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Hyatt at The Bellevue: A Philadelphia Gem With Some Amazing History

Hyatt at The Bellevue: A Philadelphia Gem With Some Amazing History

On par with New York’s original Waldorf-Astoria, the Bellevue-Stratford was the center of Philadelphia social and cultural life in the first decades of the twentieth century. Fifteen U.S. presidents stayed at the hotel, which was called the “Grand Dame of Broad Street.” Upon its 1904 opening, it was called the most luxurious hotel in America, with the country’s most magnificent ballroom and lighting fixtures designed by Thomas Edison himself.

So what happened to the Bellevue-Stratford? After undergoing several ownership changes and renovations over the years, it’s today called the Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia, and not only does it still retain much of the opulence that it did on the day it opened, after a weekend there at the invitation of the hotel, we can also say that it’s still a spectacularly lavish, well-run hotel and venue with a superb bar and restaurant, and with a recent multi-million dollar renovation, Hyatt has done a great job of seamlessly blending the old and the new.

The hotel has had some significant work done since its Gilded Age glory days; after some rough years in the ‘70s and ‘80s, it was converted into a mixed-use space, with the first 11 floors being converted into office space, a shopping area and food court going into the basement, and significant changes being made to the lobby, which is now primarily home to high-end shops (thankfully, due to painstaking restoration, much of its original detailing is still in place, and it’s no challenge to visualize it as it appeared 100 years ago). The two-tiered ballroom is still there and is just as grand as it always was (weddings were taking place in each of the hotel’s ballrooms throughout the weekend).

The hotel entrance is now through a smaller lobby that originally served as the private ballroom entrance (be sure to take a look at the stunning marble and hand-worked iron elliptical staircase leading up to the ballroom), and 172 guest rooms now only occupy the top seven floors. Our room had high ceilings, a spacious closet, and plenty of antique fixtures; the bed was extremely comfortable, and the overall impression was one of timeless elegance. There’s also a spacious gym for those looking to get some exercise, and plenty of meeting rooms, as well.

The hotel’s top floor is home to XIX (Nineteen), which is divided into three separate rooms: a dining room, a café, and a cocktail bar in-between. The opulent bar (above) is dominated by huge arched windows and Corinthian columns, lending the room a classical feel; leather booths, a great happy hour, and a solid cocktail list make this a popular spot for locals after work (the views are also spectacular). The casual all-day café and its mirror-image restaurant were formerly ballrooms, and they’re both simply stunning: Huge, round rooms with soaring domed seating, plenty of original architectural embellishments, and massive arched windows with a handful of prime outdoor tables on the terrace. Also on the top floor is the Rose Garden Ballroom.


Chef Ned Maddock recently took over as chef de cuisine, coming over from his position as executive sous chef at Marc Vetri’s Lo Spiedo. His menu is upscale but surprisingly affordable: Offerings include cioppino, grilled Spanish octopus, lobster risotto, roast half chicken, salmon with chick peas and turnips, steak frites, Aspen Ridge ribeye, and several creative fish dishes. Our crab cake was full of crab (very little filler, always nice) and complemented nicely by a tomato jam, and a seasonal corn soup was creamy and bursting with fresh corn flavor. Roast chicken was juicy and perfectly cooked, and the only disappointment of the evening was the steak frites, which was topped with a maître d’ butter so inundated with anchovies that its pungent fishiness completely overwhelmed the steak. The steak itself was nicely cooked, however, and the shoestring fries were crispy and addictive.

The Hyatt at The Bellevue isn’t just a great hotel, it’s an architectural marvel and an underappreciated historical gem. Even if it’s just for a cocktail at XIX, you should make it a point of including a visit in your itinerary the next time you visit Philadelphia.


10 Philly Bars with Fireplaces

The cold weather is here, but instead of lamenting about the chore of scraping ice off your windshield or waiting through SEPTA delays, remember this means it&rsquos time to take part in a time-honored city tradition: getting drunk near open flames. Here are 10 city spots at which you could offer Santa a sip after he makes his classic entrance.

