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27 NYC bars that are open on Christmas Day

Published On 12/24/2014 Published On 12/24/2014

Because you were literally just Googling "Does anyone on the Internet have a list of specifically 27 NYC bars that are open on Christmas Day?", here's, um, a list of specifically 27 NYC bars that are open on Christmas Day.

Sing Sing Karaoke

Ace Bar

East Village
Playing skeeball, darts, and Buck Hunter while drinking pints is worth a holiday cheer...s, amirite?
 

Sing Sing

East Village
Belt out your best "Christmas Wrapping" by the Waitresses at this East Village karaoke bar starting at 1pm.

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230 Fifth

Flatiron
The views are spectacular, and you can get Christmas Day brunch from 1-9pm.
 

Society Billiards & Bar

Flatiron
Remember when nobody bought you a pool table for Christmas? No problem, head to this upscale sports bar starting at 4pm.

Molly's Shebeen

Molly's Shebeen

Gramercy
This authentic Irish bar has a wood-burning fireplace for warm, relaxed Xmas drinking.
 

Plug Uglies

Gramercy
Shuffleboard, pool, beer, and no annoying questions about your love life/job/posture/weight/clothing make this dive bar sort of a go-to Christmas spot.

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P.J. Clarke's

Midtown
Enjoy delicious burgers and a huge selection of brews at this classic Midtown East bar & restaurant.
 

The Rum House

Midtown
This swanky piano bar will bring some class to your Christmas day drinkathon. Pinkies up!
 

Bobby Van’s 50th St

Midtown
Sidle up to the bar at this haven for steaks and pour strong martinis down your mouth and/or shirt all day.
 

TownHouse Bar

Midtown
This gay cocktail lounge with three bars and a piano room will make your Christmas... also gay! Note: there is a dress code.
 

Hudson Lodge & Hudson Hotel Library

Midtown
Take a walk through Central Park before wandering over to the Hudson Hotel, where both the bars will be open all day.

The Ginger Man

The Ginger Man

Murray Hill
You’ll have to make do with whatever is left of the brandy nog in your fridge 'til 5pm, because that’s when you can roll over here and toss back a bunch of craft beer greats.
 

The Churchill Tavern

Murray Hill
A bi-level watering hole with a British theme, the bar will be fully stocked during the two dinner sessions at 12pm and 4pm. No word yet about what's being planned for Boxing Day.
 

The Black Sheep

Murray Hill
There are worse ways to spend the day than eating a Black Sheep Super Burger and tossing back beers at a welcoming Irish pub.

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Fanelli Cafe

Soho
This simple pub with a great under-the-radar burger is open 365 days a year, meaning you can escape your family on any holiday (FYI: Christmas is a holiday!).
 

The Ear Inn

Soho
There’s no food on Christmas Day, but there’s plenty of booze to keep you more than satisfied at this super-old-school haunt.

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Dorrian's

Upper East Side
There’s room for bad decisions, even on Jesus’s birthday. This UES staple re-opens at 6pm.
 

Lexington Bar and Books

Upper East Side
This posh cigar bar is open for drinkin’ & smokin’ after 5pm.
 

Bemelmans Bar

Upper East Side
Tucked inside the Carlyle Hotel, this is your spot for high-end liquors in an equally high-end setting.

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Dublin House Bar

Upper West Side
This bar is open for drinking starting at 8am. Do with that info what you will.
    

The Gin Mill

Upper West Side
Does a competitive round of beer pong (or 12) sound like the perfect Christmas Day?  This is your spot.

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Blind Tiger

West Village
With awesome bar food and an even better craft selection, posting up here is a pretty good way to spend Jesus' 2,014th b-day.
 

Fiddlesticks

West Village
Looking for the perfect place to get after it a bit? Do you consider a bro-y dive bar with better-than-average food and a decent selection of brews a perfect place to get after it a bit? Well here you go then.
 

The Duplex

West Village
This famed Christopher St bar will be open starting at 4pm.
 

Johnny's Bar

West Village
A special shot of the day and a jukebox to rock out to. Win-win(-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win).

The Counting Room

The Counting Room

Williamsburg
Upscale + cocktail + bar + opens at 8pm = THIS.
    

The Turkey's Nest

Williamsburg
If drinking out of styrofoam cups is your idea of festive, then this place is mad festive.

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1. Ace Bar 531 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

Ace Bar has been serving up cheap drinks to East Village locals since 1992 and is known for its laid-back atmosphere and excellent arcade game collection. The bar stretches two huge rooms and offers plenty of seating, as well as two pool tables, two dart boards, pinball, Big Buck Hunter, and Skee-Ball. It also has a special projection TV system for games and 12 beers on tap.

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2. Sing Sing Ave A 81 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

Sing Sing Ave A, the karaoke and drinks bar, is quite a bit smaller than its East Village cousin. While the decision to go there is not a bad one, once you’re in that private room with a belly full of sake and a Jordin Sparks jam on deck, all bets are off.

