L Magazine has posted a handy list of the 10 Best Fireplace Bars in Brooklyn, and though Park Slope did get one mention (hooray Sheep Station!) we thought it might be useful to see some more local options. After all, if the objective is warming up, chances are you don’t want to travel too far in the cold to get there. So grab your friends, order some hot toddies, and cozy up to the hearth at any of these spots:
1. Union Hall, 702 Union Street at 5th Avenue
We talk so much about the exciting events that go on in the Union Hall basement that we almost forget how cool of a bar it is on its own. And it is a pretty cool bar! The two lanes of bocce, the extensive library that fills up the built-in bookshelves, the old-time-y portraits, the leather armchairs– it all makes for a stately but cozy atmosphere which is completed by its stone fireplace (pictured above). The place gets pretty packed on the weekends, though, so get there early to stake out a good spot.
(Photo credit Caroline Voagen Nelson/Time Out New York)
2. Loki Lounge, 304 Fifth Avenue at 2nd Street
Beyond the bar and past the hanging curtains, you’ll find the lounge part of Loki Lounge. In the far corner of that lounge is its brick wood-burning fireplace. The circular set-up in front of the hearth is great for a big group. Take breaks between jukebox-playing and pool-shooting to sink into the couches.
(Photo credit Loki Lounge)
3. Cyprus Avenue, 52 Fifth Avenue at Bergen Street
The modest Irish pub on 5th Avenue is home to few really great gems. For one thing, its $1.50 sliders are some of the most delicious (and perfectly proportioned) bar fare that Park Slope has to offer. For another, its fireplace is an intimate little treasure, complete with a couple of lounge chairs and some vintage books to flip through.
(Photo credit Cyprus Avenue)
4. Cherry Tree Bar, 65 Fourth Avenue at Bergen Street
Unlike the picture above, Cherry Tree’s fireplace is often lit on these cold nights and, on some lucky occasions, even comes with free marshmallows for roasting. BYO graham crackers and chocolate. If you stop by on Sunday, you can even catch some karaoke with “Crazy Eddie”!
(Photo credit Cherry Tree Bar)
5. Sheep Station, 149 Fourth Avenue at Douglass Street
Our local Australian pub is the only Park Slope bar that made it to the L Magazine list, and it deserves the placement. Their hearty dishes will put some meat on your bones (try the lamb chops with mashed potatoes and peas) and their beer selection is impressive. Be warned if you’re planning to stop by this weekend, though: Saturday’s going to get a little rowdy.
(Photo credit Nadia Chaudhury/L Magazine)