Food & Drink

16 Atlanta Bars Open on Christmas Day

Published On 12/17/2015 Published On 12/17/2015

So it’s Christmas Day, and you’re looking for an escape from the fam. Don’t worry -- there are plenty of spots that will happily cater to your lust for libations. This season, let us give thanks to them, and to the benevolent breweries that know how important adult beverages are, especially during the holidays.
 

BLT Steak

Downtown
Nothing makes the holidays better than winter-themed cocktails served alongside meat, meat, and more meat.

Cypress Street Pint and Plate

Cypress Street Pint & Plate

Midtown
They open at 6pm and will have a limited food menu -- but everyone knows a limited menu from here is better than a full menu from nearly everywhere else... especially when you think about their legendary Sublime Donut burger.

The Porter Beer Bar

The Porter Beer Bar

Little 5 Points
Can you think of a better place to spend Christmas than at one of the city’s best beer bars? We can’t either. Check them out from 5pm until whenever they feel like closing.

 

The Earl

The Earl

East Atlanta
This East Atlanta institution never fails to meet your need for awesome bar food and drinks -- do you think they’re gonna stop on Christmas? Hell no they’re not.

Diesel Filling Station

Diesel Filling Station

Virginia Highlands
Celebrate the holiday with killer food and drinks from one of the city’s best dive bars. Opening at 6pm, look out for Christmas specials and holiday movies playing on the TVs.
 

Corner Tavern

Little 5 Points, O4W, East Point
They boast 16 specialty beers on tap, eats including BBQ sliders, and best of all, heading there when it opens at 6pm will keep family members from corner-ing you about your love life back at home.

G’s Midton

G’s Midtown

Midtown
After all the stress of the holidays, time spent with a drink (including their selection of Christmas lights-colored drinks, or their 40-deep vodka passport menu) at this laid back Midtown hot spot is a fine way to relax.
 

The Highlander

Midtown
If you didn’t know that heavy metal and tater tots are the best way to celebrate Christmas, you will when you leave here. Hey, does Ozzy have a Christmas album? He should.

Einstein's

Einstein’s

Midtown  
If you want a little more class and substance with your Christmas drinking, head to Einstein’s. They’re offering a special prix fixe Christmas menu including a four-course dinner for only $40 per person with appetizer, salad, entree, and dessert. Plus all general booze you’d expect.
 

Pink Pony

Brookhaven
Sure, Santa slid down your chimney, but these girls slide down poles... so find your way there around 4pm and let a few drinks slide down your gullet.

Northside Tavern

Northside Tavern

Westside
Dim, dank, and divey -- Northside Tavern is so anti-Christmas it may actually be at its very best on Christmas. Although you’ll certainly get into the Christmas spirit when you discover that their prices enable you to buy a few rounds for everyone.
 

Hudson Grille

Midtown (& Other Locations)
Not only can you score great drink specials and ALL the sports at Husdon Grille, they’re also hosting a three-course all-you-can-eat ham and turkey dinner.

Brick Store Pub

Brick Store Pub

Decatur
When you hear folks say “It’s greater in Decatur,” they’re talking about Decatur’s best beer bar. You should really treat yourself to some of their draughts.
 

97 Estoria

Cabbagetown
You’ll find kindred spirits to share opinions on the year’s best music and best bad decisions.

Atkins Park

Atkins Park

The Highlands
An impressive beer and wine selection plus gourmet, Southern bar fare (fried chicken biscuits with cheddar cheese and maple syrup, son!) make for an impressive, albeit unconventional, Christmas feast.
 

Joe’s on Juniper

Midtown
Enjoy drinks on their dog-friendly patio (including their seasonal spiced rum or bourbon-infused eggnog). They’ll also be serving a traditional ham dinner that night complemented by an assortment of sides to soak up all that alcohol.
 
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1. BLT Steak 45 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Midtown)

Branded under the initials of its famed French chef/partner, who ran a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in France, the Atlanta location of Bistro Laurent Tourondel is one of eight in the continental US. It offers American wagyu, certified Black Angus, and USDA Prime cuts, all naturally aged, herbed, buttered, and seared in cast-iron pans. This branch is run by chef de cuisine Matt Ratcliffe, an ATL native who started here as a sous chef and now crafts menus based on his international cooking techniques. On, and it's got the added bonus of being open early, for when you absolutely must have steak before 11am.

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2. Cypress Street Pint & Plate 817 W Peachtree St NW, Ste E125, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Midtown)

Midtown's beloved beer emporium, Cypress's got awesome daily features like trivia Wednesdays and 1/2 off apps Friday.

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3. The Porter Beer Bar 1156 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Little 5 Points)

Grab a casual dinner & brew at The Porter Beer Bar in L5P, outfitted with comfy wooden booths and exposed bricks.

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4. The Earl 488 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (East Atlanta)

The rusty vintage signage lining the aged, peeling turquoise walls give this place in East Atlanta Village the dive-y old-school feel it's widely loved for. That and its impressive draft selection, which can only be paired with a classic lineup of bar food like burgers that take it up a notch with double patties and smatterings of guacamole, bbq sauce, or chili, and sandwiches piled high with corned beef, bacon, and tofu for the veggie-inclined. The taste of them might all but drown out the sounds of the live bands playing right behind you, they're that good.

