Food & Drink

12 Memphis Bars That Are Open on Christmas Day

Even though Christmas falls on a Friday this year, don't let that hinder your weekend drinking plans. Besides, you aren’t going to bump into all of your old high school and college friends if you stay on the couch! These Memphis bars open on Christmas Day have your back this holiday season.
 

Alex’s Tavern

VECA
Alex’s is going to be your best bet for full-on day drinking prior to Christmas dinner. Owner Rocky Kasaftes says, “We’ll open at 2pm, at the latest. Just call.”
 

Bar DKDC

Cooper-Young
Doors open at 9:30pm for the 10pm Jack Oblivian show. Between sets he’ll be posing as Santa in the vintage photo booth. (Not really.)

Bardog

Downtown
Downtown’s neighborhood bar, Bardog, is the perfect place to take the fun cousins. Doors open at 5pm.
 

Blind Bear 

Downtown
All dressed up and nowhere to go? Prohibition-style cocktails begin pouring at 5pm.
 

Buccaneer Lounge

Midtown
Your family may let you down, but the Buc never will. The regulars will start gathering at 5pm.
 

Celtic Crossing

Cooper-Young
You can get your Guinness and Irish whiskey at 5pm.

Lamplighter Lounge

Midtown
Cozier than your mom’s living room, and you can smoke. Get there at 5pm.
 

Murphy’s

Midtown
Offer to make that last-minute Kroger run, and then get a drink while you’re out. Murphy’s opens at 2pm.
 

The P&H Cafe

Midtown
Did Santa give you a Sharpie in your stocking? Scrawl some wise words on the bathroom walls between drinks starting at 6pm.
 

The Pumping Station

Crosstown
Get a head start on securing your spot on next year’s naughty list. Doors open at 4pm.

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The Slider Inn

Midtown
Christmas money already burning a hole in your pocket? Starting at 5pm, you can buy a round of shots for everyone at the bar. (Try the breakfast shot-- Jameson & butterscotch schnapps with a side of OJ and bacon.)
 

Young Avenue Deli

Cooper Young
If the massive display of Christmas lights at the Deli can’t get you in the holiday spirit, then a few drinks inside definitely can. Bottoms up at 5pm.

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Stacey Greenberg lives in Cooper-Young with her two sons. Day drinking is her favorite thing about Christmas. She's the author of the award-winning blog, Dining with Monkeys.