Amidst frosty winds and wet snowfall, even the most hardened New Yorker appreciates the rustic warmth of a heated bar and clamping their damp fingers around a Hot Toddy. If you are visiting the city this winter, read on for our top spots to where stay cozy while “braving” the cold.
This winter pop-up at rooftop bar Gallow Green (a restaurant already known for its outdoor summertime brunch) is fitted like a cabin, complete with wall-mounted candlestick-style lamps, cozy flannel-draped armchairs and a desk scattered with pinecones and parchment. Flip through sepia-paged books, snuggle into a bunk bed like you’re camping in Maine, or wander outside towards a crackling fire pit surrounded by overstuffed couches. No cold-weather getaway is complete without a warm drink in hand, so grab a Maple Toddy when visiting this Chelsea favorite.
For your over-the-river adventures, check out Park Slope’s Union Hall. The bar creates a ‘grandfather’s study’ atmosphere with two wood-burning fireplaces, vintage leather armchairs, dark wood, and shelves lined with volume upon volume of dusty old books. Nibble on sliders and sip craft beer by the fire, then head downstairs for live music or put your name on the waiting list for one of the indoor bocce courts.
Escape the chill at this inviting rooftop lounge, where you can sip by the fire in the bookshelf-adorned writer’s den, or get lost in a novel—and a glass of wine—in the adjoining greenhouse. Cushy leather couches are one draw; literary-inspired cocktails like the lime-and-ginger Tequila Mockingbird are another. The enclosed greenhouse is an ideal spot for enjoying a million-dollar view of Midtown’s soaring skyscrapers. Note: there is a dress code—wear business-casual attire to be admitted. Don’t worry, though, winter boots are okay!
An underground den with live jazz on most nights, Little Branch in the West Village maintains a bustling nightlife scene, despite its inconspicuous exterior. The warm lighting and intimate atmosphere make it an ideal destination during the winter. A winter beverage recommendation? The mulled cider with whiskey is a winner here. Little Branch co-founder Joseph Schwartz was named one of Food & Wine Magazine’s top five bartenders in America in 2014, so you really can’t go wrong.
This Irish-Victorian hot spot mixes location, ambience, tasty grub (served until 2am), and a stellar whiskey menu to form an exceptional option near Union Square. Named after Lillie Langtry—Ireland’s version of Marilyn Monroe—the bar prides itself on its lush décor. The spectacular carved-wood bar comes from an old mansion in Belfast accents, and the velvet, textured walls and marble fireplaces are as regal as can be.