(Photo via Rudy’s Facebook Page)

While the most sensible thing to do would be to stay in bed wrapped in ten blankets, work and other responsibilities beckon us from our warm cocoons. If you find yourself out in the tundra today, stop by one of these cafes and bars for a warm drink. Winter has begun.

Hot Chocolate

Fine & Raw

288 Seigel St

Warm your bones with their rich hot chocolate made with 70% dark single origin roasted chocolate that’s melted down and mixed with steamed milk.


49 Bogart St

The hot-chocolate mix that Swallow uses is from Brooklyn’s very own Chocolate Room, poured with steamed milk.


905 Seneca Ave

Ridgewood residents, look no further than Rudy’s Homemade Dark Hot Chocolate. It’s creamy and oh-so rich and will warm you up in second. Why not pick up a fudgy brownie, too?


Little Skips

941 Willoughby Ave

Stop by Little Skips for their Jake & Taylor, a latte sweetened with maple syrup. Imagine you’re in a log cabin Vermont with a roaring fire.

Fair Weather Bushwick

274 Wyckoff Ave

Turkish-born owners Shane Sener and Abru Brun serve a wickedly strong and syrupy Turkish coffee. Not for the faint of heart, but welcome treat on a dreary day.

Molasses Books

770 Hart St

Warm up with a cup of joe and a book at this favorite used bookstore. Too cold to leave? Stay for wine and beer during happy hour from 6-8 pm.


AP Cafe

420 Troutman St

Photo via @inayali

You’re likely to stop in this neighborhood favorite for coffee, but don’t pass up their small but amazing tea selection, including a tea infused with chocolate.


164 Wilson Ave

Bushwick’s only tea emporium always has a stellar variety of teas to sip at their shop or take home. Try the super-warming Yerba Mate or one of many other herbal teas.

Hot Toddies

Pearl’s Social & Billy Club

40 St. Nicholas Ave

Let’s be real here – pretty much any alcohol will warm you up. But on days like this where we need a little extra something, stop by Pearl’s for a hot toddy. Commiserate with bartender over shitty weather.


101 Wilson Ave

Miles does an excellent hot toddy made with Oolong whiskey, allspice dram, cinnamon honey syrup, and lemon & citrus bitters. Don’t miss their FREE mac n’ cheese on Mondays at happy hour (6-8 pm).

Heavy Woods

50 Wyckoff Ave

For minimal outside contact, just hop off the Jefferson stop and into Heavy Woods for their hot toddy. They keep things simple with Four Roses bourbon, lemon juice and honey syrup.