Even though bars have outlawed cigar-smoking and Bengal-tiger rugs, you can still set the tone for a proper winter whiskey with the aide of a roaring fire. These 14 fireplace-equipped drinkeries in Philly, arranged by neighborhood, are here to put the fire back in your belly.
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Growlers South Philly 736 S 8th St This bar/kitchen/living room is the perfect spot to get cozy by the fire with cushy seating and a menu of comforting pub fare.
Devil’s Den South Philly 1148 S 11th St The South Philly spot emphasizes craft beer (17 rotating drafts and 200 bottles), but it wouldn’t be a den fit for the devil without a fire to complete the cabin-inspired interior of the space.
XIX Center City 200 S Broad St Face facts: XIX (Nineteen for non-Romans) is amazing any time of year, whether you’re taking in the salty air on the roof deck in the summer or landing one the of the cushy fireside chairs in the winter. Curl up with an Old Fashioned and your cowl-neck sweater.
The Dandelion Center City 124 S 18th St You have a few solid seating options at The Dandelion, but when it’s winter your best decision is to score some comfy real estate by the fireplace at the English pub.
McGillin’s Olde Ale House Center City 1310 Drury St One of Philly’s oldest bars is always packed for a reason, and it might have a bit to do with everyone’s dire need to find a table near the fireplace, especially when the bar is decked out in cozy winter decor.
Devil’s Alley Bar & Grill Center City 1907 Chestnut St Head upstairs in this barbecue-heavy Rittenhouse joint to warm up. Though the pub-restaurant tends to draw crowds and longish waits on the weekend, wait it out for that prime fireside spot.
The Lodge at Blue Cross RiverRink Old City Penn’s Landing Ice skating is fun and all, but when you head to Penn’s Landing your top priority should be to find a spot by the fire to enjoy your craft beer and Garces eats. The Lodge at Penn’s Landing has all the makings for fireside magic, no figure eights required.
Sassafras Bar Old City 48 S 2nd St Sassafras is already cozy with selective seating at the bar and tables throughout, but the Old City spot kicks it up a notch with a crowd-pleasing hearth opposite the tables.
City Tavern Old City 138 S 2nd St Aside from being one of the most haunted places in Philly, City Tavern also rocks the fireside hearth like none other, taking inspiration from the old-school taverns where our Founding Fathers used to get sloshed.
Frankford Hall Northern Liberties 1210 Frankford Ave You won’t be taking off your coat at this beer garden anytime soon, but you can warm up by the fire pits that populate the outdoor area -- and if you’re still not warm enough, there’s always that beer menu.
Bourbon & Branch Northern Liberties 705 N 2nd St This NoLibs whiskey bar plays up the ambience with a nod to the shuttered Liberties pub that formerly inhabited the space by keeping the original wood-carved fireplace past the bar.
Standard Tap Northern Liberties 901 N 2nd St You may not want to spend much time on the deck at everyone’s favorite NoLibs beer bar for a few months, but that just means you can spend more time by the fire and taking in all of Philly’s phinest clientele.
Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar University City 200 S 40th St The seasonal restaurant and bar is extra-swanky this time of year, with fireside corners where you can drink that winter cocktail and enjoy the full ambience.
City Tap House University City 3925 Walnut St The UCity favorite has an outdoor deck that stays open all year, which can be frightening, but if you head out there with the appropriate brew and prime fireside seating, it’ll be… moderately less frightening. Just stay bundled.
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