30 Bars in Europe to Visit This Winter


Glühwein Hüsli by Samirluther

The picture above probably makes you think of the following things: cold, snow, wind, warm wine, fireplaces, cozy and so on. To save you from winter depression we’ve listed 30 of our locals’ favorite winter bars. So grab your scarf, mittens and friends and go out to chase away the winter cold!

1. Café de Wetering – Amsterdam

Café de Wetering, Amsterdam (by Martin Sollmann)

Café de Wetering in Amsterdam fits the bill perfectly with its fireplace! Cozy on up next to it with friends or a loved one, drinking your favorite drink!

2. Bar Leon – Antwerp

Bar Leon, Antwerp (by Igor Daems)

Bar Leon, Antwerp (by Igor Daems)

Bar Leon is a small and cozy place where you will feel safe from the winter weather outside. Their homemade ginger tea is a highly recommended!

3. Parallilo 33 – Athens

Parallilo 33, Athens (by Margarita Kalogeropoulou)

Parallilo 33, Athens (by Margarita Kalogeropoulou)

What makes Paralillo 33 perfect for winter is because you are in an old house reformed into a bar! With rooms and stuff. Once you are in, you will forget about the weather. You will miss your pajamas!

4. Ginger, Barcelona


Ginger, Barcelona (by AC Uribe)

The fiery cocktails in Barcelona at Ginger will certainly warm you up on the inside!

5. Kuplung – Budapest

Kuplung, Budapest (by Miklos Zsamboki)

Kuplung, Budapest (by Miklos Zsamboki)

Kuplung in Budapest is a great and cheery beer garden still open for business in winter. It’s warm and cozy, but still outside.

6.  Familija Bistro, Belgrade

Familija bistro, Belgrade (by Vesna Radovanovic)

Familija bistro, Belgrade (by Vesna Radovanovic)

Another Belgrade Spotter, Vesna, highly recommends Familija Bistro with its heated winter garden for people watching and warm drinks!

7. Mappamundo – Brussels


Mappamundo, Brussels (by Renata Riva)

Mappamundo will warm you up with its heated terrace in winter on the famous-for-beer square St. Gery.

8. Café Goldmund – Cologne

Café Goldmund, Cologne ( by Judith Salamon)

Café Goldmund, Cologne ( by Judith Salamon)

If you are looking for a cosy and warm place in Cologne, check out Café Goldmund. It is not only a cafe but a literature place and a restaurant waiting to warm you up!

9. The Jane – Copenhagen


The Jane, Copenhagen (by Elina Roivainen)

The Jane is a cocktail of several ingredients, making it a perfect spot for a winter night. There are cocktails for relaxing in the Mad Men styled bar, a dance floor for dancing, and yes…there’s also a fireplace!

10. The Schoolhouse – Dublin


The Schoolhouse, Dublin (by Claudia M. Rodriguez)

The Schoolhouse is a real locals’ favorite according to Spotter Claudia Rodriguez. And you guessed it…in winter there’s a fireplace!

11. Cloisters – Edinburgh

Cloisters, Edinburgh ( by Stu Anderson)

Cloisters, Edinburgh ( by Stu Anderson)

Spotter Stu Anderson loves spendind his winter days at Cloisters: “There’s a lovely homey atmosphere which warms you up, this is particularly great in the winter months”

12. Het trappistenhuis – Ghent

Het trappistenhuis, Ghent (by Julie Lenssens)

Het trappistenhuis, Ghent (by Julie Lenssens)

“During winter the fireplace  at Het trappistenhuis gives the bar a very cozy atmosphere and this makes it the perfect location to warm yourself up when you are freezing cold” 

13. The Left Bank – Glasgow

The Left Bank, Glasgow (by Neil Robertson)

The Left Bank, Glasgow (by Neil Robertson)

Freezing in Glasgow? Grab a Chili plate (no better place than The Left Bank for it!) and you will see how your body gets warm. Okay, it’s because of the spicy food but anyway it warms you up!

14. Święta Krowa – Krakow

Święta Krowa, Krakow (by Małgorzata Stypka)

Święta Krowa, Krakow (by Małgorzata Stypka)

Hidden in the basement of one of the tenant buildings, this places has a great drink selection (Many of them only to be found in Święta Krowa). On winter season, Spotter Małgorzata Stypka recommends you to try Ciepła Krowa (Warm Cow) and the classic mulled wine.

15. Cafe Kolaž – Ljubljana

Cafe Kolaž, Ljubljana (by Miha Poredoš)

Cafe Kolaž, Ljubljana (by Miha Poredoš)

“In winter, when the frost sets in, you may grab a cup of mulled wine, apple punch or hot chocolate and relax sitting in vintage chairs, eyeing the photo exhibition on the walls or listening to the concert or debate about life, gender, sexuality, politics and literature” at Cafe Kolaž.

16. St Christopher’s Place – London

St Christopher’s Place, London (by Patrik Bergstrand)

St Christopher’s Place, London (by Patrik Bergstrand)

St Christopher’s Place keeps you warm even when you are outside. Thanks to its patio heating you can enjoy your hot drink while watching people walk in front of you.

