During the winter, it might be hard to peel yourself away from your living room to enjoy a night out on town. However, with the roaring fireplaces that can be found all across town in cozy settings, it is becoming increasingly easier to bundle up and head out. Read on for the top bars in Philadelphia with fireplaces.
124 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
A member of Stephen Starr’s family of restaurants, the Dandelion is a multi-story British pub with a crackling fire on the first floor going strong throughout the winter. Whether you come in during the afternoon for a cup of tea (served everyday, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.) or a drink at night (try a warming cocktail or something off its extensive beer list), the fire will keep you nice and toasty, especially if you sit in the surrounding sofa and chairs. The restaurant serves British comfort food, including shepherd’s pie and fish and chips.
736 South 8th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
If you’re lucky enough to snag one of the cozy leather chairs next to the raging fireplace, you’ll never want to leave; the experience here isn’t far from sitting in your own living room. With its brick walls and relaxing lounge area, this place is incredibly cozy. Snuggle up next to the fire with a hot buttered rum and some delicious comfort food, like fried pickled tomatoes and hand cut truffled fries.
20 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
In Old City, Serrano has a fireplace that can be enjoyed at the bar and in the dining room. Bar stools are available to sit at by the blazing fire while enjoying a craft beer or a glass of wine. While here, dine on reasonably priced international fare, like steak frites or roasted chicken. After you warm up by the fire, head upstairs to catch some live music at the Tin Angel.
901 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Standard Tap may be more popular during the summer for its outdoor deck, but it is equally enjoyable during the winter, thanks in part to its fireplace. When the fire is roaring, this rustic farmhouse becomes even cozier. Grab a seat next to it and indulge in some local flavor. In fact, Standard Tap only serves local beer and liquor and its food only includes fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The menu changes daily and is updated on a chalkboard.
The Twisted Tail
509-511 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
The Twisted Tail has not one, but two fireplaces located upstairs in its lounge, which is adorned with couches, TVs, brick walls and a shuffleboard table. The lounge is adjacent to its Southern styled-music hall, “The Juke Joint,” which is known for bringing in top blues artists and, while basking by the fire, you’ll be able to enjoy the music emanating from the hall. The Twisted Tail has an extensive bourbon list and some interesting flight combinations. For $15, you can indulge in one bourbon, one scotch and one beer.
Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.