Around this time of year we tend to migrate towards anything that provides comfort. The chill in the air calls for cosy sweaters, hearty meals and big, bold red wines. And to complete the perfect winter night ambience a fireplace is of course a huge bonus. Unfortunately that is not a luxury that most of us condo residing folk can enjoy but lucky for us, Toronto is home to some of cosiest restaurants complete with that fireside experience. If you’re looking to cosy up with someone special or just need some place to warm up after an exhausting day of Christmas shopping, View the Vibe has got you covered… naturally.
Auberge du Pommier: 4150 Yonge Street
‘The jewel of the Oliver and Bonacini crown’ has been serving yummy French eats since 1987. Their wood burning fireplaces (yup, they have more than one) make this the perfect place to get your romance on. It isn’t the most affordable place in town but definitely worth it if you deserve to treat yourself or someone worth the investment.
Ceili Cottage: 1301 Queen St. East
This quaint Irish pub is one of those rare establishments that is built for all seasons. In the colder months the large patio is converted into a ‘yurt’, a large tent-like construction lined in sheets wool where you can kick it cottage style and warm up by the fire pit with a good whiskey.
The Victory Café: 581 Markham Street
This cosy café is located on one of my favourite Toronto streets, Markham Street. Small nooks and crannies make for the perfect spot to snuggle with a buddy and the fire by the door acts as a badass bouncer to keep out the cold.
C’est What: 67 Front St. East
Conveniently located close to St. Lawrence market this is the perfect excuse for a post-shopping tipple. Cushy fireside chairs and a big old beer list will take the edge off a busy day.
The Brazen Head: 165 East Liberty Street
Residents and visitors of Liberty Village can get cosy by the gas fireplace with a pint of Guinness and some hearty Irish grub.
The Caledonian: 856 College Street
This authentic Scottish pub and restaurant has their fireplace in a room aptly named the ‘Burns Room’. With Scottish comfort food dominating the menu and an award winning whiskey list totalling over 150 malts and blends, you’ll be highland dancing your way out of this joint with a warm glow.
Against the Grain: 25 Dockside Drive
Who says you can’t enjoy the waterfront in the winter time? These guys are known for their expansive patio right on Queen’s Quay but you can swing on by here during the less popular season and park your butt in front of one of their fireplaces.
The Roof Lounge at the Hyatt Hotel: 4 Avenue Road
This sexy secret is 18 floors above fancy Yorkville and boasts a beautiful fireplace with panoramic views of the city. Suede and leather finishes make this the ideal spot if you want to unleash your celebrity diva side.