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The city’s recent cold snap provides at least one bright spot—the perfect excuse to hang out in front of a roaring fireplace for hours. Seek solace from the winter weather around the hearths at these five cozy haunts.

Where There’s Smoke: The Ritz-Carlton’s lobby features a roaring fireplace with its cocktails.

1. The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown
This historic brick building used to house Georgetown’s incinerator, so naturally a giant roaring wood fire is a centerpiece of the hotel’s industrial-yet-cozy lobby.

HOT TIP Show up at 6:30PM during the winter, when they pass complimentary French-toast s’mores, and bartenders offer up cocktails to match. 3100 South St. NW, 202.912.4100

2. Equinox
Chef Todd Gray was doing the locavore, farm-to-table thing before it was cool. In colder months, you’ll want to enjoy his Italian-meets-Virginian cooking within view of the modern, built-in fireplace that helps divide the two dining rooms.

HOT TIP Ask for table 40 or 24 to put yourself within arm’s reach of the flames (don’t worry, they’re enclosed in glass). 818 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.331.8118

3. Iron Gate
Dating to 1923, the Iron Gate is one of DC’s oldest restaurant spaces. It recently got a major renovation and reopened with a decorated chef that specializes in Greek and Southern Italian cooking. One thing that remains: the large fireplace at the center of the room.

HOT TIP Before you huddle next to the fire, stop for a drink at the bar in the 60-foot-long archway that leads to the dining room. 1734 N St. NW, 202.524.5202

4. Chez Billy
At this Petworth restaurant—listed on the National Register of Historic Places—you’ll want to gravitate toward the brick-lined, wood-burning fire on the second floor as you tuck into your boudin noir and mussels.

HOT TIP After dinner, head downstairs to the bar, where you’ll find clever cocktails—and another fireplace. 3815 Georgia Ave. NW, 202.506.2080

5. Poste
Barring another round of Polar Vortex insanity, the outdoor patio at Poste keeps its fire pits roaring in the winter. Stake out a seat—and snag one of the resto’s faux fur blankets for extra warmth—by the flames for a hot happy hour.

HOT TIP Still chilly? Order a booze-infused hot cocoa from bartender-turned-chef Dennis Marron’s curated cocktail list. 555 8th St. NW, 202.783.6060