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13 Bars Where You Can Cozy Up Next To A Fire

Time to get toasty (Photo courtesy of the Wellsbourne)
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Though Los Angeles is often more of a poolside, rooftop bar kind of city, we still have our chilly, rainy days where a spiced whisky cocktail enjoyed by a roaring fireplace is the only thing that will do. Here are some of our favorite bars to cozy up next to a fire with good company and a tasty beverage. As always, please feel free to add your favorites in the comments below.The Wellsbourne

The Wellsbourne feels out of place on the bland stretch of Pico it inhabits on the Westside—its interior is designed to resemble that of an old English manor, giving it the most charm among its neighbors. Though you'll feel the urge to just sit by the fireplace and get cozy with a favorite book, it might get a little too crowded for that. Instead, warm up with one of their specialty cocktails, such as the "quintessentially British" Pimm's Cup, or their Roy Rob, a "brother to the Manhattan." —Carman Tse

The Wellsbourne is located at 10929 West Pico Boulevard in West Los Angeles. (310) 474-0102.

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Nestle up to this fireplace inside a tree (Photo by Annaliese Nielsen)

Clifton's CafeteriaClifton's is full of quirky designs and fun places to hide, and it's also got a fireplace nestled inside of a hollowed out Redwood tree. If you're feeling a little chilly, wind through the cafeteria line and get a hearty comfort meal of roast turkey, mashed potatoes, greens and a slice of pie, then head to the second floor and grab a seat near the the big tree. If you need to feel extra warm, you can pull a little stool up to the fireplace, but be careful: it is actually quite toasty.

Clifton's Cafeteria is located at 648 S Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, 213-627-1673.


Churchill's outside patio (Photo via Facebook)

The ChurchillYou'll find the Churchill on the ground floor of The Orlando Hotel on West 3rd Street. They serve mostly American cuisine for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night bites, and boast a robust list of local craft beers on tap, plus a solid wine list. While the bar is spacious, you'll find the fireplace on their outdoor patio.

The Churchill is located at 8384 W 3rd St in Los Angeles, 323-655-8384


Enjoy the view (Photo via E.P. & L.P.)

E.P. & L.P.This West Hollywood bar serves some amazing Asian food, but if you're looking to spend some time schmoozing around a fire pit, you've got to head to L.P., the rooftop patio. Nosh on late-night snacks of Asian street food, order a cocktail and enjoy the view. We suggest the Black Thai Optional from bartender Adam Nystrom, made with lychee, gin, housemade activated coconut husk charcoal, lemon, amaro and egg white; or the Express Yourself made with espresso spiced in-house with Thai chili, cinnamon and star anise, plus genever, cognac and bitters.

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E.P. & L.P. is located at 603 N La Cienega Blvd. in West Hollywood, 310-855-9955


It's also the best seat in the house for their burlesque performance (Photo via Facebook)

Pour VousPour Vous is hard to spot as anything much from the outside, but inside it reveals itself as a charming, Parisian-inspired cocktail bar. There's an old trolley car outside where you can sit and enjoy a sweet or savory crepe from the nearby cart, but when it's time to warm up, head inside. There's a cozy marble fireplace in the recessed seating area near the entrance. And if you're lucky enough to score a table here, you'll have a prime spot to watch the entertainers that drop down periodically from the ceiling. Expect to see glittery burlesque dancers and aerialists, as well as sultry singers accompanied by a jazz saxophonist. Be sure to check the website for details on dress code, and know that reservations—which can be made online here are encouraged.

Pour Vous is located at 5574 Melrose Ave. in Hollywood, 323-871-8699.

The Black Boar

Not only does the lodge-style Black Boar have a cozy fireplace, much like its sister bar The Griffin, but they also have a fine selection of spirits and British brews. As one might expect, there's some taxidermy in the joint, including the head of the eponymous black boar. Top it off with a well-stocked jukebox and we've got ourselves a winner.

