Sure, you’re supposed to be drinking at home with your family on Christmas Day, but by 6pm, you’ll have clocked enough hours with grandma to make a guilt-free exit to the bars. Or, better yet, round up the whole family and bring family time to one of these 27 spots open on the 25th.
Not enough rockabillies, bikers, and animatronic woodland creatures at The Griffin for you? Walk two block down Los Feliz Blvd and get yourself into Bigfoot Lodge for some of the best craft cocktails the city has to offer.
The Roost may not have free popcorn anymore (boo!), but you can still spend Christmas Day with its world-famous Big TV.
You’ll feel like you’re in the Gryffindor common room at the tapestry-adorned, fireplace-laden Griffin, and that’s definitely not a bad thing. Bonus: sweet-potato tots.
It’s not Christmas without copious amounts of tequila, so get El Carmen in your life right away. And you know what goes great with tequila? Many more tequilas. Opens at 7pm.
Ever wondered how they celebrated Christmas in hotels in the ‘20s? Well, time machines don’t exist, so drinking in this very legit 1920s-era bar on Christmas Day is the closest you can get. Show up early, because it'll close at 6.
We know you and your friends love to take turns reading passages from Pride and Prejudice to each other, and Library Bar will ensure you can get your Jane Austen on, even on the 25th. Oh, and get a couple thousand orders of the pork belly skewers (with spicy maple glaze, cilantro, and lime), because you have to treat yo'self sometimes.
This Thrillist-fave bar full of delicious sandwiches will be jingle bell rockin’ from noon until close, so if you’re Downtown, this is a done deal, especially since it always has an Anchor on draft, and it’s always $5.
If Library Bar and Beelman’s aren’t enough for you, keep the ACME Hospitality crawl going by at their newest spot for some not-obnoxiously-designer burgers and seven rotating taps.
If jambalaya is all you really want for Christmas, this NOLA-style gastropub will fulfill your dreams. Open from 12pm-2am.
If you’ve ever wanted to spend Christmas Day in the middle of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, look no further than Sassafras, a decked-out bayou-style bar with live music and great drink specials. Bonus: you’ll most definitely not hear the Deliverance banjo riff.
It’s maximum dark in the Burgundy Room, which means you won’t have to get a good look at all the nightmare people cruising down Cahuenga.
Koreatown’s best nautically themed bar will be doling out its traditionally stiff pours on Santa’s big day, so make sure you’re a part of that. Ho, ho, ho, and a barrel of rum. In a single drink.
Manhattan Beach & Hermosa Beach
Even Santa Claus has his bro side. Hit up Baja Sharkeez to unleash it in the South Bay.
Conveniently located right across the street from Denny’s, so, looks like you've got your day planned. 7pm-close.
Pasadena & Santa Monica
Even if you’re not a wine expert, Bodega will treat you kindly. And so will its finger-licking small plates (like Caprese sliders and homemade hummus & pita).
Free popcorn, karaoke, and nary a lick of pretentiousness to be seen. Have yourself a merry little sing-along from 5pm ‘til close.
It’s not a holiday in the Valley if you don’t end up at the Sweep for some pool and White Russians. It’ll be open bright and early at 10am.
But you can’t spend ALL night at the Chimneysweep, so feel free to pop across the street to the Oaks Tavern to mix things up (and play copious amounts of shuffleboard).
4100 Bar will be spreading the real holiday cheer from 6pm-2am with a jukebox, photo booth, and $8 Dickel picklebacks.
If you’ve managed to round up your entire family, Laurel Tavern will do you right with its big communal tables, burgers, and strong craft beer lineup.
Starting at 8pm, you’ll be able to get your holiday cheer on at The Fifth. Which means starting at 8pm, you’ll be able to play Ms. Pac-Man. Until, like, forever.
It’s been a long year. You deserve an ocean view while you booze it up on Christmas Day. The Whaler will open at 11am.
If you want to spend your Christmas in one of the most beautifully designed bars in LA, get over to Harlowe. Open 6pm-2am.
If drinking in lounges modeled after Balinese forests is what puts you in the Christmas spirit, Tanzy is open from 5-10:30pm.
