10 of the Coziest Fireplace Bars in New York City
While many New Yorkers are preparing their Netflix queue as fall settles in, we’re not letting a little rain keep us indoors. Instead we’re using the inclement weather as an excuse to reacquaint ourselves with our favorite winter hotspots—which come complete with ample wine, crackling fireplaces, and cozy nooks for catching up. Here you’ll find a curated list of bars where the fireplaces are just as important as the cocktail list.
If you’re looking for something a little quieter, head to the Bowery Hotel where you can settle into plush couches next to the fire. Grab a few friends for catch-up session over cocktails, or bring a book for a few solo drinks. The space is reserved for hotel guests, but anyone can walk in and take a chance on finding an open seat. Pro tip: Follow with dinner at Gemma.
Three words: cozy, warm, wine. The House in Gramercy Park delivers on everything we could want to want out a rainy Saturday night. Throwback jazz tunes set the tone in this redesigned carriage house, but arrive early—this place is small and seats fill up fast.
Art Bar is a West Village gem; a cozy oasis in what can often been considered an elite corner of the city. Your best bet would be to walk past the bar to the back room, snag a spot on the couch, and relax with a selection of cocktails, beers, and (our unofficial favorite) chili cheese dogs.
If dancing the night away next to a fireplace is your kind of thing, Employees Only in the West Village is the rainy night speakeasy for you. If that’s not enough motivation to get you out of the house, let it be known that some of Manhattan’s best cocktails are served at this cozy spot.
If you’re looking for a proper fireplace bar crawl then head to the East Village. Start at Schoolbred’s on 2nd Avenue, where Hot Toddies are sipped next to a Scottish fireplace.
You’ll find Ninth Ward a block’s walk from Schoolbred’s—the perfect distance for a rainy night bar crawl. The moody New Orleans-styled bar transitions from a sophisticated spot for cocktail sipping into a more rowdy scene on weekends closer to midnight.
Kingston Hall is the place to be if you’re looking to play pool next to one of the bar’s two fireplaces. Take it to the next level and order the Drunken Coconut between games. Be warned: it comes with an actual coconut on top, meaning you can be as tropical as you want during the rainiest of days.
Black Mountain Wine House
If you’re anywhere near South Brooklyn, then Black Mountain Wine House is a must. The small rustic bar instantly will instantly transport you to a warmer, cozier place (think: the Catskills). Drink by the glass or bottle, but be sure to complement with several of their delicious small plates.
Brooklyn’s Union Hall in Park Slope is the perfect spot for a large group. Start with a rousing round of bocce at the back of the bar followed up with a few rounds in the giant leather chairs—next to a roaring fire, of course.
Alewife is a must-visit fireplace bar in Long Island City. Go for the all-you-can-brunch and stay through the afternoon for the completely overwhelming beer list (we’re talking hundreds, people).