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A Dozen Drink Deals by the Fire

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The desire to curl up near a fire is nothing new. Something harkening back to the early days of humans (or so it says on the Internet). And as these colder months approach, DC residents once again bundle up in their Burberry coats in search of area bars and restaurants offering the glowing furnace they so crave — hoping to stare into, warm up by, and perhaps most importantly, drink alongside it.

Eater checks out 12 restaurants and bars offering fireside drink deals. After all…winter is coming.
—Ali Donahue


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Barcelona Wine Bar

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1622 14th St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20009
202-588-5500
This newly opened 14th street restaurant has been serving up small plates since October but now they stretch their winter wings, hosting a “cocktail cart” on their outdoor patio. Bartenders serve up a featured drink of the day to patrons warming up by the outdoor fireplace. To make things extra snug, Barcelona provides blankets and heat lamps. Be there for “Social Hour” from 4-6 on weekdays, with $5 select wines, $7 Sazerac, and $2 and $3 select tapas.

2. The Tombs

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1226 36th St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-6668
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Head to the middle of this popular Georgetown basement restaurant and a large fireplace awaits. With nightly specials and $3 craft beer Happy Hour specials running Monday through Thursday from 4-6pm, The Tombs is the perfect spot for the chilly student on a budget. More the brunch type? Curl up on the hearth on Saturdays and enjoy $3 mimosas 11am-2pm.

3. Farmers Fishers Bakers

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3000 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 298-8783
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Drinkers and teetotalers alike can enjoy this Farmers Fishers and Bakers’ seasonal drinks; this year they’ve got everything from Hot Buttered Rum ($12) to non-alcoholic hot cider ($6). Beer drinkers haven’t been overlooked either – try the special beer cocktail for $10. All these winter beverages can be enjoyed by the patio fire pits overlooking Georgetown’s ice skating rink.

4. Pizzeria Paradiso

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3282 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-1245
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Nothing’s more comforting than pizza, beer, and a warm fire. Pizza Paradis’s Georgetown location offers all three. Pizza Paradiso’s Monday-Thursday happy hour showcases all draft beers at half price. For those in need of some noshes, appetizers clock in at just $5, with all 8” pizzas for $9.95, and 12” pies at $15.50. Happy Hour runs from 5-7pm.

5. Smith Commons

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1245 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 396-0038
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This H Street haunt does the whole fireplace drinking thing right, offering patrons oversized houndstooth armchairs to cozy up in beside the fire. Add to the mix the $5 Monday-Friday Happy Hour Specials on house wines, craft beers, and rail drinks, and it’s safe to say any fireplace dweller will have no problem keeping warm, one way or another.

6. Vapiano

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1800 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 640-1868
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At Vapiano, no one’s rushed out the door. The fireplace and bar encourage customers to sit in the signature red furniture and enjoy cocktails in a comfortable atmosphere perfect for groups. The European chain also offers chip cards to promote self-service and eliminate the panic that stems from splitting up the check. Happy Hour, Monday-Friday 3:30-8PM and Sunday Noon-Close, features Peroni and Pilsner Urquell Draft Beers and House Wines for $3.95, Sangria for $6.50.

7. Sign of the Whale

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1825 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 785-1110
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This Dupont dive bar keeps customers toasty once again this winter with their straightforward stone fireplace and a happy hour, to boot. All wine, beer, and liquor is half price Monday-Friday 4PM-7PM. Snackers partake, as well: all apps priced from $4-$6.

8. Irish Whiskey Public House

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1207 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 463-3010
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With dueling fireplaces on the first and third floor, as well as a fire pit outside on the patio, Irish Whiskey Public House makes warmth their business this winter. Drink for cheap by any of the fires with their weekday happy hour: $4 select beers and wines from 3pm-7pm. And starting January 16, enjoy free cocoa and s’mores bundles from 6pm-9pm. The bundles will also be available any time for $5.

9. Dunya Restaurant and Bar

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801 Florida Ave. NW
Washington D.C., DC 20009
New to U Street, Dunya is fast on its way to winning over the winter hearts of Washingtonian’s by including an upstairs fireplace in their beautiful design. Everything is $2 off during their everyday happy hour – featuring an eclectic selection of wines from all over the world, while also keeping it local with 6 DC-area beers on draught.

10. Chez Billy

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3813 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 506-2080
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A touch hip, this French-inspired bistro has a real wood-burning fireplace upstairs and in the bar. The low lighting and beautiful wood work accompanied by the crackling fire make this place ideal for any date night – especially when in the market for a cheap date as their happy hour has $5 Stella drafts and wines by the glass, as well as $10 bar mussels. Happy Hour is Monday-Friday, 5:30pm-7:30pm.

11. OYA

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777 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-1400
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For a posh take on fireplace drinking, this contemporary Asian-French fusion spot is the place to go. Oya’s week night happy hour goes from 5-8pm in the lounge and bar only, which is just fine for fire seekers because there’s a big rectangular fireplace right behind the bar. Indulge in $8 Mix Master Favorite Cocktails, sip on $6 House wines by the glass, or enjoy $5 Sapporo, Heineken, and Amstel Lights.

12. Art and Soul

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415 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-7777
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Art and Soul’s patio will officially open on Tuesday, December 24. Guests can warm up by the fire pit, complemented by heat lamps for extra warmth. They’re also boasting a hot chocolate bar and hot toddies. Still cold? They’ve got Art and Soul fleece blankets available for those sitting by the fire. The patio happy hour is from 4-7pm Monday-Friday with $7 Wines and cocktails, $5 Regional tap beers, and $5 small bites.