The Black Boar is located at 1630 Colorado Blvd. in Eagle Rock, 323-258-8800


Tom Bergin's fireplace (Photo via Tom Bergin's)

Tom Bergin's Public HouseTom Bergin's is as cozy as cozy can be in these L.A. winter months. This L.A. institution has a lot of history to it—after all, the Irish pub first opened in 1936 and is the second spot in the nation credited for serving Irish coffees. But what we love most about Tom Bergin's is how warm and inviting the bar and restaurant is, especially with its leather-bound couches and arm chairs surrounding the brick-laden fireplace situated in the back of the dining area. It's a perfect spot to grab an Irish coffee and catch up with an old friend or a new date. And while you're there, we certainly suggest getting some of the joint's comfort food dishes, like its delicious shepherd's pie or bangers and mash. —Jean Trinh

Tom Bergin's Public House is located at 840 S Fairfax Ave. in Mid-Wilshire, (323) 936-7151


Sassafras' living room area where there's a fireplace (Photo via Sassafras)

Sassafras SaloonWhile we love a good fireplace, we especially enjoy one that's set inside of a well-themed bar. Sassafras Saloon is a Hollywood bar that is decorated so well that it feels like you're in a 1920s saloon in the Bayou. And the best part is that it has a special room that makes you feel as if you're inside of someone's home in the South—complete with a fireplace, comfy couches and framed portraits on the walls. It's a great spot to sit for a chat while you're sipping on one of the bar's many Southern-influenced cocktails. —Jean Trinh

Sassafras Saloon is located at 1233 N. Vine Street. in Hollywood, (323) 467-2800


Fireplace at 1886 (Photo via 1886 Bar/Facebook)

1886 Bar at The Raymond1886 Bar is a special place nestled in the heart of Pasadena. Not only can you get some stellar craft cocktails here (try the Honey-Nut Old Fashioned and the Smoking Jacket), their bar is charming, too—it's inside of the craftsman-style cottage that's been around for over a century. Outdoors, you can warm up next to a stone-hewn fireplace and be transported to another time for a short while. —Jean Trinh

1886 Bar at The Raymond is located at 1250 S Fair Oaks Ave. in Pasadena, (626) 441-3136


The Grand Lobby of The Culver Hotel (Photo by Seth Horowitz/The Culver Hotel)

The Culver Hotel Head to the Grand Lobby of this beautiful and historic hotel (The Munchkins partied there!), and grab a seat by the stately stone fireplace for plenty of roaring, vintage charm. Cozy up on the couch and sip on an Old Fashioned or Prohibition Punch, while enjoying the live jazz that plays every night beginning at 7:30 p.m. and during happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Whether you're on a romantic date or just classing it up with friends, you likely won't want to leave the hearth anytime soon. —Danny Jensen

The Culver Hotel is located at 9400 Culver Blvd, Culver City, (310) 558-9400


One of the fireplaces at The Warwick (Photo by Rob Stark/The Warwick)

The WarwickThis buzzy Hollywood bar may have received a sunny, Capri-inspired makeover last summer, but their three fireplaces are no less inviting, especially on even a cool L.A. evening. Order up a refreshing craft cocktail like the popsicle-laden Melon Faraglioni, and nestle in for the evening on one of the couches on either side of the main room. Or if you're looking for a more intimate fireside chat, head up to the secluded, second-floor bar for plenty of warmth. —Danny Jensen

The Warwick is located at 6507 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, (323) 460-6667


The patio at Tanzy in Westwood (Photo by Ben Lin)

TanzyThe greenhouse-like patio of Tanzy gives you the added bonus of enjoying a fireside drink in the open air on warm nights or comfortably sheltered on cool or rainy ones. Fires roar from the center of several tables, giving you plenty of room to set down your cocktail or tasty Italian-inspired bites, while you recline on the cushy couches. If you really want to turn up the heat, we recommend sharing the smoky and spicy Smoking In Bed & Living Dangerously whiskey punch or chill out with the Cali Colada with rum, fresh coconut and grilled pineapple. And don't forget that the iPic theaters with luxury dine-in seats is just steps away, should you need some post-fireplace entertainment. —Danny Jensen

Tanzy is located at 10840 Wilshire Blvd, Westwood, (310) 307-7004

The Griffin

The vaulted brick arches, weathered tapestries and chain-hung chandeliers at this inviting Atwater Village haunt offer plenty of comforting charm. But what really draws in the crowds on a chilly night are the circular hearths. They also have a great happy hour with craft beers, wine and well drinks for $5, and tasty bar bites like wings and tater tots for the same. —Danny Jensen

The Griffin is located at 3000 Los Feliz Blvd., Atwater Village, (323) 644-0444