There’s something truly magical about dining outdoors with the cozy flames of a fire pit nearby. The quiet ambiance of nature punctuated by the soft crackle of fire is indeed a relaxing and romantic setting for any meal this time of year. Ready to experience it for yourself? Here are some of the hottest fire pits in Norfolk for some of the coolest evenings of the season.
Rooftop and waterfront views accompany this tabletop fire pit the whole group can huddle around. Don’t miss live music Wednesday through Sunday, happy hour Monday through Friday, and a Bloody Mary selection for Sunday brunch.
Nestled in the Railroad District alongside local favorite Toast is Perro Blanco, a cozy mezcal bar that will be your go-to stop for a variety of tasty cocktails. With 50 mescals and 40 tequilas in stock, you’ll have your fair share of fun, innovative cocktails to try. This auto-shop-turned-hidden-gem welcomes guests to enjoy homemade corn tortilla tacos that pair perfectly with a smoky mezcal margarita. Embrace the fall and winter seasons with tacos by the fire pit on their patio!
Four Eleven York
Picturesquely positioned in the Freemason District, Four Eleven York offers a modern and inviting atmosphere with quite an elevated dining experience and superior craft cocktails. Here, you can enjoy the lovely ambiance of the back patio (adorned with twinkle lights, no less) any time of year as their gorgeous fire pits will keep you toasty warm. Need an extra toast? Try ordering the Bartender’s Experience to have a cocktail designed in just your style.
COVA Brewing Co.
There’s plenty to love about COVA Brewing Co, whether you’re there for the brews (both coffee and beer), the live music, the calm, coastal atmosphere or the decadent fire pits. Why enjoy just one aspect when you can have them all in one place? COVA is a splendid spot to spend an afternoon sipping by the flames.
O’Connor Brewing Company
Colder temperatures are no excuse to skip out on the amazing outdoor space at O’Connor’s. A long time favorite brewery located in the heart of Norfolk’s Railroad District, O’Connor’s serves up incredible brews with a welcoming vibe and large outdoor beer garden that makes for a perfect afternoon hangout spot with friends and family.
Priding themselves on a fantastic, Virginia-proud selection of sandwiches, salads, soups and snacks, TASTE strives for that farm-to-table perfection. This café style restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is perfect for a quick pick-up on the way to your next destination. The restaurant’s pledge to high-quality food extends to the shelves of their retail store, highlighting local Virginia foods such as cheese, gourmet munchies, fine wine and beer. Toast your feet by the fire while you munch on their savory sandwiches and sip their aromatic coffee.
Hank’s Filling Station
Classic cocktails, plus an ever-rotating selection of beers and ciders, are best enjoyed at Hank’s Filling Station. This hip restaurant with backyard games is an ideal spot to chat by a large fire pit, order another round of Totchos or shishito peppers and try the newest beverage on tap.
With multiple fire pits throughout, Waterside District’s waterfront vibes stay cozy here in Norfolk. Grab dinner or just a drink, and soak up skyline views of our neighboring city Portsmouth.
The warmth from a fire pairs perfectly with Torch’s fried pimento cheese balls, served with a side of sriracha ranch. Pair your bites with a local beer, play a round of cornhole and enjoy the crackle of the fire.
Have you been to Mermaid Winery? When there’s a chill in the air, what’s better than an afternoon or evening spent by the fire with a bottle of wine for company? Mermaid Winery is Virginia’s first urban winery. Their menu includes 14 of their own varietals, along with 800 wines sourced from around the globe.
Overlooking Norfolk’s famous Granby Street sits one of the most beloved Italian restaurants in the city, Leone’s. Admire the views from above and then cozy up on their back patio next to the fire!