The Black Sheep Pub: This colonial townhouse turned Irish pub on Rittenhouse Square has a solid draft and bottle list to partake of amidst the antiqued-out decor and open hearth. (247 S. 17th St. 215-545-9473).

The Dandelion: One word: cozy. Stephen Starr&rsquos British pub in Center City offers multiple fireplaces by which to enjoy cask-conditioned ales, British fare, or tea and biscuits. The Queen would approve (124 18th St. 215-558-2500).

Dark Horse Pub: A fireplace and specials during Flyers and Eagles games means this Headhouse Square tavern has its low-temp priorities straight (421 S. 2nd St. 215-928-9307).

Devil&rsquos Den: South Philly&rsquos warmest beer bar touts a vast selection of ales, Belgians, wheats and lagers. It also hosts frequent beer-centric events that highlight specific microbrews like their annual &ldquoLight Our Fire&rdquo party at which they break out the logs and offer smoky beers on special (1148-1150 S. 11th St. 215-339-0855).

Fado Irish Pub: Just off Broad, this branch of the nationwide chain offers Guiness, Jameson, bagpipes and all the appropriate Irish fixings, including a welcoming bed of coals (1500 Locust St. 215-893-9700).

McGillin&rsquos Olde Ale House: The oldest tavern in Philadelphia is a perfect place to drink beer, warm up by the fire and enjoy the festive decorations. Nothing says it&rsquos the holidays like booze, fire and garland (1310 Drury St 215-735-5562).

Nineteen: This swanky restaurant, bar and cafe sits atop the 19th floor of the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Fireplace seating and views of the city skyline? Please and thank you (200 S. Broad St. 215-790-1919).

The Plough & the Stars: One of Old City&rsquos most popular destinations, the Plough & the Stars is an ideal winter watering hole. Whether you head there early for an intimate dinner or cruise through later to pound a few back with the masses, the Plough & the Stars&rsquo fireplace, high ceilings, wooden fixtures, and &ndash yes &ndash booze will keep you warm this winter (123 Chestnut St. 215-733-0300).

Race Street Cafe: This neighborhood cafe is currently celebrating 10 years in business. Check the chalk board for their rotating specials, including 15 beers on tap (208 Race St. 215-627-6181).

Standard Tap: This beer bar is your go-to in Northern Liberties for a great draft list and hearty eats. Combine that with the fireplace and an affinity for supporting local breweries and farmers and it&rsquos a win all around (901 N 2nd St. 215-238-0630).


10 Philly Bars with Fireplaces

The cold weather is here, but instead of lamenting about the chore of scraping ice off your windshield or waiting through SEPTA delays, remember this means it&rsquos time to take part in a time-honored city tradition: getting drunk near open flames. Here are 10 city spots at which you could offer Santa a sip after he makes his classic entrance.

The Black Sheep Pub: This colonial townhouse turned Irish pub on Rittenhouse Square has a solid draft and bottle list to partake of amidst the antiqued-out decor and open hearth. (247 S. 17th St. 215-545-9473).

The Dandelion: One word: cozy. Stephen Starr&rsquos British pub in Center City offers multiple fireplaces by which to enjoy cask-conditioned ales, British fare, or tea and biscuits. The Queen would approve (124 18th St. 215-558-2500).

Dark Horse Pub: A fireplace and specials during Flyers and Eagles games means this Headhouse Square tavern has its low-temp priorities straight (421 S. 2nd St. 215-928-9307).

Devil&rsquos Den: South Philly&rsquos warmest beer bar touts a vast selection of ales, Belgians, wheats and lagers. It also hosts frequent beer-centric events that highlight specific microbrews like their annual &ldquoLight Our Fire&rdquo party at which they break out the logs and offer smoky beers on special (1148-1150 S. 11th St. 215-339-0855).

