1. Molly Malone’s Irish Pub
With seat-yourself service, we won’t judge you for throwing an elbow or two when vying for the tables near the central, built-in fireplace. The friendly flame within a stone hearth is a cozy perk to an already-warm and lively Celtic ambiance. It’s the perfect pairing to a creamy Guinness.
6111 Montgomery Rd., Pleasant Ridge, (513) 531-0700
2. Crossroads Community Church
Don’t let the “church” factor dissuade you from stopping by. This ultra-contemporary destination feels far from church-y with its real wood-burning stone fireplace surrounded by easy-to-sink-into couches. The fireplace is located in church’s spacious community-use “atrium” area, which is open to the public Mon–Sat 6 am–9 pm, and welcomes readers/writers/studiers/chatters of all walks of life. BONUS: Enjoy the bottomless, good coffee and Wi-Fi…for free!
3500 Madison Rd., Oakley, (513) 731-7400
3. R.P. McMurphy’s
When the bustle of this lodge-like watering hole’s twenty-something socialite crowd gets a little too bustling for an inside-voice conversation, grab a longneck and head to the outdoor patio for a no-frills fire pit that just begs to be huddled around. The fire can be found blazing during both weekend nightlife events and weekday happy hours.
2910 Wasson Rd., Oakley, (513) 531-3300
4. Dilly Café
This pride-o’-Mariemont mainstay never fails to draw an impressive crowd for its award-winning selection of beers and wines, though such popularity often demands a substantial wait before nabbing a table. If the oh-so-popular bar is brimming with other waiting customers, stay warm by the mighty outdoor stone fireplace on the patio.
6818 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, (513) 561-5233
5. The Argentine Bean
Whether nibbling on funky tapas or sipping a sampling of wine, this joint’s expansive fireplace is the perfect backdrop to the chill vibes set by live music and chic décor. Get comfortable, and enjoy another round.
2875 Town Center Blvd., Crestview Hills, (859) 426-1042