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Wilder Shaw is a regular Thrillist contributor who will almost certainly be at 4100 Bar, because that’s pretty much where he is at all other times in his life. Buy him a pickleback on Twitter at @WilderShaw_ and Instagram at @wildershaw.
1. Bigfoot Lodge3172 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles
2. The Roost3100 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles
3. The Griffin3000 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles
4. El Carmen8138 W 3rd St, Los Angeles
5. Mr. C Beverly Hills1224 Beverwil Dr, Beverly Hills
6. Backstage Bar & Grill10400 Culver Blvd, Culver City
7. Culver Hotel9400 Culver Blvd, Culver City
8. The Library Bar630 W 6th St, Los Angeles
9. Spring St. Bar626 B S Spring St, Los Angeles
10. Beelman's Pub600 S Spring, Los Angeles
11. Little Easy216 W 5th St, Los Angeles
12. Sassafras Saloon1233 Vine St, Los Angeles
13. Burgundy Room1621 1/2 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles
14. The Pikey7617 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood
15. The HMS Bounty3357 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
16. Baja Sharkeez52 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach (& other locations)
17. The Colorado Bar2640 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena
18. Bodega Wine Bar814 Broadway, Santa Monica (& other locations)
19. The Gaslite2030 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
20. The Chimneysweep Lounge4354 Woodman Ave, Sherman Oaks
21. Oaks Tavern13625 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks
22. 4100 Bar1087 Manzanita St, Los Angeles
23. Laurel Tavern11938 Ventura Blvd, Studio City
24. The Fifth Lounge4821 Whitsett Ave, Valley Village
25. The Venice Whaler10 Washington Blvd, Venice
26. Harlowe7321 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
27. Tanzy10840 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
This hub's got a rustic-inspired cocktail menu with a more hipster crowd and great tunes.
This Atwater Village bar is a perfect dive for just chillin' out. It's not overly crowded, the drinks are cheap, and the pours are generous. A menu of Americanized Chinese & Thai food, snacks and the bar’s infamous “Big TV” make The Roost hard to beat.
Decked out with domed brick ceilings and red leather booths, The Griffin in Atwater is polished European tavern that's perfect for knocking back a few, no matter the occasion (or the weather: The Griffin not only features several indoor fireplaces, but also hosts a great, spacious outdoor patio). Generous pours, a late-night snack menu, and cheap well drinks make this spot worth checking out.
This Mexican rest/bar has one of the biggest tequila selections around, not to mention outstanding margaritas and tasty Mexi-food.
If you’re looking to up your pool-hopping game, look no further than Mr. C Beverly Hills. Both locals and guests can rent luxury cabanas and lounge by the pool. There are also seasonal rooftop events, like summer film screenings and DJ-spinning parties complete with Jenga and board games.
This classic dive is the Culver City go-to for cheap beers and bar grub, like wings and mac 'n cheese.
This old-school classy hotel has one of the best bars around, featuring expertly crafted cocktails, not to mention numerous movies and television shows had scenes shot here.
The bookish hangout has wrangled ex-Father's Office manager Christina Perozzi as their beer sommelier, bringing in rare brews like the smokey/sweet Maredsous and the Trappiste Rochefort.
An old-school sandwich counter tucked behind the bar here has tons of delectable choices, but the go-to is the Beaudry -- roasted turkey, mortadella, fresh mozzarella, giardiniera, and arugula -- which goes great with a $5 Anchor Steam. And also a second $5 Anchor Steam.
Brought to you by the same folks who do the booze for NYC's highly respected Death and Co., Beelman's has a European gastropub vibe, featuring a cocktail list loaded with unique options, and a food menu with the likes of bar bites such as a pub burger with thick-cut bacon, cheddar, and grainy mustard.
This casual gastropub inside downtown's Alexandria Hotel channels New Orleans' joie de vivre in its decor, Cajun-influenced menu, and anything goes vibe. The French Quarter-like space is split between a small bar in the front and a swankier parlor in the back with a fountain and porch swing. Absinthe-based cocktails, po' boy sliders, and fluffy beignets are the go-to food and drink move.
