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New York’s Best winter bars with open fireplaces.

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There is nothing better than a glass of red or a Negroni next to a roaring fireplace, but in NYC, the trick is finding the bars that accommodate this.

Many of the best are found in hotel lobbies, but I can’t think of a better place to people watch and soak up the winter atmosphere NYC does so well.

Here are a few of my favourites:

Bowery Hotel Lobby Bar:

Large room with old style velvet chairs and high ceilings, and a large fireplace.
The Bowery Hotel, NYC

This trendy East Village Art deco inspired  Hotel  has a real, roaring fireplace in the lobby in cold months, making it the best time to visit this hip hangout. Th are Moroccan riles, elegantly and deliberately mismatched intriguing furniture pieces, And yes you can grab a drink there, but be early as it gets crowded and hotel guests are given priority.

Employees Only:

Bar with ceiling lit up in strip lighting and seats at a traditional bar with bottles on one wall
Blogger Renae Leith-Manos love sEmployees Only, one of NYC’s trendiest bars for locals with a fireplace at the back and a clarivoyent.

Known as “EO” to locals, this trendy West Village Bar is so discreet you could actually not see it from the outside. The art deco fireplace is at the back, and provides more of a backdrop than a place to sit and day dream. A sensational cocktail list and über cool crowd, don’t miss this one – or the fortune teller in residence.

The Polo Bar:

Long table with white tablecloth in a resaturant in New York City.
Ralph Lauren’s fab Polo Bar is equally as gorgeous in winter as summer.

I have written about this fabulous club-like establishment before, but at the back is a roaring fire, and the right gold gilded green and mahogany setting is opulent and calming when ti is storming outside. Too much to choose from on the classic American menu.

Gramercy Park Hotel:

The Rose Bar at The Grammery Hotel with a roaring fire.

This is NYC elegance at its very best. The lobby of this Ian Schrager hotel is fragranced by Le Labo and there are two fireplaces, one in the lobby and one in The Rose Bar. The Rose Bar is the deftinion of discretion, with plush velvet seating and a delicious menu for both snacks and cocktails.

Lobby Bar, Ludlow Hotel:

large fireplace with two large couch shares in front of it side by side.
The upmarket Ludlow Hotel in NYC has a roaring fireplace.

This spacious, elegant, vintage meets contemporary lobby on the lower east side has a roaring limestone fireplace and large couches to cuddle up and settle in. It has a homey vibe, as well as a gorgeous list of winter cocktails to keep you well and truly happy.

Public Hotel

Blue couches and yellow couches in large bar-room
The Public Hotel in NYC t is modern and glamorous and the top floor bar has a fire place.

Another  spectacularly glossy Ian Schrager delight, with a fireplace in the grand Deigo lounge. A design feat with Mexican inspired cocktails to match – this is NYC chic darlings.

The Standard, Highline:

spectacular views of new york from plush chairs and table in NYC
The view at the top bar at The Standard Highline NYC

This uber modern, trendy hotel still holds its own. The sky-high lounge on the 18th floor has two fire places, but in winter you need to book to get anywhere near them. There is live jazz from 4pm-9pm.

The Flat Iron Room, Flat Iron

floorboards surrounded by bars by bars
The Flat Iron Room in NYC

There are nightly jazz performances here, as well as over 1000 whiskeys on the shelves. The setting is rugged, with traditional old floorboards lining the floors, and moody lighting. Great snack menu.

Art Bar, West Village:

large leather lounge against bacl painetd brick wall with artwork on it.
The Art Bar, NYC is a haven for hipsters.

This casual, Bohemian bar has a roaring fire place ta the back, and walls crammed with fabulous and rotating art works. There is a juke box, and a vibe that makes you feel as if you could check in here for a long night.

Union Hall, Parkslope:

This spacious two level establishment has a flickering stone fireplace surrounded by comfy chairs and a couch perfect for a late night cuddle with your beau.

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