There may not be snow blanketing the casinos on the Strip, but December and January in Las Vegas can be surprisingly chilly. When temperatures dip below 60 degrees in Las Vegas, wool hats and down jackets sprout up like strange winter flowers. Some people blame the 50 degree shivers on thin blood caused by living in a warm climate, while others chalk it up to dry air.
Whatever the cause is, the remedy can certainly be found at a Las Vegas restaurant with a fire crackling in the hearth—and a mug of hot cocoa with a healthy pour of Bailey’s doesn’t hurt either. When patio season becomes sweater season, here are five restaurants with fireplaces warm enough to chase away the Las Vegas winter blues.
A fireside steak fit for a cowboy
For those who yearn for the frontier days of Nevada, it’s comforting to know that a true western supper club exists among the palm trees of Las Vegas. Bob Taylor’s Ranch House serves hearty steaks including a 16-ounce filet mignon and a 32-ounce New York strip as well as chicken cordon bleu, scallops in chardonnay sauce and warm garlic cheese bread. On cold winter nights, a fire crackles in the fireplace and the restaurant feels like an old western outpost.
Bob Taylor's Ranch House, 6250 Rio Vista St.; 702-645-1399
A chilled martini beside a warm fireplace
The dim lighting and oversized leather armchairs at The Martini make for a warm winter hideaway where diners can relax by the fire and order another round of cocktails and a plate of spaghetti with kobe meatballs. The westside restaurant is best known for the eponymous drink served in classic fashion or in a speciaity variety. For the ultimate fireside cocktail, the Gimme S’More — a dessert martini made with marshmallow vodka, Godiva white chocolate liqueur and graham cracker — makes for an indulgent fireside companion.
The Martini, 1205 S. Fort Apache Road; 702-227-8464
A cozy night in vintage Vegas
A Las Vegas institution since 1972, the Peppermill Restaurant & Fireside Lounge is the perfect place to curl up in front of a fire alongside some true Vegas characters. The plush seats and glow from the fire lend an intimate feel to the neon lit lounge, and stiff drinks including a signature 64-ounce Scorpion make the evening even warmer. After a few cocktails, patrons can savor everything from omelets to pork tenderloin 24 hours a day.
Peppermill Restaurant & Fireside Lounge, 2985 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-735-7635
Pasta, wine and the glow of a fire
Just steps away from the otherworldly glow of Fremont Street, Chicago Joe’s offers an experience that feels closer to home. The intimate Italian restaurant serves hearty pasta favorites including chicken parmigiana, fettuccine alfredo and meat lasagna. With a glass of chianti by the fireplace, the setting feels just like a family meal.
Chicago Joe's, 820 S. Fourth St., 702-382-5637
Fireside hipster heaven
The back patio at Park on Fremont is too beautiful not to be enjoyed year-round. Fortunately, a large brick fireplace makes that possible on frosty winter evenings. Diners can settle in at a table beside the fire and order crispy Brussels sprouts with pink lady apples or fried eggplant and toasted peanuts in lettuce cups. Come winter, the East Fremont restaurant serves warm seasonal cocktails including upgraded Irish coffees and hot chocolate based drinks.
Park on Fremont, 506 Fremont St.; 702-834-3160