With the recent spat of large winter storms and Frost Giant cold spells many New Yorkers want to know where to go for great fireplaces to enjoy a drink and get away from the cold, so here’s a few spots.
Shoolbred’s: (197 2nd Avenue between 12th and 13th Street, East Village, NYC) This is just a consistent bar. It has a miedeval , Scottish knight feel in the interior. Its got a nice warm fireplace in the front but what I like best about this bar is the cocktail selections that center around keeping you warm like Hot Toddy’s (no not the Usher song, but I like that too) and Mulled Cider. Check out the cocktails that make good use of bitters, but avoid this place on weekends and Happy hour its much too busy. I think fireplace good friends or a date and you’ll get neither when its gets busy. Take use of the booths in the back, and I do mean in all ways.
Bluebird (504 Flatbush Avenue on Lefferts Avenue, Brooklyn, NY) : This is a new entry to the list and not one that a lot of people know a whole lot about but that might be a good thing. Located near the Prospect Park stop on the Q, B this place is easy to walk by across the Planet Fitness on Flatbush Avenue and Lefferts Avenue. A small sign denotes you are there and you will probably just see a pool table with few people in the front of the door. Keep moving if you go in the rear the restaurant bar is in the back with a fireplace that is clearly visible. Its Brooklyn middle class of assorted mix in here and the food is tolerable but not good but its a likable spot because it strives for local hangout. Go for the $1 Oysters around 6pm and make ample use of the pool table in the front. I also recommend as a quick spot among others to go after visiting the Ice skating rink at Lakeside.
Brandy Library: (25 N. Moore St. near Varick Street, Tribeca, Manhattan) This is an upscale bar with top level cognac, Armagnac, and whiskeys. Aaaah all the things that keep you warm on a cold day or night. Replete with cush leather seats and a sophisticated air it makes for a good destination spot. Imagine something that looks like the immaculate map and reading rooms in the NYPL on 42nd Street with the Lions in front. and instead of Encyclopedia’s substitute fine liquors and you have the Brandy Library. I just hope that there’s no overdue fines for aged liquor,
Daly’s Pub: (31-86 31st, Astoria, Queens) The LIC Bar in Long Island City is probably the best known fireplace bar in Queens so I decided to go up to Astoria for Daly’s. Daly’s is really another old style blue collar, ” I just got off work where’s the cold one and put the damn game on,”pub. It’s got some newer bells and whistles but the heavy dark cedar wood, cheap drinks and good Astoria locals the fireplace does seem like something out of New York pre 1995. Most people know each other here and if you don’t you will once a make another visit or two. A true easy going neighborhood social place.
Camp: (179 Smith Street between Warren and Wyckoff, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn) I like this Boerum Hill mainstay because it looks like a cabin out in the Midwest or Rockies. Aah if only the air was as clear and the sky had stars. I like the flat stone decor but the deer head on the mantle who are they kidding? Last deer they saw was in the intro to an email. Anyway they have smores and the board games are good in case you have a boring date or group you’re with, Jenga can make macroeconomics seem like Bunjie jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge if played correctly. Anytime it’s really cold outside and its Thursday-Sunday this place is going to be packed so don’t say I didn’t warn you.