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The 15 Best Bars With Fireplaces in NYC

Published On 01/11/2015 Published On 01/11/2015

Because it's butt-ass cold outside, but that list of infinity fireplace-equipped bars in NYC feels a little too daunting right now, we decided it was time to assemble this: a list of the 15 best FDR-approved drinkeries in the city, which we're pretty sure (pretty very sure?) is fewer than infinity.

Shoolbred’s

Shoolbred’s

East Village
This editor favorite has one of the best hot toddies in town, amazing free chips, and when the temperature gets below 50, the fireplace is always ablaze. Secure a spot near it early (you’ll have to) and rake in the two-for-one happy hour special.

Harlem Public

Harlem Public

Harlem
Settle in near this Uptown spot’s cast iron stove top gas warmer and order some of the excellent (and possibly created after several "special tobacco" sessions) bar fare, including a peanut butter bacon burger, Mac and Steez ("extra super fancy" pasta and four-cheese blend), and Twizzler-infused vodka lemonade.

Draught 55

Draught 55

Midtown East
If you can’t grab the (extra comfortable) couch by the fire, this wasn’t a wasted trip -- the glass-enclosed atrium is a great spot to score craft beer after craft beer from a waitstaff that actually knows what it's talking about/is nice about it.

Rose Bar at Gramercy Park Hotel

The Rose Bar at Gramercy Park Hotel

Gramercy
Elegant, dimly lit, and adorned with work by Andy Warhol, The Rose Bar is a great spot for impressing a date. Pretend you’re Orson Welles or some other famous-ass old timer as you sip high-priced cocktails and lean on the ornate mantle. Reservations are recommended after 9pm.
 

Hot Bird

Clinton Hill
Yeah, Hot Bird doesn’t have a fireplace -- it has an entire goddamn fire pit. The BBQ joint next door delivers, in case you needed any more incentive. Cash only.

Tuffet

Tuffet

Williamsburg
This spot offers a great selection of cheeses and cured meats, killer cocktails, and great beers on tap. Outside, there’s a big patio, featuring a gas fireplace -- don’t expect tons of heat, but the glow is beautiful. Plus they’ll rent you the cozy back room, free of charge.

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Union Hall

Park Slope
Indoor bocce, music, comedy, a library, the fact that you can order a basket full of bacon as a side dish, and two fireplaces: Union Hall kind of does everything you want to do in winter, and they do it right.

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Bookmarks Lounge

Midtown East
Like everyone else in New York, we’ve got a soft spot for a rooftop bar (like, really soft, wait... was that weird?), and this one -- with its fireplace, Poetry Garden, and quality cocktails -- makes a great elevated date spot.

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The House

Gramercy Park
Set up in an old carriage house in Gramercy Park, this tiny, pristine restaurant has a wine bar that might be one of the best spots in the city to have a low-key, cozy night. They have a truly excellent wine selection, so you can sip glasses by the fire while listening to old jazz.

Black Mountain Wine House

Black Mountain Wine House

Gowanus
This unpretentious spot on Union St is all the things most wine bars want to be, should be, but rarely are: homey, comfortable, farmhouse-y in a Brooklyn barnhouse...y. It's a great place to try out some new wines and snack on a small, simple, and very reasonably priced menu that includes mac & cheese with wild mushrooms, Gruyere, and truffle oil, plus fondue on Tuesdays.
 

LIC Bar

Long Island City
With live music four days a week, an outdoor fireplace, a solid Scotch selection, and a gigantic outdoor seating area, this is as good a place as any in the city to warm up and drink tons of drinks this winter.

The Rookery

The Rookery

Bushwick
Not one, but two fireplaces -- one indoor and one outdoor -- grace The Rookery. The outdoor one is technically a chimenea -- an enclosed, wood-burning outdoor fireplace that throws off tons of heat, making it ideal for all-weather drinking. Try a gentlemanly cocktail or two (like the absinthe-fueled Depth Charge), or stop by brunch for the banana-battered French toast.

Art Bar

Art Bar

West Village
Hop off the subway and head past the front of the bar to the back room -- that’s where you can spread out on a couch and sip on lychee mojitos (let’s agree things like this aren’t just for summer, okay?), drink some beers, and take down a chili cheese dog with curly fries.

Camp

Camp

Boerum Hill
For a theme bar, this place is oddly un-obnoxious, but then "summer camp" is a pretty solid theme. Get in front of the stone-set fireplace beneath a deer head and play some board games, make a friendship bracelet, and pretend you might get in trouble with the counselors for making out with a cutie behind the kayak. Plus, parties of 15 or more get free s’mores and drink specials.

Clover Club

Clover Club

Cobble Hill
If you want to drink the best liquid dessert of your life, a drink that makes you question all of the drink-ordering decisions you’ve ever made in your life, order the Blackberry Fool at one of the best cocktail spots in the country. And if you want a spot by the backroom fireplace, show up as soon as you can, since this place gets super packed, super early.

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Jess Novak is a Thrillist contributor who divides her time equally between drinking Scotch and exploring New York. She'd love nothing more than for you to stalk her on Twitter and Instagram.