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3. 230 Fifth 230 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010 (Flatiron)

This vast, greenery-lined rooftop bar is New York's largest outdoor rooftop garden, filled with everything from one-of-a-kind furniture pieces to palm tress. While it's perfect for outdoor drinking in the summer for obvious reasons, it's also open year-round thanks to heat lamps and inflatable igloos, making winter rooftop drinking just as easy.

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4. Molly's Shebeen 287 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010 (Gramercy)

Molly's Shebeen in Murray Hill is an old school NYC Irish dive, through and through. The well worn space (complete with sawdust on the floor) has remained a favorite of locals and regulars since opening its doors in 1960. An extensive beer selection is obviously where Molly's shines -- it's a solid spot to grab a pint just based off atmosphere alone, not to mention the mile long menu of English and Irish drafts -- but if you're looking for a seriously satisfying burger, Molly's comes through on that front, as well. The cheeseburgers, piled high with crispy onion rings and all the fixings are what basic bar burgers aspire to be.

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5. P.J. Clarke's 915 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022 (Midtown)

A New York institution, P.J. Clarke's has delivered on the fancy cheeseburger promise since 1884. And while Midtown in the new millennia no longer projects late-20th century old money glam, the venue continues to maintain a setting of demure class. Come for the bacon cheeseburgers, stay for the exemplary cocktails.

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6. The Rum House 228 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036 (Midtown West)

A piano, a multi-lantern chandelier, and red leather banquettes set the tone for this classic cocktail joint located in the Theater District. Serving up masterful, brag-worthy takes on your liquor go-to's, The Rum House is a cocktail purveyor through and through. Food isn't a focus here, so take your hunger to Hell's Kitchen and come back here for a most-sophisticated nightcap.

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7. Hudson Lodge 356 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019 (Hells Kitchen)

Hudson Hotel's Hudson Lodge, lives up to its name with draping their low-lying wooden furniture with fur blankets, hanging taxidermied stag heads above their kingly communal tables, and setting up foam-blowing snow machines. The drinks are as boozy as they're chocolatey!

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8. Fanelli Cafe 94 Prince St, New York, NY 10012 (Soho)

Dim with dingy charm and the occasional dog panting in the window, you’d never know you were in Soho while in Fanelli's, home of the city’s greatest old-school burgers (the spot's been around since 1847!). You've got a choice between beef and bison, but you should opt for the rich and thick char-grilled bison on an onion roll. Add cheese or bacon if you please, but there’s nothing wrong with just a regular burger here (alongside a pint, of course).

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9. Ear Inn 326 Spring St, New York, NY 10013 (Soho)

More than a century ago, this SoHo watering hole was a hotspot for sailors waiting for their ships to dock. The Ear Inn is a designated landmark of the City of New York, and the cheeseburger is a designated bar burger of the City of New York (designated by Thrillist, of course). The prime sirloin number topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion is something you absolutely have to check off your NYC burger bucket list, whether you're from here or not. It’s big, it’s juicy, and it goes perfectly with a pint.

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10. Dorrian's Red Hand 1616 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028 (Upper East Side)

Open since 1960, Dorrian’s is kind of like the Upper East Side’s very own Cheers. Its draft beers and well-priced cocktails are what neighborhood bars are made of, and the kitchen serves classic American comfort food like bacon cheeseburgers, club sandwiches, and mozzarella sticks until midnight.

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11. Bemelmans Bar 35 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021 (Upper East Side)

If it weren’t for all the alcohol, you could mistake Bemelmans for the world’s most lavish nursery. That’s because the walls and lampshades are covered with whimsical illustrations from Ludwig Bemelmans, the man behind Madeline. But don’t come here with your kids on a Sunday afternoon; instead, come on Friday, and grab a table on the floor or, if you can, a spot in one of the rich chocolate-brown banquets around the perimeter of the room and listen to live jazz and piano in the evenings. There’s a cover charge past 9pm on Sunday and Monday and 9:30pm Tuesday-Saturday, so be sure to get there early for a first-come-first-serve spot. The menu is all class, from fine wines to cocktails like the pisco sour and top-notch martinis. While you sip, tilt your head back to catch a glimpse of the 24-karat gold leaf-covered ceiling.

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12. The Blind Tiger 281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Arguably the epitome of a New York City craft beer bar and a true pioneer in the NYC craft scene, Blind Tiger’s been doling out a fine selection of the top tier libations since it opened in 1995. It’s the go-to spot to meet folks from your favorite breweries who happen to be swinging through town, and the tap takeovers are legendary to say the least. Sip from 28 taps, two casks and a staggering list of microbrew bottles.

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13. Johnny's Bar 90 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011 (West Village)

A colorful, lively tavern and taproom, Johnny's in the West Village is a neighborhood dive, through and through. No matter the day of the week, neighborhood barflies zip into this cozy counter space (the bar is roughly the size of a subway car) and knock a few back after hours. The collage-like aesthetic of the narrow, brick-walled interior space only adds to its friendly and intimate feel.

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14. The Turkey's Nest 94 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Right across from McCarren Park, Turkey's Nest is a dive bar in Williamsburg known for serving drinks in huge styrofoam cups. It has all the fixins of an actual dive: cheap drinks, pool tables, a few TVs, and a jukebox.

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