When the weather outside is frightful … fireplaces beckon. As fall turns to winter, here are some friendly places to enjoy a cozy drink – or more. 

Bangers & Lace, 
810 Grove St.

With a North Woods cabin vibe, pot-belly stove, and plenty of rustic leather seating by the front window, this is the perfect place to watch the snow drift down while sipping a Fall Shandy cocktail (rum, house-made ginger clove simple syrup, splash of Octoberfest beer) or savoring B & L’s proprietary rum from local distiller FEW Spirits – paired with the charred cheese curds or slices of seasonal bangers, of course.

Whiskey Thief, 
616 Davis St.

Where else in E-town is it possible to savor a glass of spicy rye from up-and-coming Louisville urban distiller Rabbit Hole in a swanky library by a roaring fire? With more than 100 whiskies, the Whiskey Thief has something for all tastes.  Does anyone really need an excuse to get comfy with bacon-wrapped dates – especially on live-jazz Wednesdays?

Hearth Restaurant, 
1625 Hinman Ave.

The lovely Hearth Restaurant in the Homestead offers two fireplaces: To the left, upon entering, is the tranquil fireplace salon, perfect for sampling a fall Otono Old Fashioned (8-year Don Pancho rum, Amaro Montenegro, house-made carrot-pear-ginger simple syrup, Prohibition bitters) with the American cheese plate and Hewn bread. The cozy table in front of the massive fireplace across the hall pairs well with a fine meal for chilly weather (local root veggies guaranteed).

Smylie Brothers Brewing Co., 
1615 Oak Ave.

For maximum heat, Smylie’s is the spot. As if the two fireplaces were not enough, the wood-fired pizza oven behind the bar makes this the coziest barstool experience in town. The seasonal Steinbier – a rustic Vienna lager made the old-school way by dropping granite stones heated in the pizza oven into the boil to caramelize sugars in the wort – is perfect with Chef Carey’s Pork Belly Poutin.