Fado Irish Pub: Just off Broad, this branch of the nationwide chain offers Guiness, Jameson, bagpipes and all the appropriate Irish fixings, including a welcoming bed of coals (1500 Locust St. 215-893-9700).

McGillin&rsquos Olde Ale House: The oldest tavern in Philadelphia is a perfect place to drink beer, warm up by the fire and enjoy the festive decorations. Nothing says it&rsquos the holidays like booze, fire and garland (1310 Drury St 215-735-5562).

Nineteen: This swanky restaurant, bar and cafe sits atop the 19th floor of the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Fireplace seating and views of the city skyline? Please and thank you (200 S. Broad St. 215-790-1919).

The Plough & the Stars: One of Old City&rsquos most popular destinations, the Plough & the Stars is an ideal winter watering hole. Whether you head there early for an intimate dinner or cruise through later to pound a few back with the masses, the Plough & the Stars&rsquo fireplace, high ceilings, wooden fixtures, and &ndash yes &ndash booze will keep you warm this winter (123 Chestnut St. 215-733-0300).

Race Street Cafe: This neighborhood cafe is currently celebrating 10 years in business. Check the chalk board for their rotating specials, including 15 beers on tap (208 Race St. 215-627-6181).

Standard Tap: This beer bar is your go-to in Northern Liberties for a great draft list and hearty eats. Combine that with the fireplace and an affinity for supporting local breweries and farmers and it&rsquos a win all around (901 N 2nd St. 215-238-0630).


10 Philly Bars with Fireplaces

The cold weather is here, but instead of lamenting about the chore of scraping ice off your windshield or waiting through SEPTA delays, remember this means it&rsquos time to take part in a time-honored city tradition: getting drunk near open flames. Here are 10 city spots at which you could offer Santa a sip after he makes his classic entrance.

The Black Sheep Pub: This colonial townhouse turned Irish pub on Rittenhouse Square has a solid draft and bottle list to partake of amidst the antiqued-out decor and open hearth. (247 S. 17th St. 215-545-9473).

The Dandelion: One word: cozy. Stephen Starr&rsquos British pub in Center City offers multiple fireplaces by which to enjoy cask-conditioned ales, British fare, or tea and biscuits. The Queen would approve (124 18th St. 215-558-2500).

Dark Horse Pub: A fireplace and specials during Flyers and Eagles games means this Headhouse Square tavern has its low-temp priorities straight (421 S. 2nd St. 215-928-9307).

Devil&rsquos Den: South Philly&rsquos warmest beer bar touts a vast selection of ales, Belgians, wheats and lagers. It also hosts frequent beer-centric events that highlight specific microbrews like their annual &ldquoLight Our Fire&rdquo party at which they break out the logs and offer smoky beers on special (1148-1150 S. 11th St. 215-339-0855).

Fado Irish Pub: Just off Broad, this branch of the nationwide chain offers Guiness, Jameson, bagpipes and all the appropriate Irish fixings, including a welcoming bed of coals (1500 Locust St. 215-893-9700).

McGillin&rsquos Olde Ale House: The oldest tavern in Philadelphia is a perfect place to drink beer, warm up by the fire and enjoy the festive decorations. Nothing says it&rsquos the holidays like booze, fire and garland (1310 Drury St 215-735-5562).

Nineteen: This swanky restaurant, bar and cafe sits atop the 19th floor of the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Fireplace seating and views of the city skyline? Please and thank you (200 S. Broad St. 215-790-1919).

The Plough & the Stars: One of Old City&rsquos most popular destinations, the Plough & the Stars is an ideal winter watering hole. Whether you head there early for an intimate dinner or cruise through later to pound a few back with the masses, the Plough & the Stars&rsquo fireplace, high ceilings, wooden fixtures, and &ndash yes &ndash booze will keep you warm this winter (123 Chestnut St. 215-733-0300).

Race Street Cafe: This neighborhood cafe is currently celebrating 10 years in business. Check the chalk board for their rotating specials, including 15 beers on tap (208 Race St. 215-627-6181).

