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Fireside Buzz: 7 Bars That'll Warm You Up

Photography by Aubrie Pick

Have a sip of your favorite cocktail and stay warm at the same time at these cozy watering holes:

Swig, 561 Geary St., (415) 931-7292
Unlike most, the fireplace at Swig actually has plenty of seating around it. Order a glass of Scotch from the huge selection, and get in and out before the DJs arrive.

Lion Pub, 2062 Divisadero St., (415) 567-6565
In this low-lit bar, relax with helpings of their daily spread of cheese and crackers and a cocktail (made with fresh-squeezed juices) by the roaring fire after a long day at the office.

Zeki's Bar, 1319 California St., (415) 928-0677
Newly remodeled, this dive has been reborn with a more upscale vibe, but the the two fireplaces are still intact. Gather 'round and thaw out while watching a sports game or two.

Riptide, 3639 Taraval St., (415) 681-8433
This homey spot on the cold edge of town has friendly bartenders and lots of music to go with your fireside beer. Wednesdays are made for avid surfers, when they show surf movies all night long.

Homestead, 2301 Folsom St., (415) 282-4663
Also perfect for renting a private room in, this corner watering hole beckons for a fireside game of cards and multiple bags of peanuts to make the hot toddies go down easy.

Sugar Cafe, 679 Sutter St., (415) 441-5678
A giant fireplace that heats half the room, Sugar Cafe is a cool place to chill and watch movies projected on walls, get some work done, sip cheap-all-day ($3!) cocktails and munch on truffle fries.

St. Regis Lobby Bar, 125 3rd St., (415) 284-4000
If you're looking for a swanky after-work meeting place or a classy date spot, drop by this bar, where the high-design fireplace really heats things up. Snack on wasabi peas, try several of their killer cocktails made with the freshest ingredients. Sink into one of their comfy chairs and you won't want to leave.

500 Club, 500 Guerrero St., (415) 861-2500

A Mission mainstay, come here for one of the best jukeboxes in town, drinks heavy on the hooch and of course, the warmth of the fireplace. While you're at it, grab a french dip sandwich from Clare's Deli next door–they'll deliver it right to your bar stool!