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Saturday, January 26, 2019

10 bars with fireplaces in Toronto for when it's freezing outside

Bars with fireplaces in Toronto are rarer than you may think, but they provide the ultimate cozy ambience when the temperatures starts to drop. Some of these fireplaces are wood burning, some have majestic mantles and some are just adorable electric flame machines that help make our local watering holes feel like home.

Here are my picks for the top bars and pubs with a fireplace in Toronto.

Cocktail Bar

One of the coziest bars in the city is tucked away on Dundas West. Not only will its fireplace keep you warm as the weather cools, but its stellar cocktail list and snacks will help heat things up as well.

C'est What

This Front Street favourite has one of the largest, most gather-round-the-fire hearths in the city. Surrounded by couch chairs and tables, it seems as though it popped out of a ski chalet ad from the 1980s. That's what makes it so glorious.

The Irv Gastro Pub

The Cabbagetown pub wants you to warm up next to the electric fireplace as you chow down on bangers and mash, burgers and upscale grilled cheese sandwiches.

The Queen and Beaver

The main room of this English-style pub on Elm St. is a lovely space, complete with photos and an antique fireplace. The multi-level pub features food and drink that's modern, yet steeped in tradition. The only thing missing here is your favourite book and some slippers.

Barrel House

Cozy might not be the first word that comes to mind when you consider the size of Amsterdam's Barrel House in Leaside, but it's a testament to the power of the fireplace that the central hearth here adds lots of visual warmth to the place. The ample wood tones don't hurt, either.

The Fifth Pubhouse

Squint your eyes and you might just think you're at a cottage when you sit around the fireplace at this downtown pub, which is surrounded by logs and Muskoka chairs adorned with plaid pillows. It's kitschy, quaint, and cozy all at once.

Famous Last Words

Toronto's book-themed bar in the Junction serves cocktails with a "literary twist." It also plays vinyl and has an adorable electric fireplace. With hundreds of books lining the walls, this space is ready for bookworms who enjoy reading by the fire.

Storm Crow Manor

Canada’s so-called nerdiest bar can be found on Church St. housed in a two-storey Victorian mansion.While the space may be 10,000-square-feet, it's in one of the rooms that you'll find the fireplace. Plop down for a game of chess and warm up. 

The Drake

One of the more modern fireside hangs happens to be at the Drake in the main floor lounge. It's a key spot for cocktails on West Queen West, and the whole place will help warm your bones on a chilly night.

The Abbot on Eglinton

This pub on Eglinton West boasts a lovely central fireplace that gives the main dining area a cozy vibe that pairs perfectly with its Sunday roasts and other hearty British-influenced fare.

by Staff via blogTO

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