With temps dropping and winter storm Jonas waiting to descend upon us, grab a hot toddy and cozy up at one of Boston’s many bars and restaurants in Boston where a crackling fire keeps guests warm.
At Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar (1310 Boylston St.) in Fenway, a historic fireplace originally found in a Dorchester home has been transplanted to the dining room. A little further downtown in the former Boston Police Headquarters is the Loews Boston Hotel, where the cozy Precinct Kitchen & Bar (154 Berkeley St.) is a great place for dinner or drinks with friends. And closeby is Deuxave (371 Commonwealth Ave.), where the gas fireplace complements the refined setting and delicious French food.
Closer to the Boston Public Garden is French outpost Bistro du Midi (272 Boylston St.), where Chef Robert Sisca presents seasonal ingredients and bold flavors of Provence next to one of the best views in Boston. Finally, just on the cusp of the Garden is the Taj Boston (15 Arlington St.) whose bar is the perfect spot for a family celebration complete with an extensive wine and champagne selection. (For added privacy, check out one of their fireside suites where you can now order Fireside Dessert and Fireside Cocktails.)
At the W Boston (100 Stuart St.), check out the modern-style fireplace with an Autumn Thyme, a delicious combo of Belvedere vodka, raspberries, thyme and peach bitters. Just off Boston Common at Avery Bar at the Ritz Carlton (10 Avery St.), guests can sit by the elevated marble fireplace and order their Bubbles and Bits special — $75 for a bottle of Moet Chandon, or $17 for a glass.
If you’re looking for a more casual place to hang with friends, head upstairs at the Black Rose (160 State St.) to drink a beer in their comfortable Irish living room by Ffaneuil hall. Just a short walk away in the North End is Antico Forno (93 Salem St.) where you can find some of the best Italian in the city. Finally, if you’re catching a show in the Theater District, head to Chef Jason Santos’ Abby Lane (253 Tremont St.), right across from the Wang, to grab a seat next to the see-through fireplace on the second floor.
Across the Channel in Fort Point, Bastille Kitchen (49 Melcher St.) has the Chalet Lounge for an underground ski lodge feel. Over in the Waterfront, Legal Harborside (270 Northern Ave.) has a fireplace on their enclosed and heated rooftop area during the winter months, with a beverage menu of 27 wines, cocktails and pitchers of punches. And at Strega Waterfront (1 Marina Park Drive) guests can request a table next to the fireplace if they prefer to stay toasty warm.
Across the River
If you prefer to hunker down on the other side of the Charles, head to Assembly Row where you can get toasty by the dueling fire pits at River Bar (661 Assembly Row). In the winter months, the outdoor area is partially enclosed and heated. Try the Mind Glow: a Hot Toddy with rye whiskey, Bittermens Hiver Amer, lemon and honey.
Over at the Royal Sonesta Boston (40 Edwin H. Land Blvd.), cuddle up by the fire with a warm apple cider at ArtBar, or with a plate of Ragu Bolognese at Restaurant Dante.