Sassafras is a cocktail bar located in Hollywood and steeped in a little thing called tradition and a Southern hospitality feel. Barrel aging cocktails is a process that has been used since the 1880s and this modern saloon believes, as you will too, that the results speak for themselves. Get ready for swing time!
The drinks are strong and cheap, the juke plays a decent variety, and there are DJs every few days and during the weekends. It's how a classic dive should be. (It's no wonder they describe themselves as "The darkest, smallest, loudest, radest bar ever".)
The Pikey's got an English-y interior (Union Jacks, coats of arms), a menu from a former Spotted Pig chef (cardoon & sunchoke soup w/ bone marrow, braised lamb shank & crispy pig's ear salad), and a drink list that includes the "Laddie Dill" (vodka, cucumber, dill & lime) and the "Divine Brown," which's filled with whiskey and Dr Pepper.
This may come as a surprise, but the HMS Bounty is a nautically themed British-style pub (go figure). Pull a stool up next to a local and have a chat on a weekday or join a busier crowd on the weekend. Either way, this dimly-lit hole in the wall in Koreatown is a hidden gem for a laid-back night and an inexpensive drink.
Located right off the beach, Baja Sharkeez will be filled with all sorts, from sandal-clad beach goers to a dressed-up dance floor crowd. Tacos and cheap drinks only sweeten the deal.
Come for the drinks (strong and cheap) and stay for a round of pool at this divey Pasadena bar.
Located in Santa Monica, Bodega prides itself on being unpretentious about wine. A go-to date spot, the wine bar is intimate and perfect for quiet conversation over good vino and small plates. It also has an awesome late night Happy Hour starting at 10 pm.
This Santa Monica party spot is always electric, offering a diverse crowd with karaoke, live bands, and dancing.
Sure, the Valley may have an influx of great places to drink, but nothing beats this beat-up classic for pool/free popcorn/more pool/more free popcorn. If you stop by this tiny lounge, be sure to grab a seat by the fireplace or hit up the game room.
This low-key tavern in Sherman Oaks is a great place to camp out with a book, listen to some live bands, and try locals brews.
If you’ve been to 4100 Bar on a weekend, you’ve seen Rich working his magic on the grill outside the door. You’re welcome to eat inside the bar, which, really, you should do, since the picklebacks are in there. His hot link sandwich will only run you $4, and his BBQ sauce is something to write home (or a Thrillist story) about.
This Studio City gastropub focuses on hearty comfort food and a mix of cocktails, craft beers, and fine wine. The pub-style burgers (aka thick and juicy) come in six varieties that range from BBQ to bacon blue cheese, so you'll have no trouble finding the ideal burger for your tastes. Oh, and there are three kinds of fries (regular, gravy, and chili-cheese). Craving a burger and fries? Done and done.
You won't have to plead the fifth to get into this swanky spot in Studio City. Sip craft cocktails, play pool in the lounge, or hop over the the "game room" if arcade games are more your thing.
A Venice landmark, this beachside spot has been serving up market-fresh dishes and high-quality craft cocktails since the '40s. Be sure to try the fish tacos, or split some of their small bites or an artisan pizza with your group -- a group you should also convince to join in the Whaler's Monday night karaoke. While you're there, you'll want to head up to the second-floor patio bar for some gorgeous ocean views, particularly at sunset.
This WeHo haunt sports a sophisticated interior with antique decor, brown banquettes, and an intricate, handmade tile floor, plus a killer cocktail program designed by beloved NY bartender Dushan Zaric. Sip on innovative cocktails like the Aye Poppy (Uncle Val's Botanical Gin, Grand Poppy, house-made strawberry basil syrup, lemon, and egg white), alongside a cheese & charcuterie board, while you salute Hollywood's Golden Age -- the theme of this classy spot.
The movie theater-adjacent Tanzy's brunch menu features get-in-my-stomach-immediately dishes like "bacon & eggs" ravioli, jidori chicken and waffles, and crispy chocolate Italian donuts. They've got quality Italian fare for any time of day however, and a wine, beer, and cocktail list that won't disappoint.