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Le Bristol to Blind Bar: The Best Fireplace Spots in Paris

Plenty of places in Paris offer a toasty fireplace come the winter. As the city of love turns white, these spots offer a night by the flickering gold.

Come winter, a glass of whiskey, fireball, or a delicious glass of wine by the fireplace makes chilly nights much more bearable. Whether you set out for brunch, a work-related meet or just a casual, flirty date, these places in Paris will keep you warm with their service, drinks and crackling fire pits. 

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Le Bristol

Le Bristol paris

Hotel Le Bristol Paris, Source Facebook

One of the most intimate and well-run bars in all of Paris, Le Bristol oozes as much class and warmth as a nicely drawn fire on a freezing winter evening. The cabinet of curiosities, as the team likes to call it, Oetker Collection’s Le Bristol is a refuge from the Paris winter. The atmosphere and the decor of the place evoke feelings of a bygone era, styles that have remained timeless for centuries, creating awe in every single customer that walks through the door for a drink or two. 

The Versailles oak parquet, welcoming benches, and leopard printed stools warming in the light of the Siena marble fireplace create a harmony ideal for sipping drinks and dining on some finely made dishes. 

On the menu at Le Bristol, there are plenty of standouts. Signature cocktails like Cekila, Ginny, Bullet Blank and more make a mark. Champagne and wine options offer royalty while the spirits collection is one to behold, offering flasks of rare whiskies from around the globe. 

Le Bristol’s fireplace, historic engravings, and contemporary works of art make it one for the books. A jewel of Parisian food and drink since 1925. 

Timings- 
All week- 5:30 pm to 1:30 am

Location- 112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris

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Gentlemen 1919

Gentlemen 1919

Armchairs by the fire at Gentlemen 1919, Source Facebook

October 28th, 1919 was a big day for the United States of America, as the constitution ratified the establishment of prohibition in the country. In Paris, this day’s significance influenced a barbershop, a shoeshine spot, a bar, and a smokehouse in Gentlemen 1919. Standing at an eight-minute walking distance from Champs-Elysée, Gentlemen 1919 at first glance is just a barbershop. However, if you make your way past the back door, you enter a world full of style, marvel, and jazzy cocktails. 

The speakeasy takes you back, as the name suggests, to the 1920s with its retro decor, replete with Chesterfield chairs, club seating and a splendid firepit that will make you want to have a scotch in one hand and a cigar in another. Whether it is a bitter Negroni, a classic old-fashioned or simply a finger or two of your favorite spirit, Gentlemen 1919 has plenty of drinks waiting to be sipped sitting on a leather armchair by the roaring fire. 

Timings- 
Monday- 12 pm to 12 am
Tuesday to Friday- 10 am to 2 am
Saturday- 12 pm to 2 am

Location- 11 Rue Jean Mermoz, 75008 Paris

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Atelier Maître Albert

Atelier Maitre Albert

Guy Savoy’s Paris Venture, Source Website

The brainchild of one of Paris’ proudest and most-celebrated three-Michelin-starred chefs Guy Savoy, Atelier Maître Albert is a stone-walled, fire-lit restaurant that engulfs you in a blanket of comfort and flavors. Jean-Michel Wilmotte’s modern architecture lends Atelier Maître Albert a gorgeous personality, one that resonates with all those who flock by the restaurant to enjoy an evening of wine and dine. 

On the menu, every dish is made to delight, every wine from the wine cellar brought to charm, and a combination of both to fulfil culinary dreams of French perfection. Diners can come and savor the drinks and dishes in The Big Room, The Wine Cellar or The Library. With the winter making its freezing presence felt, head to The Library and enjoy a succulent meal by the lavish fire that lights up the place beautifully. 

Timings- 
Lunch- 12 pm to 2:30 pm
Dinner- 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Location- 1 Rue Maître Albert, 75005 Paris

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Café Laurent

Cafe Laurent paris

Hotel d’Aubusson Paris, Source Facebook

There’s no end to a list of upscale places to dine in when in Paris. For all the places worth mentioning, there’s Hôtel d'Aubusson Café Laurent that stands out throughout the year. While the food and the drinks on offer are splendid throughout the year, the place’s setting goes a notch higher as the winters begin to arrive in Paris. Through the years, Café Laurent has become a favored meeting place because of its elegant, refined and subdued atmosphere, apart from the generous offerings the place has. 

