Lincoln's Roadhouse(credit: Lincoln’s Roadhouse)

All true Coloradans know that a little bit of snow isn’t going to keep you at home. If the weather is cold and you are looking for a fun place to enjoy a cocktail or two, there is one feature you should be on the lookout for, and that is the perfect bar fireplace. What could be better on a cold night than a seat by the fire, a stiff drink and some great conversation with your best friends? These local bars all have fantastic fireplaces, which add the perfect amount of ambiance to an already delightful location. So don’t let the cold keep you home. Get out and warm up by the fire at any of these nearby bars.

Lincoln’s Roadhouse
1201 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-3700
www.lincolnsroadhouse.com

Located near the University of Denver, you may miss Lincoln’s Roadhouse, or at least you may overlook it, assuming it is just another college hangout. However, this bar is a great place for everyone to visit, college student or not. Enjoy some live music nearly every night, sample the award-winning meatloaf cheeseburger or some of the other fantastic Cajun food, and cozy up near the fireplace. It’s a fantastic place to meet up with a few friends, enjoy a cocktail or two and just relax after a long day at work. It’s one of those unassuming bars that you could easily miss if you weren’t looking for it, so be sure to check it out, as Lincoln’s Roadhouse has a wonderful fireplace and plenty of seating just waiting for you and a few pals.

Colt & Gray
1553 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 477-1447
www.coltandgray.com

Colt & Gray is much more than a bar, it’s actually a high-end restaurant with lots of incredible dishes, a full bar and, of course, a fantastic fireplace. If you’re just stopping in for drinks, make sure to try one or two of the house cocktails, like the Last Act of a Desperate Man, which is grapefruit vodka, lime and St. Germain, or the Talent Scout with Eagle Rare 10-year Bourbon and dry curacao. You can also order a Barman’s Choice and let the talented bartenders create a special concoction just for you. Of course, the food here is also fantastic, with lots of smaller plates that are perfect for sharing. Ask for a seat near the fireplace to really soak in the ambiance of this beautifully decorated restaurant and you’ll see just why Colt & Gray will be on your regular rotation very soon.

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Inga’s Alpine Lounge
5151 Leetsdale Dr
Denver, CO 80246
(720) 389-6203
www.ingasalpinelounge.com

If a classic ski lodge and a bar had a baby, it would be Inga’s Alpine Lounge. This cozy bar on Leetsdale Avenue is quickly becoming a neighborhood favorite, with its funky retro vibe, comfortable seating and large vintage fireplace. During the summer, you’ll love the large outdoor patio, but when the weather is cold, curl up by the fireplace and enjoy the ambiance of this quirky, fun neighborhood bar. Make sure to order one of the James Bond Cocktails like the Skyfall with Bombay Sapphire Gin, peach schnapps and blue curacao or the From Russia With Love Mule with Russian Standard Vodka, Goslings Ginger Beer and muddled lime. Once you visit Inga’s Alpine Lounge, you’ll fall in love with the warm décor and you may never want to leave.

Bull & Bush Brewery
4700 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246
(303) 759-0333
www.bullandbush.com

The Bull & Bush Brewery has been an iconic part of the Cherry Creek neighborhood since 1971. As the area grew around the cabin-like building, the bar itself remained, quickly becoming a local favorite and one of the best places in town to fill up on some incredible whiskies while you curl up in one of the plush, oversized chairs near the warm fireplace. In addition to the massive selection of whiskey (literally hundreds of them), Bull & Bush also has its own brewery, with lots of fantastic craft beers including several seasonal favorites. So check out the Bull & Bush on the next cold night in Denver, curl up by the fireplace and enjoy a drink or two with a few friends. You’ll learn very quickly why this bar has been so popular for more than 40 years.

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Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.