It’s cold out there! And with a “winter bomb cyclone” set to approach NYC and the Northeast this weekend, it’s time to stay warm by any means necessary. Whether that means snuggling up in your apartment, or meandering to grab a drink around the town, it should be done with thought! To make things easier, we’ve rounded up some of the coziest bars in NYC. Complete with fireplaces and all, here are the best bars and restaurants to curl up into on a frosty night:
1. Union Hall, Park Slope
This Brooklyn fun house has a cozy library, a bocce ball court AND a fireplace! There are also fun events like karaoke nights, comedy and variety shows, and comfort food bar eats like loaded burgers, chili and tacos.
Where: 702 Union St, Brooklyn
2. Blind Tiger Ale House, Greenwich Village
The Blind Tiger Ale House was arguably one of the first craft beer bars in NYC. Tucked away in Greenwich Village, we’d recommend hitting them up for a late brunch and then working your way through the beer menu—fireside, of course—into the afternoon.
Where: 281 Bleecker St
3. Joanne Trattoria, Upper West Side
This Italian restaurant is actually owned by Lady Gaga’s family! The cozy fireplace opens on both sides, so you can curl up in the dining room or in the back patio, which is covered and heated during the colder months.
Where: 70 W 68th St
4. Tiny’s & the Bar Upstairs, Tribeca
This adorable restaurant is inside the only pink landmark NYC Townhouse, and was started by three siblings. Snuggle up by the fire for delicious brunch with homemade scones and doughnuts, or try it for a hearty dinner paired with craft cocktails.
Where: 135 West Broadway
5. Ty Bar at the Four Seasons, Midtown
For more of a sophisticated night, try the Ty Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel. They specialize in barrel-aged bourbon and also host live jazz music every Friday from 6-10pm.
Where: 57 E 57th St
6. The Hideout at Gallow Green, Chelsea
Okay, this is technically a fire pit, not a fireplace, but still super cozy! Gallow Green—located on the rooftop of the McKittrick Hotel—transforms into a warm, mountainside escape called “The Hideout” throughout the winter. The rooftop cabin is surrounded by pine trees, and inside the cabin has mulled wine, plaid blankets and pillows, cozy fires and a French Alps-inspired après-ski menu. You can even rent a yurt while you sip on cocktails and feast on small bites.
Where: 542 W 27th St
7. Churchill Tavern, Flatiron
The Churchill Tavern is a quaint English pub in the Flatiron district featuring a menu loaded with U.K. classics with a twist, as well as a wide variety of beers on draught. It’s also one of the best-decorated spots in NYC for the holidays!
Where: 45 E 28th St
8. The Campbell, Grand Central
The Campbell is a hidden bar right in Grand Central Station, and is named for John W. Campbell, a Jazz Age financier who converted the space to his private office and reception hall in 1923. You get a feel for the era with 25-foot hand painted ceilings, a grand stone fireplace and stained glass windows.
Where: 15 Vanderbilt Ave, just off 43rd St
9. LIC Bar, Long Island City
This spot in LIC is a classic New York watering hole that has been around long before the area became so popular. The space is 100 years old, which can be seen in its antique bar, original tin ceilings and brick walls. There’s no food but enjoy classic cocktails or a variety of beers. They also have “Sunday Fireplace Concerts” from 5-8pm on Sunday evenings, featuring live acoustic shows right in front of the fire.
Where: 45-58 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City
10. The Press Lounge, Hell’s Kitchen
Located in the Sun Room of The Press Lounge’s rooftop, what could be better than snuggling up next to their fireplace and taking in panoramic views of the Hudson River, George Washington Bridge and Midtown Manhattan? We think nothing. Typically, this spot is only available when renting out in large groups (30-50 people).
Where: 653 11th Ave, Floor 16
11. Black Mountain Wine House, Gowanus
We have just found one of the coziest hidden gems in all of NYC. Black Mountain Wine House in Brooklyn not only has a fireplace, but also mulled wine, snacks, great music, and books! If you want a wine-focused spot that feels like you’re cozying into your own home’s den, you’ve got to head here!
Where: 415 Union St, Brooklyn
12. The Lobby Bar at Ludlow Hotel, Lower East Side
The Ludlow Hotel is by one of the coolest hotels in NYC, and its lobby bar doesn’t disappoint either. This rustic paradise filled with washed limestone brick walls and even an outdoor patio is the perfect place to cuddle up next to their warm fireplace. You don’t even need to be staying at the hotel either. Stop here for a warm welcoming before hopping around LES.
Where: 180 Ludlow St
13. Joyface, Alphabet City
Not only does this swanky East Village spot have a disco ball to dance under, but they also have a glowing fireplace that’s perfect to visit after work or on a weekend. Their 1970s vibes with plush couches and eccentric decor makes it the perfect place to hang with friends or mingle with others. The cocktails are good too.
Where: 104 Loisaida Ave
14. BAR CHRYSTIE at Public Hotel, Lower East Side
This bar located inside the Public Hotel is an inviting fireplace bar that meshes well with the interior decor. Between the crystalized chandeliers and ivy-filled walls, you feel like you’re walking into a sophisticated lounge. Its jazzy 1920s inspiration definitely gives the feeling of something swanky, yet cozy.
Where: 215 Chrystie St
15. Lobby Bar at The Bowery Hotel, Bowery
Take in the leather arm chairs and expertly curated cocktails at the Bowery Hotel’s lobby bar while you sit near the fireplace. Between the taxidermy and Persian rugs, it gives… a Victorian era bar in 2022.
Where: 335 Bowery