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Curl Up by the Fire at These Ten Denver Bars and Restaurants

The Matador's indoor fire pit is not to be trifled with.
The Matador's indoor fire pit is not to be trifled with. Matador Denver
Looking for that cozy cabin vibe (but minus the snowy drive into the mountains)? These ten Denver spots offer setups perfect for snuggling up, staying warm and fanning the flames of romance by the fire.

Bar Red
437 West Colfax Avenue
303-573-0223

A snug hideout on one a busy stretch of Colfax, Bar Red is a no-fuss Italian joint reminiscent of a low-key speakeasy (but minus the complicated password). Grab a couch on the lower level by the fireplace and enjoy a cocktail, a bowl of pancetta jalapeño mac and cheese and maybe even live music.

click to enlarge The venerable Bull & Bush has a cozy den complete with fireplace. - JONATHAN SHIKES
The venerable Bull & Bush has a cozy den complete with fireplace.
Jonathan Shikes
Bull & Bush Brewery
4700 Cherry Creek South Drive
303-759-0333

With an emphasis on both craft beer and whiskey, the Bull & Bush is an alpine version of a proper British pub (the owners modeled this Glendale staple after a watering hole outside London). Grab a glass of your preferred vice and settle in on one of the overstuffed leather couches next to the brick fireplace.

Cherry Cricket (Downtown Denver)
2220 Blake Street
303-297-3644

The original Cherry Cricket (a laid-back legend in Cherry Creek) has nearly eight decades of service under its belt, but the brand-new LoDo location has something special, too: an impressive fireplace in the corner. Warm your post-game chills with a seat by the fire and one of Denver’s most beloved burgers.


click to enlarge MARK MANGER
Mark Manger
Colt & Gray
1553 Platte Street
303-477-1447

Wrought-iron chandeliers and a notably chic cocktail menu set the stage at Colt & Gray, one of the coziest (and swankiest) restaurants in Denver. With high-back leather chairs and an elegant fireplace setup (complete with mounted antlers), this date-night spot oozes upscale rustic charm.

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Epic Brewing
Epic Brewing Company
3001 Walnut Street
720-539-7410

We’re willing to bet that no one hears “reimagined RiNo warehouse” and thinks that it might be a cozy spot to post up for the night. But Epic Brewing’s Walnut Street taproom blazes through that misconception with its large freestanding fireplace. Craft-lovin' locals and tourists can warm up by the fire with a pint and food-truck fare.


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