Plenty of restaurants house fireplaces, but there are fewer spots where you can cozy up by the hearth in a bar and enjoy a cocktail, glass of wine or hot toddy. Here’s where you can stay toasty while toasting.
It's easy to ditch the chill of winter fireside at Gabriele's.
When you enter the bar at this upscale Italian steakhouse, you’ll find a substantial stone fireplace flanked by four leather club chairs with ottomans that encourage you to put your feet up and stay awhile. The hearth in this handsome, wood-paneled room is right next to the bar itself, which has ample seating and a dramatic backlit display of colorful bottles. Fireside libation of choice? Manager and maître d’ Tony Capasso recommends the Elderflower Flirtini, a blend of raspberry vodka, St. Germain, peach blossom, splash of pomegranate and prosecco.
35 Church Street, Greenwich; 203-622-4223
This classic and casual Irish pub, which attracts a big crowd of European football fans, is particularly welcoming in the winter months, thanks to two fireplaces set in alcoves across from the main bar. At one of the tables by the fire, you can warm up with a Guinness or an Irish Coffee. During Happy Hour (Monday to Thursday, 4 to 7), bar snacks like boxty sandwiches are just $5.
175 Bedford Street, Stamford, 203-353-8444
Cobblestone steps lead to the entry of this restaurant and bar, which has the feel of an English pub, and a rich history: Its antique carved wooden bar once resided in a mansion belonging to the Anheuser Busch family. Right in the barroom, there’s a huge fireplace with wood mantel and two comfy club chairs positioned for maximum exposure. Ask the bartender to whip up one of the special winter cocktails, such as the Hot Honey Bourbon Toddy, a Hot Buttered Rum (made with Goslings) or a grown-up Chocolate Milk (Ketel One, Godiva chocolate liqueur, white Creme de Cacao, and cream, garnished with chunks of milk chocolate).
972 Boston Post Road, Darien, 203-656-2600
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At this award-winning French restaurant, start your evening in the Drinks Room, a small, elegant sitting room that is beautifully appointed with antiques, wingback chairs, a built-in window seat and a fireplace. You can order drinks at the bar and they’ll serve them to you in this seriously cozy space. The much-loved bartender, Astley, can mix anything, but the setting seems ideal for something classic like champagne, Burgundy or Bordeaux, or a perfectly poured martini.
420 Field Point Road, Greenwich; 203-869-7500