Food & Drink

The 15 Best Bars With Fireplaces in NYC

Published On 01/12/2015 Published On 01/12/2015
Harlem Public
Draught 55
Rose Bar at Gramercy Park Hotel
Ben Rosenzweig
Courtesy of Library Hotel Collection
Courtesy of Hospitality Holdings
Black Mountain Wine House
The Rookery
Art Bar
Clover Club
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1. Harlem Public 3612 Broadway, New York, NY 10031

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Library Hotel in Midtown, where each floor is titled after Dewey Decimal System categories, has a rooftop lounge called Bookmarks... because what else would it be called? A literary air runs throughout, or rather a corporate version of it, with a mahogany fireplace in the interior and fancy patio furniture out on the terrace. Cocktails like The Pulitzer (gin, elderflower liqueur, Fernet, agave nectar) and Dante's Inferno (mezcal, blood orange liqueur, Aperol) don't let you forget that books -- or at least the idea of them -- are what the place is all about.

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

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

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

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.