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10 New York City Bars with Roaring Fireplaces

Don't hibernate at home this winter, take refuge in NYC's coziest bars; they've got company, comfy seating and -- best of all -- roaring fireplaces to warm those toes and your soul

As the temperature drops and hats and scarves come out of hiding, it’s a natural impulse to want to stay in your apartment until the spring thaw, but don’t write off going out just yet. One of the best places to warm up is beside a fire, and as so few NYC apartments have a working fireplace (and so few New Yorkers have a working knowledge of proper flue maintenance), it’s ideal to let someone else handle the logs and ash. All you have to do is grab prime real estate by the fire, order a hot toddy or a pint of winter ale, and settle in to enjoy the season. Here are 10 bars with fireplaces in New York City where you can do just that.

 

Lantern's Keep at the Iroquois Hotel

Lantern’s Keep (Photo: Courtesy of Lantern’s Keep)

Lantern’s Keep at the Iroquois Hotel
Midtown isn’t exactly known as a land of upscale, cozy bars, but Lantern’s Keep in the Iroquois Hotel is an exception. Walk through the hotel lobby to access the bar at the back. It’s got cozy in spades with rich wood walls and flickering candles — but it’s that fireplace, front and center, that gives off maximum atmosphere. Lantern’s Keep is the most refined cocktail bar on this list, with drinks that reflect the style of classics, like the Brooks made with rum, Cynar and falernum and the Expat, a mix of bourbon, lime and mint. The Iroquois New York, 49 W. 44th St., 212-453-4287, iroquoisny.com

 

Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel

Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel (Photo: Courtesy of The Bowery Hotel)

Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel
Hotel bars are made, quite literally, for lingering. So whether you’re a guest of the hotel or not, there’s no shame in spending the better part of an evening in a plush armchair near the fireplace at the Bowery Hotel’s opulent lobby bar. The price of entry is a bit steep, sure, with cocktails around $18, but consider it an admission fee. After all, does your living room have Persian rugs and velvet couches? Just be aware that depending on how full the bar is, certain areas may be reserved for hotel guests only. Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery, 212-505-9100, theboweryhotel.com

 

Brandy Library

Brandy Library (Photo: Flickr4jazz/Flickr CC)

Brandy Library
You may want to dress up a bit for Brandy Library, a strikingly elegant lounge with spirits both familiar and rare, occasional live music, and walls lined with whiskey. (Indeed, this would not be a bad place to get snowed in.) While the entire room appears lit by the golden glow of flickering flames, the fireplaces (one on each floor) are tucked away, looking perfectly natural in this stately TriBeCa drinking den. 25 N. Moore St., 212-226-5545, brandylibrary.com

 

Art Bar

Art Bar (Photo: Courtesy of Art Bar)

Art Bar
If the above bars seem a little too polished for your night out, opt instead for Art Bar, a West Village hangout where the drinks are cheap and the crowd’s relaxed, yet the fireplace is as inviting as any. Show up early for the happy hour — half-price draft beer, house wine and well drink from 4pm to 7pm — and snag the prime real estate, the somewhat overstuffed couch near the fireplace in the back room. With drink prices about a third of the prior establishments, that’s triple the fire-time for you. 52 Eighth Ave., 212-727-0244, artbar.com

 

Ninth Ward

Ninth Ward (Photo: Courtesy of Ninth Ward)

Ninth Ward
Even if New Orleans never quite gets New York’s bone-chilling cold, we think the fireplace fits in perfectly at this Crescent City-inspired bar in the East Village. Look for it right on the main floor, tucked under the mantle, where — since there isn’t a seating area directly in front — it’s easier to share the warmth with everyone. Order an Abita on draft (they always have at least a few), or just get in the spirit and ask for a Sazerac; if that doesn’t warm you up, nothing will. 180 Second Ave., 212-979-9273, ninthwardnyc.com

 

Kingston Hall

Kingston Hall (Photo: Courtesy of Kingston Hall)

Kingston Hall
When you find yourself wishing for a Caribbean escape in the middle of New York winter, consider the next best thing: Kingston Hall, an elegant space in the East Village with soaring ceilings themed after 1960s Jamaica. Get a coconut filled with a pineapple-rum drink or nab a boozy mulled sorrel cider; play a game of billiards; and then take advantage of the roaring fires — Kingston Hall has not one but two working fireplaces. 149 Second Ave., kingstonhall.com

 

Black Rabbit Bar

Black Rabbit Bar (Photo: Courtesy of Black Rabbit)

Black Rabbit Bar
In the summer, we love this Greenpoint bar for its back garden, but in the winter it’s all about the fireplace. Half pre-Prohibition saloon, half pub, Black Rabbit Bar has the sort of low-lit good looks that make it an appealing refuge from the cold, particularly when you’ve got a pint of stout and a perch by the fire. 91 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn, 718-349-1595, blackrabbitbarnyc.com

 

Camp

Camp (Photo: Courtesy of Camp)

Camp
If a roaring fireplace (under a mounted buck head) in a faux log cabin isn’t charmingly rustic enough for you, how about board games and S’mores? You’ll find it all at Camp in Cobble Hill, indeed themed after summer camp; order the S’mores and they’ll bring a little gas-lit flame to your table, for toasting your marshmallows before you sandwich them with Hershey’s and grahams. We recommend seats near the fireplace, of course — but please don’t stick your ‘mallows in there. 179 Smith St., 718-852-8086, Brooklyn, camp-brooklyn.com

 

Union Hall

Union Hall (Photo: Ben Rosenzweig/Union Hall)

Union Hall
This massive Park Slope bar has a lot going for it — live music, garden seating, even indoor bocce courts for Pete’s sake — and that includes a fireplace, built into the bookshelf-lined library. On top of all that? Plenty you’ll want to drink, including an extensive selection of beers on tap and a great wine list, too. 702 Union St., Brooklyn, 718-638-4400, unionhallny.com

 

Donovan's Pub

Donovan’s Pub (Photo: Courtesy of Donovan’s)

Donovan’s Pub
The Irish know a thing or five about dreary weather, and one thing they know for certain is that there’s nowhere better to escape from winter than the nearest pub. Donovan’s in Woodside is as classic as it gets — no frills, no modern touches, all to the better — with Guinness on draft, cheery bartenders, and one of the best burgers in Queens. Get your pint and grab a seat near any of the bar’s three fireplaces. 57-24 Roosevelt Ave., Queens, 718-429-9339, donovansny.com

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