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Top 5 Spots to Sip Fireside Cocktails

By Rebecca Torchia


From the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown to Hotel Monaco’s new hotspot, cooler temps mean cozier cocktails.
The warm and elegant cocktail lounge at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown
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1. The Living Room, Ritz-Carlton
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Select a seat at a table or one close to the hearth on a couch. This cozy indoor space will keep you warm while you savor a cocktail with complimentary s’mores in the evening. 3100 South St. NW, 202.912.4100,

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2. Dirty Habit, Hotel Monaco
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This classy venue promises to be addictive, with dark opulent decor inside and a patio boasting dramatic fire features to keep guests warm in chilly evening air. The only smoke is in the name of the bar’s Smoke Signals cocktail—made with rye, oloroso, lapsang souchong, maple and nutty bitters. 555 Eighth St., NW, 202.783.6060,

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3. L’Auberge Chez François
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With French cocktail names that roll of the tongue including Le Tournesol du Brésil (The Brazilian Sunflower, cachaça, St. Germain elderflower liqueur and lime) guests can learn the language of love while enjoying the romantic wood-burning fire. 332 Springvale Road, Great Falls, Va., 703.759.3800,

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4. Bourbon Steak, Four Seasons
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 The outdoor patio comforts guests with heat lamps, fire pits and blankets. To warm yourself from the inside out, try a Hot Toddy—drambuie, black tea, cinnamon, fresh lemon and fresh orange—served with your choice of Barr Hill gin, Jameson, Bulleit Hennessy or Avion Resposado tequila. 2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, 202.944.2026,

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5. Iron Gate Restaurant
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Enjoy one of the most romantic patio spots in the city, complete with strings of lights entwined through the vines and ironwork overhead. Relish the warmth of the fire pits as you sip cocktails from the extensive menu selection. 1734 N St., NW, 202.524.5202,