67 Ways to Stay Sane

10 Seattle Fireplace Bars

Our favorite bars that play with fire.

By Allecia Vermillion November 13, 2012 Published in the December 2012 issue of Seattle Met

The high round table in the front boasts a small but toasty fire pit, a great vantage point for watching passers-by on Ballard Avenue. Warm up with A Peacemaker, a roiling combination of applejack, amaro, and…apple butter. 5307 Ballard Ave NW, Ballard, 206-453-5014; bastilleseattle.com

This beer and wine bar is so cozy, you can curl up in front of the gas fireplace in almost any seat in the house. Warm up with A glass of hot Theo chocolate with mulled Washington wine. 7902 35th Ave SW, West Seattle, 206-708-7725; locolseattle.com

Madrona Eatery and Alehouse
Sofas surrounding the fireplace share real estate with toys to keep kids occupied while parents turn their grateful attention to the impressive tap list. Warm up with Big Al Brewing’s Winter Warmer, a robust seasonal ale. 1138 34thAve, Madrona, 206-323-7807; madronaalehouse.com

Mulleady’s Irish Pub
The interior is pitch-perfect Irish pub, right down to the stacked stone fireplace—just a few feet away from the formidable talent behind the bar. Warm up with The Winter Rose, a blend of ginger liqueur, lemon juice, rosemary-Demerara syrup, hot water, and gin infused with Earl Grey tea. 3055 21st Ave W, Magnolia, 206-283-8843; mulleadyspub.com

Polar Bar at the Arctic Club Hotel
Settle into the velvet couches on either side of the tall hearth and be transported back to Seattle’s days as the gateway to the Klondike. Warm up with A classic Sazerac, made here with a splash of limoncello. 700 Third Ave, Downtown, 206-340-0340; domeroomseattle.com

Shelter Lounge
The long, rectangular fire pit on the enclosed patio means larger groups can stay warm while downing cold drinks. Warm up with Free s’mores! A table nearby has all the fixings for customers to create their own gooey dessert. 4910 Leary Ave NW, Ballard, 206-829-8568; theshelterlounge.com

Sorrento Hotel Fireside Room 
The wood-paneled room off the lobby is the grande dame of Seattle fireplace bars. Sure, there’s afternoon tea, but such stately surroundings beg for hot whiskey drinks. Warm up with An apple malt toddy, made with Washington cider, whiskey, and maple syrup. 900 Madison St, First Hill, 206-343-6156; hotelsorrento.com

Sully’s Snowgoose Saloon
Pub meets chalet at this Phinney Ridge landmark. Score the six-person table directly in front of the lodge-appropriate hearth and get acquainted with the beer list. Warm up with A pint of roasty Black Butte Porter. 6119 Phinney Ave N, Phinney Ridge, 206-782-9231

Trace at W Seattle
The sleek fireplace at the center of the lounge is curved, covered in shiny steel plates, and flanked with faux leather banquettes for lounging with a cocktail. Warm up with The Blissful Ignorance, a liquefied take on chocolate-covered cherries, made with vodka, port, and Scrappy’s chocolate bitters. 1112 Fourth Ave, Downtown, 206-264-6060; traceseattle.com

Über Tavern
Forget chestnuts—beer and open flames are a far better combination. Ward off the chill with a much-coveted seat ’round the fire-pit table. Warm up with J. W. Lees Harvest Ale barley wine—with a whopping 11.5 percent alcohol content. 7517 Aurora Ave N, Greenlake, 206-782-2337; uberbier.com

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