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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cafe Aion

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1235 Pennsylvania Ave
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 993-8131
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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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2. Spatola

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3434 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477-4820
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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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3. Forest Room 5

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2532 15th St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 433-7001
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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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4. Colt & Gray

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1553 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 477-1447
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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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5. Rhein Haus Denver

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1415 Market St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 800-2652
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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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6. The Nickel

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1100 14th St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 889-2128
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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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7. Punch Bowl Social

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65 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 765-2695
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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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8. Barolo Grill

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3030 E 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 393-1040
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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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9. Inga's Alpine Tavern

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5151 Leetsdale Dr
Denver, CO 80246
(720) 389-6203
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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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10. Cherry Cricket | Ballpark

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2220 Blake St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 297-3644
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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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11. Tavernetta

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1889 16th St Mall
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 605-1889
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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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12. White Pie

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1702 Humboldt St
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 862-5323
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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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13. Bull & Bush Brewery

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4700 Cherry Creek S Dr
Denver, CO 80246
(303) 759-0333
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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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1. Cafe Aion

1235 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
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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.

1235 Pennsylvania Ave
Boulder, CO 80302

2. Spatola

3434 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Facebook

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.

3434 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

3. Forest Room 5

2532 15th St, Denver, CO 80211
Facebook

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.

2532 15th St
Denver, CO 80211

4. Colt & Gray

1553 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202
Colt & Gray/Facebook

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.

1553 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202

5. Rhein Haus Denver

1415 Market St, Denver, CO 80202
Rhein Haus

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.

1415 Market St
Denver, CO 80202

6. The Nickel

1100 14th St, Denver, CO 80202
D’Arcy Leck/Hotel Teatro

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.

1100 14th St
Denver, CO 80202

7. Punch Bowl Social

65 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
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.

65 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203

8. Barolo Grill

3030 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Facebook

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.

3030 E 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80206

9. Inga's Alpine Tavern

5151 Leetsdale Dr, Denver, CO 80246
Inga’s

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.

5151 Leetsdale Dr
Denver, CO 80246

10. Cherry Cricket | Ballpark

2220 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205
Jonathan Phillips/Eater

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.

2220 Blake St
Denver, CO 80205

11. Tavernetta

1889 16th St Mall, Denver, CO 80202
Adam Larkey/Eater

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.

1889 16th St Mall
Denver, CO 80202

12. White Pie

1702 Humboldt St, Denver, CO 80218
Adam Larkey/Eater

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.

1702 Humboldt St
Denver, CO 80218

13. Bull & Bush Brewery

4700 Cherry Creek S Dr, Denver, CO 80246
MapMuse [official]

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.

4700 Cherry Creek S Dr
Denver, CO 80246

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