Go out? Stay home and get cozy by a fire? Why choose? Some favorite hearth-equipped bars and restaurants, ranked.
Sip a Guinness by the hearth of this Old Town pub, which boasts fireplaces on both floors. 713 King St., Alexandria; 703-548-1717.
In Virginia hunt country? Stop at this nearly 300-year-old tavern for a nip by the fire. 2 E. Washington St., Middleburg; 540-687-6301.
5. Iron Gate
One of DC’s most romantic restaurants gets its charm from a fireplace in the dining room, plus fire pits on the wisteria-covered patio. 1734 N St., NW; 202-524-5202.
It’s worth the drive to Charm City to sip spirits by a Rumford fireplace (a tall, skinny, extra-warm variety) or by an outdoor fire pit facing the river. 13 Rye St., Baltimore; 443-662-8000.
3. Bar a Vin
This wood-paneled, romantic Georgetown wine bar is one of our favorite places to curl up with a glass of vin rouge and date by a wood-burning hearth. Sister restaurant Chez Billy Sud next door provides excellent cheese and charcuterie. 1035 31st St., NW; 202-965-2606.
2. 600 T Street
With only 25 seats in this cabin-like nook of a cocktail bar, almost everyone is close to the fireplace. 600 T St., NW; 757-646-6282.
The 130-foot-tall hearth in the lobby lounge makes this the biggest blaze in DC. Go for weeknight happy hour (5:30 to 6:30), when you’ll get gratis s’mores with your discount libations. 3100 South St., NW; 202-912-4100.
A version of this article appears in our January 2019 issue of Washingtonian. This post has been updated with new information.