Best Fireplace Bars In Boston

January 31, 2011 1:24 PM


Sitting by the fireplace may be one of the best ways in the world to spend a cold, snowy, winter night. If you don’t have that luxury in your home, why not head out on the town? Plenty of Boston hot-spots serve up spirits in a warm and cozy atmosphere that’s sure to lift your spirits. Grab a drink, nibble on some light fare, and enjoy the scenery. Here are some of the best fireplace bars in Boston. – Steve Saleeba
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James’s Gate Restaurant & Pub

5-11 McBride Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 983-2000

This dark, cozy watering hole could easily trick you into thinking the Gaelic countryside sits right on the other side of those tall wooden doors. Named after the Guinness brewery, it’s only appropriate that this gem in the heart of Jamaica Plain pours one of the best pints of Guinness in all the land. The pub fare is perfect comfort food for a cold day. The pub side reveals the real character of this place. It lies in the whiff of burning firewood and the roaring flame that dances inside a towering stone fireplace that sits at the center of the room.

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West on Centre

1732 Centre Street
West Roxbury, MA 02132
(617) 323-4199

If you can remember the name, it’s easy to find. West on Centre is sits right off the rotary on Centre Street in West Roxbury. Inside, the lounge delivers a fancy, yet inviting feel. The wine, beer, and cocktail lists all offer a spirited balance between traditional and adventurous. The burgers have earned a solid reputation, particularly the not-so-typical lamb burger. Ample street parking and public transportation make ‘West’ easy to access. The welcoming neighborhood atmosphere is no secret, so don’t be surprised to wander in and find the place is hopping.

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The Bristol Lounge

200 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 338-4400

Elegance, royalty, and class are the three words that come to mind. Dubbed “Boston’s living room,” this is where the rich go to relax. The comfy couches and chairs overlook the Boston Public Garden, creating the perfect setting for afternoon tea and scones. The Bristol Lounge also serves as a celebrity favorite, having served the likes of Tom Brady, Ben Affleck, Jerry Seinfeld and many more. Plenty would argue the mouthwatering, yet pricey $17 sirloin “Bristol Burger” may just be the best in town. A small, but well-crafted beer list means you have options that won’t break the bank.

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Warren Tavern Bar & Restaurant

2 Pleasant Street
Charlestown, MA 02129
(617) 241-8142

A historic landmark and one of the oldest taverns in Massachusetts, Warren Tavern remains one of the best. Paul Revere used to frequent and it’s documented that George Washington stopped in for a pint, so, ordering up a Sam Adams only seems to make sense. This patriotic landmark is the perfect place to talk politics or watch the Patriots. Head there on a Tuesday or Wednesday to catch a little live, local music.

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(credit: Bondir via Facebook)


279A Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 661-0009

Sure it’s over the river in Cambridge, but this newcomer was just too good to pass up. The simple decor puts the focus on food. The chef combines French and contemporary American flavors, while adding a fresh local twist. Bondir offers most plates in a small or large size. The menu changes daily, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a dish that isn’t a delicious work of art. Bondir is closed on Tuesday.

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The Fireplace Restaurant (Honorable Mention)

1634 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 975-1900‎

This should be a no-brainer, but there are some complaints about the prices. The upside is the quaint, tiny, yet trendy atmosphere, will leave you feeling like you spent the day skiing, without the fatigue of course. As one Yelper puts it, “this place has the decor of a log cabin or a restaurant you’d expect next to a ski mountain rather than in Brookline… The atmosphere makes the restaurant a divine hide-out from a nor’easter.” If you’re looking for a drink, a few appetizers, and a fireplace to warm up next to, look no further than the name on the sign.