After you’ve made it through another eventful Christmas (can excited children just not yell ALL day, please?), it's time to buy yourself something you’ve always wanted: an adult beverage. Keep your yuletide spirit (or spirits) flowing after family time ends at these 27 Hub bars and restaurants open Christmas Day.
27 Boston Bars That Are Open on Christmas Day
Even though the real Allston Christmas happened in September, the Silhouette still wishes you happy holidays with free popcorn and endless PBR.
You might run into your neighbors, but you don’t have to talk to them. You're all on the same page.
A bacon bourbon Manhattan will make your Christmas both holly AND jolly.
As oysters make terrible stocking stuffers, you should just head into Legal on the Mystic for a dozen to top off your day.
Congratulations, you just became the Sultan of Christmas.
If you’re gonna class up your holiday, do it at Brasserie JO with a glass of French wine or one of its signature cocktails. We suggest the Ides of March with Maker's Mark, Aperol, blood orange syrup, and orange juice.
It has 22oz frosted drafts. Best. Christmas. Ever. Courtesy of The Pour House.
Whiskey's 32oz personal pitchers of light suds and 11 different margaritas are on the menu specifically to help you forget all about the dinner table mishaps.
Go early and score the spot by the fireplace. Your warm toes will thank you.
Let it snow as much as it wants (if it does at all this year); The Abbey has brown liquor… and lots of it. Bonus: Schlitz in bottles!
Once again, The Fireplace crew has pulled out all the stops with their New England winter-themed decorations and a special, mouthwatering menu just for the day. This is the one time a year that it's completely acceptable to have a raw bar tower delivered to the table.
Looking for well-crafted whiskey, rye, and bourbon? Chopps is your place with the Maker's Mark Manhattan, the Employees Only (rye, vermouth, and Grand Marnier), and the Knob Creek old fashioned.
Like its sister restaurant in Brookline (also named The Abbey), Cambridge has enough beer and booze to make even the Grinch crack a smile.
Of course The Cantab is open. Of course.
Charlie’s always feels a bit like the Island of Misfit Toys, so… welcome home!
Nothing says “happy holidays” like a correctly poured Guinness.
In the spirit of giving, buy your crew a round of Green Bastard shots, made with Stolichnaya, Midori, pineapple juice, orange juice, and a heavy-handed pour of regret. Repeat as necessary.
Regardless if you’re actually Irish or just pretending to be, The Black Rose opens its doors on Christmas for Emerald Isle good times and plenty of Jameson.
Eastern Standard has its own drink philosophy, and yours should be to catch a sleigh ride to this Kenmore stronghold. You might not know all of the ingredients in the cocktail you're drinking (what's a "hop tincture," anyway?), but it tastes so good that it doesn't matter.
Really treat yourself this Christmas with a finely tuned cocktail made just for you, served in a space that looks like the living room you can’t yet afford.
The chills will disappear fast once you settle into one of 24 single malts, or 28 other blends, whiskeys, and bourbons.
Outlook has been going full throttle since it opened, and the holidays aren’t going to stop this new kid on the block. You're gonna want the Common Habits, mixed with Boston’s own Wire Works gin.
All you need to know is that these barrel-aged cocktails transcend any regular ol' Manhattan.
Legal Harborside wants to warm your insides this holiday season with heater-uppers such as its Mexican coffee (Patron XO Café), Honey Apple Warmer (Bärenjäger honey liqueur, Laird’s AppleJack), and the tried-and-true hot toddy with exclusive LSF barrel-selected Eagle Rare 10 Year bourbon.
Forget that insurance company… like a good neighbor, Olde Magoun’s Saloon is there. It'll be open in the evening with its full menu in case mom burned the ham.
Festive drinks (looking at you, Crabapple, with your mix of cider and cranberry vodka) with pulled pork sammies is how they roll on Christmas at Tremont 647. So should you.
Endlessly debate the Pats playoff chances with or without McCourty while knocking back Bud Heavies.
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By night, Erik Christensen is freelance writer who hits the town on Christmas. By day, he’s an architect. And by the weekend, he’s a man in need of many naps.
1. Silhouette Lounge200 Brighton Ave, Boston
2. The Draft Bar & Grille34 Harvard Ave, Allston
3. Common Ground Bar & Grill83 Harvard Ave, Allston
4. Legal on the Mystic301 Great River Rd, Somerville
5. Taj Boston15 Arlington St, Boston
6. Brasserie Jo120 Huntington Ave, Boston
7. Pour House Bar & Grill907 Boylston St, Boston
8. Whiskey's885 Boylston St, Boston
9. Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro25 Charles St, Boston
10. The Fireplace1634 Beacon St, Brookline
11. Chopps American Bar and GrillOne Burlington Mall Rd, Burlington
12. Cantab Lounge738 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
13. Charlie's Kitchen10 Eliot St, Cambridge
14. The Druid1357 Cambridge St, Cambridge
15. People's Republik878 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
16. Black Rose160 State St, Boston
17. Eastern Standard528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston
18. The Hawthorne500A Commonwealth Ave, Boston
19. BOKX 109's Glenlivet Scotch Dinner399 Grove St, Newton
20. Outlook Kitchen and Bar70 Sleeper Street, Boston
21. TAMO Bistro & Bar1 Seaport Ln, Boston
22. Legal Sea Foods Harborside270 Northern Ave, Boston
23. Olde Magoun's Saloon518 Medford St, Somerville
24. Tremont 647647 Tremont St, Boston
25. Playwright658 E Broadway, Boston
26. The Abbey1755 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
Free popcorn, pool & darts, $8 pitchers of 'Gansett or PBR, and a jukebox. Welcome to Silhouette Lounge, your go-to dive in Allston.
This is a beloved neighborhood bar where you and your neighbors have probably run into each other.
