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...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Greenwood 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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