Asked & Answered: A reader seeks the best bars and restaurants with crackling fires — indoor, outdoor, logs or gas, the coziest spots in town. We’ve got recommendations.
It’s been cold outside lately — what’s a festive reveler to do? On Facebook, my friend Ashley recently asked:
Fun question for you (hopefully!): My sister is looking for bars and restaurants in Seattle that have fire/fireplaces. Indoor, outdoor, crackling logs or gas — it would be neat to have a list of the coziest spots in town!!!
I responded, pyromaniacally: FIRE FIRE FIRE! Love it. Off the top of my head: For cozy, classic and classy sitting-and-drinking, there’s the Polar Bar at the Arctic Club Hotel’s lobby and the Fireside Room at the Hotel Sorrento. For restaurant outdoor fire pits suitable for a standing-around cocktail (when it’s not raining!), try Joule, Manolin and/or Westward (be sure to call ahead to ensure they’re happening, though, if your heart’s set on it). Barwise, there’s out back at friendly Lorettas Northwesterner (which also has a hamburger of renown), weird/upscale-ish deck fireplace action at Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails, and splendid gay/patio fireplace action at Pony …
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Ashley noted that she and her sister had already thought of the outdoor fire pits at Perihelion. Other Facebook friends chimed in: “Quality Athletics keeps their fire pits roaring, no matter the weather.” Todd asked: “ Do those fire vortex tornado things count? In the glass boxes? … Diesel (the bar) has them and they freak me out!” Someone gave a shout-out to the Shed at the Anderson School in Bothell, with fireplaces both inside and out. “Red Onion in Madison Park!” was another shout. Also recommended: the rooftop fire pits at the Nest, the tabletop fires on Poquitos’ (fully enclosed) patio, Uber Tavern’s small gas fire pit (“and really nice beer”) and the fireplace at Saltoro.
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Warm and cozy holiday happiness to Ashley, her sister, and everyone!
(Edits have been made for clarity or because I thought of even more stuff to recommend!)