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1. Harlem Public 3612 Broadway, New York, NY 10031 (Harlem)

Settle in near this Uptown spot’s cast iron stove top gas warmer and order some of the excellent (and possibly created after several "special tobacco" sessions) bar fare, including a peanut butter bacon burger, Mac and Steez ("extra super fancy" pasta and four-cheese blend), and Twizzler-infused vodka lemonade.

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2. Shoolbred's 197 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Shoolbred’s is a Scottish bar in the East Village thematically decorated like an elaborate drawing room with wood-paneled walls, stained glass windows, and plush leather chairs. It’s second-home-worthy during the winter, when you can sip a hot toddy (one of the best in town) in front of the blazing fireplace. Of course, any bar that has drink tokens and free chips is a mainstay in our book.

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3. Draught 55 245 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022 (Midtown East)

As its name suggests, Draught 55 takes beer very seriously, with a rotating list of 42 local and international craft beers on tap, as well as an ever-increasing number of bottled and canned beers. There's also a full kitchen with a menu specifically designed by Executive Chef Christie Flanagan to complement the craft beers. All the pub dishes are made with fresh ingredients, sometimes even incorporating beer to enhance the flavors of the food.

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4. The Rose Bar at Gramercy Park Hotel 2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010 (Gramercy)

Elegant, dimly lit, and adorned with work by Andy Warhol, The Rose Bar is a great spot for impressing a date. Pretend you’re Orson Welles or some other famous-ass old timer as you sip high-priced cocktails and lean on the ornate mantle. Reservations are recommended after 9pm.

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5. Hot Bird 546 Clinton Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238

Hot Bird, located in Prospect Hill, uses big open spaces and communal tables to get a friendly vibe going and several taps and cocktail creations to keep the juices flowing.

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6. Tuffet 286 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)

This spot offers a great selection of cheeses and cured meats, killer cocktails, and great beers on tap. Outside, there’s a big patio, featuring a gas fireplace -- don’t expect tons of heat, but the glow is beautiful. Plus they’ll rent you the cozy back room, free of charge.

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7. Union Hall 702 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Park Slope)

Union Hall in Park Slope is a cozy, multi-purpose venue outfitted to resemble a stately library with bookcases, banquettes, and a fireplace. It features two bocce ball courts, outdoor garden seating, and a basement space that often hosts comedians and indie bands. There's something on Union Hall's schedule every night of the week, whether it's an NPR live radio show, bocce tournament, or themed happy hour. The bar's down-to-earth vibe is complemented with craft beer and simple bar food like burgers, empanadas, and house-made soft pretzels. The crowd is mostly made up of local Brooklynites, and though don't have to roll up in tortoise-shell frames and cuffed jeans, you'd certainly be in good company if you did so.

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8. Bookmarks Lounge 299 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10017 (Midtown East)

Like everyone else in New York, we’ve got a soft spot for a rooftop bar, and this one -- with its fireplace, Poetry Garden, and quality cocktails -- makes a great elevated date spot.

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9. The House 121 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003 (Gramercy)

Set up in an old carriage house in Gramercy Park, this tiny, pristine restaurant has a wine bar that might be one of the best spots in the city to have a low-key, cozy night. They have a truly excellent wine selection, so you can sip glasses by the fire while listening to old jazz.

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10. Black Mountain Wine House 415 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Black Mountain offers an excellent wine list to compliment the many small-plates on the menu. If that wasn't enough to entice you to this intimate Brooklyn spot, they also have a roaring fireplace to heat things up.

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11. LIC Bar 45-58 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11101 (Long Island City)

You’ll find a large selection of Scotch and a friendly mixed crowd here. The semi indoor area, complete with TVs, a fireplace and pool table, is a great place to catch a game. The large back patio is normally covered in vines and flowers, and often hosts live entertainment or trivia nights. Stop in for some good vibes.

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12. The Rookery 425 Troutman St, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Offering tasty pub grub, craft 'tails, an extensive wine list, and a large array of draught and bottled beer, you can't go wrong when it comes to The Rookery and their beautiful garden.

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13. Art Bar 52 8th Ave, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Hop off the subway and head past the front of the bar to the back room -- that's where you can spread out on a couch and sip on lychee mojitos, drink some beers, and take down a chili cheese dog with curly fries.

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14. Camp 179 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Camp, in Brooklyn, is a warm and cozy joint where you can sip cheap beers while trying your luck at Buckhunter. If you get tired of that, you can always check out the trophy animals on the wall and imagine what could have been.

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15. Clover Club 210 Smith St, New York, NY 11201

From Julie Reiner (Flatiron Lounge) and her protege, cocktail legend Ivy Mix, this tearoom-style spot charms with pressed tin ceilings, velvet-upholstered settees, and a 19th-century mahogany bar. In keeping with the casual-sophisticated vibe, dinner fare includes everything from mac & cheese and steak frites to steak tartare and caviar service, while the cocktail selection, which includes numerous variations on Old Fashioneds, cobblers, punches, cocktails, and five other categories, will have the most experienced of drinkers excited with options. For a new take on a real classic, start with the Improved Whiskey Cocktail, which combines rye, maraschino, absinthe, and bitters.

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