If you don’t have your own fireplace to huddle around as the snow falls and the temperature drops, you’ll appreciate this round-up of top restaurants and bars in Boston where you can dine or drink by the fire, forgetting all about winter madness outside.
The Living Room @ TAMO
Located at the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, the aptly named Living Room @ TAMO is ideally situated with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water and Seaport District. Prosciutto meatballs and candied bacon are great to nibble on as you take in the fabulous vista and nearby roaring fire.
Beer-lovers should try the restaurant’s exclusive Seaport Honey Ginger IPA made with honey from Seaport’s own bees. Each week, TAMO also holds Wine Wednesdays, where you can enjoy a different wine flight (three two-ounce pours). Chef Robert Tobin also offers a specially paired entrée on these days.
Bristol Restaurant and Bar
Often dubbed Boston’s “living room,” Bristol Restaurant and Bar at the Five-Star Four Seasons Hotel Boston is a favorite with the city’s movers and shakers. But you don’t have to have Brahmin lineage to enjoy the comfortable space’s fireplace. Watch the world go by — well, at least patrons of the Boston Public Garden — from your seat as you sip on an expertly crafted libation (martinis are the drink of choice here). Of course, if dinner is in the cards, it’s good to know that the Bristol Burger is regarded as one of the best in the city.
One of Boston’s most-talked-about restaurant opening in years is Yvonne’s, a bar/eatery occupying the former space of the much-loved Locke-Ober, which closed a few years ago in Downtown Crossing. The so-called “modern supper club” offers different spots to lounge, but for a seat by the fire, ask to be seated in the library, where shelves of backlit books and whimsical paintings of celebrities decorate the walls.
Make sure to order the Ward 8 (rye whiskey, sherry, pomegranate, orange and lemon), a drink invented at Locke-Ober years ago. “Snacks” like the crispy tater cubes and the buttermilk hush puppies are perfect for sharing by the flames.
As soon as you walk in the door here, you’re greeted by a giant, four-sided, glass-enclosed fireplace that can be gawked over from the bar or nearby tables. While you’re staring, try the Winter Sangria (Ketel 1 vodka, pears, port and warming spices) or the Benjamin Franklin (Knob Creek Rye, maple, allspice dram and chocolate bitters) and feel the warmth radiate through you. If you’re in the mood for a bite, too, the charcuterie or cheese board is a perfect accompaniment.
A favorite of restaurant industry insiders, Deuxave Restaurant & Bar features a French-American menu exquisitely prepared by executive chef Christopher Coombs. The slate stone fireplace is a cozy place to gather near with a classic cocktail paired with dishes like duck liver paté or seared Hudson Valley foie gras. The nine-hour French onion soup also promises to tingle from your head to your toes. Keep an eye out for local celebrity chefs who often pop in for a bite after work or when they have a free night.