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5. Diesel Filling Station 870 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Druid Hills)

If you've ever been disappointed about the lack of spots that let you chow down on burgers and show off your intellectual power, your blues will be long gone...as will your availability on Thursdays 'cause you'll be playing Dirty South Trivia while sipping on a craft brew. This VaHi spot offers nightly events that will challenge your brain while you punish it with one-too-many Sazeracs.

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6. Little 5 Corner Tavern 1174 Euclid Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Little 5 Points)

Carpetbaggers have been both feared and revered in American history, but perhaps none as much as The Carpetbagger at Little 5 Corner Tavern, which isn't an opportunistic person but a blue cheese-stuffed burger that's battered in PBR, deep-fried, then dipped in Buffalo sauce. If it sounds like it'll give you a heart attack, well, it might, but so will the alternative. The Tavernator takes a half-pound patty and tops it with ham, turkey, bacon, Cheddar, pepper jack, caramelized onions, BBQ sauce... and a fried egg. It's a mouthful, but it's why you're here.

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7. G's Midtown 219 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

Happy hour bacon cheeseburgers? Yes please. This friendly Midtown gastropub specializes in finger-food friendly bites and delicious brews.

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8. The Highlander 931 Monroe Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Midtown)

Whether you're looking for late-night eats or a late-night party, head to The Highlander in Midtown where they've got a patio, full game room (pool tables, air hockey, pinball, and more), delicious bar eats, and, of course, a full bar to keep you well hydrated.

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9. Einstein's 1077 Juniper St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

This eatery offers unique takes on Southern comfort classics. They have a patio and a very popular weekend brunch featuring $7.50 Bloody Marys as well as $2 Jim Beam, Jager, Cuervo Silver and Junior Johnson apple pie shorties.

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10. Pink Pony 1837 Corporate Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 (Brookhaven)

Pink Pony knows what guys want: a ton of inexpensive food AND scantily clad women. Stop by Pink Pony for some lovely ladies, plus wing and beer specials, or all-you-can-eat prime rib deals. Win-win.

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11. Northside Tavern 1058 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Home Park)

Since 1972, Northside Tavern has been plying the ATL with blues and booze. Inside the dive’s brick- and neon-adorned walls, this one-time gas station in Home Park offers nightly live music -- regional blues, jazz and roots genres included -- drink specials, and a convivial atmosphere. Play pool, eat wings, chicken tender boxes, hot dogs, burgers, or gyros, and drink cheap beers, any night of the week. And catch a round of tunes with Mudcat, the house band, always there to satisfy your blues-loving soul.

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12. Hudson Grille 942 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Brookhaven)

There are plenty of sports bars in Atlanta, and plenty of them claim to be the best. It’d be foolish to say that Hudson Grille is the number one sports bar in the the city, we’re far too diplomatic for that. But it is, however, hands down one of the best. Bros, eat your way through all the game day classics (chicken wings, chili-cheese tots, burgers, and dogs). Bros on a diet, dig into the "Lightweight" section of the menu with items like grilled lemon chicken and pan-seared salmon. At at least you can agree on one thing: there are enough beer and wine options on offer to last you an entire game.

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13. Brick Store Pub 125 E Court Sq, Decatur, GA 30030 (Decatur)

This Decatur gastropub is top notch, serving favorites like fish & chips and wurst, both of which you can wash down with high quality Belgian style ales and tripels.

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14. 97 Estoria 727 Wylie St SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (Cabbagetown)

At this dinky, dive-y bar on a quiet residential corner in Cabbagetown, the quirky, pop-culture-fueled events like movie nights, DJ sets, spelling bees, and costume contests draw an even quirkier crowd, just like the cheap bar bites like tender brisket tacos, reuben sandwiches, and turkey burgers. The dark lighting and minimal table space doesn't make for an ideal dining setting, but you'll scarf them down with your draft quick before the fun stuff starts anyway.

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15. Atkins Park Restaurant 794 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Virginia Highland)

Atkins Park is Atlanta's oldest continually-running restaurant (it began as a deli in 1922), and the figurative cornerstone of Virginia-Highland. Over the years, it has remained relevant and beloved by Atlantans, with culinary creature comforts that have, and will continue to, stand the test of time (like a bunch of different burgers, mostly). The beer selection on offer beats many of the newer, trendier places in the Va-Hi district. At Atkins Park, family-friendly dining and late-night drinking coexist, which is the mark of a true neighborhood destination.

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16. Joe's on Juniper 1049 Juniper St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

Open from 11am to 2am (and midnight on Sundays), Joe’s on Juniper is dedicated to serving the Midtown masses breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks every day of the week. It boasts a large patio, where you can enjoy bar food favorites like spinach dip, cobb salads, Buffalo wings, and burgers alongside a hefty list of beverages. Joe’s offers all-day drink specials, game nights, late-night dancing, and a jukebox that doesn’t quit.

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