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January 4, 2012

Roundup: Our Top Picks For Fireside Dining At Bars And Restaurants In Philadelphia

From enticing fireplaces to inviting fire pits, Philadelphia has several cozy spots to thaw out this winter, like the inviting living room at Dandelion Pub just off Rittenhouse Square. (Photo courtesy Dandelion)

Colder weather means warmer meals, and with a little planning, fireside tables or by-the-firepit seating.

Escape the chill and snuggle up by the fire at any of the handful of bars and restaurants around the city that offer it.

Check out our top picks:

The Dandelion: Where better to enjoy British pub fare — fish and chips, toffee pudding, Welsh rabbit — than by the fire? One of Stephen Starr’s latest restaurants offers all of the above.

Frankford Hall: The popular Fishtown outdoor beer garden has battened down the hatches for the winter season, with 18+ heat lamps outside, complemented by an awesome new fire pit. Ping pong, delicious beer and juicy burgers by the fire? Yes, please.

Marigold Kitchen: Nestled on a quiet, tree-lined block of Victorian houses in the Spruce Hill section of University City, this innovative American restaurant positions tables nearby the homey hearth. It’s BYOB to boot.

Continental Midtown: Stephen Starr’s trendy Rittenhouse martini bar features a rooftop dining area complete with toe-defrosting fireplace. Partially enclosed so that it’s serviceable year-round, the deck area is one of the most popular nightspots in the Rittenhouse neighborhood.

XIX (Nineteen) at the Bellevue: Whether enjoying an aperitif before dinner or savoring a drink in front of the soothing fireplace, the bar at Nineteen is warm and inviting.

McGillin’s Olde Ale House: This comfortable antique, rumored to be Philadelphia’s oldest bar, features high beamed ceilings and a working fireplace, the perfect friendly spot at which to imbibe.

Standard Tap: This beer bar in Northern Liberties is a go-to in the winter just as much as the summer. Looking for a great local draft list and hearty eats, to be enjoyed by the fireplace? You’re in luck.

Check out even more options below, including Swann Lounge, Beau Monde and Liberte.

City Tap House: Featuring extensive outdoor seating on two terraces and a row of five stone fire pits overlooking Walnut Street, this West Philly spot combines great food and great beer in a cool atmosphere. The fire pits, turned on every night unless it’s raining or snowing, facilitate outdoor fun all year.

Swann Lounge at the Four Seasons: You can’t really beat the warm winter atmosphere at Swann Lounge, one of Philadelphia’s most elegant choices for fireside drinks.

The Plough & the Stars: Old City’s Plough & the Stars is a great winter watering hole. The ground-floor fireplace, high ceilings, wooden fixtures, and brews will keep you warm all season long.

Hawthornes Cafe: The restaurant officially lit its fireplace for the season on November 13, which means its good and toasty at this point. Enjoy great beers while you’re soaking in that heat.

Beau Monde: Enjoy traditional crêpes at this chic corner spot, made even quainter by the cozy fireplace. Then dance off the winter blues upstairs at L’Etage.

Dark Horse Pub: The Dark Horse is located in a two-story colonial rowhouse complete with dark wood, exposed brick, and one of the oldest working fireplaces in the city. The fish and chips taste even better when enjoyed hearthside.

Stogie Joe’s: The tomato pie and live music are draws to this East Passyunk joint, but not as much as the warm fireplace.

Devil’s Den: Knock back smoked and wood-aged beers, fireside-appropriate, or toasty eats like French onion soup and salmon BLT’s.

Liberté: Off to the left when you enter the cozy lounge of this Sofitel restaurant is a working fireplace. Enjoy contemporary, French-inspired food and hand-crafted cocktails in a warm, urban chic setting.

Amuse at Le Meridien: You can lounge at at the chic Le Meridien hotel on the big sofas by the fireplace.

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LCC says:

Race Street Cafe in Old City has a wood burning stove – very cozy!

Chrystina says:

I went to The Dandelion recent and I was blown away by how awesome the food, the atmosphere and the building were. Definitely glad it made the top of the list!

sprfrkr says:

I am sure it was just an oversight, but Race St. Cafe in Old City should be included as the poster above mentions. Feels like a bar tucked away in the mountains during the Winter.

Doug says:

It’s Welsh Rarebit, not rabbit…no meat, just wonderfully cheesy mustardy toast.

Dreamysoul says:

Devil’s Den in South Philly has a great fireplace and wonderful mussels and duck fries with a large selection of beers.

Jen says:

Serrano at 20 S. 2nd has a fireplace roaring all winter.