It’s freezing outside right now, and there is no better way to keep warm than relaxing by a blazing fire. Philly has numerous bars – from the laid back to the more upscale – with a wood-burning fireplace roaring this winter. See below for some of the best.
124 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
This British pub near Rittenhouse has a fireplace on its first floor, which is perfect for sitting around and enjoying a cocktail or cup of tea (Dandelion serves Afternoon Tea everyday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.). It’s almost like having a drink in your living room, and if you’re lucky enough to claim a spot on the couch, you’ll never want to leave. A well known Stephen Starr restaurant, The Dandelion is three floors full of great food and drinks and serves British classics such as fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and bangers & mash and has a pretty awesome brunch menu. The drafts here are from the U.K. and Pennsylvania, but the bar also has an extensive beverage menu made up of bottles, classic cocktails and wine.
1148 S. 11th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
With its brick walls, wooden tables and wood-burning fireplace almost always on during the colder months, this neighborhood joint is a warm, cozy and inviting place to kick back with your friends, all while enjoying a few brews and comfort food. For the craft beer enthusiast, Devil’s Den has an excellent drink list, with 17 rotating drafts and 200 bottles. The fireplace is located near the entrance and, if you’re lucky, you’ll score a table directly next to it. The kitchen serves bar food along with more sophisticated options, like mussels and steak. Devil’s Den also has a great brunch menu.
Race Street Cafe
208 Race St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
This low-key and unpretentious bar has a wood-burning fireplace in its dining room. While you’re keeping warm and dry, enjoy a beverage from Race Street Cafe’s often updated draft list made up of 15 American craft brews and beer found from around the world. If you’re unsure of what to whet your whistle with, you can sample a flight of five four-ounce beers for only $10. With a menu full of salads, sandwiches and burgers, Race Street Cafe cooks up some fantastic American pub fare. Have dietary restrictions? Swap out the bread on any sandwich or burger for a gluten-free roll. Also available are vegetarian options like the veggie burger or ricotta gnocchi.
901 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
If you’re in Northern Liberties and looking for a place to keep warm, head upstairs to sit by the roaring fire at Standard Tap. Since 1999, Standard Tap has been all about local flavor and its support of Buy Fresh Buy Local and Greensgrow Farms. The bar only serves local drafts (more than 20 on tap) from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, and its kitchen uses many local ingredients to create fresh and seasonal food for its ever-changing menu, which is updated daily on a chalkboard.
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XIX – Nineteen
Hyatt at The Bellevue
200 S. Broad St., 19th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
For those looking to bask by the fire in a more sophisticated and upscale venue, XIX might be your place. Situated on the top floor of the Hyatt at the Bellevue, XIX offers some great views of the city. Be it sitting in one of its booths along the window or sitting around the intimate fireplace, this gorgeous bar and restaurant will not disappoint. The fireplace in the bar adds to its already great ambiance and offers a comfortable and private spot to grab a cocktail. XIX boasts an extensive list of premium beers and liquors and a selection of over 300 wines from around the world.
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Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.