5 Fireplace Bars in NYC
Once the temperature dips below 40 degrees, the only bar worth going out to is one with a crackling fire place. Bonus points if they have big, plush chairs and sofas to sink into along with drinks that inspire warmth from the inside out. We’ve rounded up our favorite fireplace bars below, helping to keep you warm (and hydrated) all winter long!
Best Fireplace Bar on the Upper East Side: Uva
I’ve been going to the Italian wine bar and restaurant Uva for years, and it’s hard to tell what I love more – the food, the attentive service, or the gorgeous decor! With a beautiful main-level fireplace, private cellar, and year-round backward patio, Uva offers the perfect drink for your cozy dinner or Italian country-style brunch.
Since it’s a wine bar, you’d be well off ordering vino, and being that it’s cold outside, I’d suggest the full bodied reds flight. Paired with the bruschette of sheep’s ricotta cheese and black truffle honey and twinkling candlelight, you’ll want to stay awhile. Do make sure to take a trip to the wine cellar in the basement before you leave!
Best Fireplace Bar on Central Park South: Southgate
What’s better than a cold walk in Central Park followed by a drink at a fireplace bar to warm up?
Warm up at Southgate, which is inside the Essex House Hotel. Unlike many of the other bars in NYC (and fireplace bars on this list), Southgate is spacious, so you always feel like there’s room to spread out a bit. If you’re lucky, grab a seat on one of the couches by the fireplace. Their wine selection is unparalleled – the last time I visited, I was given an iPad that lists hundreds of red, white, and bubbly glasses to choose from. Pair that with their brisket burger and you’ll warm right up!
Best Fireplace Bar in Midtown: Lantern’s Keep
Midtown may not have a reputation for cute hole-in-the-wall bars that New Yorkers would flock to, but there are a few hidden gems in the middle of Manhattan. Lantern’s Keep, nestled in the back of the Iroquois Hotel, is certainly one of them.
With a fireplace and absolutely delicious cocktails, this bar is staffed with not just bartenders – but mixologists – and for good reason. Just ask them to shake up a Clinton Cocktail for you (Cognac, Aged Rum, Sweet Vermouth, Angostura), and order a plate of bison sliders to share. The intimate bar gives off a 1920’s Parisian vibe and is on the smaller size, so make sure to call ahead to secure a table.
Best Fireplace Bar in Tribeca: Brandy Library
Does cozying up next to a fireplace with a pile of books sound like your kind of cold weather date?
If so, Tribeca’s Brandy Library should be a spot on your list to check out this winter. While the space feels like an old school library you’d see on the game board of Clue, the book shelves are stocked with liquor, not novels! But given the reason you’re there, I think we can all make amends with that, right!? Enjoy a glass of brandy while you’re here, but I’d also point you in the direction of the Musket – made with Armagnac, muddled fig, honey and lemon juice, paired with the delicious rack of lamb.
Best Fireplace Bar in Brooklyn: Black Mountain Wine House
Rustic atmospheres and a golden fireplace simply go hand in hand. With 30 wines available by the glass or bottle, the Black Mountain Wine House in Brooklyn believes wine is the spice of life. With farm house vibes, this spot makes for an excellent winter date spot. Settle in with a hot red mulled wine and cheese plate and enjoy the crackling ambiance.