The Best Fireplace Bars in Los Angeles
Okay, so we might not have punishing seasons like the rest of the country, but that doesn't mean Southern California doesn't get downright chilly during the coming months. It even rains sometimes. What better way to warm up than by a fireplace with a great cocktail in hand? Here are some of our favorite places where you can do just that.
Varnished wood accents and weathered leather-bound books give this West L.A. bar a cozy, library-like feel. The 3,000-square-foot space was designed by Kristofer Keith of Spacecraft to resemble a 19th-century English manor, and it hits the mark. You can't help feeling a bit like Harry Potter as you sip on one of their delightful libations while sitting next to the roaring fireplace sipping on a Brandy Alexander.
The Wellsbourne is located at 10929 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, (310) 474-0102
Not only does this West Third Street gastropub serve great grub (the pork meatballs are perfectly succulent and well-seasoned), but also provides the perfect place to hang out on a chilly evening. Their bartender Karen Grill (
formerly of a few of our other favorite bars currently the head bartender at Bestia and formerly of the now-defunct Playa) whips up some amazing cocktails to sip on while cuddled up too, like the Templeton Manhattan on draft.
The Churchill is located at 8384 W 3rd St, West Hollywood, (323) 655-8384
The floor-to-roof brick hearth at Dominick's classic Italian restaurant sets the tone for a warm, inviting evening. Whether you've stopped by for their weekly Sunday Supper or just for a happy hour tipple, you'll leave feeling like it really is fall.
Dominick's is located at 8715 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood, (310) 652-2335
Not only is Terranea one of the greatest staycation locations here in Southern California, but it's also home to a serious set of fire pits and fireplaces. The Lobby Bar's fire roars on winter nights, and they really dress it up to the nines with holiday decorations during this time of year. If you're after more of a beachy vibe, head down to Nelson's, where there's a giant outdoor fire pit, live entertainment and a beer garden on Saturday nights.
Terranea is located at 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, (310) 265-2800
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Marcos Tello and his well-trained crew push out bang-up drinks at this Pasadena bar. Outside the craftsman house there's a stone-hewn fireplace you can perch next to while you sip. Their seasonal cocktails are always worth a try, but don't forget to order their honey nut old fashioned, a personal favorite cocktail in the city.
1886 is located at 1250 S Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, (626) 441-3136
This neighborhood hangout is not at all fancy or froofy -- just a great bar for the local Atwater Village hipster crowd. The decor is slightly reminiscent of a medieval castle, but the fireplace warms things up, as do the stiff drinks.
The Griffin is located at 3000 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, (323) 644-0444
HARVARD & STONE
This stylish Thai Town cocktail bar by the guys who did La Descarga and Pour Vous is perfect for wintertime sipping. Sit on one of the couches by the fireplace and sip on Bulleit bourbon mixed with St. Vincent's orgeat syrup, lemon juice, and Angostura bitters in Baby's First Bourbon. You'll be toasty in no time.
Harvard & Stone is located at 5221 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, (323) 466-6063
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The masterminds behind The Roger Room revamped this Hollywood hotspot to be a bit more welcoming. Though the space is still quite expansive, they've warmed things up by adding touches like exposed brick, fireplaces, and unfinished ceilings. There's table-side cocktail service -- basically bottle service where the douchebaggery is substituted for actual quality ingredients like house made syrups, foams, and proper ice cubes -- but you can also order from the bar if your legs are up for a walk.
Warwick is located at 6507 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, (323) 460-6667
Comfy couches, a cozy fireplace, and a baby grand piano. Does it get any more romantic? Even if you're just meeting a friend for drinks on a rainy night this is the spot to be. Each night the lounge features a different musical genre such as jazz, R&B or blues from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. They sell nibbles too, like cheese plates and charcuterie, in case you're feeling peckish.
Parq Bar is located at 225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, (310) 860-7800
Right next to Coral Tree in Encino is a humble little wine bar that knows how to warm you up during the winter months. Order a cheese plate and a glass of malbec, then catch up with friends while seated next to a roaring fire. Not a bad night at all.
Red Room is located at 17499 Ventura Blvd, Encino, (818) 386-0278