Toasty Toasts: NYC Bars with Fireplaces
by Alyssa Grossman, 12/19/2012
Courtesy, Art Bar
52 Eighth Ave., 212-727-0244, West Village, Manhattan
When setting foot inside this West Village hangout, it's best not to judge on first impressions. Early on weekend nights, crowds pack into booths lining the wall adjacent to the bar, where seasonal cocktails like the Ginger Coolcumber and Peachy Keen Soda are trumpeted on a chalkboard. Those in search of the crackling fireplace must weave through this scene, past a curtain and into the much quieter back room, where an assortment of cozy couches and wooden tables invite guests to stay a while. It's here that the art that gives the bar its name—including a modern interpretation of Da Vinci's Last Supper—lines the wall. You'll be defrosted from a winter's night on the town long before the last song plays on the digital jukebox.