Food & Drink

27 Boston Bars That Are Open on Christmas Day

Published On 12/16/2015 Published On 12/16/2015

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.

Silhouette Lounge

Silhouette Lounge

Even though the real Allston Christmas happened in September, the Silhouette still wishes you happy holidays with free popcorn and endless PBR.

The Draft Bar & Grille

You might run into your neighbors, but you don’t have to talk to them. You're all on the same page.

Common Ground Bar and Grill

A bacon bourbon Manhattan will make your Christmas both holly AND jolly.

Legal on the Mystic

Assembly Row
As oysters make terrible stocking stuffers, you should just head into Legal on the Mystic for a dozen to top off your day.

The Bar at Taj Boston

Back Bay
Congratulations, you just became the Sultan of Christmas.

Courtesy of The Colonnade Hotel

Brasserie JO

Back Bay
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.

The Pour House

Back Bay
It has 22oz frosted drafts. Best. Christmas. Ever. Courtesy of The Pour House.


Back Bay
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.

Beacon Hill Bistro

Beacon Hill
Go early and score the spot by the fireplace. Your warm toes will thank you.

The Abbey

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!

The Fireplace

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.

Chopps American Bar & Grill

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.

The Abbey

Like its sister restaurant in Brookline (also named The Abbey), Cambridge has enough beer and booze to make even the Grinch crack a smile.

The Cantab Lounge

Of course The Cantab is open. Of course.

Charlie’s Kitchen

Charlie’s always feels a bit like the Island of Misfit Toys, so… welcome home!

DruidPub Cambridge

The Druid

Nothing says “happy holidays” like a correctly poured Guinness.  

The People’s Republik

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.

The Black Rose

Faneuil Hall
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

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.

The Hawthorne

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.

BOKX 109

The chills will disappear fast once you settle into one of 24 single malts, or 28 other blends, whiskeys, and bourbons.

Outlook Kitchen + Bar

Seaport District
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.

TAMO Bistro + Bar

Seaport District
All you need to know is that these barrel-aged cocktails transcend any regular ol' Manhattan.

Legal Harborside

Seaport District
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.  

Olde Magoun’s Saloon

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.

Tremont 647

Tremont 647

South End
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.

The Playwright

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.

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1. Silhouette Lounge 200 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134 (Allston Brighton)

Free popcorn, pool & darts, $8 pitchers of 'Gansett or PBR, and a jukebox. Welcome to Silhouette Lounge, your go-to dive in Allston.

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2. The Draft Bar & Grille 34 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134

This is a beloved neighborhood bar where you and your neighbors have probably run into each other.

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3. Common Ground Bar & Grill 83 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134 (Allston Brighton)

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?).

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4. Legal on the Mystic 301 Great River Rd, Somerville, MA 02145 (Somerville)

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.

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5. Taj Boston 15 Arlington St, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)

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.

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6. Brasserie Jo 120 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)

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.

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8. Whiskey's 885 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

There are 11 different margaritas here. You obviously need to try them all.

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9. Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro 25 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114 (Beacon Hill)

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.

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10. The Fireplace 1634 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445

This seasonal New England hot spot is one of our favorite bars in Boston.

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11. Chopps American Bar and Grill One Burlington Mall Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

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.

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12. Cantab Lounge 738 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 (East Cambridge)

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.

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13. Charlie's Kitchen 10 Eliot St, Cambridge, MA 02138 (West Cambridge)

Charlie's Kitchen is the place to go for American eats, an awesome outdoor space, and killer waffle fries.

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14. The Druid 1357 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Inman Square)

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.

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15. People's Republik 878 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Central Square)

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.

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16. Black Rose 160 State St, Boston, MA 02109

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.

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17. Eastern Standard 528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215 (Fenway Kenmore)

A Comm Ave restaurant with the appearance of a swanky 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. The upscale menu touts a winding wine list, a raw bar, seared fishes, steaks, and house-made pasta while the matching interior flaunts a polished mahogany and red velvet motif.

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18. The Hawthorne 500A Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215 (Fenway Kenmore)

You'll want to dress to impress at this refined lounge tucked underneath the Hotel Commonwealth, where nationally acclaimed co-owner and bar director Jackson Cannon has built an experience that revolves around thoughtfully crafted cocktails, similar to his beloved sister establishment, Eastern Standard. Warm and comfortable with low tables and plenty of armchairs, drinking at The Hawthorne is almost like sitting in someone’s living room, except you're sipping on exceptional drinks like the Air Mail (a champagne cocktail with white rum, honey, lime and bitters) and small bites like deviled eggs with crispy prosciutto, pickled anchovy, and chorizo toast.

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19. BOKX 109's Glenlivet Scotch Dinner 399 Grove St, Newton, MA 02466 (Newton)

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

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20. Outlook Kitchen and Bar 70 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA 02210 (Fort Point Channel)

Be sure to try the 10-grain pancakes, Lobster Bene, egg-topped oatmeal, and a BLT twist with egg.

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21. TAMO Bistro & Bar 1 Seaport Ln, Boston, MA 02210

Their barrel-aged cocktails are delicious and you need one right now.

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22. Legal Sea Foods Harborside 270 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210 (South Boston)

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.

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23. Olde Magoun's Saloon 518 Medford St, Somerville, MA 02145 (Somerville)

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.

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24. Tremont 647 647 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118 (South End)

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.

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25. Playwright 658 E Broadway, Boston, MA 02127 (South Boston)

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.

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26. The Abbey 1755 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140 (North Cambridge)

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.