25 Philly Restaurants With Great Fireplaces

As we head into the snowy season, here's where to cozy up by the fire with a bite and a drink
December 1, 2014
by Danya Henninger

Ready for snow? Forecasters are predicting up to 35 inches in Philadelphia this year, almost double normal snowfall for the region. Possible commuting nightmares aside, this is great news for sledding down the Art Museum steps, making snow angels in Independence Park and cozying up by the fire with a bite and a drink. To help with that last part, here are 25 restaurants in Philly with great fireplaces.

1. The Dandelion

Stephen Starr’s British pub in Rittenhouse has multiple hearths across its three floors, each matching perfectly with a cup of tea, a pint of roasty stout or a hearty rabbit pie.

2. Growlers

Lounge on the black leather couches or pick a table in the spacious back dining room at this Bella Vista bar, where a blaze will warm you as well as the strongest Belgian tripel pouring from one of a dozen taps.

3. Devil’s Den

The fireplace flickers on two sides at Erin Wallace’s Bella Vista tavern, illuminating both the dining room and the bar. A lighting ceremony on December 1 is being celebrated with a selection of smoked and wood-aged beers, so hurry over to try the limited lineup.

4. Standard Tap

A glow radiates from fireplaces at this Northern Liberties beer haven, where a pull from the all-local draft list and plate of the famous chicken pie will help wrap you in a comforting embrace.

5. Continental Midtown

Mosey on up to the third floor bar at this Starr cocktail hub in Rittenhouse to find a retro-mod fireplace at the center of the circular lounge. The flame looks even better viewed over the rim of a giant martini glass.

6. Moriarty’s Pub

Owner John Ferry had a flash of insight when doing recent renovations at his 40-year-old tavern on Walnut: when fireplaces are ground-level, you can really see them. He had the multiple hearths raised up, so they’re embedded in the walls for all guests to enjoy.

7. Creperie Beau Monde

Gorgeous vintage panels painted by co-owner David Salama surround the fireplace at the heart of this Bella Vista cafe, where the combination of the blaze and the authentic crêpes will transport you to a wintry eve in northwest France.

8. Bridgids

A recent renovation and menu revamp added a slate of Italian comfort foods to one of Philly’s first Belgian beer bars, but the blazing hearth at the center of the dining room needed no update.

9. Marigold Kitchen

A working fireplace anchors the dining room at this historic Victorian home in West Philly, where a trio of up-and-comers are putting out a BYO tasting menu that mixes soulful flavors with innovative techniques.

10. Stogie Joe’s Tavern

The stellar strombolis and upside-down pizzas at this East Passyunk joint come out of an oven in the kitchen, but the crackling fire that greets you when you walk in looks like it could also do the job.

11. Mica

An elegantly appointed mantle sets a welcoming tone at Chip Roman’s Chestnut Hill restaurant, lit in the winter to make the wood-filled room feel even more like a rich friend’s country home.

12. The Plough & the Stars

Is it the Guinness, Irish whiskey or just the light of the fire that causes ruddy faces at this Old City pub? In the depths of winter, it's likely to be all three.

13. XIX Nineteen

Sit fireside in stately armchairs at this lounge on top of the Bellevue, sipping brandy (or a Cosmo) as you gaze past the velvet drapes and out to the lights decorating the Avenue of the Arts.

14. McGillin’s Olde Ale House

Ensconced in heavy brick, the fire roars happily at the back of this family-run 150-year-old bar in Midtown Village, where the beer flows just as easily as the flames.

15. The Twisted Tail

Fireplaces are found throughout this Headhouse Square juke joint, providing a great backdrop for owner George Reilly’s impressive whiskey list and chef Leo Forneas’ heartfelt Southern cooking.

16. McCrossen’s Tavern

With a brick interior, this Fairmount pub is already cozy, but the flames flickering in the dining room hearth make it a perfect sanctuary for an après-sled drink and meal.

17. La Calaca Feliz

A classic cow skull hangs on the stone wall above the fireplace in the back of this Fairmount Avenue cantina, and the glow from the fire makes the colorful wall murals seem more alive than ever.

18. Vedge 

Step off from the sleek bar that fronts Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby’s vegetable restaurant and take respite in the comfortable lounge, where you can sip natural wines and snack on portobello charcuterie beside a blazing grate.

19. Serrano

An old-fashioned fireplace greets you when you step inside this Old City bar and restaurant, where you can warm your toes before dinner or heading upstairs to Tin Angel for a live music show.

20. The Black Sheep Pub

This Center City Colonial townhome-turned-Irish-pub offers multiple bars and one giant fireplace at which to enjoy your shepherd’s pie and pint of brew.

21. Jones

A snazzy see-through fireplace acts as the dining room hub at Stephen Starr’s diner-style restaurant on Washington Square, adding a swanky touch to the homestyle comfort-food spot.

22. Race Street Cafe

Chimney pipes stretch to the ceiling from the brick hearth holding the old-fashioned wood stove at this Old City tavern, where you can sip a glass of spiked eggnog and spoon up cheesy warmth from bowls of melty “pizza” soup.

23. City Tap House

The fire pits are outdoors at this University City beer center, but if you order a robust brew from the 60 taps and fortify yourself with some of chef Chad Vetter’s hushpuppies, you’ll enjoy toasting yourself in front of it, despite the cold.

24. Stratus Lounge

A bright-burning fireplace lights up this indoor-outdoor lounge on the roof of the Hotel Monaco, giving the chic staff and decked-out guests an even more alluring glow. 

25. The Lounge at the Four Seasons

Fountain restaurant may be ending dinner service this month, but that just means you can enjoy your meal by the giant hearth that’s a cornerstone of the cushy lounge next door.

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