Houston's Top 10 Bars to Warm Your Ass Up

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As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeehouse or live-music venue is fair game.

10. REMINGTON BAR AT THE ST. REGIS The plush, rich interiors of hotel bars are the perfect places to warm up on those frigid nights, and Remington Bar at St Regis is no exception. Its pretty little fireplace is the perfect place to warm your wintery bum up while sipping something fancy. If they make hot toddies, we'd like one for each hand.

1919 Briar Oaks Ln, 713-840-7600

9. SONOMA WINE BAR There's something great about hanging out in a wine bar by the fire, but only so many weeks in Houston where that sounds feasible. So take advantage of Sonoma while you still can -- no one wants to sip Pinot Noir by the fire in August, now do they?

801 Studewood, 713-864-9463, sonomahouston.com

8. NEXT DOOR BAR AND LOUNGE We've often sung Next Door Bar's praises, but this little Memorial hotspot is even hotter in the middle of winter -- and on the patio, no less. We hear the firepits out in the 'burbs are the hottest.

14714 Memorial, 281-493-0307, nextdoorbarandlounge.com

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7. RICHMOND ARMS Richmond Arms manages to keep us warm in the dead of winter with a massive fireplace that leaves plenty of room to share the warmth. Perhaps if you're nice and scoot over to make room, someone will buy you one of the zillion beers on draft. Warm bootys are the nicest bootys, you know.

5920 Richmond, 713-784-7722, richmondarmsonline.com

6. F BAR "F" stands for fancy and fire here. Houston's hottest gay bar takes on next-level status when you factor in the firepits on the huge patio. If pretty people can make fire even hotter, F Bar's are probably like touching the sun. Watch your fingers.

202 Tuam, 713-522-3227, fbarhouston.com

5. WXYZ AT ALOFT Perhaps you've never noticed the outdoor fireplace at WXYZ. Perhaps you should have. An outdoor fireplace -- need we say more? Your icicle-bum will thank us.

5415 Westheimer, 713-622-7010

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4. MONNALISA BAR Monnalisa Bar at Hotel Sorella is a great place to warm your ass up, because you don't even have to step outside to get a glow from the firepit. It's right inside the bar safe from the frigid temps, and close enough to the beer that you won't feel any of the heinous weather waiting just outside the doors.

800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy., 713-973-1600, hotelsorella-citycentre.com

3. BROOKLYN ATHLETIC CLUB Not only is Brooklyn Athletic Club a chic place to have drinks, even in the winter, it's got a covered patio and firepits. There's always the option to do a little healthy working out by way of bocce ball or croquet, but really now. Just relax your cold little rear into one of the comfy wicker chairs by the firepit and call it a day.

601 Richmond, 713-527-4440, thebrooklynathleticclub.com

2. BIG STAR BAR Big Star Bar's ridiculous firepit is almost as much of a draw as the well-rounded beer list, especially on a cold December night. You'll usually find a random group of Big Star patrons huddled around the pit, all warming their hands while downing ice-cold beers. It's a little winter wonderland, in a very Big Star sort of way.

1005 W 19th, 281-501-9560, bigstarbar.com

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1. CEDAR CREEK With a patio as large as Cedar Creek's, we'd expect there to be some sort of fire to warm your tush during the winter months. Cedar Creek's awesome firepits don't disappoint, making this outdoorsy little place in the Heights prime real estate for a few drinks and some sweet, sweet fire.

1034 W 20th, 713-808-9623


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