While the weather outside is frightful, a drink by the fire is delightful. Many bars now are welcoming patrons with the good cheer of a fireplace, encouraging partiers to warm their winter bones and connect with others. Many bars are doing this in great style. Try pleasing your senses at any of these five most merry Minnesota inns with a hearth. See several more bars described in a previous article, “This Place Is On Fire: Bars With Fire Pits Or Fireplaces.”



Downtowner Woodfire Grill
253 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 228-9500
Go downtown for an absolutely enjoyable ambience that warms the senses. A charming wood burning fireplace in the center of the restaurant fills the room with a pleasing aroma. The bouquet of scents from the various meats and vegetables being prepared over an oak-wood burning grill only heightens the gourmand’s sentience. One can also catch a hint of the scents wafting through the restaurant from the homemade pizzas and flatbreads cooking in a 500-degree wood-fired oven. This restaurant, conveniently located near the Excel and the Ordway, has gained recognition from many local and national connoisseurs of the craft.

Wilde Roast Café
65 Main St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 331-4544

Sink into a plush overstuffed chair by the fireplace as you warm up with a cup of Wilde Roast blend coffee in the afternoon or a hot chocolate at night. Stimulate your romantic senses with the classic styled dark wood decor and eclectic selection of paintings. Get a table to experience the best crème brulee French toast you can imagine. A burger with sweet potato fries with marshmallow dipping sauce might sound good too. The menu never lacks in deliciously creative selections and the drink menu features a wide range of craft beers and enticing drinks.

(credit: W.A. Frost and Company Facebook Page)

(credit: W.A. Frost and Company Facebook Page)

W. A. Frost & Company
Historic Cathedral Hill Dacotah Building
374 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 224-5715

The ambience of romantic dining is a hallmark of W. A. Frost. Enjoy a grand copper-domed fireplace framed by the spectacular architectural elegance of homes in the bygone century. Staff at the front desk stokes the roaring wood fire regularly. The wait staff excels in pairing an extensive wine list with amazing appetizers and all the delicious items on the menu.

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The Living Room
W Hotel Minneapolis-The Foshay
821 Marquette Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 597-2413

It is just off the street, but the rooms are darkly lit and the atmosphere is comfortable. Candles, sofas, over-sized chairs and fireplaces throughout create an enticing environment. As you warm up by a fireplace with an artisan cocktail, order a small plate of appetizers or walk over to Manny’s just adjacent for an award-winning steak.

Chianti Grill
2050 N Snelling Ave
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 644-2808

A large splashing fountain greets you as you arrive. As you walk into the large reception area, you are absolutely stunned by spectacular soaring ceilings, dark woods and immaculate furnishings showcasing an immense and inspiring stone fireplace at one end of the dining room. While the Chianti Grill is primarily a restaurant, the bar area is immense, keeping with the spacious feeling throughout. Patrons can enjoy the selection of wine reserves and custom beers.

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Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.