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11 Louisville Bars That Are Open on Christmas Day

Published On 12/15/2015 Published On 12/15/2015
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Yes, we know that most Chinese buffets are open on Christmas Day. But what happens when an egg roll just isn’t going to cut it after hours of family time? No fear, we've got you covered. Below is a list of 11 bars open on Christmas Day in Louisville for when you need to get some slightly stronger holiday spirit into you.

Nach Bar

Nach Bar

This Germantown hole in the wall isn’t a bad place to spend your holiday. Opens at 8pm. 

Magnolia Bar

Old Louisville
Good beer, cheap liquor, and the best jukebox in Louisville. Opens at 5pm on Christmas Day. 

Outlook Inn

The Highlands
“Louisville’s oldest tavern” has one fine Bloody Mary (we could make an Immaculate Conception joke here, but we’ll refrain). Opens at 4pm. 

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The Back Door

The Highlands
If Christmas leaves you lonely for some good company, The Back Door -- “Louisville’s friendliest tavern” -- may be the place to go. Opens at 6pm. 

Castaway Lounge

Tired of Christmas carols? Head to Castaway Lounge for karaoke. Opens at 6pm. 

Freddie's Bar & Lounge

If you need to be slightly buzzed to get through Christmas dinner (complete with Uncle Joe’s political commentary and questions about when you’ll produce a grandchild), Freddie’s opens at noon.

Haymarket Whiskey Bar

Haymarket Whiskey Bar

There’s no better place to take the edge off of a tense family holiday than Haymarket Whiskey Bar. Head there at 4pm and select one -- or five -- of the over 150 bourbons on offer to drink away the day.

Sergio’s World Beers

Crescent Hill
Head home for the holidays (or at least to Sergio’s, “Home to over 1,000 beers"). Opens at 2pm. 

Big Bar

For those who need a tall drink -- or a Santa dance party -- to deal with a big holiday headache, Big Bar opens at 8pm.

Gerstle’s Place

Gerstle’s Place

Crescent Hill
Live music at Gerstle’s will get you out of the family room and onto the dance floor. Opens at 4pm with music at 10pm.


Screw those newfangled kids' toys that you’re inevitably going to end up putting together for your niece. Zanzabar’s doors open at 8pm this year with cold beer, vintage pinball machines, and the musical act “I’m Dreaming of a White Stripes Christmas” kicking off at 9pm.

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Lindsey McClave is a freelance food and travel writer with a fondness for egg nog. Keep up with her holiday happenings at @FoodieGirlKY.

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1. Nach Bar 969 Charles St, Louisville, KY 40204 (Germantown)

On the surface, this Germantown drinkery just your run-of-the-mill, neighborhood bar with a good outdoor area (and it’s dog-friendly!), a great beer selection, and inexpensive drinks. But some would say Nach Bar is the soul of young Louisville’s music-loving, sort-of-hipster, just-wanna-hang-out-somewhere-tonight youth.

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2. Magnolia Bar & Grill 1398 S 2nd St, Louisville, KY 40208

Located within historic Old Louisville, Magnolia Bar and Grill is a dimly lit dive with pool tables, a pinball machine, and a punk-heavy jukebox. The walls are dotted with old-fashioned beer signs, and an old fan provides some relief when the crowds get big. Friendly bartenders make already cheap pints and pours even better, but stop by the ATM beforehand as Magnolia is cash-only.

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3. Outlook Inn 916 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40204 (Highlands)

It may be a bit of a dive, but “Louisville’s oldest tavern” has one fine Bloody Mary, as well as a number of other adult beverages on offer.

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4. The Back Door 1250 Bardstown Rd, #116, Louisville, KY 40204 (Highlands)

This Highlands dive(ish) bar is a classic local watering hole with a wide array of fans, from newly-21 frat boys to 60-something bikers, and the walls are decorated with the painted-on faces of patrons past and present, young and old, not to mention a simple drink menu featuring strong, yet cheap libations.

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5. Castaway Lounge 6909 Shepherdsville Rd, Louisville, KY 40219

Located in Okolona, the Castaway Lounge is the prime spot to be for karaoke and cheap drinks.

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6. Freddie's Bar & Lounge 220 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202 (Downtown)

Affectionately known as Freddie's 220, this Downtown dive bar is friendly and cheap, making it a prime spot for one or three cold adult beverages.

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7. Haymarket Whiskey Bar 331 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202 (Downtown)

Haymarket Whiskey Bar has more than 100 bourbons and almost 200 whiskeys, as well as live music four-plus nights a week. If the extensive liquor selection isn't enticing enough, visit for the décor alone: '80s memorabilia, Star Wars posters, old pinball machines, and a gorgeous green glass bar.

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8. Sergio's World Beers 1605 Story Ave, Louisville, KY 40206

When you get to Sergio's in Louisville, you might not be entirely sure you've gotten to Sergio's, with its unassuming sign-less exterior and windows covered with flags from around the world. Once you get inside you might not be entirely sure what's going on, either: the furniture's mismatched, and there are coolers everywhere. But once you start taking in all the tap handles, glassware, and bottle upon bottle (as in roughly 1,200 of them) of amazing beer, you'll feel like you've stepped into the secret basement hideaway of the world's biggest beer geek -- which is kind of true. Brazilian-born owner Sergio Ribenboim has been traveling the globe for decades making connections with brewers and amassing an unparalleled collection. Bring cash. Ask about what's on tap. Prepare to stay a while.

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9. Big Bar 1202 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204 (Highlands)

Here for all of your happy hour needs, Big Bar offers deals every night of the week from 4 to 8pm. The small neighborhood bar in the Highlands also features Margarita Mondays, followed by all day happy hour on Tuesdays, karaoke Wednesdays, “Basic Bitch” Thursdays, and Sunday Best for cheap brunch cocktails (and by brunch, we mean mimosas and Bloody Marys from 2pm to 8pm). The bar is small, but its spirit is big, welcoming nightclub-sized crowds into the upbeat corner space on Bardstown.

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10. Gerstle's Place 3801 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY (Crescent Hill)

Head to this Crescent Hill drinkery for a divey, but welcoming setting, cheap beers, and live music.

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11. Zanzabar 2100 S Preston St, Louisville, KY 40217 (Germantown)

Originally opened in 1938, Zanzabar is one of Germantown’s oldest neighborhood establishments, and has been entertaining its patrons ever since. Home to the city’s only vintage arcade, an intimate live music venue, and a Southern-inspired food and drink menu -- chili-smothered nachos, pulled pork sandwiches, and a few dozen bourbon and whiskey labels -- Zbar is a bustling joint for any occasion. Stop by for a bourbon and have a go at the vintage pinball machines, or spend the night dancing to live music, featured multiple nights per week.