Valentine's in the City
All Fired Up
No fireplace in your sixth-floor walkup? These bars provide all the comforts of the hearth.
 
BY E. J. SAMSON
 
Toasting (and getting toasty) at Keybar.
 

Cibar
The amber lights coupled with the working fireplace shed a warm glow on the elegantly curved bar, Victorian banquettes and marble tables. Try a martini from their extensive list of blends. In fact, try several—maybe by then your eyes will adjust to the hot pink paint job.
• 56 Irving Pl., between 17th and 18th Sts.; 212-460-5656; cibarlounge.com.

 

Hudson Library Bar
The Hudson Hotel's Library Bar has everything you need to survive the cold: the fireplace, chess and backgammon tables, and a nice set of wintertime liquors (Irish coffee, single-malts, Armagnacs). If you're not one to cuddle all night long, the hotel's celeb-spotting main club is steps away for your Page Six-worthy pleasure.
• Hudson Hotel, 356 W. 58th St., between Eighth and Ninth Aves.; 212-554-6317.

 

Keybar
The vibe is a little bit hipster and a little bit Euro, thanks to its location (East Village) and its owners (Swiss and Hungarian). If you come on a crowded night (Happy Hour is all day Mondays), the wood-burning fireplace combined with exposed brick and dim red lighting might have you feeling like you're in an oven.
• 432 E. 13th St., between First Ave. and Ave. A.; 212-478-3021; keybar.com.

 

Kili
It's not hard to see why Kili is often described as an urban ski lodge—in addition to the fireplace, the bar has snowflake-patterned windows, outdoor icicle lights and a relaxing vibe. It's a good thing you aren't actually coming from the slopes—despite the Aspen vibe, no hot drinks are served here.
• 81 Hoyt St., between Atlantic Ave. and State St., Boerum Hill, Brooklyn; 718-855-3574.

 

Telephone
Couldn't afford a European vacation this year? In addition to its fireplace lounge, this English bar and grill comes complete with British comfort food (think shepherd's pie and fish and chips) and pub-style pints of ale.
• 149 Second Ave., between 9th and 10th Sts; 212-529-5000; telebar.com.

 
 
Updated January 27, 2005