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Snap, Crackle, Pop

Grab the whiskey, not the marshmallows. Fireplaces at L.A. bars light up your night

Photograph courtesy Petit Ermitage

The Churchill
It’s not wood burning, but the gas fire on the patio at this new 3rd Street favorite radiates plenty of warmth. Singles gravitate to the flame and mingle over warm cider. 

Mercato di Vetro
SBE’s new Italian venture hosts a late-night scene for young expense-account diners and drinkers alike. In a hidden private room called La Terza, a stately fireplace is surrounded by a wall of books—though we doubt you’ll be doing much reading. . 

Petit Ermitage
The quiet West Hollywood hotel is known for celebrity regulars, but its Private Rooftop Club has two gas fireplaces—one inside the Masters Lounge, the other outside (below)with views of the Pacific Design Center—that are ideal for sipping by.