There’s nothing like gathering some of your favorite people together for an evening of stories and catching up, and nothing that brings a crowd together faster than this season’s most prized accessory: a fireplace. Add some high quality cocktails to that equation, and you’ve got yourself one idyllic winter retreat. Whether it’s the luxury hotel lounge or graffiti mural-bedecked beer hall you’re after, here are four spots sporting serious fireplaces right now.
THE LAMBS CLUB
This Times Square restaurant and bar originally opened in 1905 as home to the prestigious Lambs, America's first professional theatrical club. Modern amenities mingle with original details of the property, including a floor-to-ceiling 18th-century stone fireplace, which was originally a gift from architect Stanford White to the Lambs and acts as a centerpiece for the restaurant. Cozy up to it with any of the winter cocktails from head bartender Garry Severin, from the Gold Rush to the Mad Man Cosmo, with Appleton VX Rum, elderflower liqueur, and ginger.
MEASURE at LANGHAM PLACE
The marble fireplace at this luxury hotel can be appreciated from both Measure’s lounge and the lobby lounge, which was added as part of recent renovations. Recognizing its prominence, bartender Sarah Karakaian crafted cocktails that would pair up well, including the Fireside (with cognac, tarragon, and cinnamon) and the Milk & Cookies (with whiskey, Scotch cream, and dark chocolate liqueur).
With beverage curator and Certified Cicerone Mikey Fishbone behind the stick, our favorite seat at this beer hall is sure to be the 25-foot bar. Still, the fireplace — resting alongside the pinball machines and Ping Pong tables, of course — is a close second. Brews may be their thing, but don’t miss the cocktails, which are as fun as their names might imply. Take, for example, the Purple Cauldron of Mysticism, a spicy blend of aged rum suited perfectly for cold nights. Or revisit your childhood (only this time, with ABV involved) and check out the Peanut Buttah Jellae Time, a concoction of bourbon, peanut butter, grape preserves, and porter.
Ca Va at THE INTERCONTINENTAL NEW YORK TIMES SQUARE
Old World ambience of rich woods and leather play off polished metal and glass chandeliers for the inviting interiors of this hotel lounge. Those arriving happy hour-early are privy to two major perks: a prime fireside seat, and more time to peruse Lynette Agudelo’s cocktail list. Opt for the B&B, with bacon infused Eagle Rare bourbon, sweet vermouth, and maple syrup.
By Nicole Schnitzler
(Photos from left: The Lambs Club; Treadwell Park by Oleg March; Ca Va at The InterContinental)