As an East Coast city, Philly is used to cold and snowy winters. But that’s no reason to stay home. Local restaurants and bars have fireplaces roaring through the wintry weather. Here are 17 of the best, from cozy neighborhood haunts to elegant lounges.Read More
17 Philly Restaurants and Bars With Cozy Fireplaces
Gather ’round a fire at these Philly hot spots
Martha’s fireplace has a cozy cabin feel, with rustic decor and a mishmash of seating options. Settle in for the evening with a cheese plate and one of the Kensington bar’s creative cocktails or draft beers.
2. Suraya Restaurant
Fishtown’s Lebanese destination Suraya features a photogenic indoor/outdoor space with a fireplace that connects the bustling restaurant with the dramatically lit garden lounge.
3. Wm. Mulherin’s Sons
The main dining room at Wm. Mulherin’s Sons features a central poured-concrete fireplace, logs ready to be burned, and a skylight for watching the snow fall.
4. Frankford Hall
Fire pits abound at this German beer hall in Fishtown featuring indoor/outdoor space, ping pong, and massive beers.
5. City Tap House
In University City, City Tap House beckons with a row of five stone fire pits on the terrace overlooking Walnut Street. The fire pits are turned on every night, unless it’s raining or snowing.
6. Bernie's Restaurant & Bar
In University City, head to Bernie’s to warm up by two large fire pits on the outdoor deck, which also has two big-screen televisions. The casual dining spot has a few locations in the suburbs, including one in Glenside that features a 15-foot fireplace wall and fire pits on the patio.
Food and drink service is available at the modern fireplace behind the large bar at Condesa in the Pod Philly hotel. This newcomer from the Suraya team serves Mexican dishes alongside a wide variety of tequilas and mezcals.
8. The Dandelion
Cozy is the name of the game at Stephen Starr’s Dandelion in Rittenhouse, where it’s easy to warm up by the fire, pint in hand, and forget this is Philly, not a hunting lodge somewhere in the British Isles.
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9. McGillin's Olde Ale House
Back in the day, fireplaces weren’t just for charm. As Philly’s oldest continuously operating tavern, McGillin’s lights its fireplace all winter long. Another way to warm up: Sip one of the bar’s hot adult beverages, like the Snowshoe — hot chocolate with a shot of butterscotch liquor, served in a mug and topped with whipped cream.
10. The Library Bar
The Rittenhouse hotel’s Library Bar has an elegant fireplace surrounded by bookshelves, artwork, and leather chairs. The bar menu features classic cocktails and original creations, along with upscale snacks, such as caviar served on deviled eggs and in a cannoli with mascarpone.
11. Stratus Rooftop Lounge
At the center of Stratus Lounge runs a 40-foot glass-enclosed fireplace with a rail for drinks and plenty of comfy seating. Heat lamps make this indoor/outdoor spot atop the Hotel Monaco a year-round destination.
The mod vibe at Jones is meant to evoke a 1970s living room — though most living rooms don’t have a floor-to-ceiling, double-sided, stone-encased fireplace in the middle. The menu is full of classic comfort foods.
13. Royal Boucherie
Votives on the tables, sconces on the walls, and a candle-lit fireplace give Nick Elmi’s Old City brasserie a sultry glow that helps set the scene for his French-influenced offerings.
Order a coffee, a glass of natural wine, or a full meal of in-season fare at Bloomsday while hanging by the double-sided fireplace in the dining room.
15. The Twisted Tail
Southern restaurant Twisted Tail has two fireplaces in its upstairs lounge, where it frequently hosts live music.
Hawthornes, which doubles as a bottle shop, offers those waiting for a table a cozy nook by the fireplace complete with couches to give it a ski lodge vibe.
17. Devil's Den
Devil’s Den is known for its annual fireplace lighting party at the beginning of each December. Inside the craft beer bar, the fireplace is double-sided and wood-burning.