1. Barcelona Wine Bar

1622 14th St NW, Washington D.C., DC 20009
This newly opened 14th street restaurant has been serving up small plates since October but now they stretch their winter wings, hosting a “cocktail cart” on their outdoor patio. Bartenders serve up a featured drink of the day to patrons warming up by the outdoor fireplace. To make things extra snug, Barcelona provides blankets and heat lamps. Be there for “Social Hour” from 4-6 on weekdays, with $5 select wines, $7 Sazerac, and $2 and $3 select tapas.
1622 14th St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20009

2. The Tombs

1226 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Head to the middle of this popular Georgetown basement restaurant and a large fireplace awaits. With nightly specials and $3 craft beer Happy Hour specials running Monday through Thursday from 4-6pm, The Tombs is the perfect spot for the chilly student on a budget. More the brunch type? Curl up on the hearth on Saturdays and enjoy $3 mimosas 11am-2pm.
1226 36th St NW
Washington, DC 20007

3. Farmers Fishers Bakers

3000 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Drinkers and teetotalers alike can enjoy this Farmers Fishers and Bakers’ seasonal drinks; this year they’ve got everything from Hot Buttered Rum ($12) to non-alcoholic hot cider ($6). Beer drinkers haven’t been overlooked either – try the special beer cocktail for $10. All these winter beverages can be enjoyed by the patio fire pits overlooking Georgetown’s ice skating rink.
3000 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007

4. Pizzeria Paradiso

3282 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Nothing’s more comforting than pizza, beer, and a warm fire. Pizza Paradis’s Georgetown location offers all three. Pizza Paradiso’s Monday-Thursday happy hour showcases all draft beers at half price. For those in need of some noshes, appetizers clock in at just $5, with all 8” pizzas for $9.95, and 12” pies at $15.50. Happy Hour runs from 5-7pm.
3282 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007

5. Smith Commons

1245 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
This H Street haunt does the whole fireplace drinking thing right, offering patrons oversized houndstooth armchairs to cozy up in beside the fire. Add to the mix the $5 Monday-Friday Happy Hour Specials on house wines, craft beers, and rail drinks, and it’s safe to say any fireplace dweller will have no problem keeping warm, one way or another.
1245 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

6. Vapiano

1800 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036
At Vapiano, no one’s rushed out the door. The fireplace and bar encourage customers to sit in the signature red furniture and enjoy cocktails in a comfortable atmosphere perfect for groups. The European chain also offers chip cards to promote self-service and eliminate the panic that stems from splitting up the check. Happy Hour, Monday-Friday 3:30-8PM and Sunday Noon-Close, features Peroni and Pilsner Urquell Draft Beers and House Wines for $3.95, Sangria for $6.50.
1800 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036

7. Sign of the Whale

1825 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036
This Dupont dive bar keeps customers toasty once again this winter with their straightforward stone fireplace and a happy hour, to boot. All wine, beer, and liquor is half price Monday-Friday 4PM-7PM. Snackers partake, as well: all apps priced from $4-$6.
1825 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036

8. Irish Whiskey Public House

1207 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
With dueling fireplaces on the first and third floor, as well as a fire pit outside on the patio, Irish Whiskey Public House makes warmth their business this winter. Drink for cheap by any of the fires with their weekday happy hour: $4 select beers and wines from 3pm-7pm. And starting January 16, enjoy free cocoa and s’mores bundles from 6pm-9pm. The bundles will also be available any time for $5.
1207 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

9. Dunya Restaurant and Bar

801 Florida Ave. NW, Washington D.C., DC 20009
New to U Street, Dunya is fast on its way to winning over the winter hearts of Washingtonian’s by including an upstairs fireplace in their beautiful design. Everything is $2 off during their everyday happy hour – featuring an eclectic selection of wines from all over the world, while also keeping it local with 6 DC-area beers on draught.
801 Florida Ave. NW
Washington D.C., DC 20009

10. Chez Billy

3813 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011
A touch hip, this French-inspired bistro has a real wood-burning fireplace upstairs and in the bar. The low lighting and beautiful wood work accompanied by the crackling fire make this place ideal for any date night – especially when in the market for a cheap date as their happy hour has $5 Stella drafts and wines by the glass, as well as $10 bar mussels. Happy Hour is Monday-Friday, 5:30pm-7:30pm.
3813 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20011

11. OYA

777 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
For a posh take on fireplace drinking, this contemporary Asian-French fusion spot is the place to go. Oya’s week night happy hour goes from 5-8pm in the lounge and bar only, which is just fine for fire seekers because there’s a big rectangular fireplace right behind the bar. Indulge in $8 Mix Master Favorite Cocktails, sip on $6 House wines by the glass, or enjoy $5 Sapporo, Heineken, and Amstel Lights.
777 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

12. Art and Soul

415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Art and Soul’s patio will officially open on Tuesday, December 24. Guests can warm up by the fire pit, complemented by heat lamps for extra warmth. They’re also boasting a hot chocolate bar and hot toddies. Still cold? They’ve got Art and Soul fleece blankets available for those sitting by the fire. The patio happy hour is from 4-7pm Monday-Friday with $7 Wines and cocktails, $5 Regional tap beers, and $5 small bites.
415 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

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