Denver's restaurants are known for their open-air patios and rooftop decks, but there are some nights when you'd rather find a warm spot to enjoy drinks and dinner. These hot spots have inviting fireplaces and are the perfect places for a warm and cozy meal. Winter just heated up a little!
This LoDo beer hall offers house-made sausages, warm pretzels and other German fare. After a few games of bocce (Rhein Haus has four indoor courts), linger over a Pilsner or some fresh-baked apple strudel in front of the hand-carved mahogany fireplace salvaged from a Bavarian castle.
Colt & Gray
Zagat lauds Colt & Gray for its exceptional cocktails, fresh oysters, charcuterie menu and wine list. But it also makes our list for its ambiance-enhancing red brick fireplace.
You don’t have to eat indoors to enjoy a nice fire. Diners at Kona Grill love huddling around the outdoor fire pit on the patio to share a round of tropical cocktails and an order of avocado eggrolls.
The two-top in front of Barolo’s uber-romantic fireplace is one of the most coveted tables in The Mile High City. Add a bottle of wine and some seasonal Northern Italian dishes and you’ve orchestrated the ultimate Denver date night.
The outdoor fireplace on the fourth-floor FIRE Terrace (at the ART, a hotel) is a modern work of art. Soak up the warmth (and a craft cocktail) while taking in a view of bustling Broadway below.
LoDo's Tavern Downtown is a favorite for its rooftop patio in the warmer months. But during the winter, don't miss their snug fireplace lounge — the perfect place to enjoy food and drink with friends.
This ultra-chic version of the steakhouse has it all: mouth-watering steaks and seafood, a sprawling bar, a beautiful patio, a fantastic wine list and a towering indoor/outdoor fireplace. The three private dining rooms also make Shanahan’s a great option for your next party or event.
Cool River Cafe
One of Denver's most romantic restaurants! Couples love to be seated in front of or on the sides of Cool River’s towering stone fireplace on the lower level, while enjoying exceptional wine offerings and perfectly prepared food.
Forest Room 5
Love telling stories around the campfire? Pull up a tree stump at one of the fire pits on the outdoor patio at Forest Room 5, and eclectic bar and eatery in Denver’s Highlands neighborhood.
Second Home Kitchen + Bar
As the name implies, this could be your home away from home. Second Home Kitchen + Bar in Cherry Creek has the look and feel of a mountain retreat, featuring comfort food and an international wine list in a fire-lit setting.
Bull & Bush
This English brewpub offers craft beer brewed in-house, traditional pub grub, an impressive whiskey list and a glowing fireplace that’s the ideal place to raise a glass.
Located in the Highlands neighborhood, Matador serves up fresh, gourmet Tex-Mex cuisine, hand-crafted specialty cocktails and over 100 tequilas. But if those tequilas aren't enough to warm you up, cuddle up to one of the open fireplaces.
Pictured: FIRE Terrace and The Matador.