As fall begins and winter begins to crop up into our thoughts, plans for fall and winter vacations also begin. If you are traveling to Chicago later in the year, you will need to dress warm as the weather can be more than a bit frightful beginning in October. Known as the Windy City a typical day in the spring or fall can be a bit blustery, but add the winter temperatures and it is downright frigid and bone-chilling. What better way to warm up then to head to one of Chicago’s bars with a fireplace? Sit back with your drink in hand and cozy up to the warm flames fireside and you’ll be feeling warm and fuzzy in no time. So if you are planning to take a trip and want to know the best place to make you look like you know where you are going, we are here for you. William Bailey Travel invites you to take a closer look at 3 of Chicago’s best fireside bars.
The Grafton on Lincoln Ave is not your typical American Irish style pub. If you head to the corner of their back room you will be treated to a roaring fire in a cozy and comfortable atmosphere. Nestle into one of their chairs with a book and an Irish coffee or a hot toddy to take the chill away. If you’re feeling hungry they have great Irish fare such as a traditional Irish breakfast, served anytime, and a decadent delicious chocolate bread pudding that is simply divine.
Scofflaw on Armitage Ave is the perfect setting to warm up on a cold and shivery Chicago day or night, the setting alone will warm you up with its rustic brick and comfy antique sofas perfect for lounging. The warmth of the fire is just an added bonus and charm. They are heavily gin focused on their cocktail menu, but if you’re looking for something hot to drink look no further than one of their hot buttered rums. Just one of these will have you feeling warm and tingly in no time at all.
Simon’s Tavern on Clark Street doesn’t just have a fire place to draw you in. They serve up the traditional Swedish Glogg. This mulled wine is the perfect way to warm up on a wintry day. They serve this up every year starting just before Thanksgiving and it is so popular they even have a neon sign in the window pronouncing that it is Glogg Time. After a couple of glasses and a spell by the fire you won’t be nearly as disenfranchised with the wintertime. You might actually look forward to it next year.
If you’ve ever been to Chicago in the heart of winter the place is practically a ghost town in comparison to when the weather is warm. Perhaps you’ll find some of the population next to the hearth in one of these bars but you can be sure you will have a great time no matter who is there.