A mere 12 bucks scores you not one, not two, not 60, but a full flight of four beer samples (from the likes of Slumbrew Happy Sol, Port Brewing High Tide Fresh Hop IPA, and Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale) plus a pint of your favorite brew, no questions asked (except maybe: which pint is your favorite brew?).
This bar-centric concept from Boston’s fish kings gets casual with shared plates, pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and tacos. Indulge in the pancetta-and-arugula-bedazzled White Clam Pizza, zesty Mesquite BBQ Ribs & Shrimp, and Blackened Swordfish Tacos with avocado and chipotle mayo. LOTM also boasts 15 new cocktails, such as the El Camino, sassed with Del Maguey Crema de Mezcal and Xocolatl Mole Bitters, and the diabolical Chartreuse Smash.
Much like its accommodations, the Taj Hotel chain doesn't skimp on luxury when it comes to food. Its Boston location offers quality American fare that can match any of the Hub's fine-dining spots, including a decadent brunch which features charcuterie, fresh pastas, a raw bar, and a roasted ribeye carving station.
Brasserie Jo brings traditional French fare to Back Bay, with classics like coq au vin, Tarte Flambée, and steak au poivre. And every brasserie worth its weight in butter must have excellent pommes frites. It’s a law or something. Brasserie Jo delivers with no-nonsense, simply-executed fries that complement every dish.
Their 22oz frosted drafts are what dreams are made of.
There are 11 different margaritas here. You obviously need to try them all.
Charles St is already postcard-level quaint, and BHB keeps the theme alive inside an appropriately dark and friendly den. The fireplace burns brightest next to the eight-seat bar, so grab a coveted high-back stool and settle in for some belly-warming fondue. Also on your to-do list: try one of the paradoxically named cocktails, such as the Whispering Viking.
This seasonal New England hot spot is one of our favorite bars in Boston.
This huge 245-seater is located in the Boston Marriott Burlington, serving up delicious all-natural steaks, fresh local seafood, and small plates like Maine Lobster Gratinée and Lamb Lollichopps.
Cantab Lounge is a Central Square dive with a country vibe. If the Tuesday bluegrass isn't your scene, come back on Wednesday for the Underground Poetry Slam.
Charlie's Kitchen is the place to go for American eats, an awesome outdoor space, and killer waffle fries.
Inman Square’s highly regarded, very authentic Irish pub offers a highly regarded, very authentic homage to this classic dish. Fresh cod and hand-cut fries take center stage in the Druid Fish & Chips, and then house tartar and the traditional “wrapped in newspaper” presentation steal the show. (Just like Ireland, except closer.) Suggested pairing: beer.
Located in Central Square, this dive bar boasts some impressive Soviet pride. Enjoy one of the 10+ burger options on their menu, while slugging a few locally brewed beers.
This super-old-school pub is chock-full of patriotic Irish swag, and features live music every single night. The food is on the pricier side, but it’s worth it to sit by a fireplace and devour some Guinness beef stew while your friends misguidedly sing “Sweet Caroline” for the 18th time. Besides, you can always drag them back in the morning for an Irish breakfast.
A Commonwealth Avenue eatery with the appearance of a boogie French bistro, the menu of a five-star Italian restaurant, and the attitude of a local pub, Eastern Standard is an unpretentious offering of the finer things in life. An upscale menu touts a winding wine list, a raw bar, fresh seared fishes, steaks, and house-made pasta dishes (and, surprisingly, a pretty dang delicious burger) while the matching interior flaunts it polished mahogany and red velvet motif.
This inaugural adventure from famed drink-slinger Jackson Cannon boasts creations like the bourbon, bitters and lemon Paper Plane and an espresso number made with Galliano Ristretto and chocolate called The Dickie B. Hawthorne also offers small bites like deviled eggs with crispy prosciutto, pickled anchovy & chorizo toast, and a roasted pepper/arugula steak salad. Dress to impress because the bar is located in the upscale Hotel Commonwealth in Boston’s Back Bay.
Get all classy-like with this six-course meal that pairs the appropriately aged single malt with dishes like a cranberry/apple chutney-topped smoked duck breast served w/ curly endive (Glenlivet 15); cabbage-cream covered and wood grilled Scottish salmon
Be sure to try the 10-grain pancakes, Lobster Bene, egg-topped oatmeal, and a BLT twist with egg.
Their barrel-aged cocktails are delicious and you need one right now.
The mother of all Legal Sea Foods, Legal Harborside is the upscale seafood chain's flagship restaurant on the Boston Waterfront. The 20,000sqft space takes over three floors, each with a different concept. The first floor is a nod to the restaurant's heritage as a casual all-day seafood market, complete with picnic tables and an oyster bar (up to 14 varieties of oysters are offered daily). On the second floor, a more formal dining room serves a sophisticated menu (you won't find any lobster rolls up here). Finally, overlooking the harbor on the third floor is a massive roof deck with wines by the glass, sushi, and small bites.
Olde Magoun's is a great spot to sit down and enjoy some hearty Irish and American pub fare in a friendly atmosphere. They will accommodate a liquid diet as well -- their draft list (full of craft beer) and craft spirits list (full of small batch bourbon) won't disappoint.
This South End eatery serves up American grub, with flair -- fried chicken with rosemary biscuits, fontina-stuffed tater tots, and a .5lb "Burger Daddy". Don't miss their epic brunch, which the staff serves in their PJs.
This popular South Boston sports bar and American resto features an oak bar that stretches from end to end, on which you can enjoy a nice collection of draughts, spirits, and fine wines.
With a list of 30+ Scotches and 70+ other deluxe spirits, The Abbey will easily coax you into trying some of their equally high-end cuisine (not that you needed any prodding). Get down on Lamb Lollipops and Bison Bolognese before you leave.