So, it's Christmas, and it looks like you're stuck in Nashville and can't see your family. Or you've done nothing for three solid days except see your family. Either way, we have the perfect answer: bars exist, they serve alcohol, and 26 of our favorites are open on the 25th itself, ready to serve you up a little holiday spirit.
26 Nashville Bars That Are Open on Christmas Day
Pinewood Social is probably one of the most surprising places open on Christmas, but there are no complaints here! Perhaps, instead of fighting, you can challenge the family to a bowling tournament to let off steam.
Oak Bar at the Capitol Grille
The Hermitage is beautiful this time of year and, even better, the Oak Bar has one of the city's best whiskey collections.
If the elf on your shelf tells you to shoot sambuca, it's probably time to head back home. Bad elf.
It may not be a white Christmas outside, but here you can have a winter wonderland all year long.
You won’t need that tacky sweater to stay warm with this crowd.
You can always count on your faithful neighborhood dive to open at noon on Christmas.
If you made it this far, the bartenders know why you’re there and will make damn sure to take care of you.
1. Pinewood Social33 Peabody St, Nashville
2. Oak Bar231 6th Ave N, Nashville
3. Broadway Brewhouse1900 Broadway, Nashville
4. Merchants Restaurant401 Broadway, Nashville
5. Trattoria Il Mulino144 5th Ave S, Nashville
6. Robert's Western World416 Broadway, Nashville
7. Riverfront Tavern101 Church St, Nashville
8. 1808 Grille1808 West End Ave, Nashville
9. Suzy Wong's House of Yum1515 Church St, Nashville
10. M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers4408 Charlotte Ave, Nashville
11. The Red Door Saloon1816 Division St, Nashville
12. Mason's2100 West End Ave, Nashville
13. Barlines250 5th Ave S, Nashville
14. 3 Crow Bar1024 Woodland St, Nashville
15. Beyond the Edge112 S 11th St, Nashville
16. The Crying Wolf823 Woodland St, Nashville
17. Embers Ski Lodge2410 12th Ave S, Nashville
18. Neighbors of Sylvan Park4425 Murphy Rd, Nashville
19. Springwater Supper Club & Lounge115 27th Ave N, Nashville
20. Losers Bar and Grill1911 Division St, Nashville
21. Winners Bar and Grill1913 Division St, Nashville
22. ReBar1919 Division St, Nashville
23. Sperry's Restaurant5109 Harding Pike, Nashville
24. The Greenhouse Bar2211 Bandywood Dr, Nashville
25. Crow's Nest2221 Bandywood Dr, Nashville
26. Joe's Place2227 Bandywood Dr, Nashville
This waterfront spot in Rolling Mill Hill has the layout of an MTV Cribs home -- just look at its 6 vintage bowling lanes, dining room, lounge and outdoor courtyard. While the food is indeed tasty -- after all, Catbird Seat veteran Josh Habiger helms the kitchen -- people seem to gravitate to Pinewood for the social scene; it's very much a see-and-be-seen kind of place, which goes hand-in-hand with the pool, bocce ball field, and the strong cocktails.
The Hermitage Hotel's Oak Bar maintains a high-octane offering largely thanks due to the caliber of clientele it regularly entertains. Expect a more expensive -- not to mention, older, more mature -- collection of whiskeys here, as well as a leather- and dark wood-heavy space that reflects its private gentlemen's club origins.
With 71 draft lines and over 75 bottles, the beer selection is one of the best in town and the Cajun menu from the Mojo Grill will help sop up your choices at this Midtown drinkery.
This Downtown eatery opened in 1988 in the old Merchants Hotel, where legends like Hank Williams and Pasty Cline would stay while passing through. The menu is sectioned into parts, with more burgers and sandwiches downstairs and larger items like prime beef culotte and carnaroli risotto upstairs. And a great craft cocktail menu is offered on both levels.
This NYC import does it best with classic Italian dishes served with finesse, an extensive wine list, and impeccable service.
Adjacent to The Ryman Auditorium, Robert’s is a great place to grab a beer and soak in one of the few, Lower Broad experiences that the locals will frequent. Robert’s is a classic honkey tonk spot built with great live music and location for a pre- or post-Ryman show.
