The chill in the air tells you Fall is here. Time to pack up your swimsuits, lawn chairs, and
daiquiris. Time to unpack your sweaters, rain jackets, and whiskey. And if you are heading out
to let one of the Seattle’s talented bartenders make you a drink, what better than to choose to
sip it in front of a fireplace? I’ve been doing a little research, as I personally find a fire and a
cocktail to be two of life’s sweetest pleasures, and I’ve got quite a list of places for you to get
cozy with your cocktail.
First, not all fires are created the equal. Heck, some aren’t even created but rather just switched on. That’s ok, they still lend to the atmosphere we are looking for. And the heat. Order an Old Fashioned at BOKA, Matador, Bastille, or Poquito’s and enjoy their fireplaces in the round. Perfect for you and your friends to gather at, just don’t use the hearth as a table or your cocktail could get warm!
It’s hard to beat the aptly named Fireside Room at the Sorrento Hotel for a prime imbibing spot.
Sink into a leather wingback chair, order a Manhattan, and get toasty by the traditional looking
fireplace. Near by, Rhein Haus offers two separate fireplaces to choose from; crackling logs and
a stein of brew sound downright autumnal to me.
Maybe you aren’t in the mood for anything fancy or upscale. Check out Sully’s Snowgoose on Phinney and you’ll find one firepit outside and another fire inside, also pinball! And down in Georgetown at Marco Polo you can eat their wellknown fried chicken in front of the fire. Mulleady’s Pub in Magnolia has a great hearth to get warm by, preferably with a Vieux Carre in hand. Hopefully by the time this is live the new Madrona Arms will be open and you can cozy up with a nice cocktail in front of their brand new indoor fireplace.
As we Seattleites don’t easily shy away from a little damp weather, there are places around town that keep their outdoor fire pits going year around. Westward is just about famous for theirs, and it doesn’t hurt that the view one of the best in the city. Goes great with a Hot Toddy. Over in Fremont you can step out onto the back deck at Quoin with your Happy Hour cocktail and grab a bench around the firepit. In Ballard you can sit under cover but still outside next to the fire at Shelter Lounge with a Bourbon and Branch. Just steps from each other in Wallingford both Manolin and Joule have outdoor fires to keep you toasty while you toast.
And if size really doesn’t matter, you could always just head to Rumba and have them make you an amazing rum drink and light on fire!
Written by Wendy Miller
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