Standard Tap: This beer bar is your go-to in Northern Liberties for a great draft list and hearty eats. Combine that with the fireplace and an affinity for supporting local breweries and farmers and it&rsquos a win all around (901 N 2nd St. 215-238-0630).


10 Philly Bars with Fireplaces

The cold weather is here, but instead of lamenting about the chore of scraping ice off your windshield or waiting through SEPTA delays, remember this means it&rsquos time to take part in a time-honored city tradition: getting drunk near open flames. Here are 10 city spots at which you could offer Santa a sip after he makes his classic entrance.

The Black Sheep Pub: This colonial townhouse turned Irish pub on Rittenhouse Square has a solid draft and bottle list to partake of amidst the antiqued-out decor and open hearth. (247 S. 17th St. 215-545-9473).

The Dandelion: One word: cozy. Stephen Starr&rsquos British pub in Center City offers multiple fireplaces by which to enjoy cask-conditioned ales, British fare, or tea and biscuits. The Queen would approve (124 18th St. 215-558-2500).

Dark Horse Pub: A fireplace and specials during Flyers and Eagles games means this Headhouse Square tavern has its low-temp priorities straight (421 S. 2nd St. 215-928-9307).

Devil&rsquos Den: South Philly&rsquos warmest beer bar touts a vast selection of ales, Belgians, wheats and lagers. It also hosts frequent beer-centric events that highlight specific microbrews like their annual &ldquoLight Our Fire&rdquo party at which they break out the logs and offer smoky beers on special (1148-1150 S. 11th St. 215-339-0855).

Fado Irish Pub: Just off Broad, this branch of the nationwide chain offers Guiness, Jameson, bagpipes and all the appropriate Irish fixings, including a welcoming bed of coals (1500 Locust St. 215-893-9700).

McGillin&rsquos Olde Ale House: The oldest tavern in Philadelphia is a perfect place to drink beer, warm up by the fire and enjoy the festive decorations. Nothing says it&rsquos the holidays like booze, fire and garland (1310 Drury St 215-735-5562).

Nineteen: This swanky restaurant, bar and cafe sits atop the 19th floor of the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Fireplace seating and views of the city skyline? Please and thank you (200 S. Broad St. 215-790-1919).

The Plough & the Stars: One of Old City&rsquos most popular destinations, the Plough & the Stars is an ideal winter watering hole. Whether you head there early for an intimate dinner or cruise through later to pound a few back with the masses, the Plough & the Stars&rsquo fireplace, high ceilings, wooden fixtures, and &ndash yes &ndash booze will keep you warm this winter (123 Chestnut St. 215-733-0300).

Race Street Cafe: This neighborhood cafe is currently celebrating 10 years in business. Check the chalk board for their rotating specials, including 15 beers on tap (208 Race St. 215-627-6181).

Standard Tap: This beer bar is your go-to in Northern Liberties for a great draft list and hearty eats. Combine that with the fireplace and an affinity for supporting local breweries and farmers and it&rsquos a win all around (901 N 2nd St. 215-238-0630).


10 Philly Bars with Fireplaces

The cold weather is here, but instead of lamenting about the chore of scraping ice off your windshield or waiting through SEPTA delays, remember this means it&rsquos time to take part in a time-honored city tradition: getting drunk near open flames. Here are 10 city spots at which you could offer Santa a sip after he makes his classic entrance.

The Black Sheep Pub: This colonial townhouse turned Irish pub on Rittenhouse Square has a solid draft and bottle list to partake of amidst the antiqued-out decor and open hearth. (247 S. 17th St. 215-545-9473).

The Dandelion: One word: cozy. Stephen Starr&rsquos British pub in Center City offers multiple fireplaces by which to enjoy cask-conditioned ales, British fare, or tea and biscuits. The Queen would approve (124 18th St. 215-558-2500).

Dark Horse Pub: A fireplace and specials during Flyers and Eagles games means this Headhouse Square tavern has its low-temp priorities straight (421 S. 2nd St. 215-928-9307).

