The best way to warm up this winter is not only to have a boozy cocktail, but to drink that cocktail while you are sitting next to a roaring fire. Here is a list of five of the best bars in the D.C. that feature a lovely fireplace. Winter may seem long, but when you head to one of these spots, the cold weather suddenly doesn’t seem so bad!
1734 N St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Iron Gate not only has a fireplace, but it has an outdoor fireplace where you can warm up and treat yourself to one of its craft cocktails. Iron Gate’s wisteria draped winter patio is adorned with fire pits, heaters and new lounge furniture, perfect for cozying up fireside. Cocktails available on the patio include the bourbon diversion, made with bourbon, absinthe, crème de cacao and fernet branca, the hot doctrine, which is a chamomile tea drink made with St. Germain, honey liqueur and lemon, and the rye response, a warm apple cider drink that combines rye, cappelletti and sweet vermouth.
1739 N St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
The Tabard Inn is known for its fabulous brunch, but its cozy lounge, complete with a beautiful fireplace, is worth checking out as well. On Sundays, Tabard Inn features live jazz music accompanied by a pianist or guitarist, making the experience all the more enjoyable. Try one of its signature cocktails or a glass of wine from the acclaimed wine list while you warm up by the fire and take in the live music. This is the perfect spot to relax with friends on a Sunday evening.
3815 Georgia Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20011
The bar at Chez Billy is a great place to indulge in a drink before or after dinner, or pretty much any time of day. Grab a seat at one of the high top tables close to the fireplace and camp out for a while. Have a classic cocktail like a Manhattan, or sample a glass of French wine. Feeling especially festive? Have some Champagne, after all it is a French restaurant.
1355 H St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
Biergarten Haus has a huge outdoor fire pit that is extremely popular among locals in the winter months. Order some beers from the extensive menu and grab a seat next to the raging fire. Snacks like fries, pretzel rolls and potato pancakes are also available.
Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar
223 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
This charming Capitol Hill restaurant is on the first floor, and its lovely lounge on the second floor comes complete with a fire. Enjoy a glass of wine or a small bite from the bar menu or a cheese plate to share with friends. Happy hour is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. daily, so come during those hours and take advantage of food and drink specials. You might even wind up staying for dinner!
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Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.