Escape From the Cold After a Day of Winter Recreation at These 12 Cozy Adirondack Bars
After a long day of winter recreation in the Adirondacks what better way to warm up than at a cozy bar? Check out 12 Adirondack bars that pair perfectly with a day of skiing, snowmobiling, or snowshoeing.
Please note, photos are from prior to COVID-19 and do not reflect current social distancing guidelines with regards to spacing of bar stools and tables. Always confirm hours and specials with individual bars ahead of time.
Garnet Hill Lodge (North River, NY)
Editor's note 11/17/20 11:35am: The physical outdoor center building where the Bobcat Bar & Grill is located will not be open this year. Their Log House Restaurant is open, but is currently closed for lunch and dinner. It has a small bar, but the status of that for this season is not yet known.
Garnet Hill Lodge offers a win/win: an outdoor center that is a true snowsports haven with cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat tire biking, and the Bobcat Bar and Grill on the second floor of the center serves lunch, dinner, and drinks. We highly recommend making a mini adventure out of your visit and staying for a couple of days to get the full experience.
The Garrison Restaurant & Bar (Lake George, NY)
The wood paneling and rustic vibes make you feel like you're snug inside a heated cabin at The Garrison. Although, we can't promise you won't be tempted by a cold beer despite the weather outside! They always have local craft favorites on tap and a wide selection of mixed drinks as well. In late January/early February they typically set up an ice bar outside (if you can pull yourself away from the warm, inviting bar area).
The Garrison is less than 10 minutes away from Lake George Recreation Park, which offers 4 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails and 5 miles of multi-use trails. You can also snow tube at marked hills.
The Log Jam Restaurant (Lake George, NY)
Like its name suggests, the Log Jam Restaurant in Lake George looks similar to a log cabin on both the inside and the outside. There are three massive stone fireplaces in the large restaurant in addition to a cozy bar area. Warm up with their French onion soup or crabmeat stuffed mushrooms, both great small dishes to accompany a beverage.
The Log Jam is five minutes away from the Gurney Lane Recreation Area, which has trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Frederick's Restaurant & Lounge (Bolton Landing, NY)
Frederick's Restaurant & Lounge is known for their raw bar and live music on the patio in the summers during a typical year, but did you know they have more than one fireplace inside, and serve complementary soup during the winter? Additionally, the menu is filled with great winter comfort food options like chicken parmesan or a hot turkey sandwich.
The Pinnacle is a five-minute drive from Frederick's and has 1.5-mile trail that's accessible year-round. The short trail includes some steep climbs and a rewarding view at the top. Stop by Frederick's for your favorite beer or a hot meal after a vigorous winter hike or snowshoeing expedition!
The Inn at Erlowest (Lake George, NY)
The Inn at Erlowest is a turn-of-the-century castle in Lake George with a unique Library Bar that makes you want to curl up with a good book - and drink. This small bar area features a signature cocktail list, light fare, and a roaring fireplace.
The Inn at Erlowest is in northern Lake George, just minutes from Diamond Point where Rod Bender Charters is based. They offer guided ice fishing tours with all equipment provided, so if you've been meaning to cross that winter activity off your bucket list here's your chance. You'll definitely deserve a cocktail at the exquisite Inn at Erlowest after a day out on the frozen lake!
Morgan & Co. Restaurant (Glens Falls, NY)
While this restaurant is technically just outside of the Adirondack park, it's definitely worth the visit. Morgan & Co. in Glens Falls has a fine dining menu and an impressive drink list. Try their "Sex on a Snowbank" with Malibu rum and coconut milk for a cocktail with a wintry twist! There's a fireplace in the dining room, close to the bar area for extra ambience.
Morgan & Co is less than 15 minutes from West Mountain Ski Resort in Queensbury, where they offer downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and snow tubing.
The Gaslight of Lake George (Lake George, NY)
The Gaslight of Lake George joined the Canada Street scene in 2019 and has been a welcome addition to the many year-round restaurants and bars in the Lake George region. Although they are known for their craft beers don't discount the cocktails - reviewers describe them as "spot on," "really delightful," and "amazing." And when it's cold outside there's no better place to enjoy them than by a warm fire.
For a paired nearby winter activity we suggest Prospect Mountain. The trailhead is a five-minute drive from The Gaslight and is open to the public-year round. Just a note that this isn't an ideal hike for beginners in the winter as there are some steep sections, but if you're adequately prepared and it's on par with your skill level this is a rewarding adventure.
Big Moose Inn & Restaurant (Eagle Bay, NY)
Located along the shores of Big Moose Lake in Eagle Bay, the Big Moose Inn & Restaurant's tavern features a beautifully crafted wooden bar, and there's a large fireplace that keeps the building warm during winter. Try their blackened prime rib sandwich or one of their many soups along with your beverage! They offer a great variety of beers, wines, and cocktails.
You'll want to pop into this bar after a day of snowshoeing, as there are several snowshoeing trails close by. Number four at the link below is closest to the Big Moose Inn:
O.P. Frederick's (Chestertown, NY)
If you're a seafood lover, this is the cozy bar for you. Patrons love the Mediterranean scallops, pub battered fried haddock, and maple glazed salmon at O.P. Frederick's (although they have much more than seafood). Their bar area features a toasty wood stove, and their dining room has a fireplace. Fun fact: this restaurant was featured in the Showtime series Escape at Dannemora.
O.P. Frederick's location on Loon Lake in Chestertown makes it the perfect spot to visit after a day exploring the area with C+C Adirondack Snowmobile Tours.
The Toboggan Inn (Eagle Bay, NY)
Pull up a chair and stay awhile at the inviting Toboggan Inn in Eagle Bay, where you know it's a winterific bar to visit just by the name alone! Refuel here with a hearty steak or juicy burger - guests also love their fish fry, and they have a full bar with some great craft beers.
Cascade Lake Trail is less than five minutes from this cozy bar, which offers snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter. Although the 5.5-mile trail is not professionally groomed it's used enough that you can often find tracks, and there's a plowed parking area close by.
Lisa G's (Lake Placid, NY)
Lisa G's in Lake Placid is the place to go for locals and visitors to enjoy comfort food, great beer, and creative cocktails. While they don't have a fireplace, they do have homemade meatballs and some of the best calamari in the Adirondacks, along with a cozy seating area towards the front of the restaurant with oversized chairs and a couch.
This cozy Adirondack bar is minutes away from Mirror Lake, which is always a hotspot of activity during the winter with ice skating and ice hockey (just a note: ice fishing is not allowed on this lake).
The Long Horn Restaurant & Pub (Lake Luzerne, NY)
Mouthwatering wings and warm vibes are what you'll find at the Long Horn Restaurant & Pub in Lake Luzerne, where they typically have a 50-cent wing night each Wednesday and a roaring fireplace every winter. They also have a several house wines to choose from. This is considered a "snowmobile-friendly" bar; the South Warren Snowmobile Club has been known to meet here.