Sometimes, when Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, it takes more than a cocktail to warm up. Gather around the hearth to enjoy a meal, or have a spirited glass fireside. These restaurants are full of cozy ambiance:
You don’t have to exert yourself on the slopes to enjoy an apres-ski atmosphere. Nestled in the heart of Buckhead, Yebo Beach House is transformed into Yebo Ski Haus from December through February, with chic mountain resort décor. Think plush fur blankets, cushy pillows and an outdoor patio surrounded by live evergreen trees, twinkling lights, and heaters. Warm your tootsies around fire pits while sipping on their Ski Haus martini, and perhaps indulge in beer cheese fondue or gelato scoops fashioned into the cutest snowman with edible limbs.
Yebo Ski Haus. 111 W. Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. 404-869-1992, yebobeachhaus.com.
Drew Van Leuvan’s Seven Lamps is warming enough, with the scenes and scents of food cooked over wood-fueled flames. But, the patio also provides an option for al fresco sipping next to blazing fire pits. Match the smoky campfire scents and Buckhead skyline with beverage director Vinnie Dugan’s Fire in the Sky. A layering of tequila, lime, grapefruit, serrano pepper and a float of red wine is as pretty as it is warming.
Seven Lamps. 3400 Around Lenox Road, Atlanta. 404-467-8950, sevenlampsatl.com.
Warm yourself up just as the original residents did in the former 1860s farmhouse that is now Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails. The 150-year-old building adjoins a 1930s cottage that is now the bar. Enjoy a meal fireside, or sip on the aptly named By the Fireside, a heated mixture of Old Forester bourbon, lemon juice and boiled cider, with a dash of walnut bitters and dehydrated apple.
Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails. 800 Mayfield Road, Crabapple. 770-817-0161, miltonscuisine.com.
The upstairs lanai at Arnette’s Chop Shop is a great place to hang while waiting on your dining table. It’s also destinationworthy. The swank, modern open-air lounge has fancy fire pits next to which you can talk about your eventual steak or seafood tower. Arnette’s spirits list is sturdy. Why not go for a glass of rye or a single malt Scotch with a cube of ice?
Arnette’s Chop Shop. 2700 Apple Valley Road NE, Brookhaven. 404-969-0701, arnetteschopshop.com.
For a brush with nature without blustery weather, riverside restaurant Ray’s at Killer Creek brings the outside in. There is a 26-foot tree branch chandelier overhead in the main room, wooden floors, stacked stone, and warming fireplaces. It’s cozy in the style of an elegant lodge. Sipping on a barrel-aged Manhattan just feels right, but you also could go for their Solstice. The cocktail of vodka, raspberry liqueur, Aperol, orange liqueur and soda should pair nicely with the weekend’s winter solstice (Dec. 21).
Ray’s at Killer Creek. 1700 Mansell Road, Alpharetta. 770-649-0064, raysrestaurants.com.
Downtown Roswell restaurant Table & Main makes its home in a cozy restored homestead with a fireplace. It is lovely to look at, and dine around, but you can be seated near the outdoor fireplace for the real experience. Follow up chef Woody Back’s famous fried chicken or a bowl of rabbit and dumplings with a cup of Cabin Coffee. Bailey’s and maple bourbon, topped with whiskey whipped cream, make for an indulgent nightcap.
Table & Main. 1028 Canton St., Roswell. 678-869-5178, tableandmain.com.
It’s chic Provencal in style, but Tin Tin, on the Westside, also offers a laid-back patio with a serene white gas-burning fireplace. It’s a sunroom in which to linger with blankets, which are provided, should you want a little more luxury. Select a charcuterie board or foie-roasted oysters to match the space. The French-focused wine list beckons, but you can order cocktails, including those on the menu at adjoining sister restaurant Aix. We suggest Ad Explorata, an herbal and bright cocktail with a fizzy boost.
Tin Tin. 956 Brady Ave. NW, Atlanta. 770-838-3502, aixatl.com/winebar.
Old man winter won’t follow you into Aspens in east Cobb. The comfy design is reminiscent of a ski lodge in the Rockies, with a dining room centered around a vast fireplace. There are daily cocktail and specific martini specials, and the wine list includes 30 by the glass. Sip on a bold red from the California-focused list, paired with an appetizer of egg rolls filled with braised filet mignon.
Aspens. 2942 Shallowford Road, Marietta. 678-236-1400, sedgwickrestaurantgroup.com/aspens.
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