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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 next to a roaring fireplace, but in NYC, the trick is finding winter 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 favourite winter bars.

Bowery Hotel Lobby Bar:

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. There are Moroccan riles and 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:

Blogger Renae Leith-Manos loves Employees Only, one of NYC’s trendiest bars for locals with a fireplace at the back and a clairvoyant.

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:

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:

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

The Public Hotel in NYC is modern and glamorous and the top floor bar has a fire place.

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

The Standard, Highline:

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

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:

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. There’s also clay bocce courts!

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Renae is a luxury hotel consultant travels the world looking for the ultimate travel experiences for her audience of women over 35. She has more than 25 years experience as a degree qualified journalist writing for many magazines, newspapers and digital platforms. Renae spends her time professionally speaking, coaching CEO's and GM's and eating dark chocolate.

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