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20 Miami Bars That Are Open on Christmas Day

Published On 12/18/2015 Published On 12/18/2015
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Around the Miami area, Christmas Eve (or Nochebuena) is when everyone is spending time with their friends and family, drinking eggnog, and really diving head first into the holidays spirit(s). But what about Christmas Day -- where the hell can one go to find solace away from angry Uncle Bob and your Great Aunt Edna, who’s slowly drifting into lunacy? Luckily, there are tons of new bars. And here are 20 sweet spots that can be your retreat on Christmas.

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M.I.A. Brewing Co.

Doral
Because all you wanted for Christmas was craft beer -- that wasn’t seasonal.

World of Beer

Kendall
If you find yourself in the depths of the suburbs in need of a brew or three, this chill spot will do the trick.

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Bougainvillea's

South Miami
It’s a regular Friday night house party at Bougie’s with DJ Mikee D. Opens at 8pm.

The Irish Times

South Miami
They will open a little later than usual, at 8pm, but their Irish breakfast will get you ready for a second big night. Pass the Guinness, bro.

The Bar

Coral Gables
Reconnect with all your buddies at one of Miami’s go-to college hangs. It opens at 5pm, but don’t go hungry ‘cause its normal food options won’t be available.

Seven Seas

Coral Gables
After some wholesome time with your family, sometimes you just need cheap-as-hell drinks inside a cloud of cigarette smoke. It's also hosting a potluck, so take some of those leftovers with you.

Barracuda Bar

Barracuda Bar & Grill

Coconut Grove
Take it back to your college days with a pool table, beer pong, and video games. The only difference is that now you’ll actually appreciate their sick beer selection. Opens at 7pm.
 

Sandbar Grill

Coconut Grove
Locals have spent many debaucherous nights here, why should Christmas be any different? Grab the best seat in the house -- the lifeguard station. It opens at 2pm for those who need to escape the familial responsibilities early.
 

Greenstreet Cafe

Coconut Grove
These guys promise to stay open even during the zombie apocalypse, so Christmas is a done deal.

American Social

American Social

Brickell
Open from 4-9pm, this fills that sweet spot in between all the early-dinner/late-night parties.

Batch Gastropub

Brickell
Drink your way to merry cheer with homemade cookies served with shots of peppermint schnapps, Kahlúa, Baileys, or a coquito for nine bucks.

The Corner

The Corner

Downtown
It’s just another regular day at The Corner. No frills, no bells, no fuss, no muss.

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Gramps

Wynwood
Everyone’s favorite anything-goes neighborhood bar. Just like Barracuda’s, it will provide specials on the fly. It may or may not have $16 bottles of bubbly, guest bartenders, FREE Christmas shots, and a Chinese food truck outside… OK OK, it does.

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Ted’s Hideaway

Miami Beach
If the fact that it's one of the best bad decision bars AND one of the best dive bars in Miami doesn't get your attention, then the all-girl staff is sure to do the trick.
 

Purdy Lounge

Miami Beach
It's time for a little bump and grind at the kind of bar where, if you stay late enough, every girl starts to look like this place's name.

The Abbey Brewing Company

The Abbey Brewing Company

Miami Beach
If all you want for Christmas is local craft beer (or a coquito cocktail), then South Florida's OG suds-slingers have the spot for you.

Sweet Liberty

Miami Beach
Give yourself the gift of John Lermayer’s cocktails at one of Miami’s best new bars. Oh yeah, don’t forget that fancy Big Banana Julep with sous-vide banana rum, bourbon, and salted banana syrup.

The Broken Shaker

Miami Beach
27 won’t be open, but its cooler older brother will, probably with some kick-ass punch. Call for hours before heading out, folks there may be hungover and operating a little later than usual.

1930s House

Miami Beach
This poolside cocktail den located inside of a 1930s cottage will work better than mistletoe. Well, its delicious Spanish Cobbler and Tranquilo y Tropical may just help, too.

The Bend Liquor Lounge

Miami Lakes
The retro ‘70s veneer and “party in the front, liquor in the rear” motto is perfect for that other motto -- “the family that parties together, stays together.”

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If all else fails, you can hit up hotel bars like Toro Toro, Repour, Rose Bar, Lou’s Beer Garden, Lobby Bar at the Nautilus, and MO Bar & Lounge. At least, that’s what Mandy Baca may or may not be doing. Follow her on Twitter at @mandybaca.

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1. M.I.A Brewing Co. 10400 NW 33rd St Suite 150, Doral, FL

This brew co. and resto serves house made beer and bites in their on-site bistro bar. Try a beer flight to sample all the options, or opt for a growler of your favorite.

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2. World of Beer 8525 Mills Dr, Miami, FL 33183 (Kendall)

This national mini-chain is a great place to check out new domestic and international beers and hobnob with local craft brew aficionados.

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3. Bougainvillea's Old Florida Tavern 7221 SW 58th Ave, South Miami, FL 33143

Bougainvillea's Old Florida Tavern is OG-- the South Miami mainstay is a well known venue for live jazz, R&B, and reggae, and their DJ nights are a blast.