17. Coccio Birreria – Milan 


Coccio Birreria, Milan (by Audrey Smith)

Like the Library Bar in Dublin, Coccio Birreria in Milan is a great alternative to your own living room! Local Audrey: “[…] in winter it is particularly cosy inside, with comfy chairs and quirky furniture.”

18. Kafe Asylet – Oslo 


Kafe Asylet, Oslo (by Andrea Chirulescu)

Andrea Chirulescu: “The inside of the bar (Kafe Asylet) is best suitable for winter days I’d say. That’s because of the lovely fireplace where there’s always a piece of wood burning making it smell like winter. One can find both tables for two, since a fireplace on the background can be quite the perfect setting for romance”

19.The Traveller Caffé – Porto

The Traveller Caffé, Porto (by Marta Macedo)

The Traveller Caffé, Porto (by Marta Macedo)

During a rainy, cold, winter day in Porto grab a thick hot chocolate at The Traveller Caffé!

20. Bergs Bazaar – Riga


Bergs Bazaar, Riga (by Martins Veidemanis)

Bergs Bazaar is not one bar. It’s a place where many bars and restaurants are situated. So it’s a perfect location for you to find that specific bar for a ‘warm’ night out. “It is always clean and a very romantic place for an evening walk when the lights are turned on, even when the snow is dropping slowly in cold wintertime.”

21. Cafè Cafè – Rome

Cafè Cafè, Rome ( by Ivan Marra)

Cafè Cafè, Rome ( by Ivan Marra)

Located close by The Colosseum is still a hidden gem to discover. Cafè Cafè is a cosy place furnished with old style wood tables and chairs, where you can enjoy a very cheap, tasty and hot cup of tea!

22. Sijf – Rotterdam

Sijf, Rotterdam (by Martijn Hordijk)

Sijf, Rotterdam (by Martijn Hordijk)

Because of the location in the centre of Rotterdam, Sijf is the perfect place to say hello to the weekends, even the very cold weekends. Warm interior, warm meals, warm drinks!

 23. Kopen bar – Saint Petersburg

Kopen bar, Saint Petersburg (by Dmitry Privalovich)

Kopen bar, Saint Petersburg (by Dmitry Privalovich)

What we love more about Kopen bar is its cozy atmosphere of a family place! Homemade food and mulled wine are the best formula against low temperatures!

24. Cafe Bar “Film” – Sarajevo

Cafe Bar Film, Sarajevo (by Admir Mujkić)

Cafe Bar Film, Sarajevo (by Admir Mujkić)

Sarajevo Spotter by Zina Serdarević writes: “Considering the indoor area of “Film” is pretty small, everybody cozies up inside during the colder months and enjoys a cup of tea or mulled wine, while watching a movie or a football game. Suddenly, the winter does not feel as cold”.

25. Ljubov – Skopje

Ljubov, Skopje (by Bojana Trajkovska)

Ljubov, Skopje (by Bojana Trajkovska)

Ljubov literally means “that crazy little thing called love” and what is better than love to keep you warm during winter days?

26. A:part:mental – Sofia

A:part:mental, Sofia (by Denica Todorova)

A:part:mental, Sofia (by Denica Todorova)

The decor and atmosphere at A:part:mental are the perfect setting for a wintery afternoon with friends!

27. East – Stockholm 


East, Stockholm (by Vasco Castro)

Vasco Castro on East: “But East used to be almost my second home for another very important reason: it has an extraordinarily large mix of people for a place lying in the heart of Stureplan. It results in a bar in which one can just start talking with the person nearby. […] everyone tends to gather outside even under the winter time as the heaters are turned on.”

28. Frank – Tallinn

Frank, Tallinn (by Diana Pashkovich)

Frank, Tallinn (by Diana Pashkovich)

In two sentences Spotter Diana Pashkovich explains why Frank is a great place to visit in Winter.“Simple but beautiful furniture, sophisticated and warm atmosphere coupled with an American style menu with a twist results in an enjoyable experience”.

29. Hotel am Brillantengrund – Vienna

Hotel am Brillantengrund, Vienna (by Linda Nepicks)

Hotel am Brillantengrund, Vienna (by Linda Nepicks)

Vienna Spotter Linda: “In winter: enjoy the simple garage-like bar or the weird “old-school meets modern art” restaurant at Hotel am Brillantengrund. See artists and neighbors dropping by and contemplate why this place is literally called brilliant estate/diamond place”.

30. Secret Life Café – Warsaw

Secret Life Café, Warsaw (by Irad Ben Isaak)

Secret Life Café, Warsaw (by Irad Ben Isaak)

On a cold winter day at Secret Life Café, Spotter Mariusz Kałczewiak recommends you to taste their grzaniec, which in Poland signifies hot beer or wine served with spices and a slice of orange. Very tasty, very warm!

This last spot also concludes this top 30 of spots to warm your heart in the the cold, dark and dreary winter months.

How do you keep warm on a winter city trip? Let us know in the comments!

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