Winter has its downsides. See: brutal wind whipping you in the face the minute you walk out your door; every friend you have canceling plans because it’s too cold; the skin on your sad, lonely face flaking off due to too much dry heat.
But there is one thing that winter has to offer that is unequivocally lovely: sitting in front of a fire on a cold day. Below, 10 spots around Philly where you can do just that.
The beauty of the couch in front of the wood-burning fireplace at this hard-to-get-into spot is that it’s first-come, first-served. Meaning: Not being able to get a reservation won’t stop you from scoring the coziest seat in the house.
Between the indoor lodge’s fireplaces (best paired with housemade hot chocolate from Franklin Fountain), the outdoor firepits and the decked out cabins (which you can rent online), this winter ice-skating destination has no shortage of spots to warm up after your skate session.
The best part of wintertime here might be the lack of a line snaking down the street. Second best part: the s’mores kits they sling, which you can roast over their outdoor firepits.
The seating in front of this fireplace feels like a home away from home, couch and all. Order some jerk-spiced sweet potatoes and a Terra Luna herbal tea to up the cozy factor.
Scoring the couch seat in front of the fireplace of this pub-style Stephen Starr joint during happy hour is akin to winning the lottery—it’s a joyous feeling that cannot be put into words.
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"The Dandelion is both a bright and colorful springtime restaurant where they serve afternoon tea on silver trays, and also a classic British pub filled with dark wood and pictures of the queen where you’ll want to spend as much of the winter as possible. After watching an entire marathon of Harry Potter movies and repeating the lines in your best British accent, sitting next to their fireplace with a pint and a burger is exactly where you want to be." Thanks for the shoutout, @infatuation_philly! Come get cozy by the fire with us this weekend. Stay safe everyone!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #snowstorm #infatuation #infatuationphilly #eater #eaterphilly #thedandelion #thedandelionpub #philly #snowday
If craft beer is your jam, then this South Philly pub—complete with fireplace-adjacent seating—should be on your winter bucket list: They’ve got 17 brews on draft and over 200 bottles.
I know what you’re thinking: You’ve been to Continental a billion times and you’ve never once seen a fireplace. Well, my friends, that’s because it’s hidden at the indoor area of the rooftop bar.
Don’t settle for the first-floor bar at this Northern Liberties tavern, which serves up brunch and late-night drinks alike: The second floor features a fireplace that makes for a much more satisfying vibe.
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Let's face it, you're not going to work or school tomorrow. So might as well join us for some drinks and food! We have the fireplace blazing, local fare coming out of the kitchen, beer and booze flowing from the bar to warm up those bones and a staff that is ready to serve and party! #openinphl #snowday #firstsnowfall #northernliberties #standardtap #babyitscoldoutside #drinkphilly #drinklocal #eatlocal #eatfresh
It won’t be easy to score a spot near the beautiful couch-flanked fireplace at this super-popular Lebanese spot (order the za’atar manoushé, trust me), since it’s pretty much always packed and you can’t really be choosy about your seat. That said, you can always make a special request when you make your reservation.
Breakfast in front of a fire sounds like a good way to start a winter workday, don’t you say? This Bella Vista restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so you have your pick of times to snag a seat by the fireplace.
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