015 Market St, Denver
10. Ale House at Amato's2501 16th St, Denver
11. Forest Room 52532 15th St, Denver
12. Highland Tap and Burger2219 W 32nd Ave, Denver
13. Atticus1125 E Evans Ave, Denver
14. La Cour1643 S Broadway, Denver
15. Punch Bowl Social65 Broadway, Denver
16. Historians Ale House24 Broadway, Denver
17. Inga's Alpine Lounge5151 Leetsdale Dr, Denver
18. Lowry Beer Garden7577 E Academy Boulevard, Denver
19. Second Home Kitchen + Bar150 Clayton Ln, Denver
20. Under the Sun Eatery and Taphouse627 S Broadway, Boulder
21. West End Tavern926 Pearl St, Boulder
22. Coohill's Restaurant1400 Wewatta St, Denver
23. Shanahan's5085 S Syracuse St, Denver
EDGE is just as swanky as you’d expect from The Four Seasons, but it’s a lot sexier, and the seasonal menu lives up to the name, too. Take the beef-fat candle that comes with the bread basket; the gorgeous elk, lamb, and buffalo chops, or the wagyu tomahawk chop that, at $120 for 30oz, is actually a steal; or the sublime deconstructed orangesicle with olive oil cake. They have over 700 bottles of wine to choose from, so deciding what to wash your meal down with will be almost as hard as deciding what to eat.
Elway's Downtown location, nestled snugly into The Ritz-Carlton Denver, serves up a seasonally rotating menu and an extensive wine list in an atmosphere as chic and sophisticated as The Ritz Carlton itself. Their bone-in filet is the choicest plate, even if the meat isn't actually choice, because clearly Mr. Elway wouldn't accept anything less than all USDA Prime hand-cut steak. If you're worried that won't be enough protein, lamb chops dipped in green chili cheese fondue make for a fine start.
Just across the street from Coors Field, Fado makes for a great pre- or post-game spot, in addition to having a solid lineup of brews (from the likes of Oskar Blues, Great Divide, and Dry Dock) all year long.
In a huge, bright space that sprawls out to a patio and includes three private dining rooms, Guard and Grace's expert staff delivers the likes of grilled beef short ribs, raw bar oysters, and solid wine selections. It's not just the myriad chops (including a filet mignon flight) that make it a stunner; the kitchen conceives of everything on the seasonal menu with care and flair then executes it just as beautifully -- breads, salumi, starters, seafood, sides, exquisite desserts, and all. This is one of Denver’s best restaurants, period.
Epic Brewing, which hails from Utah's dry-state, brought its goods (sweet, sweet goods) to Denverites and is serving up IPAs and barrel-aged brews.
Argyll's Uptown location has a menu full of traditional British fare -- don't miss their version of the Scotch egg, or their extensive beer and whiskey lists.
This brewery and taproom features a selection of ales crafted from locally sourced ingredients, with 100% of the barley used coming from Colorado farms. Outdoor seating is available, and the building that the taproom occupies was formerly an ice cream shop.
Matador in Highland offers great happy hour specials and generous portions of all your Mexican favorites, so you'll want to stick around and try a few of their tequilas -- they have over 100 varieties.
ViewHouse's roof deck overlooks Coors Field so you can take it 360 degree views of Denver, while taking down pub food like burgers or chicken and waffles, then wash it down with the craft beers on tap.
Pouring all sorts of local, craft beers in Highland, Ale House also has upscale pub fare -- Buffalo meatloaf, pulled pork sandwiches, grilled duck leg -- and specialty 'tails.
The timber-themed Highlands spot is accenting its trees on the walls & wood paneling with an equally woodsmen-worthy filet de brie. The high-end cut is packed with fresh herbs and melted cheese and served over a crostini, all of which they suggest you wash down with the lime vodka/ ginger beer Moscow Muse, aka a band who sings Hysteria (In the Bread Lines).
A patio with a fire pit might draw crowds during the colder months, but 16 52" TVs, an exclusively Colorado tap list, and significant happy hour deals keep them coming the rest of the year. Of course, some people do come to Highland Tap and Burger for the food itself, which constitutes surprisingly original takes on the usual pub grub. Fair warning: most of the crowd is college-age.
Atticus is an all-day neighborhood spot that's got delightfulness like pork belly biscuits, wild boar chili, and a ton of craft cocktails made from locally distilled spirits.
Half art gallery, half bar, and half restaurant, La Cour is your destination for a classy experience that'll better your cultural awareness as you dine on local and imported meats & cheeses, while sipping on some top-notch beer and wine.
It might advertise itself as a restaurant and bar, but Punch Bowl Social is first and foremost a game hall. The 24,000sqft space features skeeball, shuffleboard, bowling, and a handful of arcade games. Though the whole set-up is kiddish in nature, retro decor gives it a cool, mature boost and polished bites like truffle kettle chips and cauliflower nachos elevate the experience to a tasteful level, making it worthy of the reservations you'll likely have to make.
Historian's is a great place to kick back with quality grub, and even better brew.
Inga's will make you feel right at home in their retro mountain hangout-style digs. Reasonably priced drinks alongside comfort foods (like pizza, subs, and Jonesy's famous fries) will make the experience worth your while.
This massive Lowry Beer Garden, which's outfitted the bones of the shuttered air base with 350 seats' worth of "Oktoberfest-style picnic tables", has a menu with 16 taps of mostly CO beers, even more bottles, and "creatively topped" gourmet sausages.
Second Home is a nouveau-comfy Cherry Creek spot serving up "American home cooking with spins on timeless favorites." Think along the lines of tender belly sausage and a Mediterranean frittata, and you know what? You deserve it.
With more than 30 taps of craft beer from the local Mountain Sun brewing company and a menu ranging from bison burgers to pesto-mozzarella flatbreads cooked in a wood-burning oven, Under the Sun offers up American twists on Italian classics fare and a diverse selection of approachable beers. The Blackberry Wheat, Old School Irish Stout, XXX Pale Ale, and the Isadore Java Porter are merely a few of the mainstays available so you know there'll be something for everyone in the group.
The West End Tavern is a Pearl St-must. There's an extensive beer and bourbon list (with bombers!), as well as perfect game-time grub.
At this sleek, floor-to-ceiling windowed restaurant, James Beard Award-winning chef Tom Coohill serves up French-inspired, contemporary American fare via seasonal small plates like duck and foie gras pate with zucchini, sorrel, mushroom, and dried apricot. Coohill did his culinary training at Michelin-starred restaurants in France, and he combines his master expertise with locally-sourced Denver ingredients. The expansive restaurant features 280 seats and includes a chef's counter with a special tasting menu.
Shanahan's houses a nearly 6,000 bottle wine cellar, a 22oz bone-in "Cowboy" ribeye, a killer fireplace, and an unusually wide array of sauce upgrades (do yourself a favor and try the Maine lobster hollandaise). Their menu has a gluten free section for anyone in need of it, and there is a special pre-fixe menu on Sundays. We highly suggest ordering one of their signature cocktails to go along with your steak or seafood entree.