The blustery wind and frigid temperatures can be awful, but enjoying a drink next to flickering flames is always delightful. As the cold sinks in, try one of these fresh options for fireplaces and fire pits.
The bar at Georgetown's Chez Billy Sud has a wood-burning fireplace and plenty of soul-warming French red wine. 1039 31st St. NW.
Rob Rubba's Shaw restaurant has added fire pits to its attractive patio. Cold-weather menu options have included skewers of Korean barbecue beef or black barbecue chicken for cooking over a tabletop grill, and a hot chocolate prepared with both green and yellow Chartreuse. 808 V St. NW.
Fire pits and blankets will help keep guests warm on Proof's revamped patio, but if that's not enough, cocktail guru Adam Bernbach has concocted a new hot buttered cider cocktail, which is served in a thermos. 775 G St. NW.
There are fire pits on the patio of this Logan Circle hotel bar, perfect for sitting around with a glass of wine or a well-crafted cocktail. 1430 Rhode Island Ave. NW.
Clarendon hotspot Spider Kelly's opened a new back patio over the summer, complete with two large gas fire pits and several overhead heaters. 3181 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.
The space formerly occupied by Chez Billy in Petworth, which now serves soup dumplings and Asian street food under the direction of chef Tim Ma, has two wood-burning fireplaces: one in the second-floor dining room, and another on the yet-to-open back patio. 3813 Georgia Ave. NW.
While the NoMa beer garden has added a tented heated “pavilion” for year-round drinking, hearty drinkers can sip their beers or wine outside by the wood-burning fire pit, weather-permitting. 1101 First St. NE.
This post has been updated. It was originally published on Dec 16, 2016.