Devil&rsquos Den: South Philly&rsquos warmest beer bar touts a vast selection of ales, Belgians, wheats and lagers. It also hosts frequent beer-centric events that highlight specific microbrews like their annual &ldquoLight Our Fire&rdquo party at which they break out the logs and offer smoky beers on special (1148-1150 S. 11th St. 215-339-0855).

Fado Irish Pub: Just off Broad, this branch of the nationwide chain offers Guiness, Jameson, bagpipes and all the appropriate Irish fixings, including a welcoming bed of coals (1500 Locust St. 215-893-9700).

McGillin&rsquos Olde Ale House: The oldest tavern in Philadelphia is a perfect place to drink beer, warm up by the fire and enjoy the festive decorations. Nothing says it&rsquos the holidays like booze, fire and garland (1310 Drury St 215-735-5562).

Nineteen: This swanky restaurant, bar and cafe sits atop the 19th floor of the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Fireplace seating and views of the city skyline? Please and thank you (200 S. Broad St. 215-790-1919).

The Plough & the Stars: One of Old City&rsquos most popular destinations, the Plough & the Stars is an ideal winter watering hole. Whether you head there early for an intimate dinner or cruise through later to pound a few back with the masses, the Plough & the Stars&rsquo fireplace, high ceilings, wooden fixtures, and &ndash yes &ndash booze will keep you warm this winter (123 Chestnut St. 215-733-0300).

Race Street Cafe: This neighborhood cafe is currently celebrating 10 years in business. Check the chalk board for their rotating specials, including 15 beers on tap (208 Race St. 215-627-6181).

Standard Tap: This beer bar is your go-to in Northern Liberties for a great draft list and hearty eats. Combine that with the fireplace and an affinity for supporting local breweries and farmers and it&rsquos a win all around (901 N 2nd St. 215-238-0630).


10 Philly Bars with Fireplaces

The cold weather is here, but instead of lamenting about the chore of scraping ice off your windshield or waiting through SEPTA delays, remember this means it&rsquos time to take part in a time-honored city tradition: getting drunk near open flames. Here are 10 city spots at which you could offer Santa a sip after he makes his classic entrance.

The Black Sheep Pub: This colonial townhouse turned Irish pub on Rittenhouse Square has a solid draft and bottle list to partake of amidst the antiqued-out decor and open hearth. (247 S. 17th St. 215-545-9473).

The Dandelion: One word: cozy. Stephen Starr&rsquos British pub in Center City offers multiple fireplaces by which to enjoy cask-conditioned ales, British fare, or tea and biscuits. The Queen would approve (124 18th St. 215-558-2500).

Dark Horse Pub: A fireplace and specials during Flyers and Eagles games means this Headhouse Square tavern has its low-temp priorities straight (421 S. 2nd St. 215-928-9307).

Devil&rsquos Den: South Philly&rsquos warmest beer bar touts a vast selection of ales, Belgians, wheats and lagers. It also hosts frequent beer-centric events that highlight specific microbrews like their annual &ldquoLight Our Fire&rdquo party at which they break out the logs and offer smoky beers on special (1148-1150 S. 11th St. 215-339-0855).

Fado Irish Pub: Just off Broad, this branch of the nationwide chain offers Guiness, Jameson, bagpipes and all the appropriate Irish fixings, including a welcoming bed of coals (1500 Locust St. 215-893-9700).

McGillin&rsquos Olde Ale House: The oldest tavern in Philadelphia is a perfect place to drink beer, warm up by the fire and enjoy the festive decorations. Nothing says it&rsquos the holidays like booze, fire and garland (1310 Drury St 215-735-5562).

Nineteen: This swanky restaurant, bar and cafe sits atop the 19th floor of the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Fireplace seating and views of the city skyline? Please and thank you (200 S. Broad St. 215-790-1919).

