Food & Drink

15 Dallas Bars Open on Christmas Day

Published On 12/17/2015 Published On 12/17/2015
Andy Kryza/Thrillist

No matter how you spend your Christmas, you’ll likely find yourself with a bit of cabin fever a la Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Okay, maybe not that severe but you will want to get away from your family for a drink. But where ever shall you go? Surely nothing is open, right? Wrong. These 16 Dallas drinking establishments that will be open. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal!

The Libertine Bar

Libertine Bar

Greenville Ave
A proper dimly lit pub with an amazing selection of whiskey and beers. Doors open at 7pm, and on the off chance that you're still hungry, the kitchen will be in full swing. Resolutions are for 2016.

The Rustic

The doors open at 6pm and like ancient Spanish tales of the seven cities of gold, behind them reveal an array of shimmering local beers and an enormous patio. You’ve conquered Christmas now it’s time to pillage on beers and the featured special, homemade tamales. Enjoy my friends!  

Bowen House

This bar is as beautiful as the drinks they craft and lucky for you it’s open. Take a seat by the crackling fireplace and procure one of their talented bartenders to concoct a drink tailored just to you. Even if you didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas you are surely to get what you want here.

The Old Monk

This cozy pub is a Dallas staple and great anytime but especially when it’s actually open on Christmas Day. Gather around one of their many large wooden tables friends, order a few pints and talk about how much you love being around your family (or not).

The Balcony Club

This is the kind of place Humphrey Bogart would’ve enjoyed after Christmas festivities. It’s located just above the old Lakewood Theater (hence the name Balcony Club), and it’s also one of the best jazz bars in Dallas. Sink into one of their boat-sized, cherry-red lounge chairs, order something on the rocks and enjoy some live music.

Idle Rich Pub

The Idle Rich Pub

Guinness lovers unite! This pub pours one of the finest pints in town, starting at 8pm. Feel free to walk across the street to their sister bar, Blackfriar Pub, as it will also be open -- this makes at least one sister you can actually get excited about visiting during the holidays.

The Quarter Bar

So, you weren't able to go out of town for the holidays. That's okay -- you can pretend you're on vacation in NOLA at this French Quarter-style bar (just be sure to keep your top on). Doors open at 6pm. Again please keep your top on.

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Windmill Lounge

Sometimes all a good dive needs is a jukebox and excellent bartenders. The Windmill has all of these things. It also has a huge windmill out front. Doors open at 7pm.

City Tavern

This Downtown fixture is always open, and Christmas day is no exception. Grab a seat at the bar, order one of the many local brews on tap, and enjoy this joyous day on your terms.

Lakewood Landing

Lakewood Landing

There's just something about this place. Maybe it's the vintage jukebox tucked away in the corner, or the excellent food and friendly bartenders. Whatever it is, be glad they're open at 8pm.

The Goat

East Dallas
This divey Lakewood bar will obviously be open. Just don't try to order craft beer. Order a Lone Star and a shot of whiskey and enjoy this day like a real Texan for once. There will even be some live entertainment by General’s Army.

Cosmo's Bar and Lounge

Some bars claim to have a lounge, and some bars invented the concept. This is the latter kind. Navigate yourself through the dim lighting and sink into one of the many couches, preferably by the fireplace. Doors open at 5pm.

Sherlock's Baker St. Pub

It may take Sherlock to figure out who thought socks would be a Christmas winner for you again this year (prime suspect: your mom). Luckily, his services will not be required for you to find your way here at 7pm.

Flying Saucer Addison

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

More than 100 draft brews on tap will help ease your cabin fever. Doors open at 5pm, and just for Christmas they are tapping Dogfish Head Higher Math. Grab a glass and enjoy.

Holy GrailPub

Holy Grail Pub

Thankfully, the Holy Grail of pubs will be open in Plano. Doors open at 6pm. If you need an excuse to leave the house, just omit "pub" in the name and you'll be excused. You're welcome.

The Fillmore Pub

Downtown Plano
This Downtown Plano corner pub will be open, so if you live in the 'burbs you don't have to trek to Dallas for a good drink. Doors open at 7pm. Order a Snakebite (Guinness and Strongbow), or if the holidays have you in the dumps, a Black & Blue (Guinness and Blue Moon).

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David Maez is a freelance writer at Thrillist, coffee junkie, entrepreneur, and Porsche enthusiast who enjoys a nice pair of slacks. Follow him here: @davidfmaez 

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1. The Libertine Bar 2101 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 (Lower Greenville)

A divey Lowest Greenville bar with live music and great specials, The Libertine Bar is a dope spot in Dallas to get your drink on. Specials at this gloriously low-key hang include $3 Texas Beer Night on Wednesdays and half-price food on Tuesdays-- how could you go wrong? You might come here for just a drink, but the food menu is definitely also worth your while.

