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Some people spend January and February hitting the slopes. Our preferred winter sport involves a strong drink, a leather armchair and a blazing hearth. Here’s where to indulge all winter long.

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Yes, there’s a fireplace, but you won’t find ski-lodge vibes here. Instead, you’ll find Latin-inspired cocktails (like the Witching Hour with tamarind liqueur and celery bitters) and addictive snacks (like pomegranate-ginger ceviche).

221 Smith St. (at Butler St.), Brooklyn; 347-987-3260 or

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Brandy Library

You don’t have to be a spirits aficionado to appreciate the charms of this civilized Tribeca den. (Though by the time you leave, you might be.)

25 N. Moore St. (at Varick St.); 212-226-5545 or

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Achilles Heel

Why yes, we will take our butter-drizzled oysters fireside, thank you very much.

180 West St. (at Green St.), Brooklyn; 347-987-3666 or

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Employees Only

Employees Only

Yes, at this point this “speakeasy” is anything but secret, but that doesn’t make it any less of a gem. We could go for a ginger smash and some bone marrow poppers right about now, come to think of it…

510 Hudson St. (at Tenth St.); 212-242-3021 or

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A quirky yet dignified ambience, plenty of couches for lounging and a menu that includes disco fries: We’d expect nothing less from the proprietors of winter-drinking standby Union Hall.

191 Smith St. (at Warren St.), Brooklyn; 718-522-3172 or

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The Beatrice Inn

Could your fireplace time benefit from a fancy-pants burger and swanky old-school vibe? Get to this West Village chophouse, stat. 

285 W. 12th St. (at W. Fourth St.); 212-675-2808 or

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Clover Club

This Cobble Hill mainstay is already one of our favorite spots for cocktails, and it just so happens to have one of the city's coziest nooks. Order an Apple Turnover cocktail (scotch, apple liqueur, ginger and cinnamon) and settle in for some deep and meaningful conversation.

210 Smith St. (at Baltic St.), Brooklyn; 718-855-7939 or

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The Walker Hotel

NYC has no shortage of cozy hotel lobbies (see: the Marlton, the Bowery), but we were more than happy to add this luxe Art Deco spot—which boasts one fireplace in the lobby and another in the restaurant—to our rotation.

52 W. 13th St. (at Sixth Ave.); 212-375-1300 or 

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