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The 10 Best Fireplace-Equipped Bars in Seattle

Published On 01/08/2015 Published On 01/08/2015

The one thing out-of-towners don't understand about Seattle is... well, these 18 things... but they also don't understand how mild the winters are. Seriously, people here don't know what to do when it gets really cold, so we rounded up 10 sweet bars with fireplaces they can sit by while they try and think of something. Oh, and stay warm...

Chona Kasinger

Talarico’s

West Seattle
Come in for a behemoth slice and beer and keep your eyes peeled for the coveted round-table fire seating in the back corner of the spacious West Seattle spot. The round table will seat one large party or several smaller parties, so prepare to get familiar with the neighborhood.

Hunt Club at The Sorrento Hotel

Fireside Room

First Hill
The Sorrento's plush lobby bar routinely hosts live music and readings, and the adjoining Hunt Club has also been known to screen old black and white flicks, but no matter what's happening be sure to order the hotel's namesake cocktail, which has house made limoncello, Beefeater gin, Metaxa 5 Star brandy, lemon juice, and Domaine Ste. Michelle brut.
 

Polar Bar

Downtown
Open Monday through Saturday from 3pm-close, the Polar Bar is as far removed from an igloo as you could imagine. Resplendent with leather furniture and upscale furnishings, this hotel bar located inside The Arctic Club sports two red velvet chairs on either side of its signature fireplace, so you can imbibe while pensively gazing into the flames.

Chona Kasinger

Sully's Snow Goose Saloon

Phinney Ridge
This unassuming, ski-lodgy watering hole is just the ticket if you’re looking to catch the game over a cheap beer or want to hit the pinball machines. A four seat table lives right in front of the fireplace so you can bring a friend or three and bust out one of the many board games they have available for your enjoyment.

Chona Kasinger

Old Sage

Capitol Hill
Throw another log on that fire, because you’ll want to stay a while. This classy scotch spot features a rustic, wood-burning stove and plenty of fodder for the fire, plus a bevy of savory plates, from lavender pork cheeks to a Virginia-air cured ham board, that are cooked with what you always get when you have a fire -- smoke.

Ăśber Tavern

Ăśber Tavern

Greenwood
Station yourself in front of the indoor fire pit with a stiff pint of beer at Ăśber Tavern and it’s guaranteed you won’t be making any moves anytime soon. Right off Aurora, this ultimate rainy day hang highlights a hefty selection of beers on draught and bottled, as well as kegs and growlers.

Miller's Guild

Miller’s Guild

Denny Triangle
You can’t miss it when you walk in -- Miller’s Guild’s butcher’s table features a roaring fire over which you can enjoy your food prepared chef’s-table-style. Dial yourself in with a steak and cocktail at the literal hotspot and take in the fireside glory from a former James Beard winner.

Chona Kasinger

Duchess Tavern

Ravenna
Cougars beware -- this spacious Husky bar is not for you, despite the fact it boasts not one, but TWO fireplaces: one on the lower level and one just outside under the covered section of the patio. Even better? The outdoor fireplace has a large TV right next to it, just for your game day viewing pleasure.

Traveler Montlake

Traveler Montlake

Montlake
Posted up in the former Montlake Ale House space, this boozer from the dude behind the well-loved Leary Traveler and Nabob touts a handsome fireplace by which you can warm your hands before putting them on some of their gastropub-y eats like duck liver mousse pate and an unbeatable Manny’s chicken sandwich, which sees a chicken thigh brined in everyone’s favorite beer, plus smoked gouda, herb de provence aioli, and more.
 

Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails

Downtown
For what is likely the mod-est fireside dining in Seattle, hop up to the fifth floor/rooftop of the Motif Hotel Downtown. With sprawling tabletop flames and a contained fireplace, Frolik is a versatile spot to catch happy hour (4-6pm daily) at in the summer and colder months thanks to its various sources of heat, including heating lamps.

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1. Talarico's 4718 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116 (West Seattle)

Come in for a behemoth slice and beer and keep your eyes peeled for the coveted round-table fire seating in the back corner of the spacious West Seattle spot. The round table will seat one large party or several smaller parties, so prepare to get familiar with the neighborhood.

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2. Fireside Room 900 Madison St, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)

This richly appointed living room of a bar (Honduran mahogany woodwork, leather wingback chairs) at the Sorrento cracks Thrillist's Favorite 5 Winter Drinking Spots thanks to its sweet list of craft 'tails (the cockily named I Lay Manhattan w/ Bulleit bourbon, Luxardo Maraschino, sweet vermouth & a Laphroaig Scotch rinse), snack-heavy eats menu, and holiday lineup of refined musical guests, like Christopher, in the majority of his movie roles.

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3. Polar Bar 700 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Open Monday through Saturday from 3pm-close, the Polar Bar is as far removed from an igloo as you could imagine. Resplendent with leather furniture and upscale furnishings, this hotel bar located inside The Arctic Club sports two red velvet chairs on either side of its signature fireplace, so you can imbibe while pensively gazing into the flames.

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4. Sully's Snowgoose 6119 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

This unassuming, ski-lodgy watering hole is just the ticket if you’re looking to catch the game over a cheap beer or want to hit the pinball machines. A four seat table lives right in front of the fireplace so you can bring a friend or three and bust out one of the many board games they have available for your enjoyment.

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5. The Old Sage 1410 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

A sweet seafoodery where they'll smoke your underwater eats all the way up to your table, then pair them with delicious Scotch-based cocktails.

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6. Ăśber Tavern 7517 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Station yourself in front of the indoor fire pit with a stiff pint of beer at Über Tavern and it’s guaranteed you won’t be making any moves anytime soon. Right off Aurora, this ultimate rainy day hang highlights a hefty selection of beers on draught and bottled, as well as kegs and growlers.

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7. Miller's Guild 620 Stewart St, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

Located in the historic and funky Hotel Max, this rustic eatery is centered around a 9ft-long custom wood-fired grill where prime cuts of meat are butchered and prepared daily. The menu’s star is 75-day dry-aged beef and is crafted by a James Beard Award-winning chef. The entire menu -- meats, vegetables and seafood -- gets to spend time in the inferno, giving everything a deep smoky and roasted flavor.

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8. Duchess Tavern 2827 NE 55th St, Seattle, WA 98104 (University District)

Planting its roots in Ravenna far before the era of parking lots, this large, yet cozy UW bar not too far from the U-Village has seen its fair share of rowdy scholars getting down on a Saturday night. Decked out with two fireplaces, an outdoor smoking area/patio (remember when you could do that inside?) and more Husky regalia than one could possibly imagine, the Duchess has been home to a good time since at least 1934.

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9. Traveler Montlake 2307, Seattle, WA 98112 (Montlake)

Traveller off Leary has now expanded to Montlake. Resplendent with an awesome fireplace and trademark rustic pub fare, not to mention six rotating taps; the TM is sure to be a great place to rest those weary feet and score some top notch Euro-gastropub eats.

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10. Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails 1415 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

Frolik's a rooftop bar downtown featuring tasty bites, a swanky setting, and PING PONG!

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