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4. The Irish Times Pub & Eatery 5850 Sunset Dr, South Miami, FL 33143 (South Miami)

All-day Irish breakfast is what's up at this South Miami pub. Get your Guinness and baked beans at this one-stop spot, along with a variety of other Emerald Island eats. Ladies' Night or not (when women drink for free), pints of Guinness are so overflowing that the venue had to commission the adjacent parking lot to deal with the crowds.

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5. The Bar 172 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

This casual neighborhood spot is great for burgers and wings alongside a beer and some board games. For those into music, there's karaoke and a rotation of DJs as well as live music on the weekends.

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6. Seven Seas Bar 2200 SW 57th St, Miami, FL

This divey, nautical-themed bar has everything you need for a good time-- ample beer on tap, great cocktails, pool, and karaoke.

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7. Barracuda Bar & Grill 3035 Fuller St, Miami, FL 33133-5819 (Coral Gables)

This Coconut Grove spot is popular with locals and visitors alike for their great craft beer selection, fresh seafood menu, and all around congenial vibe.

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8. Sandbar Sports Grill 3064 Grand Ave, Coconut Grove, FL 33133 (Coconut Grove)

The Grove's Sandbar's loaded with 24 plasmas, two massive big-screens, indoor and outdoor bars, and plenty of drink specials. Considering this place is the "home of the fish taco", it may be the only winning Fish you see all season.

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9. Greenstreet Cafe 3468 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove, FL 33133 (Coconut Grove)

The husband and wife team behind Green Street have created a casual atmosphere where friends and food are central so you can relax and enjoy vittles like fried calamari, lobster ravioli, chicken piccata, and paninis.

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10. American Social 690 Southwest 1st Court, Miami, FL 33130 (Miami Beach)

Head to the Miami River for a menu with red wine short rib flatbread, wild boar sloppy joes, and the only thing American Social is more famous for than its female patrons, the AmSo mac & cheese.

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11. Batch Gastropub 30 SW 12th St, Miami, FL 33130 (Brickell)

You know a bar is serious about keeping the party going strong when they have cocktails on tap (because really, ain’t nobody got time to mix drinks when Friday is in full swing). Boasting massive plasma TVs, ample indoor and outdoor seating room, and a solid menu of high-end pub fare, it’s a Brickell destination for boozy brunch (chicken and waffles, anyone?) and sports games alike.

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12. The Corner 1035 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33136

Awarded the New Times Best Cocktail of 2012, The Corner is open late and serves up delicious drinks and eats, like the "Favorite" which's got smoked turkey, Applewood bacon, cheddar, herb mayo, and arugula.

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13. Gramps 176 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127 (Wynwood)

A bar in Wynwood named for the owner's maternal grandfather, and also literally everyone else's grandfather, Gramps has a bar they stole from his house, a massive outdoor stage covered in graffiti (and typically hosting at least one food truck), a new DJ or live performance daily, bocce, and a collection of $2 beers plus sangria and cocktails like The Jewbian Princess.

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14. Ted's Hideaway 124 2nd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

Whether you're stopping by for happy hour specials or to watch the game, this dive bar's got your bases covered.

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15. Purdy Lounge 1811 Purdy Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

Feeling pretentious? Want to smoke a cigarette underhanded and sip scotch with your American Psycho-inspired buddies? Then you should probably pass on Purdy Lounge. The mood here is laid back and comfy. Lounge on a couch or chalk up a pool cue. Enjoy the music and gulp a beer. It's not pompous, it's Purdy.

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16. The Abbey Brewing Company 1115 16th St, Miami, FL 33139 (South Beach)

The Abbey's got a roomy, refurbished wood-lined interior well stocked with draft pours and spirits. Come for the bar snacks, stay for the friendly congenial atmosphere and solid happy hour deals.

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17. Sweet Liberty 237 20th St Ste B, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This hip neighborhood cocktail bar offers creative drinks and American eats. Get there for happy hour to score $5 glasses of rose and 75-cent oysters.

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18. The Broken Shaker 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami, FL 33140 (Miami Beach)

The Broken Shaker's insanely good hand-crafted cocktails are made using herbs and spices from their own garden (say it together now: no mo gmo). Sip and kick back in the hostel's backyard in a hammock, play on the ping pong table, or take a dip in the pool. The Freehand Miami may just be one of the coolest places you’ve ever stayed— it’s a restored art deco building only minutes away from the Bass Museum of Art and the Miami beach. You gotta check it out, bro.

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19. 1930s House 4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140 (Miami Beach)

While a Hialeah Sling might sound like a nifty driving move to avoid the traffic on the Palmetto, it’s actually one of the new Miami neighborhood-themed drinks at this bar set in a house from... waitforit!... the 1930s that once stood across the street from the Thompson. They’ve now moved it poolside, where you can get one of those Hialeah Slings and food off the menu from the long-missed Sra. Martinez.

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20. The Bend Liquor Lounge 6844 NW 169 St., Miami, FL 33157

That’s cute how those taco places we just talked about have these “secret” bars that somehow everyone in Miami knows about. You want the real deal? Check out this refurbished former dive in The Lakes, where you’ve gotta enter through the alley on the side of a strip-mall liquor store and walk in a nondescript door. Inside it's got classic arcade games and wood walls, nothing trendy about it, but good, classic drinks in one of the most hidden spots in Miami.

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