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15 Philly bars open on Christmas Day

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

What do you do after spending all day opening presents and drinking eggnog? You spend all night drinking... um, other things at one of these 15 sweet Philly bars that are actually open on Christmas Day. Consider it our present to you...

Downey's Irish Pub & Restaurant

Downey’s Restaurant

Society Hill
Get all of the Italian-family Christmas traditions without having to spend all day making cannoli with your aunt, all thank to this... um, Irish (?) spot that's serving pizza, pasta, and yes, cannoli all day on Christmas.

National Mechanics

Old City
This upscale Old City boozer opens just in time for cocktail hour at 5pm, but you'd better change out of your stretchy pants... they have a dress code.

Irish Pub Philly

Irish Pub

The pub’s 20th St location opens on Christmas at 5pm, which means you can have a jolly old time downing their typical cheap drink specials ($3 pints, anyone?) and noshing on pub-style eats like bacon-cheddar steak fries.

Khyber Pass Pub

Old City
The Khyber opens at 5:30pm, which means instead of whatever over-cooked Christmas meal you usually have, it's gonna be bacon grease popcorn for dinner.


Sassafras Bar

Old City
Every day is a good day for one of the best burgers in Philly... which is exactly how many days a week SB's open.

12 Steps Down

Italian Market
This dive is one stair below street level for each day of Christmas and boasts over 70 bottles and has eight solid craft beers on tap, plus solid bar-eats (grilled cheese sliders w/ tomato soup, hand-cut onion rings w/ horseradish aioli), but sadly none of then involve a partridge. Or a pear.

South Philadelphia Tap Room

South Philadelphia Tap Room

Point Breeze
Despite how its kitschy red-velveteen wallpaper bedecked with lions might make it look, the SPTR is not a present to unwrap, but it is giving you a chance to do some serious boozing from 6pm-1am on Xmas.

Grey Lodge Pub

The Grey Lodge Pub keeps its ales seasonally apt, so stop in after 8pm and you’re bound to get in the spirit with Sly Fox Xmas, Mad Elf, and other festive brews.

Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse

Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse

If all you want for Christmas is the Eagles to make the playoffs, then this sports hang is for you, especially on the Big Day (when Cavanaugh's opens at 8pm). And you don't have to worry about watching Philly's other team, the 76ers lose... because they don't play.

Eulogy Belgian Tavern

Old City
Ironically, Eulogy's sweet list of over 400 beers, and some of the city's best fries, make it the perfect place to celebrate Jesus’ birthday.

Fox & Hound Philadelphia

Fox & Hound

Fox & Hound is another great spot to catch up on your Christmas Day sports, emphasis on day -- while most spots on this list open in the evening, you can stop by Fox & Hound during the day from 11am-6pm.

Pub on Passyunk East

East Passyunk
This South Philly favorite opens its doors at 6pm on Christmas Day, and chances are the menu -- which offers delicious options for vegetarians and carnivores alike -- is good enough to please even sourest of grumpy relatives.

New Wave Cafe

New Wave Cafe

Queen Village
New Wave Cafe opens at 6pm, which means you’ll miss out on the spot’s top-notch brunch but still have the whole evening to down standard pub fare and lots of craft beer.

O’Neals Pub

Queen Village
The bar will be open from 11am-2am, and the kitchen will be partially open as well, so you can hideout for as long as you like and not starve. Just don’t hideout too long because O’Neals is notoriously a Steelers bar and you’ll need to cleanse yourself before resuming Christmas activities.


Did Grandma give you a crisp $5 in your stocking this morning? Bring it on over to the cash-only Lombard St mainstay after 8pm for some craft beer and board games, sans the overly competitive Monopoly game with your uncle.

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1. National Mechanics 22 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

National Mechanics's got a varied American menu, a crazy array of cocktail, and inhabits an historic, gothic building in Old City.

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2. Khyber Pass Pub 56 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The KPP is a late-night joint offering some fan-food favorites from down South, like red beans & rice and even beignets. And oh-so-much beer.

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3. Sassafras 48 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

With a comfortable, warm atmosphere, Sassafras is an Old City bar and resto that serves up a slice of the world: from Mongolian dumplings to their signature Philly cheesesteak made with brie, you're sure to find a bite to please everyone in your group.

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4. Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse 1823 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

hoof it over to Cavanaugh's, where you can kick up your feet on either floor to watch whatever's on their screens whilst knocking back drafts of whatever's on tap and taunting other fans.

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5. Eulogy Belgian Tavern 136 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

With 400 beers and some of the best fries in Philly (seriously -- you've got to try 'em!), this Old City resto/tavern is definitely worth checking out. It's all about state-of-the-art presentation here, which means the bartenders are trained to notice every little detail that goes with drinking great beer.

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6. O'Neals 611 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Society Hillqueen Village)

You can grab 100 brews, 15 single malts, and a fish 'n chips-heavy menu on the "Steelers Alley" second floor at O'Neals, reminding Black & Yellow fans of another O: Ohhh crap, Kordell's under center again.

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7. Doobie's 2201 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19146 (Rittenhouse)

At Doobie's you can find a classic juke box, board games and cheap beer. A perfect setting for the start... or end to the night.



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