It’s winter in Chicago, which means it’s cold outside! Fortunately, this gives you the perfect excuse to head to a local bar to warm up, as many of them come prepared for the chill of a Chicago winter. Basically, that means many great spots have fireplaces inside, or firepits and heaters on the patio. So if you’re in the mood for a drink at a cozy, warm Chicago spot, take a quick look at this list before you head out for the night.
If you’re looking for an adult-only bar where you can cozy up to a fireplace while sipping a drink, check out Hopleaf. Located in Andersonville, this is a favorite among fans of craft beer, as there are 68 beers on tap! Note that there are no TVs, games, or live music nights here, so come prepared to simply drink, eat, and talk to a friend as you sit by a roaring fire in this Chicago bar.
If you want a fantastic view while you warm your feet by the fire outside, check out Cindy’s. This rooftop restaurant and bar is located on top of the Chicago Athletic Association, giving you great views of Lake Michigan, Millennium Park, and the Chicago skyline. And of course, there is a nice outdoor fire pit to enjoy during your stay.
If you’re getting tired of the chill of winter, definitely go to Coconutz and pretend you’re on a beach during the summer! This bar gives off a casual, tropical vibe, with island-inspired décor that will make you forget what season it is. If you’re ready to warm up, grab a seat by one of the many electrical fireplaces you’ll find in front of comfortable couches, and get cozy as you sip a delicious drink!
If you want a great meal with your drinks during the colder months of the year, visit Tied House in Lakeview. This chic eatery has good food, an extensive draft wine and beer selection, and of course a beautiful fireplace on the patio. Gather some friends for dinner and drinks, and head here to warm up by the fire as the evening comes to a close.
Park & Field
Looking for a Logan Square sports bar that will keep you warm all night? Park & Field is a good option, thanks to the fire pits on the spacious patio. In fact, these are typically going year-round, but the best time to try them out is when it’s a bit brisk outside. So if you ever need a breath of fresh air while you’re watching the game, head outside during the commercial breaks so you can enjoy the fire!
If you’re addicted to the views you can get from rooftop bars, Drumbar is a good spot to visit. In fact, it’s been lauded as being among the best rooftop bars in Chicago, which makes sense because the views from its location on the 18th floor of the Raffaello Hotel can’t be beat. From here, you can see Lake Michigan and more—all while warming up by a fire. In fact, you can get warm and cozy no matter where you sit at this bar, since there’s a fireplace inside and fire pits outside!
This is just a small sampling of the best bars to visit in Chicago when it’s cold outside. Do you have any to add to this list? And if you’re looking for a fun, friendly bar no matter what season it is, check out this list of bars to head to for a drink!