The Plough & the Stars: One of Old City&rsquos most popular destinations, the Plough & the Stars is an ideal winter watering hole. Whether you head there early for an intimate dinner or cruise through later to pound a few back with the masses, the Plough & the Stars&rsquo fireplace, high ceilings, wooden fixtures, and &ndash yes &ndash booze will keep you warm this winter (123 Chestnut St. 215-733-0300).

Race Street Cafe: This neighborhood cafe is currently celebrating 10 years in business. Check the chalk board for their rotating specials, including 15 beers on tap (208 Race St. 215-627-6181).

Standard Tap: This beer bar is your go-to in Northern Liberties for a great draft list and hearty eats. Combine that with the fireplace and an affinity for supporting local breweries and farmers and it&rsquos a win all around (901 N 2nd St. 215-238-0630).


10 Philly Bars with Fireplaces

The cold weather is here, but instead of lamenting about the chore of scraping ice off your windshield or waiting through SEPTA delays, remember this means it&rsquos time to take part in a time-honored city tradition: getting drunk near open flames. Here are 10 city spots at which you could offer Santa a sip after he makes his classic entrance.

The Black Sheep Pub: This colonial townhouse turned Irish pub on Rittenhouse Square has a solid draft and bottle list to partake of amidst the antiqued-out decor and open hearth. (247 S. 17th St. 215-545-9473).

The Dandelion: One word: cozy. Stephen Starr&rsquos British pub in Center City offers multiple fireplaces by which to enjoy cask-conditioned ales, British fare, or tea and biscuits. The Queen would approve (124 18th St. 215-558-2500).

Dark Horse Pub: A fireplace and specials during Flyers and Eagles games means this Headhouse Square tavern has its low-temp priorities straight (421 S. 2nd St. 215-928-9307).

Devil&rsquos Den: South Philly&rsquos warmest beer bar touts a vast selection of ales, Belgians, wheats and lagers. It also hosts frequent beer-centric events that highlight specific microbrews like their annual &ldquoLight Our Fire&rdquo party at which they break out the logs and offer smoky beers on special (1148-1150 S. 11th St. 215-339-0855).

Fado Irish Pub: Just off Broad, this branch of the nationwide chain offers Guiness, Jameson, bagpipes and all the appropriate Irish fixings, including a welcoming bed of coals (1500 Locust St. 215-893-9700).

McGillin&rsquos Olde Ale House: The oldest tavern in Philadelphia is a perfect place to drink beer, warm up by the fire and enjoy the festive decorations. Nothing says it&rsquos the holidays like booze, fire and garland (1310 Drury St 215-735-5562).

Nineteen: This swanky restaurant, bar and cafe sits atop the 19th floor of the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Fireplace seating and views of the city skyline? Please and thank you (200 S. Broad St. 215-790-1919).

The Plough & the Stars: One of Old City&rsquos most popular destinations, the Plough & the Stars is an ideal winter watering hole. Whether you head there early for an intimate dinner or cruise through later to pound a few back with the masses, the Plough & the Stars&rsquo fireplace, high ceilings, wooden fixtures, and &ndash yes &ndash booze will keep you warm this winter (123 Chestnut St. 215-733-0300).

Race Street Cafe: This neighborhood cafe is currently celebrating 10 years in business. Check the chalk board for their rotating specials, including 15 beers on tap (208 Race St. 215-627-6181).

Standard Tap: This beer bar is your go-to in Northern Liberties for a great draft list and hearty eats. Combine that with the fireplace and an affinity for supporting local breweries and farmers and it&rsquos a win all around (901 N 2nd St. 215-238-0630).


10 Philly Bars with Fireplaces

The cold weather is here, but instead of lamenting about the chore of scraping ice off your windshield or waiting through SEPTA delays, remember this means it&rsquos time to take part in a time-honored city tradition: getting drunk near open flames. Here are 10 city spots at which you could offer Santa a sip after he makes his classic entrance.

The Black Sheep Pub: This colonial townhouse turned Irish pub on Rittenhouse Square has a solid draft and bottle list to partake of amidst the antiqued-out decor and open hearth. (247 S. 17th St. 215-545-9473).