With a myriad of tap handles adorning the ceiling, this bar is a mellow spot to sample a collection of beers, play some bar games, and munch on a variety of bar foods.
Located in the beautiful Hutton Hotel, the 1808 Grille features the perfect setting for relaxed evenings out, romantic dinners, and even casual lunches. There's an extensive wine list and Executive Chef Jake Strang has crafted a mouth-watering menu with solid upscale American options with a "global flare", like burgers, hot chicken, and more. If you want to bring a big group, reserve one of the two private rooms for your special event.
This Downtown resto and bar is sure to please with a menu loaded with tasty Asian delights from Asian Wonton Nachos to Pineapple Red Curry Shrimp.
Grab a pint at this local, craft beer bar, which gained even more favor when they started kicking mainstream beers off the taps in favor of local and regional, craft brews. Join their beer club, working your way through each seasonal menu.
Locals tend to favor this dive on weeknights for the cheap drinks and low-key atmosphere, but occasionally, can’t resist a last call on the weekends. Plus, it’s primetime to catch the drunken college girls on the floor trying to look through the peephole to the skeleton underneath. And inevitably enough, you too will get down and aid them in their search, even if you technically know better.
This "edgy yet elegant" resto features modern Southern dishes for three squares a day, and if you want one hell of a burger, well, you can find it here.
Located just blocks away from Downtown Nashville's historic Broadway, Barlines features an extensive collection of liquors and beers, and it doles out a wide array of American eats.
Located in the center of Five Points in East Nashville, 3 Crow has two-for-one Sundays and a widely popular Trivia Night. They also host the best Bloody Mary competition in town during the annual Tomato Arts Fest.
This East Nashville spot is a sports-themed neighborhood bar and grill that's serving up a diverse selection of local, craft, seasonal, and traditional brews.
Featuring all the staples of a hipster haunt -- taxidermy animals, chevron bar top, sprawling patio designed for the consumption of cheap beers -- The Crying Wolf is a East Nashville destination. Burgers are definitely the focal point of the food menu, seconded by a tot-obsessed appetizer list. While you're sure to see plenty of trendsters sipping PBR, the bar also boasts a pretty legit collection of whiskeys (including a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle for good measure).
Aspen meets Nashville at Embers Ski Lodge, where gastropub fare and cocktails reign supreme. Guests can dine in cabin-like environs against a backdrop of Mt. Everest, snacking on everything from burgers, salads, and seafood entrées. The beer and wine offerings are solid, but the massive whiskey list is the true highlight here -- and besides, what better way to start Sunday brunch than with two ounces of rare rye by way of an actual shot-ski?
If you want to go to a place where everyone knows your name, head over to Neighbors of Sylvan Park. This low key bar and barbecue spot is a hometown fave, and their happy hour deals, including Bloody Marys for under $6, are killer steals.
This Music Row bar is considered one of Nashville's best dives; with cheap beer, loud music, and the standard bar games, Springwater is a good bet for an inexpensive, but quality night out.
This self deprecating dive scores big with Nashville 20-somethings. Party down with beer and shot specials with you listen to local rock 'n rollers play live.
If you're not feeling the acrimonious attitude at the Losers bar, good thing you're right next door to its esteemed sister operation, Winners. You'll be in good company as you chow down on American comfort food off the musically themed menu (a B.B. King burger, anyone?) .
This cheerful watering hole near Vanderbilt University is a favorite of locals and students alike. Play shuffleboard, sip on boozy shakes and party till the sun goes down.
This Belle Meade stalwart has been serving old school prime rib, surf 'n turf, and steak dishes in Nashville for more than four decades. The menu prides itself on only serving the best of the best, meaning aged heavily marbled Western beef, the freshest seafood available, premium dairy products, oils, and spices.
This Green Hills drinkery is an actual greenhouse with a center bar, where you can sit on patio furniture amongst the lush landscaping inside the greenhouse or outside by the fire pit and tiki bar for some tipsy tea or mojitos with fresh, muddled mint from the garden.
This Green Hills drinkery is a quality spot for an extensive collection of beers, as well as tasty eats and cocktails. They have one of the biggest drinking patios in the city, as well as some of the best happy hour specials. This is a great bar to visiting during the warmer months.