Drumbar

Baby, it's cold outside. And while the polar vortex may just be a (frigid) memory, you can still sit and listen to the fireplace roar, drink in hand, at one of these cozy bars.

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Drumbar (201 E. Delaware Place, Gold Coast) 

Located on the 18th floor of the swanky Raffaello Hotel, Drumbar serves up fireside cocktails and downtown views. Cozy up to the flames by grabbing a seat on the leather sofa and order a hot toddy to shake off the cold. Visit on Thursday nights during Bourbon & Beats, when the bar features a weekly-changing menu of $10 cocktails, $25 bourbon flights, and DJ Greg Corner spins.

Sheffield's (3258 N. Sheffield Ave, Lakeview)

Crowds clamor to Sheffield's beer garden during the summer months, but when the mercury drops, those in the know head inside to sip beer and eat barbecue by the fire. If one of the 45 beers on tap doesn't suit your taste, try their bottle list, which offers more than 100 additional options.

The Grafton (4530 N. Lincoln Ave, Lincoln Square)  

Grafton

Irish Jam Sessions on Sundays, friendly servers, and a whiskey list that's 60 bottles strong are reason enought to visit the Grafton. But this cozy Irish pub, located next door to the Old Town School of Folk, is made even cozier in the winter months, thanks to the crackling fireplace in the back room. Warm up with a whiskey flight, or if you're in the mood for a cocktail, try the Fireside James Bond, made with Deaths Door gin, Black Grouse scotch, orange bitters and a twist of lemon, served-of course-in a martini glass, shaken not stirred. 

Scofflaw (3201 W Armitage Ave, Logan Square)

Double your chances of grabbing a fireside seat at this intimate speakeasy-style bar. Snuggle up next to one of two fireplaces and order one of their expertly crafted gin-based cocktails, priced at an easy-on-the-wallet $8 each. Stick around until midnight, when they pass out complementary chocolate chip cookies.