The Dandelion: One word: cozy. Stephen Starr&rsquos British pub in Center City offers multiple fireplaces by which to enjoy cask-conditioned ales, British fare, or tea and biscuits. The Queen would approve (124 18th St. 215-558-2500).

Dark Horse Pub: A fireplace and specials during Flyers and Eagles games means this Headhouse Square tavern has its low-temp priorities straight (421 S. 2nd St. 215-928-9307).

Devil&rsquos Den: South Philly&rsquos warmest beer bar touts a vast selection of ales, Belgians, wheats and lagers. It also hosts frequent beer-centric events that highlight specific microbrews like their annual &ldquoLight Our Fire&rdquo party at which they break out the logs and offer smoky beers on special (1148-1150 S. 11th St. 215-339-0855).

Fado Irish Pub: Just off Broad, this branch of the nationwide chain offers Guiness, Jameson, bagpipes and all the appropriate Irish fixings, including a welcoming bed of coals (1500 Locust St. 215-893-9700).

McGillin&rsquos Olde Ale House: The oldest tavern in Philadelphia is a perfect place to drink beer, warm up by the fire and enjoy the festive decorations. Nothing says it&rsquos the holidays like booze, fire and garland (1310 Drury St 215-735-5562).

Nineteen: This swanky restaurant, bar and cafe sits atop the 19th floor of the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Fireplace seating and views of the city skyline? Please and thank you (200 S. Broad St. 215-790-1919).

The Plough & the Stars: One of Old City&rsquos most popular destinations, the Plough & the Stars is an ideal winter watering hole. Whether you head there early for an intimate dinner or cruise through later to pound a few back with the masses, the Plough & the Stars&rsquo fireplace, high ceilings, wooden fixtures, and &ndash yes &ndash booze will keep you warm this winter (123 Chestnut St. 215-733-0300).

Race Street Cafe: This neighborhood cafe is currently celebrating 10 years in business. Check the chalk board for their rotating specials, including 15 beers on tap (208 Race St. 215-627-6181).

Standard Tap: This beer bar is your go-to in Northern Liberties for a great draft list and hearty eats. Combine that with the fireplace and an affinity for supporting local breweries and farmers and it&rsquos a win all around (901 N 2nd St. 215-238-0630).


10 Philly Bars with Fireplaces

The cold weather is here, but instead of lamenting about the chore of scraping ice off your windshield or waiting through SEPTA delays, remember this means it&rsquos time to take part in a time-honored city tradition: getting drunk near open flames. Here are 10 city spots at which you could offer Santa a sip after he makes his classic entrance.

The Black Sheep Pub: This colonial townhouse turned Irish pub on Rittenhouse Square has a solid draft and bottle list to partake of amidst the antiqued-out decor and open hearth. (247 S. 17th St. 215-545-9473).

The Dandelion: One word: cozy. Stephen Starr&rsquos British pub in Center City offers multiple fireplaces by which to enjoy cask-conditioned ales, British fare, or tea and biscuits. The Queen would approve (124 18th St. 215-558-2500).

Dark Horse Pub: A fireplace and specials during Flyers and Eagles games means this Headhouse Square tavern has its low-temp priorities straight (421 S. 2nd St. 215-928-9307).

Devil&rsquos Den: South Philly&rsquos warmest beer bar touts a vast selection of ales, Belgians, wheats and lagers. It also hosts frequent beer-centric events that highlight specific microbrews like their annual &ldquoLight Our Fire&rdquo party at which they break out the logs and offer smoky beers on special (1148-1150 S. 11th St. 215-339-0855).

Fado Irish Pub: Just off Broad, this branch of the nationwide chain offers Guiness, Jameson, bagpipes and all the appropriate Irish fixings, including a welcoming bed of coals (1500 Locust St. 215-893-9700).

