As I write this, there are 55 days, 9 hours, 54 minutes and 32 seconds left of winter.
So, I guess we're inching toward spring, but we've still got a lot of blustery evenings to get through. But have no fear: there is a way to take the sting out of the season. We're talking about fireplaces, people!
Here are a few bars located right here in the Village where you can warm your tootsies by the hearth while you slurp a hot toddy and dream about spring:
The Beatrice Inn began life as a prohibition-era speakeasy in the 1920s. It morphed into an Italian red sauce joint and a nightclub before settling into the cozy bar and restaurant it is today. Try one of its signature cocktails, like the Purple Rain (tequila blanco, red grape, ruby port, spicy agave, lime juice and himalayan salt).
Slide into the overstuffed couch in the back living room of Art Bar to warm up by the fireplace and enjoy gallery exhibits from local artists. A jukebox with thousands of titles, daily Happy Hour and seasonal specialty cocktails keep locals coming back for more.
Employees Only is focused on elevating the craft of the cocktail, and that they do. You can find this speakeasy behind a fortune teller's lair (how great is that?) and go to town on their award-winning drinks. Check out the Quiet Storm (Makers Mark bourbon and red bush tea-infused bianco vermouth, served tall with lemon juice and ginger beer).
Want a more casual experience? Try Tavern on Jane. No frills; no fuss. Just reasonably priced wine, beer and cocktails to enjoy around the hearth.
Plop down on one of the modern couches in front of the fireplace at above street-level lounge Madelyn, and order up a craft beer, glass of wine or cocktail along with noshes to share.
All of these cozy nightspots are within walking distance of the hotel--or maybe a short cab ride--a huge plus in the winter. Don't feel like walking in the chilly night air? Enjoy an aperitif or nightcap right here in our lounge!
Image via Marcus Ramberg/Flickr