Where to Warm Your Toes by the Fire Pit

By Rina Rapuano | October 24, 2013 By Rina Rapuano  |  October 24, 2013

The air has a welcome nip this week, but we’re not ready to hibernate just yet. We’ve gathered a list of places that stretch the season with glowing fire pits, and where the outdoor fun doesn’t end when summer does.

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    Art & Soul’s lounge out front not only allows guests to enjoy drinks and nibbles by the fire, but there is perhaps no other fire pit in town with that magnificent view of the Capitol. The cold-weather drinks menu, which will feature mulled wine and hot chocolate, will be finalized next week and can be enjoyed under provided blankets (202-393-7777).

  • Bar 515's street-level section at J&G Steakhouse has several fire pits on the patio, where all the bar food and cocktails from inside can be ordered alfresco. Offerings include cocktails like the lychee-raspberry Bellini or a concord rickey, and such plates as beef tartare or a warm lobster roll (202-661-2440).

  • Bourbon Steak allows its outdoor guests to order all drinks, bar bites or full dinners available inside. (May we suggest you try one of the best burgers in town?) In addition, Four Seasons Georgetown restaurant has a cigar menu with seven choices, including a Cohiba Toro Tube and a Montecristo Epic #2 (202-944-2026).

  • Matchbox Rockville has a fire pit built into a table that seats 11 comfortably on its patio. Guests can order the growing local chainlet’s mini-burgers or wood-fired pizzas along with seasonal menu items and drinks (301-816-0369).

  • Poste Moderne Brasserie in the Hotel Monaco features several outdoor fire pits and heaters in its soon-to-open winter lounge. Warm cocktails will include a boozy hot chocolate and mulled wines, and snacks and blankets will also be available (202-783-6060).

  • Room 11, a Columbia Heights favorite, smartly employs a fire pit to augment its tiny indoor space during cooler months. A rotating selection of toddies and boozy ciders might include the 13th & Clifton - rye, kirschwasser, Leopold's fernet and hot water with a lemon twist - or a mulled cranberry-apple cider spiked with bourbon. “Toast your own s’mores” kits with housemade marshmallows, chocolate ganache and graham crackers are also available either at the fire pit or to-go (202-332-3234).

  • Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro in Reston features custom-made Hawaiian fire pits that will warm guests throughout fall. Wines can be sipped and the kitchen’s seasonal menu can be sampled in the crisp fall air as long as the patio remains open this autumn (703-234-3550).

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Art and Soul

American Capitol Hill
Food22 Decor20 Service22 Cost$43
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Steakhouse Georgetown
Food25 Decor24 Service25 Cost$94
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matchbox rockville

Pizza Rockville
Food23 Decor21 Service21 Cost$29
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French Penn Quarter/Chinatown
Food20 Decor21 Service18 Cost$33
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Room 11

Columbia Heights
Food23 Decor22 Service21 Cost$36
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Food22 Decor25 Service24 Cost$49

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