Food & Drink

26 Nashville Bars That Are Open on Christmas Day

Published On 12/17/2015 Published On 12/17/2015

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.

Courtesy of Pinewood Social

Pinewood Social

Downtown
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

Downtown
The Hermitage is beautiful this time of year and, even better, the Oak Bar has one of the city's best whiskey collections.

Trattoria Il Mulino

Broadway Brewhouse

Downtown
If Santa can go to Broadway, so can you.
 

Merchants

Downtown
Craft cocktails to drown out the holiday stress? Yes please.
 

Trattoria Il Mulino

Downtown
If the elf on your shelf tells you to shoot sambuca, it's probably time to head back home. Bad elf.

Robert's Western World

Robert's Western World

Downtown
Robert's is perfect when all you really want is a cold domestic and to see no one you know. 
 

Riverfront Tavern

Downtown
Same goes for here.

1808 Grille

1808 Grille

West End
Because it’s never too early to start. Or keep going till you beg the concierge for a room so you don’t have to go back and crash with your cousin who wets the bed when drinking. 
 

Suzy Wong’s House of Yum

Downtown
Bonus: you're bound to find a Mrs. Claus in this neighborhood.

M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers

M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers

8th Ave South
For grabbing a beer and not caring to run into everyone you know. 
 

The Red Door Saloon

Midtown
You can always count on the ol’ standby.

Mason's

Mason’s

West End
If you go for breakfast, just hold the orange juice.
 

Barlines

Downtown
The live entertainment doesn’t even take a holiday here.

Beyond The Edge

3 Crow Bar

East Nashville
Because we all know what Santa really wants is a Bushwhacker… 
 

Beyond the Edge

East Nashville
And a cigarette break. 
 

The Crying Wolf

East Nashville
Don’t tell Rudolph of this place's affinity for taxidermy.

Embers Ski Lodge

Embers Ski Lodge

12South
It may not be a white Christmas outside, but here you can have a winter wonderland all year long.
 

Neighbors of Sylvan Park

Sylvan Park
You won’t need that tacky sweater to stay warm with this crowd.
 

Springwater Supper Club & Lounge

West End
You can always count on your faithful neighborhood dive to open at noon on Christmas.

Winners Bar & Grill

Losers and Winners

Midtown
Side by side, both bars are open. You can flip a coin or choose based on how Cousin Eddie really made you feel this year.

Rebar

Midtown
And you’ll have all of Midtown to park his RV.  

Sperry’s

Belle Meade
Opt for Sperry's when the whole family needs a drink.

Crow's Nest

The Greenhouse Bar

Green Hills
If you made it this far, the bartenders know why you’re there and will make damn sure to take care of you.
 

Crow's Nest

Green Hills
They may even let you stay there.  
 

Joe’s Place

Green Hills
Or next door.

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1. Pinewood Social 33 Peabody St, Nashville, TN 37210 (Sobro)

This waterfront spot in Rolling Mill Hill has the layout of an MTV Cribs home -- just look at its six 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 a see-and-be-seen kind of place, which goes hand-in-hand with the pool, bocce ball field, and the strong cocktails.

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2. Oak Bar 231 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219 (Downtown)

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.

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3. Broadway Brewhouse 1900 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

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.

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4. Merchants Restaurant 401 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 (Downtown)

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.

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5. Trattoria Il Mulino 144 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 (Downtown)

This NYC import does it best with classic Italian dishes served with finesse, an extensive wine list, and impeccable service.

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6. Robert's Western World 416 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 (Downtown)

Robert’s Western World, located in the heart of Lower Broad’s Music City, is one of the originators of country music in the area. Born in the early 90s, Robert’s is still a bustling with locals and visitors craving honky tonk music and a menu to match -- the Recession Special, a fried bologna sandwich served with chips and a PBR for a whopping $5, is a fan favorite. Located just steps from the Ryman Auditorium, Robert’s is your best bet for a cheap, cold beer, moon cakes, and live music to finish a classy evening at the Grand Ole Opry.

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7. Riverfront Tavern 101 Church St, Nashville, TN 37203 (Downtown)

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.

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8. 1808 Grille 1808 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 (West End)

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.

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9. Suzy Wong's House of Yum 1515 Church St, Nashville, TN 37203 (Downtown)

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.

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10. M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers 4408 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209 (8th Ave)

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.

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11. The Red Door Saloon 1816 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203

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.

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12. Mason's 2100 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 (West End)

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.

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13. Barlines 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 (Downtown)

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.

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14. 3 Crow Bar 1024 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206 (East Nashville)

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.

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15. Beyond the Edge 112 S 11th St, Nashville, TN 37206 (East Nashville)

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.

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16. The Crying Wolf 823 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206 (Nashville)

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).

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17. Embers Ski Lodge 2410 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204 (12south)

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?

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18. Neighbors of Sylvan Park 4425 Murphy Rd, Nashville, TN (Sylvan Park)

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.

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19. Springwater Supper Club & Lounge 115 27th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203 (Music Row)

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.

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20. Losers Bar and Grill 1911 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203 (Music Row)

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.

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21. Winners Bar and Grill 1913 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203 (Music Row)

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?) .

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22. ReBar 1919 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203 (Music Row)

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.

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23. Sperry's Restaurant 5109 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205 (Green Hills)

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.

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24. The Greenhouse Bar 2211 Bandywood Dr, Nashville, TN 37215 (Green Hills)

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.

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25. Crow's Nest 2221 Bandywood Dr, Nashville, TN 37215 (Green Hills)

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.

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26. Joe's Place 2227 Bandywood Dr, Nashville, TN 37215 (Green Hills)

This low key Green Hills joint is one of the best hangs in towns. Strictly locals only, belly up to the bar and watch the game in good company.

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