Beat the winter weather on your next date night and cuddle up by the light of a roaring fireplace. Bring your flame to one of these toasty NYC date destinations and watch the sparks of romance fly.
The Peacock pours on the British charm throughout airy parlor rooms adorned with chandeliers and whimsical wallpaper. The Peacock – along with its medieval-casual sister pub, The Shakespeare; and the brand-new outpost of the NYC speakeasy, The Raines Law Room – are all located in The William: a modern boutique hotel in Midtown East. Here, you’ll have two options for fireside romance. Find the hidden entrance to Raines Law Room to canoodle with cocktails by the library fireplace, or sink your spoons into an uni butter-infused crab risotto hearthside in the Peacock Dining Room.
Head for the woods without leaving the city at Camp, the lodge-like Cobble Hill bar where you can warm your hands by the fire, play board games, make s’mores (really), and feel like a kid again – leaning in for that first sleep-away camp kiss. Log cabin walls, exposed brick, and a mounted deer head add to the bar’s outdoorsy ambiance. Grab a creative cocktail and challenge your companion to a date-night game of Jenga.
If you’re not a hotel guest, getting past the Rose Bar‘s doorman can be a bit tricky, but it’s worth the effort. Head through the Gramercy Park Hotel’s Jade Bar to access the cavernous space with soaring ceilings and oversized art (yes, that’s a Warhol) hanging on rose-colored walls. Beyond a ruby-felted pool table, the bar’s marble fireplace is surrounded by lush, velvet chairs. You’ll feel like a member of an exclusive private club as you and your date sip absinthe-spiked Bohemian sidecars among the jet-setting elite.
Dive Bar Date
When you enter Art Bar, keep walking until you reach the lesser-known back room: a causal hangout with a coffeehouse vibe, comfy furniture, and a warm gas fireplace. The West Village institution serves up cheap drinks with a cheerful attitude. Though the main bar can be loud and crowded, the back room is a creative oasis, featuring rotating works by local artists. Get cozy by the fire and check out the bar’s mainstay mural: a satirical, celebrity-bedecked version of the Last Supper.
Brooklyn’s Clover Club is known as much for their innovative, award-winning libations as for their intimate atmosphere and creative small-plates menu. Mixologists work their magic with fresh ingredients at the carved antique bar, where you can sample one of the Clover Club’s signature rye or sweet, bubbly royale cocktails. For an appetizing alternative, bring your date here for a romantic weekend brunch and enjoy the bacon-tasting – thick cuts in maple, black pepper, and duck varieties – in the wood-paneled back parlor by the crackling fireplace.