Food

10 Cozy Places to Drink by the Fire in DC This Winter

The upside of frigid weather? Drinks by the fire—not to mention fire-side happy hour deals, free snacks, winter patios, and hot cocktails.

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Bar Civita

2609 24th St., NW

This welcoming neighborhood Italian-American restaurant in Woodley Park is extra-cozy in the winter, when a wood-burning fireplace warms the bar area. An added bonus: daily happy hour, 4:30 to 7, with plenty of deals on food and drinks.

Barcelona

1622 14th St., NW

Watch the lively 14th Street foot traffic from the restaurant’s front patio while warming your hands by the large fireplace. Blankets and heat lamps help keep things toasty. Get there early on warmer days, as space fills up fast.

Biergarten Haus

1355 H St., NE

One of the few year-round patios is a great place to perch with a group under heat lamps and down large liters of German beer to keep warm. Snag a spot by the outdoor fireplace or fire pits and get ready to toast s’mores along with your bratwursts.

Bluejacket

300 Tingey St., SE

This popular Navy Yard brewery boasts a winter patio, where you can sip hot cocktails like spiked hot chocolate and warm up next to a fire pit. They even have blankets AND televisions for watching various games, so it’s basically like your couch (but better).

[/related] Order a charcoal grill to your table and warm up with a hot cocktail on Hazel’s winter patio. Photograph courtesy of Hazel

Hazel

808 V St., NW

Sip hot buttered rum or chartreuse-spiked cocoa on the winter patio of this Shaw restaurant, which adds outdoor fire pits for extra heat. Chef Rob Rubba created a new kushi yaki patio menu, where diners can order Japanese binchotan charcoal grills for their tables and grill meats and vegetables.

Pizzeria Paradiso Georgetown

3282 M St., NW

A wood-burning pizza oven isn’t the only place you’ll find fire. Head downstairs to the bierria (i.e. beer bar) for a fantastic selection of brews and warmth from the gas hearth.

Proof

775 G St., NW

Barman Adam Bernbach created a special hot toddy that’s served in a thermos for Proof’s new fall/winter patio, which is outfitted with several fire tables for keeping toasty. New chef Austin Fausett also created stomach-warming patio eats, like sunchoke-apple soup with pumpkin butter, and glazed pork belly.

Warm up with fire pits and a thermos of booze on Proof's winter patio. Photograph courtesy of Proof
Warm up with fire pits and a thermos of booze on Proof’s winter patio. Photograph courtesy of Proof

Ritz-Carlton Georgetown

3100 South St., NW

Even locals can feel like luxury travelers in the swanky lobby (a.k.a. the “living room”), lit by a huge fireplace. Happy hour runs from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, with free snacks to accompany your drink.

Sonoma

223 Pennsylvania Ave., SE

Wood-burning fireplaces are rare in bars, and this one comes complete with sofas for lounging nearby. The wine bar menu offers ample vino—hello, date night—plus an Italian happy hour menu with discount wines, beers, and bar bites (weekdays from 4:30 to 7:30).

Tabard Inn

1739 N St., NW

One of our favorite places to cozy up is the lounge of this historic Dupont Circle hotel, which is lit by a wood-burning fireplace. Cocktail service and happy hour both begin at 4 (the latter runs until 7 p.m.).

 

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Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.

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