14 Cozy Restaurants and Bars to Try This Winter in the DC Area

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Dine in an igloo, sit by a fireplace, or roast some s’mores

Photograph courtesy of Wharf.

Chill in an Igloo

Photograph courtesy of Watergate.

They aren’t made of ice, but these huts will keep you protected from the elements while enjoying a meal outside. Here are three favorites.

The Watergate

2650 Virginia Ave., NW

Can’t get to the Alps this winter? Try the Watergate’s Swiss­inspired igloos on the patio. Yes, that means raclette and fondue will be on the menu, as well as a whiskey lineup and seasonal cocktails.

Bourbon Steak

2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Channel après-ski vibes in chalets with destination-themed menus at the Four Seasons hotel. Head to Jackson Hole for an 18-ounce steak, Whistler for ice-wine martinis, Vail for s’mores, and the Megève for a foie gras parfait.


1906 14th St., NW

Each alfresco lodge has heaters as well as blankets and comes decorated with leaves and frosted wreaths. The restaurant serves winter staples such as red-wine-marinated lamb and venison.

Sit by the Fireplace

Photograph courtesy of Iron Gate.

Picture this: It’s a frosty night, and your toes begin to thaw when you step inside a warm spot with a hearth. Huddle up to a fire at these six bars and restaurants.

Iron Gate

1734 N St., NW

The Dupont Circle restaurant offers a dining-room fireplace and tabletop fires on the patio.

600 T

600 T St., NW

A tucked-away bar serving sophisticated cocktails to sip by the fire. Catch live jazz on Thursday nights.


7421 Maple Lawn Blvd., Fulton

Nine fireplaces, hanging lanterns, and towering bookshelves bring cozy vibes to this Indian restaurant in Maryland.

Bar à Vin

3111 K St., NW

Fend off the cold by finding a seat near the French wine bar’s fireplace.

Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub

713 King St., Alexandria

The tavern has fireplaces on both levels for double the opportunity to drink a pint near the flames.


2014 Ninth St., NW

The Clarendon transplant reopened in Shaw with a fireplace and Andy’s Pizza.

S’more Treats

Photograph courtesy of Wild Days.

Stay close to the blaze while making the campfire classics.

Wild Days

1201 K St., NW

For camping vibes with city views, skewer marshmallows over the fire pit on the Eaton Hotel’s rooftop.

Camp Wharf

101 District Sq., SW

Grab ready-to-roast s’mores kits from the vintage Airstream, then hit a waterside fire pit.


7134 Main St., Clifton

Marshmallows are made in-house at this Virginia restaurant, where diners heat ingredients over their own tabletop flame.

Urban Roast

916 G St., NW

Remix the traditional s’mores combo with accoutrements like Reese’s cups, banana slices, and caramel sauce.

This article appears in the December 2022 issue of Washingtonian.

Mimi Montgomery Washingtonian

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Mimi Montgomery joined Washingtonian in 2018. She’s written for The Washington Post, Garden & Gun, Outside Magazine, Washington City Paper, DCist, and PoPVille. Originally from North Carolina, she now lives in Del Ray.

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