Warm Up Next To These Downtown Boston Bars With Fireplaces

Posted February 24, 2015 by Rosalind Saul in Eat & Drink
Avery Bar Fireplace

With the temperatures dipping to sub-arctic levels and winter raging on here in Boston, going out can seem like a daunting prospect.  But defeating cabin fever is a matter of finding somewhere nice to cozy up in; and what better way to get warm and cozy than next to a fireplace?  Downtown Crossing has a few hip, happening spots that will satisfy your inner pyro and keep you warm inside and out.  Toss a few seasonal beverages back in comfort and style at these fireside lounges right in the heart of Boston.


W Lounge

Located in the sleek and modern theatre district staple W Hotel, the W Lounge features floor to ceiling windows which will give you a glimpse of the outside without leaving the glow of the fireside.  Relax on comfy loungeable couches while sipping inventive martinis (have you ever tried a drink that blended maple syrup with Bar Hill gin?  Yea, neither had we…) and munching on inspired small-plates.  The atmosphere is very “Sex and the City” with dimly lit LEDs and glass fixtures; you’ll feel like a million bucks and stay toasty at the same time!

Avery Bar

If “Mad Men” is more your style, have a hop into the Avery Bar at the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common.  Inspired by 1950s style, the modular decor showcases the main event: (you guess it) a giant fireplace elevated to eye level so you’ll have no trouble gazing into its mesmerizing depths while chatting up a handsome stranger.  In homage to the bar’s address (10 Avery Street), the cocktail menu features “The Avery Ten”; ten signature martinis certain to impress even the most exacting standards and poured to any taste.  Avery also boasts an extensive tap list, wine menu, and inventive pre-prohibition cocktails for those who just aren’t into martinis.  Vintage style with modern appeal; all well within the fire’s balmy light.

Parker House

The Omni Parker House restaurant is famous as the birthplace of Massachusetts’ state dessert (the Boston Cream Pie) and has one of the best menus in the city. The adjacent Parker’s Bar is also a cozy little retreat where you can stop for lighter pub fare and a hearthside cocktail along with your sugar fix.  Classic decor and homages to 20th century Boston give this spot a historic feeling and a down-home ambiance that will have you screaming “freedom trail!” before your second round.  Fireside tables lend more than literal warmth to your after-dinner stopover, and will keep you sipping in classy ease for the duration of your stay.  If you’re a whiskey drinker, hop across the hallway to The Last Hurrah (also inside the Omni Parker House), voted by Whiskey Magazine as one of the top “Great Whiskey Bars of the World”.  Boston history, hometown flavor, and fireside chats all in one convenient location.

Scholars Bistro

If you’ve ever fancied yourself amongst the Brahmin elite (at least for an evening), then Scholars Bistro is the place to quench your thirst.  B-line directly from the fireside to one of four custom-built eight-foot billiard tables, or enjoy relaxing on one of the comfiest of comfy lounge chairs in Boston.  Craft cocktails, house-infused spirits, local microbrews; Scholars has it all (and will serve it to you fire-side).  Last, but certainly not least, the kitchen at Scholars is open late which makes this Bistro the perfect place for satisfying those after-theatre munchies, or warming up before braving the T to get home.

No matter where you choose to wine and dine, just remember: winter won’t last forever; even if it seems like we’ll be digging out until the rest of eternity.