Q Once it starts snowing, I always want to go to bars with fireplaces but they seem hard to find aside from fancy downtown hotel bars. Know of any? —Aidan E., Lakeview
A Primordially warm and womblike, the toasty, red-orange glow of Bungalow Loungebar (pictured, 1622 W Belmont Ave, 773-244-0400) calls out to laid-back Lakeviewers eager to cozy up by the ultra-mod fireplace, which seems straight out of a Frank Lloyd Wright pad. Midsize groups thaw out on the couches by the roomy hearth at The Grafton (4530 N Lincoln Ave, 773-271-9000), a lodgelike spot where you can nurse the Grafton Special, a potent combo of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, Irish cream, Frangelico, brown sugar and whipped cream. Of course, snagging the coveted fireplace spot is usually the hard part. But not at Moody’s Pub (5910 N Broadway, 773-275-2696), a bar whose dual fireplaces kick out enough heat that virtually anywhere you sit you’re guaranteed to be fireside. Moody’s even dedicated a section of its menu to warm drinks, earnestly referred to as “Fireside Fantasies.
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