When the temperature starts dropping, you have two choices: Stay inside, crank up the heat, and huddle under the covers… or venture outside in search of one of Baltimore’s many restaurants and bars with cozy fireplaces. Here are a few of our favorite places to warm up around town:Woodberry Kitchen (Woodberry) – Warm up by the fire or warm up with a perfectly crafted cocktail. My pick? Both at the same time.
Brewer’s Art (Mt. Vernon) – Most of the time, the crowds at Brewer’s Art are annoying. But when it’s chilly outside, you can just think of them as human-shaped space heaters!
The Dizz (Remington) – The fireplace is big, stone, and wood-burning. They always slightly over-do the Christmas decorations, which winds up being perfect. This is my favorite bar to go to when it’s snowing.
The Ambassador (Charles Village) – This is one classy joint, and the fireplaces (plural!) make it feel even more sophisticated on a chilly winter–or late fall–evening. And the Indian food is great, too.
The Wharf Rat (Fells Point) – If there were a who’s-got-the-biggest-fireplace competition in Baltimore, the Wharf Rat’s 12-footer would probably come out on top. Huddle round, order up a pint, and pretend you’re a sailor taking the chill off after a long ocean voyage.
Petit Louis (Roland Park) – The fireplace at Roland Park’s finest French bistro has one virtue beyond its ability to generate heat: It makes everyone who basks in its glow look really good. Don’t believe me? Try it out for your next date night…
*Not everyone has the privilege of spending a cold night cozied up by a fireplace. On any given night, more than 3,000 people in Baltimore are homeless. They’re particularly at risk when the temperature drops. Consider donating or volunteering your time to help out.*