'Tis the Season

The Ultimate Guide to Drinking by a Fireplace in Seattle

Blazes and beers in hotel lobbies, divey bars, fancy restaurants, and more.

By Kristen Farnam December 9, 2014

One of the palatial Rhein Haus fireplaces.

There's just something wonderful about drinking near open flames. Here, we present all manner of fireside drinking options.

Classic Fireplaces

The glowing hearth at the entrance to the Seattle icon is the best welcome you could imagine on a cold night...and a great place to linger while the valet magically locates your car at the end of the evening.

Fresh Bistro
Located in the middle of the dining room, this fireplace will warm you up even if that Brazen Hussy (yes, it’s a drink) doesn’t. freshbistroseattle.com

It's like your living room, only 100 times more stylish, and a supremely festive place to drink away the chills. cedarbrooklodge.com/eat

Hotel Fireplaces

Hotel Sorrento
The wood-paneled Fireside Room is pretty much synonymous with Seattle holidays. hotelsorrento.com

Polar Bar
Sink into a plush leather armchair or a velvet couch and enjoy a drink in this old-school bar at the Artic Club Hotel downtown. thearcticclubseattle.com/dining-libations/polar-bar

Trace at the W
If you like your fireplaces clad in shiny steel and located beneath a DJ booth, head to the lobby bar area. The long, faux-leather cushioned seating areas are actually pretty comfortable.  wseattle.com

Pub Fireplaces

Old Pequliar
An archetypal Irish pub in Ballard (right down to the TV, trivia night, jukebox and nachos). The best seats in the house are in the corner, around the gas fireplace. 1722 NW Market

A potbelly stove plus an Absinthe Ordinaire means you won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.  gainsbourglounge.com

Magnolia's stereotype-defying Irish pub has both a stone-clad fireplace plus a fantastic lineup of winter beers to drink in front of it. There's even a bonus fireplace upstairs. mulleadyspub.com

Sully's Snowgoose
Step up to the pinball machines or score the table directly in front of the hearth. 6119 Phinney Ave N

The Duchess
Pro tip, do not go here after a UW football game. You won’t even be able to find the fireplace. 2827 NE 55th St

New Fireplaces

Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room
While there's no booze served at Starbucks' fancy new concept cafe on Pike, feel free to pop into the adjoining Serious Pie, grab a drink, and enjoy it in proximity to the fireplace, tucked just next to the main entrance. roastery.starbucks.com

Tavern Hall
Two bars, two shuffleboard tables, and two fireplaces. Take your pick.

Assembly Hall
The lobby of the Via 6 apartments has a giant two-sided fireplace where you can sip your juice. Or head to the other end of the ground floor, grab a growler from Home Remedy, and take it back over to the warmer side. assemblyhallseattle.com

Rhein Haus
If you like your firesides with a side of bocce ball, beer, and rowdy crowds, make your way to one of the two fireplaces in the bierhaus. rheinhausseattle.com

Tables With Fire

Parties of five can stay warm via the high firepit table up front, though a round of smokescreen punch (aged rum, Sherry, lime, coconut, orange, and nutmeg) doesn't hurt, either.  bastilleseattle.com

Uber Tavern
The single firepit table in the beer bar on Aurora is the perfect location to enjoy a cold pint of Scaldis Noel. uberbier.com

Outdoor Fireplaces (That Still Function in Winter)

During the winter months the restaurant issues wool blankets to anyone who wants to sit around the outdoor firepit (the skyline view is equally amazing in the cold). westwardseattle.com

The firepit on the deck will not disappoint. Unless it’s raining, then it might. revelseattle.com

If you can brave the outdoors, the little patio up front has a firepit that’s a popular spot for people awaiting tables. joulerestaurant.com

Shelter Lounge
Free s’mores you make yourself. Seriously. Get to it. theshelterlounge.com

Intermezzo Carmine
The outdoor tabletop facing busy First Ave makes for highly entertaining people watching. intermezzocarmine.com

Unexpected Fireplaces

Once you make it up to the bar on the fifth floor of the Motif hotel, there’s a long table with flames in the center and a pretty mod hearth. frolik.motifseattle.com

Nitelite Lounge
The excellent dive bar on Second Avenue has cheap drinks, darts, pool tables, and an equally divey fireplace. thenitelite.com

The Ballroom
Yes, the dance floor here has a cage. But you can avoid it by retreating to an indoor tabletop fire pit, an outdoor tabletop fire pit, or an actual fireplace. ballroomfremont.com



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