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2. The Rustic 3656 Howell St, Dallas, TX 75204 (Uptown)

Pat Green's Uptown live music spot cum restaurant and bar, The Rustic, is all set to serve you some locally sourced food and drink while you listen to some awesome locally sourced tunes in Pat's Backyard.

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3. Bowen House 2614 Boll St, Dallas, TX 75204 (Uptown)

Bowen House in Uptown is an upscale neighborhood (it's literally set inside a refurbished Victorian home) watering hole bound to satisfy all your cocktail cravings. Go for a custom drink-- just tell the bartenders what sort of drinks you like and they'll mix up something specially for you-- or a classic cocktail (the Old Fashioned is top notch). A highly impressive food menu will help you settle in.

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4. The Old Monk 2847 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 (Knox Henderson)

In Knox-Henderson, The Old Monk provides the cozy, well-worn feeling only a European pub could provide. Decorated with dark wooden tables, exposed brick walls and local antiques, the Monk serves beer from England, Ireland, Germany, and Belgium, and quintessential pub food like fish and chips, corned beef, and bread pudding.

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5. Balcony Club 1825 Abrams Rd Ste B, Dallas, TX 75214 (Lakewood)

Smooth jazz and artisanal cocktails are what's on offer at this intimate Dallas lounge and venue space.

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6. Idle Rich Pub 2614 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204 (Uptown)

A traditional irish pub, Idle Rich has a wide selection of beers and ample space indoors and outside to kick back with a group. As far as brew-friendly eats, the menu is filled with dishes like fish and chips and their signature Irish Reuben sandwich to soak up all that Celtic pride in your stomach.

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7. The Quarter Bar 3301 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204 (Uptown)

A dive bar with an outdoor patio and killer happy hour specials, all from the food geniuses at Bread Winners Bakery & Bistro.

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8. Windmill Lounge 5320 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75235 (Oak Lawn)

A welcome, divey atmosphere, a jukebox, and some well-crafted and well-priced cocktails will make your evenings at Windmill Lounge very enjoyable indeed.

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9. City Tavern 1402 Main St, Dallas, TX 75202 (Downtown)

Although this spot has solid brunch and lunch menus featuring a lineup of soups, sandwiches, nachos, and wings, City Tavern is a top late-night destination for Deep Ellum regulars. It's home to long rosters of live music on Fridays, when it gets particularly crowded, so show up before 10pm if you want a table in its cozy and well-worn wood-and-brick interior. You won't see anyone drinking wine in these parts -- just a small collection of craft cocktails and a long list of drafts from the best DFW breweries.

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10. Lakewood Landing 5818 Live Oak St, Dallas, TX 75214

Famous in Dallas for its late charitable, coke-bottle-glasses-wearing bartendress, Lakewood Landing is a dive bar that serves up a killer burger and super-strong drinks. Stop by this authentic gem of a neighborhood spot and dance to tunes on the jukebox while you sip down brew and munch on tasty and reliable bar food. Also of note: this Lower Greenville locale's outdoor seating area.

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11. The Goat 7248 Gaston Ave, Dallas, TX 75214 (Lakewood)

Part blues bar and part karaoke bar, The Goat opens super-early at 7a so you can spend your whole day and night soaking up cheap, strong pours and rockin' live bands.

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12. Cosmos 1212 Skillman St, Dallas, TX 75206 (Lakewood)

This retro style dive bar traffics in some truly eclectic fare-- they serve not only pizza, but also banh mi, pho, and Tex Mex specials (who wants Frito Pie?). This spirit of reinvention also applies to their cocktails. Try the house Mayan mule, a south of the border take on the Moscow classic. Also peep the outdoor space!

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13. Sherlock's Baker St. Pub & Grill 5100 Belt Line Rd., Addison, TX 75254 (Addison)

No one would ever confuse Dallas for London, except for at Sherlock's Baker St. Pub. English food (fish and chips; bangers and mash; shepard's pie) and drink (Guinness; Newcastle) rule the menu.

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14. Flying Saucer 4821 Bass Pro Drive, Garland, TX 75043

The Lake Garland saucer's throwing a tacky sweater bash, with gift cards going to the worst-of-the-worst dressed, and anyone bringing an unwrapped toy getting a free taster of holiday brews including N'Ice Chouffe, Breckenridge Christmas Ale, Sierra Nev

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15. The Holy Grail Pub 8240 Preston Rd Ste 150, Plano, TX 75024 (Plano)

Beer: it's what's for dinner. With over 150 beers available, you'll be sure to find your own personal holy grail brew.

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16. The Fillmore Pub 1004 E 15th St, Plano, TX 75074 (Plano)

This neighborhood haunt serves up tasty pub faves (fish & chips, burgers, and nachos), alongside an extensive selection of draft beer and imported ales. With local DJs spinning most nights and great happy hour deals, the Fillmore's bound to become your new Plano fave.



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