Know what’s better than enjoying a before-or-after dinner cocktail in front of a roaring fire? Sipping that drink while sitting around an outdoor fire pit with fresh air and friends you haven’t met yet. These six restaurants with fire pits — some in really cold climes — allow you to warm your spirit while soaking up a bit of nature.
1606 Restaurant, Gloucester, Massachusetts
The fire pit at this seafood spot in the Beauport Hotel will keep you toasty while you drink in the intoxicating sunset water views. Try one of the 16 select craft beers on tap or the signature festive Cranberry Mule cocktail. An after-dinner cordial by the fire, beneath an inky black sky and winking stars, will also reel you in. Make a reservation at 1606 Restaurant.
Jimmy’s at The Landing Resort & Spa, South Lake Tahoe, California
Sink into a comfy couch or armchair next to the fire pit on the deck that overlooks the azure Lake Tahoe and sandy Lakeside Beach. Order the Greek Mojito, poured with ouzo, rum, mint, lemon, and ginger, and for dinner, a Mediterranean-inspired, wood-fired seafood dish sounds about right. Make a reservation at Jimmy’s at The Landing Resort & Spa.
The Tiller Restaurant at Cliff House, Cape Neddick, Maine
Before or after you tuck into a pot of Wild Maine mussels and a boiled Maine lobster dinner, sip an aperitif by the outdoor fire pit. Later, head back out with a warm-your-heart Irish coffee and listen to the crashing waves off Bald Head Cliff — nature’s music that you’ll want to add to Spotify playlist. Make a reservation at The Tiller Restaurant at Cliff House.
Tidal, San Diego, California
The glass-enclosed fire pit on the appealing patio is the perfect spot to kick back and sip a signature Magnificent Doll (tequila, peach, kiwi, lime, agave nectar, and a black Hawaiian salt rim) before digging into SoCal cuisine. Bonus: Impressive views of Mission Bay, thanks to the eatery’s location at Paradise Point Resort & Spa. Make a reservation at Tidal.