If you live in New York City, you know you’ll have to brave the storm in the winter and beat the heat in the summer. Whether it’s wintertime or summertime, New York City keeps on keepin’ on. Luckily the city is full of fine establishments that help make your life a little more comfortable, especially during those long and cold winter months. Here are our favorite New York City bars with fireplaces to check out when you’re in need of a little warmth and relaxation. By John Friia/Lanya Trypupenko
34 East 32nd Street
New York, NY 10016
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Tucked inside the HGU Hotel in NoMad, 1905 Lounge exudes comfort and warmth with their corner fireplace, cozy leather chairs and homey atmosphere. From after work drinks to a stress-free evening with friends, the lounge will quickly become the go-to spot on those wintry nights.
91 Greenpoint Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Black Rabbit is a snug 19th Century bar located on Greenpoint Avenue in Brooklyn. Enjoy a beer and traditional bratwurst by the comfy-cozy gas fireplace. If you’re out with a group of friends, grab a booth with its own personal doors for a private outing type of vibe. Love trivia night? Black Rabbit hosts nerdy trivia nights on Tuesdays from 8 to 10 p.m. with bonus prize shots. What better way to spend a Tuesday night than at Black Rabbit trivia night, enjoying your cocktail by the fire?
57 East 54th Street
New York, NY 10022
Embracing its vibrant history, Bill’s Townhouse is located in a century old townhouse that brings old school luxury to the present. The restaurant is filled with multiple fireplaces throughout the space, including in the main dining room and the private dining room. With numerous oversized candles that make for a warm reprieve from the city’s harsh winter, the restaurant serves classic American cuisine, including their signature Bill’s Burger on a potato roll with toppings of choice and pickles.
The Bowery Hotel Lobby Bar and Lounge
New York, NY 10003
The Bowery Hotel Lobby Bar and Lounge features beautiful art deco-inspired decor and a fireplace with plush couches and chairs for your comfort. This is the place to be when you want to enjoy a well-crafted New York City cocktail in a classy setting. If you aren’t a hotel guest, the hotel isn’t obligated to provide seating for you, but the bar is open to the general public. Note that there may not always be a fireside couch or chair available for your leisure, but once you do snag a lucky seat, it’s completely worth it.
Blu On Park
116 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10022
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New Yorkers are transported to a bygone era when they step inside Blu on Park. Nestled on the Upper East Side in a three-level renovated 1920s brownstone, the steakhouse boasts an impressive fireplace that is surrounded by a floor-to-ceiling display of wine bottles. Diners can indulge on traditional dishes with a contemporary twist from Executive Chef Rory O’Farrell. Blu on Park also boasts an extensive wine selection and creative libation that pair with their signature dishes.
197 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003
With plenty of fireside seating, Shoolbred’s is the go-to East Village pub during the cold winter months. Lounge in a leather seat by the fire while enjoying a signature hot toddy or mulled cider. Relax in an ambient setting of dark-wooded decor. Shoolbred’s offers two-for-one drinks during happy hour everyday until 8 p.m., but make sure you get there early to grab a seat by the fire.
1114 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10036
Comfort and contemporary collide at the ultra-chic STK Midtown, a modern steakhouse and lounge. Whether people are seating in the front or rear of the restaurant, the fireplace is visible from any table in the restaurant. While the fireplace adds a warm ambiance to the eatery, patrons can indulge on their signature steaks and can add toppings, including truffle butter, bone marrow, foie gras and king crab.
Black Mountain Wine House
415 Union St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Black Mountain Wine House is the perfect place for a romantic winter date in Brooklyn. Choose from dozens of wines and an extensive half bottle wine list. Sip your glass by the rustic brick wood-burning fireplace. Order some small plates from the menu and sit back and relax while admiring the establishment’s antique decor. The Black Mountain Wine House is the best way to get away from the city without ever leaving.
1125 First Avenue
New York, NY 10065
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As the weather gets colder, people can warm up next to the fireplace at Treadwell Park. From the ping pong tables to the colorful coasters and a pinball machine, this beer hall is the ideal spot for after work drinks and weekend gatherings with friends. The beer hall also has t Reserve List, which features bottles of beer from around the world with selections from Austria, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Norway and Scotland.
52 8th Ave.
New York, NY 10014
For a laid-back and lively fireplace bar, head to the West Village. Art Bar offers both booths at the bar and comfy couches by the fireplace in the back living room. Sit and sip on a delicious drink while munching on some food, including some vegetarian options. Make sure to check out the art gallery by the fireplace displaying artwork by local artists, and don’t forget to come back to Art Bar for its daily happy hour specials.
John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.
Lanya Trypupenko is a freelance writer living in NYC and covering all things New York. She is a self-proclaimed shopaholic who is always on the lookout for the latest trends and deals