Food & Drink

The 14 Best Bars With Fireplaces in Philadelphia

Published On 01/15/2015 Published On 01/15/2015

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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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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1. Growlers 736 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Southwark)

Not just the types of dogs Vick used to request, Growlers is also the name of a Bella Vista pub-cum-game room-cum-brew-filling station run by a dude who's worked at Jones, El Vez & Frankford Hall and packed with 40 bottles and cans, plus 12 tap beers (11 regular and one hand-pumped firkin with Yards Coffee Porter) that you can carry out by the growler-load.

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2. Devil's Den 1148 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (South Philadelphia)

Delicious pub eats and an extensive craft beer selection are the order of the day at this South Philly drinkery.

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3. XIX 200 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (Rittenhouse)

XIX at the Bellevue offers killer views of Broad Street from their outdoor rooftop drinking destination. The place is a classy joint, but that doesn't always mean pricy, since they boast frequent happy hours.

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4. The Dandelion 124 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Center City West)

Stephen Starr is the mastermind behind this cozy, intimate London-style pub that serves up a killer brunch (booze-soaked Scotch pancakes) and other seasonal twists on British favorites.

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5. McGillin's Olde Ale House 1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Market East)

Imagine: the year was 1860, Lincoln was elected, and McGillin's Olde Ale House first opened. It's safe to say they place is doing something right, because generations of people can't be wrong. This is the oldest continuously operating tavern in Philly. They have since changed the beer taps, we promise.

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6. Devil's Alley Bar & Grill 1907 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

Diabolically good BBQ and comfort food in Rittenhouse Square.

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7. The Lodge at Blue Cross Riverrink 121 N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

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.

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8. Sassafras Bar 48 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

A true bar for old souls, Sassafras Bar's Old City spot feels like the Baz Luhrmann Great Gatsby film with a combination of 20s sophistication and modern-day glamour. It calls itself, "your father's bar," but that doesn't stop numerous crowds of all ages from gathering here for a classic cocktail made with old-school bartender showmanship -- and probably to get their hands on one of the beloved, rare tenderloin burgers.

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9. City Tavern 138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

Though now mainly an 18th century-themed tourist spot, City Tavern is technically the oldest bar in Philly, and was even a hang-out for the First Continental Congress.

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10. Frankford Hall 1210 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (Fishtown)

One of the only year-round beer gardens, Frankford Hall is also the most traditional German biergarten. The brick-walled Fishtown spot has a menu that features German classics like spätzle, schnitzel, and six different types of sausages. Additionally, the draft beer list has over 10 different German beer selections, all available in large, liter steins. It's especially popular in the summer months, when an opening at one of the picnic tables is harder to find than a parking spot in Fairmount.

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11. Bourbon & Branch 705 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Nolibs)

B&B features beer and pub fare with a fancy twist: think banh mi sliders, tikka masala mussels, etc, plus classics like fried pickles and mac-n-cheese.

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12. Standard Tap 901 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Nolibs)

Some fun facts about the Standard Tap, they have tons of craft beer on tap and every menu item is a special while supplies last. Now stop reading and go eat something!

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13. Harvest 200 South 40th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (West Phillyu City)

Not just the second sexiest holiday of the year for Amish people (after Candle Making), Harvest's also the name of the newest addition to the Magrogan empire (Kildare’s Irish Pub, Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House): a strictly seasonal, two-story barstaurant that's super focused on the whole farm-to-table-to-your-mouth deal, with more than 70 different farmers helping to stock the kitchen.

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14. City Tap House 3925 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (West Phillyu City)

City Tap House has an extensive selection of micro-brews and delicious food to go along with them, as well as a killer patio for outdoor drinking.

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