We don't know what "wassailing" is exactly, but we do know that it has something to do with drinking in the cold. Instead of doing so outside, bring your wassailing indoors and indulge in a little fireside food and drink. Here are the 9 best places to go.
The Hotel Tango fireplace would make one hell of a backdrop for an Old Spice commercial. It's made of huge, rounded boulders with steel doors that open on both sides. You're steps from delicious, house-made gin, rum, vodka and limoncello in their barrels. Even better, you're even fewer steps to HT bar that mixes their liquors into delicious (and hefty) craft cocktails. Bring your favorite friends, bring ya wife, but not your kids because this is a bar.
702 Virginia Ave., 653-1806, hoteltangowhiskey.com
Binkley's Kitchen and Bar
Choose a side! Any side! The restaurant is divided by the dual-sided fireplace, which means you have plenty of seating options within its warm glow. As far as food goes, expect American food with a really good selection for lunch. The dinner menu is absolutely enormous, with dressed-up versions of pulled pork sandwiches, a limited selection of pasta dishes and a mess of burgers.
5902 N. College Ave., 722-8888, binkleyskitchenandbar.com
Broad Ripple Brewpub
Nothing feels cozier than settling in near the fire at the Brewpub and tucking into some homemade stew and a plate of pub nachos. Craft beer fans recognize this place as the one that started the craft revolution over a decade ago. It's also a great place to get flavors from Mexico to Sub-Saharan Africa to pair with your pint, with an outstanding lineup of vegetarian food that isn't a salad served with a sneer.
842 E. 65th St., 253-2739, broadripplebrewpub.com
Probably my all-time favorite bar in the city, because it's tiny and so cozy and small that it doesn't even have a sign. The place is covered in polished wood, and all the tables are 80-lb monstrosities made of English Oak and iron. It's a bar for ladies and gentleman with a fireplace to match, and a cool and quiet vibe that makes it a great low-key date spot.
6331 Guilford Ave., 255-5159, cornerwinebar.com
Late Harvest Kitchen
That Ryan Nelson has easily one of the most beautiful restaurants in the city, including a sexy fireplace built into the dining room wall and an outdoor fireplace as well. It's a great spot to get a variety of smoke-enhanced meats, plus Southern-style small plates and starters. Jason Foust's cocktail program is also one of the best in the city, and easily the best of the Northside.
8605 River Crossing, 663-8063, lateharvestkitchen.com
You can't talk about fireplaces in Indy restaurants without talking about the magnificent fireplace at Meridian. Right down the street from NUVO HQ, Dean Sample is working magic with his take on farm-to-table dining, setting Meridian apart not only as one of best in the neighborhood, but also the city.
5694 N. Meridian St., 466-1111, meridianonmeridian.com
Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant
You know it well, and you love it. This old-style Italian restaurant lives in an old house, with homey charms like a foyer fireplace. It's easily one of the best places to take a date for a romantic evening. If you're lucky, it might still be warm enough to sit outside on the patio in their gorgeous private garden.
1031 E. 54th St., 259-9412, mamacarollas.com
Old Pro's Table
One of the most fun ways to spend a winter evening is taking turns shooting pool while huddling around OPT's fireplace. They're your standard-issue bar on the strip, but with a handful of pool tables and various mechanical measurers of the average drunk's strength and hand-eye coordination scattered around the bar. Go on a night when the beer is cheap and enjoy the simplicity of a bar that doesn't care what you think of it.
827 Broad Ripple Ave., 255-5417, oldprostable.com
This farm-to-table gem off of the Monon is easily identifiable by its matte black exterior and gorgeous fire pits filled with polished rocks lining the entrance. Even if you're not seated next to the fire pits, the glow through the windows still adds warmth to the clean, white interior. Build yourself a lunch or dinner made of Tyler Herald's thoughtful take on F-t-T and enjoy watching the joggers go by.
900 E. 64th St., 964-0865, publicgreensurbankitchen.com