By Meg Hemmerle
Everyone knows that here in Texas, and especially Fort Worth, it can be hot with clear skies one day and “freezing” the next. There are more than enough bars and restaurants with outdoor patios to enjoy on those warm days, but what about when it’s cold outside and all you want to do is cozy up next to a warm fire?
Here, seven different bars and restaurants that offer a seat around the fireplace.
1404 W. Magnolia Ave.
Following after its name, this bar on Magnolia is styled after a lodge, which makes relaxing and drinking by its fireplace in big leather couches and chairs the perfect thing to do, especially after a round of pool or other arcade games. You can order a cocktail from the full bar or from its wide selection of craft beer and wine.
1101 W. Magnolia Ave.
Driving by Kent & Co, you might wonder if its a wine bar or car dealership with its raised Cadillac in the window (it’s run by Frank Kent co-owners Corrie Watson and Will Churchill). But with over 300 wines in stock and seasonal beer offered, it’s a great spot to sit on the couches surrounding the big fireplace in the glass-enclosed room and have a glass or two.
300 Throckmorton St.
Wild Salsa’s indoor fireplace adds even more flare to the Day-of-the-Dead themed, authentic Mexican restaurant. You can heat things up by sitting around the fire while trying one of their spicy margaritas and salsa.
1682 Park Place Ave.
While the fireplace might be fake, the quirky and cozy vibes at Wine Haus are real and make it worth the visit. With over 19 different wines by the glass and local, seasonal craft beer, you can sit with friends in its mixed-matched seating, enjoy the heat from the fire and, on some nights, live music.
6323 Camp Bowie Blvd.
The Basement Lounge offers a den-meets-night club vibe with an intimate atmosphere that features a fireplace in a living room-esque setting.
3413 W. 7th St.
Ask for a table under the moose head or the “sun” if you’d like to warm up by the fire — there are a couple fireplaces here. Then grab one of Michael’s specialty cocktails or martinis from the Ancho Bar.
900 Houston St.
An old bookstore-turned-cocktail bar, Thompson’s Bookstore has the mysterious, Prohibition-era ambience of an old library. If sitting by the art deco fireplace and drinking a specialty handcrafted cocktail doesn’t entice you to go, maybe the the secret, speakeasy-style basement lounge will.