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Fireplace in Philadelphia (bar, not restaurant)

andrewlee Oct 15, 2009 01:59 PM

Okay, we're looking at four days of cold and rain and we're temporarily without heat in our house - not a problem during the workweek, but we're going into the weekend + aren't wanting to spend all day at home. So - we're looking for a bar/lounge in Philadelphia (not Jersey, not burbs) with a real working fireplace - anywhere from deep South Philly to Mount Airy to Manayunk, to the far Northeast.

1) Absolute must: Fireplace that's working and has a fire!
2) Decent drinks or cheap drinks, I'm good with either
3) Food - sure
4) Comfortable seats - nice, not required, but nice
5) Atmosphere - whatever - dive bar, pub, hipster, biker bar, any will do - goal here is warm!

That's it. Simple requirements. What have you got for me?



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    Buckethead RE: andrewlee Oct 15, 2009 02:03 PM

    James? I'm not a fan of the food there but the bar is very nice and they have a fireplace.

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      andrewlee RE: Buckethead Oct 15, 2009 02:09 PM

      Thanks - good call. Need to clarify my requirement: more divey than that. Should be a fleece-acceptable venue :-D Thanks!

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      micreynolds RE: andrewlee Oct 15, 2009 02:17 PM

      Excellent topic. I'm obsessed with fireplaces! Here you go:

      1) Devil's Den - bar with a fireplace, open on both sides - so you can feel the heat if you are sitting in the bar or in the dining room. They have an extensive great beer list. It's on the corner of 11th and Ellsworth in South Philly. food is blah (wouldn't call it bad, but it's just nothing special).

      2) Mahogony - cigar bar (if you can handle it) with a great selection of whiskies/bourbons/scotch. it's an upscale kind of place, and i'm not sure if they have food. but they do have a fireplace and that is your your #1 requirement.

      3) James - upscale dining, however...they have a GREAT lounge/bar area with a fireplace that is much more toned down and relaxed. They have a great bar/lounge menu if you are interested in eating.

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        andrewlee RE: micreynolds Oct 15, 2009 02:32 PM

        great list. thanks. will see where we end up Saturday and/or Sunday as the rain continues here in Philly + snow begins falling in the Poconos. And it's only October! Might make these places seasonal regular destinations...

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          Buckethead RE: micreynolds Oct 15, 2009 02:32 PM

          I agree about Devil's Den: great beer list and fireplace, food will fill your belly but that's about it.

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          Philly Ray RE: andrewlee Oct 15, 2009 02:29 PM

          I might not be remembering correctly, but doesn't Plough and the Stars have a fireplace?

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            phillyjules RE: Philly Ray Oct 16, 2009 05:29 AM

            Race Street Cafe has a fireplace. Also, decent bar food and great beers on tap. My favorite bar when the weather is cold and crappy.

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              G Goo RE: phillyjules Oct 17, 2009 07:13 AM

              Race Street Cafe's fireplace is amazing. Great place to go on a cold crappy evening.

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              jl0328 RE: Philly Ray Oct 16, 2009 06:57 AM

              Yes, the P&S has a fireplace. Not very comfy seating though...

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              jl0328 RE: andrewlee Oct 16, 2009 07:00 AM

              XIX has a great fireplace atmosphere

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                croutonpiggy RE: andrewlee Oct 16, 2009 09:51 AM

                Standard Tap in Northern Liberties. They have a fireplace in the upstairs bar area, but I don't remember how many seats are around it. I've sat near it at the bar and it's been warm and cozy. Great food.

                Standard Tap
                901 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

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                  doxiemom RE: croutonpiggy Oct 16, 2009 10:22 AM

                  McGillin's!! How could that not have been number 1???

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                    jl0328 RE: doxiemom Oct 16, 2009 11:53 AM

                    Gonna be crazy at McGillian's this weekend due to the Phillies!

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