The prospect of winter already getting you down? Well, it’s far too early in the season for that attitude, my friends. Yes, it’s time to put that chin up, pull your most insulated jacket on, and head to the nearest bar, where the whisky at these places will warm you just as much as their fireplaces do. Both will be your raison d’être come February.
Between the low ceiling and the compact wooden booths, Molly’s was a pub built for seasonal nesting, something the space has been playing host to regularly since 1895. (With the exception of Prohibition, this location has always been a bar, and its twee proportions are a testament to ye olden times.) And so, in keeping with the longstanding tradition of drinking in this city, grab your closest friends, squeeze in tight, and enjoy a Guinness with the bar’s most notable dish, Shepherd’s Pie.
287 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010
For those looking for some warmth and sophistication, look no further than this Lennox Hill bar, where you can have some dinner, smoke a cigar, drink a whisky, listen to jazz, and sit by the fireplace. All in all the perfect way to spend any snowy evening.
1020 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10021
Staying in business for two decades in New York City is no small feat—something one might attribute, in Art Bar’s case, to the absurdly reasonable cocktail list and equally reasonable snacks. The fireplace is simply a bonus you’d ordinarily expect to be paying a premium for.
52 8th Ave, New York, NY 10014 (Btw Jane St. and Horatio St.)
In what feels like an amber-lit lobby of a hotel or the first class lounge of an airport, Brady Library is very much like a drink served neat. Stylish and devoid of any of the trappings of that typically downtown, rough-and-tumble charm (sometimes, after all, it’s just nice to luxuriate in a place that feels, well, brand new), Tribeca’s best dressed and most discerning sit at arrangements of brown leather chairs or saddle up to the bar for a glass of the many brandies, whiskies, and rums on menu.
25 N. Moore St., New York, NY 10013
Photo courtesy of Maurice Sahl