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Tavernetta offers fireside seating in its walk-in bar and lounge
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Denver’s Essential Restaurant Fireplaces

Where to warm up on a snowy day

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Tavernetta offers fireside seating in its walk-in bar and lounge
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For eaters and drinkers looking to cozy up fireside, here are 13 bars, breweries, and restaurants with hearths worth snuggling up to. From the perfect patio fire pit to a lounge fireplace and wood-burning oven, these Denver-area locales keep diners toasty throughout the cold-weather season.

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Cafe Aion

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Boulder's local Spanish tapas place is informal and unfussy in its atmosphere and preparation. Step inside this restaurant on The Hill and settle in by the hearth. The retreat-like setting suits flavorful fare, including tagine and paella.

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Spatola

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This Italian trattoria in Highland veers Sicilian in its cuisine and offers a well-rounded wine list. The current operators of the space maintain its previous owners’ rustic finishes, including a corner fireplace with stone detailing.

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Forest Room 5

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This dimly lit, eclectic bar has a small food menu and daily happy-hour specials. Drinkers can pull up a tree trunk on the patio and nestle in close to the open flames over a $2 canned beer and snacks such as crispy calamari.

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Colt & Gray

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Fireside seats at this Platte Street gem are great for a dinner date, an aperitif, or a nightcap. With the fireplace facing the dining room, diners can enjoy a full meal of pate, cured pork shoulder, bone marrow, sweet corn agnolotti, and more.

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Rhein Haus Denver

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This downtown German-style beer hall is perfect for a night of winter eating, drinking, and gaming, accompanied by old-world grand mahogany fireplaces for either first- or second-floor fireside entertainment.

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The Nickel

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Adjacent to The Nickel, The Study is a comfy lobby lounge serving breakfast and lunch with a chic cabin feel, complete with leather couches, plush pillows, and filled bookshelves that frame the fireplace. Loungers can have a hot cocoa, a cocktail, or a collection of snacks.

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Punch Bowl Social

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Dream up an activity or amenity — from bowling to arcade games to cocktail-infused karaoke — and Punch Bowl Social’s probably got it. Once the comfort food has hit the spot, diners can head to the indoor or outdoor fire pits at both the Broadway and Stapleton locations.

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Barolo Grill

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Known for modern Piemonte cuisine, a well-stocked wine cellar, and attentive staff, Barolo Grill is a give-in for special occasions. The eatery’s charming fireplace provides an immediate backdrop for one lucky couple to pull out all the stops with multiple courses and a bottle or two of wine under the warm glow of one of Denver’s most intimate tables.

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Inga's Alpine Tavern

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A good old-fashioned après-ski can be had at Inga’s near Glendale. Loaded French fries and a martini by the light of the vintage fireplace make for a comforting cold-weather combination at this city lodge destination.

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Cherry Cricket | Ballpark

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The Cherry Cricket’s second, Ballpark location is divided into multiple areas from a front carryout counter to a sports bar and back arcade section. In the living room-like lounge, diners can relax with a drink fireside or sit for a meal at one of the casual tables.

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Tavernetta

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At Union Station’s Italian destination, the front room is available for walk-ins, bar-goers, and happy hour drinkers. Afternoon visitors here should grab a banquette seat and order from the cicchetti, or bar snacks, menu.

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White Pie

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Uptown’s ode to New Haven, Connecticut-style pies is built around a centerpiece wood-burning pizza oven. Diners can order the namesake white pie with crème fraîche, bacon, egg, and mushrooms, and grab a counter seat for up-close views of the action.

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Bull & Bush Brewery

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This 47-year-old restaurant and brewery is still worth the trip for a proper pub night in the suburbs. The beers are still great (the brewery itself opened in 1997), and the couch-facing fireplace is still a fixture throughout the winter.

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Cafe Aion

Boulder's local Spanish tapas place is informal and unfussy in its atmosphere and preparation. Step inside this restaurant on The Hill and settle in by the hearth. The retreat-like setting suits flavorful fare, including tagine and paella.

Facebook

Spatola

This Italian trattoria in Highland veers Sicilian in its cuisine and offers a well-rounded wine list. The current operators of the space maintain its previous owners’ rustic finishes, including a corner fireplace with stone detailing.

Facebook

Forest Room 5

This dimly lit, eclectic bar has a small food menu and daily happy-hour specials. Drinkers can pull up a tree trunk on the patio and nestle in close to the open flames over a $2 canned beer and snacks such as crispy calamari.

Facebook

Colt & Gray

Fireside seats at this Platte Street gem are great for a dinner date, an aperitif, or a nightcap. With the fireplace facing the dining room, diners can enjoy a full meal of pate, cured pork shoulder, bone marrow, sweet corn agnolotti, and more.

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Rhein Haus Denver

This downtown German-style beer hall is perfect for a night of winter eating, drinking, and gaming, accompanied by old-world grand mahogany fireplaces for either first- or second-floor fireside entertainment.

Rhein Haus

The Nickel

Adjacent to The Nickel, The Study is a comfy lobby lounge serving breakfast and lunch with a chic cabin feel, complete with leather couches, plush pillows, and filled bookshelves that frame the fireplace. Loungers can have a hot cocoa, a cocktail, or a collection of snacks.

D’Arcy Leck/Hotel Teatro

Punch Bowl Social

Dream up an activity or amenity — from bowling to arcade games to cocktail-infused karaoke — and Punch Bowl Social’s probably got it. Once the comfort food has hit the spot, diners can head to the indoor or outdoor fire pits at both the Broadway and Stapleton locations.

Punch Bowl Social

Barolo Grill

Known for modern Piemonte cuisine, a well-stocked wine cellar, and attentive staff, Barolo Grill is a give-in for special occasions. The eatery’s charming fireplace provides an immediate backdrop for one lucky couple to pull out all the stops with multiple courses and a bottle or two of wine under the warm glow of one of Denver’s most intimate tables.

Facebook

Inga's Alpine Tavern

A good old-fashioned après-ski can be had at Inga’s near Glendale. Loaded French fries and a martini by the light of the vintage fireplace make for a comforting cold-weather combination at this city lodge destination.

Inga’s

Cherry Cricket | Ballpark

The Cherry Cricket’s second, Ballpark location is divided into multiple areas from a front carryout counter to a sports bar and back arcade section. In the living room-like lounge, diners can relax with a drink fireside or sit for a meal at one of the casual tables.

Jonathan Phillips/Eater

Tavernetta

At Union Station’s Italian destination, the front room is available for walk-ins, bar-goers, and happy hour drinkers. Afternoon visitors here should grab a banquette seat and order from the cicchetti, or bar snacks, menu.

Adam Larkey/Eater

White Pie

Uptown’s ode to New Haven, Connecticut-style pies is built around a centerpiece wood-burning pizza oven. Diners can order the namesake white pie with crème fraîche, bacon, egg, and mushrooms, and grab a counter seat for up-close views of the action.

Adam Larkey/Eater

Bull & Bush Brewery

This 47-year-old restaurant and brewery is still worth the trip for a proper pub night in the suburbs. The beers are still great (the brewery itself opened in 1997), and the couch-facing fireplace is still a fixture throughout the winter.

MapMuse [official]

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