8 Boston Bars Where You Should Cozy Up With a Cocktail

From a ski lodge-style lounge to gilded modern supper club, these local rendezvous are guaranteed to warm your spirits

When the wind and snow whirl outside in a winter frenzy, duck in at local bars and lounges that warm up patrons with roaring fireplaces and stiff drinks. As the mercury sinks, seek out one of these and stay put. 


River Bar

Come flurries or flakes, bring blankets and grab some couch at this hip spot on the Mystic River. Last winter dumped nearly 109 inches of snow on Boston, and yet loyal patrons dug paths around two firepits to make them more hot toddy-friendly.

Cozy up with: The Mind Glow (rye whiskey, Bittermens Hiver Amer, lemon and honey served in a camping mug).

Where: 661 Assembly Row, Somerville, MA, 617.616.5561

Try the Mind Glow at River Bar


W Lounge

Gauzy swags, shimmery pillows, globally infused tunes—this swanky lounge sets a scintillating scene. Its fireplace is draped in a flowing custom-made metal “fabric.” Patrons nosh on small bites and flat breads, play games, sip craft cocktails and enjoy a see-and-be-seen status.

Cozy up with: The New Jack Swing (Aperol and Dewars, topped with hard cider and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice).

Where: 100 Stuart St., Boston, MA, 617.261.8700


Bastille Kitchen

This contemporary French bistro’s downstairs Chalet Lounge boasts a serious ski-lodge vibe, complete with plaid couches, dark woods, antler chandeliers, and a snuggle-worthy stone hearth.

Cozy up with: The Napoleon’s Knees (dry gin, lavender, local honey and fresh lemon).

Where: 49 Melcher St., Boston, MA, 617.556.8000

The Chalet Lounge downstairs at Bastille Kitchen features a roaring fireplace and hunt club vide.


Mandarin Oriental Pop-up Champagne Lounge

This lobby-located hangout transforms the upscale hotel’s vestibule into a chic fireside rendezvous (until the end of this winter). Stop fighting the Back Bay’s notorious blusters, and step in.

Cozy up with: Taittinger champagne.

Where: 776 Boylston St., Boston, MA, 617.535.8888

Champagne Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Boston


The Fireplace

It’s all in the name, right? At this acclaimed restaurant in Brookline's Washington Square, five dining tables front a giant stove and a grand stone hearth. The flames, created by burning wood chopped by a New Hampshire lumberjack, are kept roaring all day.

Cozy up with: The Snowbird (Old Ipswich Golden Marsh Rum, Carpano Antica, Meletti Cioccolato, Grenadine and grapefruit juice).

Where: 1634 Beacon St., Brookline, MA, 617.975.1900


The Barking Crab

Boston's popular summertime watering hole pays homage to chillier months with its wood-burning stove. Take a seat at the coveted table right in front, order lobsters and fried clams, all under a ceiling hung with lobster traps and twinkling lights.

Cozy up with: The Seaport Cider (Captain Morgan spiced rum, Butterscotch Schnapps, cider, and butter).

Where: 88 Sleeper St., Boston, MA, 617.426.2722


Catalyst

The two-way, five-foot fireplace here plays nicely with the rustic reclaimed barn boards, 30-foot windows, and hand-blown glass fixtures of this farm-to-fork restaurant. Perch on the toasty ledge or a cushioned ottoman.

Cozy up with: the Three Little Birds (aged Jamaican rum, vermouth, Falernum, pimento dram and bitters).

Where: 300 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA, 617.576.3000

The Three Little Birds perched by the fire at Catalyst


Yvonne’s

This modern supper club in the historic Locke-Ober space is proud of its Library Bar. Home to an authentic collection of approximately 2,300 books and set among custom moldings and herringbone wood floors, the centerpiece of the room is Locke-Ober’s original gilded fireplace.

Cozy up with: The Honeybee (Barbados rum, pear brandy, lemon, honey and egg white).

Where: 2 Winter Place, Boston, MA, 617.267.0047

Cheryl Fenton
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