Survive the latest polar vortex with these cold weather respites
Posted by Delia Sarich
Don’t break out your terrace grill and white wine spritzers just yet… Winter is not yet done beating us into a cold and icy pulp. The good news: There is still some time before you start convincing yourself that you want to go to a crowded, sweaty, rooftop bar over a cozy, indoor option.
This winter, through all of our storms and deep freezes, I have found a particular power and presence in a warm, well-stocked bar. It seems like the more horrific it is outside, the more celebrated and sacred it can feel inside, particularly if that inside serves whiskey.
Below, our list of the best places to finish out the winter, drink in hand.
With a Happy Hour lasting until 9pm, and a convenient location right off the L train, it’s not hard to find a reason to end up here. Both cheap and welcoming, Tradesman has the feeling of your average local spot, with the sleek, woodsy design of much more. Pop in after work for the well-curated local beer list.
Named for a Scottish burial ground, this Celtic hideaway serves up the best Guinness in Brooklyn, and perhaps the whole city. If a creamy, perfect Guinness can help get the Irish through their eternal lack of sun, it can certainly get us through this winter.
While weekends are packed and raucous in this 5,000 sq. ft. Park Slope hot spot, weeknights offer an unexpected sanctuary… provided you get a seat upfront by the roaring fire and self-appointed “stately library.”
Need a little music with your hibernation? Cozy up in one of the many booths in the back room and let the nightly pianist lull away your winter blues. Musicians from bands such as Yo La Tengo and Psychedelic Furs have been known to make an appearance.
Black Mountain Wine House
Grab your latest OKCupid date and head to this warm and unassuming wine bar, located just beyond the buzz of Smith Street. Arrive early to get a table near the fireplace, order up two cups of muddled wine, and let the (literal and figurative) sparks fly.