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.
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 leyendabk.com
Picture a roaring fire, big comfy chairs and making s’mores with your closest buds in a log cabin-like setting. It’s hard to believe a place like this exists in the urban jungle of NYC, but when you step inside this Cobble Hill bar, you’ll immediately be transported back to the carefree golden days of your youth. Except this time, there are cocktails.
179 Smith St. (at Warren St.), Brooklyn; 718-852-8086 or camp-brooklyn.com
Want to go to New Orleans in, oh, about an hour? Head to this rustic French Quarter-inspired bar with a basement lounge, booths made from old church pews and an old-timey piano.
9 Ave. A (at E. Houston St.); 646-524-5226 or drexlers.nyc
This classic Brooklyn outpost is a winter haven for a reason--if the fireplace, amazing library and indoor bocce aren't enough to entertain you, there's also a comedy club downstairs. Ha, we laugh in the face of freezing rain!
702 Union St. (at Fifth Ave.), Brooklyn; 718-638-4400 or unionhallny.com
THE ROSE BAR AT GRAMERCY PARK HOTEL
On those nights when you want to dress up and feel a little fancy, the Rose Bar inside Gramercy Park Hotel is glamorous, while still managing to be laid-back. Oh, and most importantly, it's warm and toasty.
2 Lexington Ave. (at 21st St.); 212-920-3300 or gramercyparkhotel.com/nightlife
Tiny’s and the Bar Upstairs
Housed in a three-story townhouse built in 1810, the sibling-run bar and restaurant in Tribeca is like stepping into your grandma's dining room (your really, really cool grandma who makes a mean apéritif).
135 W. Broadway (at Duane St.); 212-374-1135 or tinysnyc.com
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 brandylibrary.com
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 achillesheelnyc.com
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 employeesonlynyc.com
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 fawknerny.com
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 thebeatriceinn.com
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 cloverclubny.com
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 walkerhotel.com