The dark days of January and the biting cold may make you long for cozy places to eat, get something to drink or just hang out in front of the fire. Here is a list of my current favorite toasty spots that all feature firey places to warm up
300 Washington Ave N, Mpls MN
Hewing Hotel is a century-old brick-and-timber warehouse that has been reshaped into a truly unique, independent, 124-room and 13-suite Minneapolis hotel in the trendy North Loop Neighborhood. The lounge when you walk in is large and inviting with wood everywhere and a cozy warm fireplace. The drinks are pricey but elegant, try a sidecar or the French 75 and ask about their rooftop bar that is now open to the public and occasionally features a community sauna.
2640 Lyndale Ave S Mpls, MN
The LynnHall in Minneapolis is like your cool friends’ apartment with lots of open white space, dark wood floors and plenty of barn wood tables for spreading out and debating your latest book club book or settling into a cup of Dogwood coffee and any of pastry chef Katie Elsing’s delicious baked goods and desserts.
(photo: Brenda Johnson.Heavy Table)
510 Groveland Mpls, MN
PS Steak is open in 510 Groveland which was the former La Belle Vie space across from the Walker Art Center. Their fireplace is one of the grand dames with white marble and seating around in their famous lounge. Pull in for an old fashioned and an order of the famous lamb burger sliders they have brought back as a nod to the days of La Belle Vie. Mike DeCamp is back in the kitchen with this beautifully restored gem.
451 Taft Street NE, Mpls, MN
Norseman is the first Micro-distillery in Minneapolis. Their fireplace is an excellent place to get cozy while sipping a Negroni made from their house-made gin. Great place for a larger group to meet up as its casual and industrial but intimate.
928 West, 7th Street St Paul MN in Keg and Case Market
While not technically sitting at a fireplace, you are sitting at a giant hearth that is in the center of the room and forms the backbone of the restaurant where all the entrees are cooked under fire. The bar seating at the Hearth is like sitting in the, and it is a very warm and cozy spot to enjoy their roast chicken with black truffles and croutons.
1310 Wayzata Blvd, Long Lake, MN
While Not technically inside the restaurant Birch’s on Long Lake has Adirondack chairs clustered around an outdoor fire pity when you pull up. It’s relaxing to take your Baileys coffee outside and admire the lake while you wait for your Brunch table. Don’t miss the Make Your Own Bloody bar on Saturdays and Sundays.
374 Selby Ave, St Paul MN
WA Frost’s lounge in the basement is one of the coziest and most romantic spots on the list and in Winter they serve an excellent Hot Toddy and Spiked Cocoa with Rumplemintz. The exposed brick and comfortable chairs that you can sink in to make you want to take off your shoes and curl up.
350 N Market St, St Paul, MN
The St Pau Hotel Lobby bar is a classic, classy place to partake in their afternoon tea or find yourself with a classic champagne cocktail in front of their roaring fire with high back chairs that force you to demonstrate beautiful posture. Many nights there is live jazz which makes this a perfect cocktail spot.
788 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN
While technically an outdoor fireplace this is going to be a killer spot to warm up while you are waiting for your Uber. The outdoor patio here that was started by the previous tenant Wild Roast is always an inviting welcome sign to one of Grand Avenues newest restaurants. Make sure to get the bucatini with clams and the sausage pizza with house-made sausage and a flight of bubbles while you are there.