On a cold winter night, nothing beats warming up while sitting by the fire, stiff drink in hand. Of course, finding a fireplace in Manhattan is easier said than done. Happily, you can put away that portable heater, and stop watching those yule logs on YouTube, thanks to this list of 10 cozy Manhattan bars that have a fireplace just waiting for you.
With booths in the front, and a lounge area in the back, Art Bar in the West Village attracts an eclectic clientele, which makes sense given its decor. The fireplace is located in the back of the bar, where you can stretch out on sofas or unwind at a small table. 52 8th Ave., btwn Jane & Horatio sts.; artbar.com
Established in 1960, Molly's Shebeen touts itself as the most traditional Irish bar in New York City. This Gramercy pub has sawdust on the floors and a working fireplace. Molly's also has brunch, lunch, and dinner menus with pub favorites, such as shepherd's pie, corned beef and cabbage, and lamb stew. 287 3rd Ave., btwn 22nd & 23rd sts.; mollysshebeen.com
If you're looking for high-end cocktails to go with your fireplace (or vice versa), look no further than Employees Only. This West Village cocktail lounge is home to several experienced mixologists and boasts a fine dine-in menu, as well. It gets crowded, so keep that in mind for claiming that coveted fireplace space. 510 Hudson St., btwn 10th & Christopher sts..; employeesonlynyc.com
Ninth Ward brings the feel of the French Quarter to the East Village. This New Orleans-style bar features table seating at the front, a more spacious lounge area in the back, and, of course, a fireplace. 180 2nd Ave., btwn 11th & 12th sts.; ninthwardnyc.com
A chic spot located in the East Village, Kingston Hall can take people by surprise. Walk under the unassuming awning up to the second floor, where you'll wind up in a nicely put together lounge, with elegant decor and a fireplace by the pool table. 149 2nd Ave., 2nd Fl., btwn 9th & 10th sts.; kingstonhall.com
Lexington Bar and Books
The third location in the Bar and Books family, this Upper East Side cigar bar on Lexington enforces a casual yet stylish dress code befitting the civilized look and feel of the space. If you're okay with wafts of fragrant smoke, you can enjoy the fireplace with a scotch and a fine cigar in hand. 1020 Lexington Ave., btwn 72nd & 73rd sts.; barandbooks.cz/lexington
This upscale TriBeCa lounge looks like a chic library, but its shelves are all stocked with spirits rather than books. This is a swank spot to enjoy high-end beverages while sinking into leather couches. The fireplace completes the ambiance, as does the piano, which is used for live music on most Mondays. 25 N. Moore St., btwn Hudson & Varick sts.; brandylibrary.com
Harlem Public is a boon to the neighborhood, offering a robust beer selection and good food, as well. There's a fireplace in the corner to keep the space nice and cozy, but be forewarned that it can get packed inside on weekends (come early to stake your claim). 3612 Broadway, btwn 148th & 149th sts.; harlempublic.com
Bookmarks Lounge in the Library Hotel
If you travel up to the top floor of the Library Hotel in Midtown, you'll arrive at Bookmarks Lounge. In addition to having some nice views of Manhattan thanks to a glassed rooftop, there's also a fireplace where you can cozy up and enjoy a drink. 299 Madison Ave., btwn 41st & 42nd sts.; libraryhotel.com
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