March 18, 2018

For the chilly chill.

March 18, 2018

For the chilly chill.

Karl the Fog has been making his presence very known lately, but that does not mean there aren’t ways to stay warm. You can of course decamp the city (may we suggest a Marin County oyster outing or Napa Valley road trip, should you so choose that route?), but that is not always an option, and sometimes you just do not want to have to leave to warm up.

Instead, stay put and fight the fog with fire — literally. These 29 restaurants and bars all have fireplaces that you can sit near while dining and drinking. So get out there and combat the cold by cozying up to a roaring restaurant fireplace, and perhaps even with a hot cocktail (or three). Here’s where to find the city’s warmest seats.

1 Barrel Head Brewhouse

Surround yourself with tanks and sit around the circular fireplace while enjoying some beer brewed on-site.

2 Belga

This Union Street Belgian brasserie’s fireplace is in its private dining room, but the restaurant will seat diners there

on nights it’s not being used, so call ahead to ensure toasty fireplace access.

3 Chambers eat + drink

This Tenderloin oasis boasts booze, brunch, dinner and late night eats, plus intimate low lighting and a roaring fire.

4 Driftwood

There’s a distinct castaway theme at Driftwood, and that includes lighting a fire to stay warm. Head to the back to find the cast iron fireplace, and play the vintage piano while you’re at it.

5 Fireside Bar

Fireside earns its name with an enormous, neon-shrouded fireplace that forms the centerpiece of this Inner Sunset bar and chases the fog away.

6 Fog Harbor Fish House

The charming patio entryway to Fog Harbor Fish House has a fireplace that’s on all day and night.

7 House of Prime Rib

There’s not one but two fireplaces at the House of Prime Rib to pair with your medium rare steak and Yorkshire pudding.

8 House Rules

Drop into this cozy Polk St. drinking establishment for shareable snacks like lobster sliders, beers, and cocktails by the fire.

9 Kezar Pub

Chilly sports fans can heat up with wings and the fireplace while watching the game.

10 Kitchen Istanbul

Tables sit right next to the fireplace in the back of this Turkish restaurant, so call ahead to ask to be seated nearby.

11 Maven

Snuggle up to Maven’s fireplace, which is tucked in the loungey upstairs corner, with any of the cocktail haven’s stellar drinks.

12 Pacific Catch

The Inner Sunset location of Pacific Catch has a fire pit (and heaters) in its outdoor patio, available for first-come, first-serve full-body warming.

13 Park Chalet Garden Restaurant

The massive brick fireplace anchors the room at the recently remodeled Park Chalet, where you can gather round and sip a cocktail underneath the glass roof that will either also warm you from above or provide a perfect storm-watching spot.

14 Park Chow

This Bay Area mini-chain serves up pure comfort with both its food and fireplace.


This Scandinavian restaurant in the back of the Inn at the Opera has a fireplace to stay warm by.

16 Spruce

Located in the front dining room (the “Library”), Spruce’s fireplace is available for regular seating unless there’s a private party. Just be sure to specify you’d like to sit near it.

17 Swank

Cozy may not be the best word for this fireplace, but (ahem) swank certainly is. Head here for a Mad Men-esque vibe.

18 Swig

Leather couches, exposed brick walls, serious drinks and and an impressive fireplace are all Swig’s calling cards, and that’s really enough reasons to go.

19 The Big 4

Huntington Hotel’s much-loved institution Big 4 has that classy, historic San Francisco feeling, and it earns extra charm points for its grand old-school fireplace.

20 The Grove

Fireplaces are part of every Grove location, but Fillmore’s hearth has that Western ski lodge flair to go along with your laptop lunch or casual dinner.

21 The Hogshead Reserve

Buried beneath The Barrel Room in FiDi, The Hogshead Reserve is a hidden bar beneath a bar that you need to walk to the back and head down the stairs behind the wall to your left to get into. Once you’re there, though, the living room-style space has a fireplace to relax at. Call ahead to be sure the space isn’t rented out for the evening.

22 The Homestead

Head to the back to find the Homestead’s cast iron stove, which casts a warm glow over the bar’s R-rated artwork and old-school charm.

23 The Little Shamrock

The Little Shamrock’s fireplace is lit any time there’s inclement weather, which is most days in the Inner Sunset. Cozy up with an Irish coffee and a board game for the perfect afternoon.

24 The St. Regis Lobby Bar

The bustling St. Regis lobby also has a 16-foot fireplace and champagne service, making it an ideal people-watching spot.

25 The Summer Place

You may no longer be allowed to smoke at The Summer Place, but the fire is still hot.

26 Twenty Five Lusk

Twenty Five Lusk’s sleek downstairs lounge area features orb fireplaces for a modern cabin feel.

27 Wayfare Tavern

Pair your fried chicken and popovers with a fireside seat at Tyler Florence’s FiDi tavern.

28 Wild Side West

Though founded as a lesbian-friendly establishment, Wild Side West draws all Bernal Heights residents for its saloon-like vibe, live music, fireplace and quirky garden out back.

29 Zeki’s Bar

Trivia, board games and two blazing fireplaces are all trademarks of Zeki’s, a favorite neighborhood bar that’s cozy, divey and dark.