As you reside by the fire, jazz music chimes in and makes the evening rhythmic, with the atmosphere turning cosy. There’s also a leafy, magnificent patio open through the 12 months. The garden brings a very floral touch to an otherwise chic setting, offering cover from the harsh winter, as you take in some fresh air while enjoying a drink of your choice. From hot chocolate in the mornings, coffee breaks by the fire or finely created cocktails in the evening by the fire, tapping slightly to the live music performances, Café Laurent’s aura is simple but unforgettable. 

A cornerstone of the finest places to dine in on the Sixth Arrondissement. 

Timings- 
All week- 4:30 pm to 12 am

Location- 33 Rue Dauphine, 75006 Paris

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Blind Bar

Blind Bar paris

The dark and shadowy Blind Bar, Source Website

Paris’ “Golden Triangle” is a marriage of contemporary elegance and subdued luxury and within it stands La Maison’s Blind Bar, an establishment that teases the expectations with its slight pushing of boundaries. A dark, shadowy bar, Blind Bar has a lot of intrigue surrounding it. Most of it arises from the pier glass behind the bar that plays off the reflections of the dark colored interiors. The oversized mirror is also a great place to conceal the bottles, which to be honest, lie in a plain shadow. 

Once the fireplace lights up, the bar’s atmosphere turns intimate with the vibrancy the fire adds. While the atmosphere becomes seemingly knowing, the mystery continues with the cocktails. There’s also plenty of lavish wines in the cellar that deserve your attention. Cognacs, brandies, and other regal spirits make the time and money spent at the Blind Bar worth every penny. 

Timings- 
Monday to Saturday- 11 am to 11:30 pm

Location- 8 Rue Jean Goujon, 75008 Paris

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Le Coupe-Chou

Le Coupe-Chou

Restaurant Le Coupe-Chou, Source Facebook

Housed in a 17th Century townhouse, Le Coupe-Chou garnered a reputation back in the day for the number of actors it attracted as a hangout spot. Today, it has become one of the most romantic spots to dine at (and that says something), especially during the winters with the raging fire pit that lights beside the tables. The restaurant situated on the narrow and picturesque Rue de Lanneau is home to a heavenly feast that champions traditional cuisine made with fresh products. 

From the menu, one can sample dishes like seared chanterelles, fennel ravioli with a langoustine bisque from the entrées, fondant beef cheeks and Scottish salmon fillet from the mains and formages. These dishes along with some fine, homely desserts can be paired with a selection of wines and aperitifs. Le Coupe-Chou is a snug spot where the candle-lit rooms and a roaring fireplace offer a curious setting. 

Timings- 
Tuesday to Sunday- 7 pm to 10:30 pm

Location- 11 Rue de Lanneau, 75005 Paris

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Jules & Jim

Jules & Jim Paris

Hôtel Jules & Jim, Source Facebook

Having talked enough about the places that exude class because of the yesteryear vibes they bring and the history they showcase, Jules & Jim comes on the list to show that modern and trendy places breathe an equally good fire if not better. Invisible from the street, Jules & Jim hotel’s bar is its jewel. A spectacular courtyard that offers a haven from the bustling streets outside, Jules & Jim is as intimate as it is comfortable and as peaceful as it is vibrant. 

As the fire burns on the outside chimney, skim through the menu and order delicacies from the finely crafted, imaginative food and drinks menu. Mixology lovers can order from some amazing cocktails, but Jules & Jim takes the ordering expectations to the next level by allowing customers to create their own drink. The gentle tone and comfort that Jules & Jim brings, matches the cosiness of the chimney, making it a great outdoor spot for the winter. 

Timings- 
All week- 5 pm to 11 pm

Location- 11 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris

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Hotel Providence

Hotel Providence Paris

Christmas by the fireplace, Source Facebook

As the calming winters take over Paris, Hotel Providence will transform into a place where the sweaters clad people gather to enjoy a drink by the fire pits. Housed in the increasingly hip Faubourg Saint-Denis area, Hotel Providence’s decor is a modern take on a historically significant place. There’s a terrace outdoor apart from a lounge that is the site for a toasty fireplace where the winters feel warmer. 

The velvet-clad walls and the piano all play their part in turning up Hotel Providence’s ante during the winters. The dinner menu is delectable, offering treats like grilled vegetables with creamy burrata, Iberico pork pluma and more. Creative cocktails, spirits, and wine complete the drinks menu which always has a surprise up its sleeve. 

Timings-
Breakfast- 7 am to 11 am
Lunch- 12 pm to 3 pm
Dinner- 7 pm to 11:30 pm
Bar- 7 pm to 1 am

Location- 90 Rue René Boulanger, 75010 Paris

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Header Image- Hotel d’Aubusson Paris, Source Facebook

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