McGillin&rsquos Olde Ale House: The oldest tavern in Philadelphia is a perfect place to drink beer, warm up by the fire and enjoy the festive decorations. Nothing says it&rsquos the holidays like booze, fire and garland (1310 Drury St 215-735-5562).

Nineteen: This swanky restaurant, bar and cafe sits atop the 19th floor of the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Fireplace seating and views of the city skyline? Please and thank you (200 S. Broad St. 215-790-1919).

The Plough & the Stars: One of Old City&rsquos most popular destinations, the Plough & the Stars is an ideal winter watering hole. Whether you head there early for an intimate dinner or cruise through later to pound a few back with the masses, the Plough & the Stars&rsquo fireplace, high ceilings, wooden fixtures, and &ndash yes &ndash booze will keep you warm this winter (123 Chestnut St. 215-733-0300).

Race Street Cafe: This neighborhood cafe is currently celebrating 10 years in business. Check the chalk board for their rotating specials, including 15 beers on tap (208 Race St. 215-627-6181).

Standard Tap: This beer bar is your go-to in Northern Liberties for a great draft list and hearty eats. Combine that with the fireplace and an affinity for supporting local breweries and farmers and it&rsquos a win all around (901 N 2nd St. 215-238-0630).


10 Philly Bars with Fireplaces

The cold weather is here, but instead of lamenting about the chore of scraping ice off your windshield or waiting through SEPTA delays, remember this means it&rsquos time to take part in a time-honored city tradition: getting drunk near open flames. Here are 10 city spots at which you could offer Santa a sip after he makes his classic entrance.

The Black Sheep Pub: This colonial townhouse turned Irish pub on Rittenhouse Square has a solid draft and bottle list to partake of amidst the antiqued-out decor and open hearth. (247 S. 17th St. 215-545-9473).

The Dandelion: One word: cozy. Stephen Starr&rsquos British pub in Center City offers multiple fireplaces by which to enjoy cask-conditioned ales, British fare, or tea and biscuits. The Queen would approve (124 18th St. 215-558-2500).

Dark Horse Pub: A fireplace and specials during Flyers and Eagles games means this Headhouse Square tavern has its low-temp priorities straight (421 S. 2nd St. 215-928-9307).

Devil&rsquos Den: South Philly&rsquos warmest beer bar touts a vast selection of ales, Belgians, wheats and lagers. It also hosts frequent beer-centric events that highlight specific microbrews like their annual &ldquoLight Our Fire&rdquo party at which they break out the logs and offer smoky beers on special (1148-1150 S. 11th St. 215-339-0855).

Fado Irish Pub: Just off Broad, this branch of the nationwide chain offers Guiness, Jameson, bagpipes and all the appropriate Irish fixings, including a welcoming bed of coals (1500 Locust St. 215-893-9700).

McGillin&rsquos Olde Ale House: The oldest tavern in Philadelphia is a perfect place to drink beer, warm up by the fire and enjoy the festive decorations. Nothing says it&rsquos the holidays like booze, fire and garland (1310 Drury St 215-735-5562).

Nineteen: This swanky restaurant, bar and cafe sits atop the 19th floor of the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Fireplace seating and views of the city skyline? Please and thank you (200 S. Broad St. 215-790-1919).

The Plough & the Stars: One of Old City&rsquos most popular destinations, the Plough & the Stars is an ideal winter watering hole. Whether you head there early for an intimate dinner or cruise through later to pound a few back with the masses, the Plough & the Stars&rsquo fireplace, high ceilings, wooden fixtures, and &ndash yes &ndash booze will keep you warm this winter (123 Chestnut St. 215-733-0300).

Race Street Cafe: This neighborhood cafe is currently celebrating 10 years in business. Check the chalk board for their rotating specials, including 15 beers on tap (208 Race St. 215-627-6181).

Standard Tap: This beer bar is your go-to in Northern Liberties for a great draft list and hearty eats. Combine that with the fireplace and an affinity for supporting local breweries and farmers and it&rsquos a win all around (901 N 2nd St. 215-238-0630).