Bars and cafes in New York City serve as extensions of our living rooms, because most of us don’t really have living rooms. (Or if we do, they’re probably too small to actually accommodate more than a few people.) And because having a fire going in the middle of your apartment is likely not something your landlord would appreciate, bars are a good way to experience the warmth of one going in the hearth in the forthcoming grey days. Here in Brooklyn, there are a bunch of excellent options, from a fire pit in the back of a classy barbeque joint to a roaring hearth in a cozy wine bar.
This bar has several atmospheres all combined into one: Bocce courts in back, a room for events in the basement, and upfront, enormous leather chairs next to a roaring fire. It’s a great place to bring a book or a friend and have a long chat on a chilly evening.
702 Union Street, Park Slope
A sprawling beer hall with an impressive selection of craft brews as well as a menu of German-inspired fare, Williamsburg’s Spritzenhaus has some truly banged up Jenga sets and a great roaring fire. The atmosphere: a little bit Viking, a little bit rock and roll.
33 Nassau Avenue, Greenpoint
A Clinton Hill hotspot with a great backyard and a killer happy hour, Hot Bird makes use of its ample backyard all year long with the help of a large fire pit.
825 Atlantic Avenue, Clinton Hill
Black Mountain Wine House
An excellent spot for a fall date or a quiet conversation with a friend, the Black Mountain Wine House has a clean, tiny country restaurant in the Alps kind of feel. It has a roaring fireplace as well as a selection of wines, cheese plates, charcuterie, and other good nibbles.
415 Union Street, Boerum Hill
A friendly dive bar with cheap drinks, good music, and a fireplace, Daddy’s is a good choice if you want to pretend like you’re somewhere in Michigan for a minute, instead of smack in the middle of Williamsburg.
437 Graham Avenue, Williamsburg
A classy bar that serves some of the most delicious, exquisitely mixed cocktails in the borough (yeah, we said it), the Colver Club is like relaxing in the den of that fancy family friend you had growing up, but with better service.
210 Smith Street, Cobble Hill
A sweet little French bistro in North WIlliamsburg where you can sip a beer at the bar or grab a table for some coq au vin, all by warming yourself by the fire. It’s the definition of cozy.
533 Grand Street, Williamsburg
Kent Ale House
This sports bar specializes in airing soccer and rugby games, as well as serving up craft pints, but the fireplace adds a touch of warmth to all those flatscreen TVs.
51 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg
If you’ve ever wanted to go camping but like, just for an hour or so, this cute, log cabin-inspired bar is the ticket. There are board games and, of course, a roaring fire where you can even roast marshmallows to make your own s’mores.
179 Smith Street, Cobble Hill
A busy little cranny of a bar with that you won’t mind the crowd, Custom House is another great restaurant/bar with a roaring fireplace surrounded by brick walls.
129 Montague Street, Brooklyn Heights