Winflow Osteria

There are bucket loads of exciting things to do in Austin, even in the winter. But when you're looking to get extra cozy, try out one of these winter warmers.

Looking to impress a date or just relax with friends? The upscale atmosphere at Jeffrey's always delivers. For a super-cozy gathering, head to the bar area to recline in one of the tufted, velvety chairs by the fireplace, and order a soul-warming concoction, like the Bobby Burns, a Black Grouse scotch cocktail that comes with a shortbread cookie.

Is there a better way to celebrate winter than to fill up on authentic, home-style Italian fare? The rustic, intimate dining room, hearty Italian dishes and brick fireplace at Winflo Osteria (pictured) are sure to warm you right up, but for an extra special experience, catch an event at the exclusive supper club on Thursday nights. Just look for the neon sign that says "Listen" under the bungalow that houses Winflo, and duck into the Listening Room, a candlelit, speakeasy-style space where you can enjoy a live music performance, a seasonal three-course menu and handcrafted cocktails.

If backyard parties are more your style, the laid-back vibe at Moontower Saloon is your ticket. Grab a PBR at the bar, and then venture outdoors to order some homemade grub at one of the food trailers. Stay warm in one of the Adirondack chairs by the fire pit, and let the live music on the outdoor stage provide the soundtrack.

Okay, so the fireplace at Volstead Lounge is faux, but the intimate quarters, gilded wallpaper and leather sofas provide a perfectly cozy spot for gathering with friends and sipping high-octane cocktails.

Ready to take date night up a notch? Plan an evening at Vino Vino, a low-lit restaurant and wine bar with a sleek interior, wooden accents and floor-to-ceiling wine racks. The 350-by-the-bottle selection gives oenophiles a chance to show of their wine know-how, while the outside to the patio, is a romantic spot for sipping under the night sky and twinkling lights by the blazing fireplace.

What Halcyon lacks in a fireplace, it makes up for in s'mores. Part café, part lounge, this grown-up version of a coffeehouse offers tableside s'more service and tasty cocktails (as well as a menu of coffee drinks), so you can roast marshmallows while sipping on a signature chocolate espresso martini, as live acoustic music plays.

Who knew staying warm could be so fun?

Photo courtesy Reagan Hackleman