Food & Drink

23 Philly Bars That Are Open on Christmas Day

Published On 12/23/2015 Published On 12/23/2015

There are plenty of things to do and dates to go on in the winter, but what about on Christmas Day when everything is supposedly closed? If you're looking to hide out from relatives or simply enjoy the city when it’s a little quieter, you’re in luck. Here are 23 bars in town waiting to wish you a happy holiday.

Lacroix at The Rittenhouse

The Library Bar

Rittenhouse
The Library Bar will be open normal hours all day long, which means you can glimpse some of the city’s best bartenders in action.
 

Bar 210

Rittenhouse
Just a few floors up from the Library Bar is Bar 210, where you can take in a quiet, Christmas-y view of Rittenhouse during the spot’s usual hours.
 

Square 1682

Rittenhouse
Not only is the bar at Hotel Palomar open, but the menu will see some special additions for the occasion. Don’t miss out on those winter cocktails and bacon-wrapped dates.

Irish Pub Philly

Irish Pub

Rittenhouse
Both Irish Pub locations (Rittenhouse and 12th St) are open at 5pm, making the day all the merrier with $3 pints and bacon-cheddar steak fries.
 

Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse

Rittenhouse
Of course Cavanaugh’s is open! Head over after 7pm and treat yourself to some draft brews and onion rings.

Parc Restaurant

Parc

Rittenhouse
Snagging a table here any other day can be a pain, but you might have a little more luck while most people are housed up for Christmas. The kitchen is open all day from 10am to 8pm for brunch, lunch, and dinner.
 

Fox & Hound

Rittenhouse
This sports bar opens at 5pm, so pick the flat screen and beer of your choice and enjoy.
 

Doobies

Rittenhouse
The diviest dive in all of Fitler Square is open on Christmas. If any relatives gave you a crisp $20 today, bring it along because Doobies is cash only.

Blue Cross RiverRink

The Lodge at Winterfest

Old City
The countdown to Christmas at the Lodge includes nightly festive movie screenings to watch by the fire over tacos and spiked hot cocoa.
 

Khyber Pass Pub

Old City
Head to the Khyber after 6pm and treat yourself to a Yuletide treat of bacon-grease popcorn. 
 

Eulogy

Old City
What better place to wine and dine on high-brow pub fare than Eulogy? Doors (and kitchen) open at 5pm, so get there early to start making your way through its 400-line beer menu.

Sassafrasbar

Sassafras Bar

Old City
Besides being one of Philly’s most beautiful bars with one of the city’s best burgers, it's open on Christmas, too!
 

Cavanaugh’s Headhouse

Old City
Another member of the Cavanaugh’s family is open at 8pm. Lucky for you that Christmas falls on a Friday because it's also half-priced pub menu day.

McCormick & Schmick’s

McCormick & Schmick’s

Avenue of the Arts
Class up your Christmas with the pinnacle of surf-n-turf meals. If you're not completely over tinsel and lights, the festive decor along the Avenue of the Arts makes for a scenic walk-off-that-dinner stroll.
 

Taproom on 19th

Passyunk
The taproom is open noon to usual closing hours (so, 2am) with a menu of light snacks and finger foods.

Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar

Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar

Passyunk
Ray’s has been a neighborhood go-to for 75 years, and Christmas Day is no exception. Bonus: Friday is karaoke night.
 

Pub on Passyunk East

Passyunk
POPE will be open in the evening, which means when your one relative notoriously complains about the lack of vegetarian options at your family's spread, you can take them here.

South Philly Tap Room

South Philadelphia Tap Room

Point Breeze
Open from 6pm to 1am, the Tap Room is stocked and ready if you need to pop in for an emergency beer purchase after your relatives devour your stash.
 

American Sardine Bar

Point Breeze
One of the most important places to eat and drink in Philly is open Christmas from 6pm to 1am, just in case you want to extend Christmas into Boxing Day.

New Wave Cafe

New Wave Cafe

Queens Village
New Wave will open its doors around 7pm, so you can spend the last few hours of Christmas with 20 draft beers and a few games of pool.
 

O’Neals Pub

Queens Village
Resigning yourself to a notorious Steelers bar may be worth it if your usual Christmas plans fell through this year. Don’t worry, no matter how long you need to hide out, you’ll never starve (or go thirsty), as the kitchen will be partially open all day, starting at 11am.
 

12 Steps Down

Italian Market
The below-ground bar opens at 7pm when you can imbibe from a selection over 70 bottles and eight craft beers, plus grilled cheese sliders and tomato soup.
 

The Grey Lodge Pub

Tacony
This North Philly favorite always opens its doors on Christmas, so stop in after 8pm to wring out the last of your holiday spirit with a few festive seasonal beers.

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Marielle Mondon is a Philly-born writer who would LOVE some bacon-grease popcorn on Christmas. See whatever else she does: @MarielleMondon.

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1. Library Bar 210 W Rittenhouse Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

The Library Bar is a two-room cocktail palace, cozily tucked into the ground floor of the Rittenhouse Hotel. With huge volumes of literature on display, and including a tome-like, 17 page long drink menu, make yourself comfortable in the spacious cocktail haven with a meticulously crafted Old Fashioned or seasonal option like the El Presidente with bacardi rum, red wine, vermouth, and grenadine.

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2. Bar 210 at Lacroix 210 W Rittenhouse, Philadelphia, PA 19103

This is one of our favorite bars in Philly, with one of our favorite bar tenders, Amy Farrell.

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3. Square 1682 121 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

Located adjacent to Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, Square 1682 features locally sourced produce and meats, and pours distinctive craft cocktails that are as imaginative as they are tasteful. And not for nothing, was named number one bar in America by USA Today. But if that doesn't impress you, the truffle popcorn will.

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4. Irish Pub 1123 Walnut Street & 2007 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19128 (Rittenhouse)

An Irish pub with contemporary sensibilities. Fun fact: This bar made a cameo in the movie "Rocky Balboa" starring Milo Ventimiglia.

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5. 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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6. Parc 227 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

Stephen Starr-created Parc in Rittenhouse Square slings authentic French cuisine in the manner of a Parisian bistro and cafe.

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7. Fox and Hound 1501 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Sure, it may be a chain bar, but it is one of our favorite places to grab a drink in Philly.

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8. Doobie's 2201 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

We will always have a soft spot for this dive bar.

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9. 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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10. 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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11. Sassafras 48 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

This is one o the most beautiful bars in Philly, with some of the best burgers we have ever had.

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13. McCormick & Schmick's Seafood and Steaks 1 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

This is one of our favorite places to grab a bite with a view in Philly.

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14. Taproom on 19th 2400 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19145

If you've ever been curious about what "upscale stoner fare" might taste like, head down to Tap Room on 19th. This tavern serves up farm-to-table fare that draws inspiration from South Philly traditions and southern eats, and includes fried cheese curds, Ponzu dumplings, and a curated list of craft beers. If you come in during brunch hours, you can even choose from a list of breakfast shots, like the Honeynut Cheerio made with Jack Daniels Honey whiskey and Horchata.

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15. Ray's Happy Birthday Bar 1200 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (South Philadelphia)

At Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar, everybody might not know your name, but they will give you a free birthday-cake shot on your birthday, complete with a candle. On days when it isn’t the anniversary of the hardest day of your mom’s life, Ray’s is your typical South Philly dive. You can even still smoke at Ray’s, which is either the greatest thing on Earth or a serious annoyance (where you fall on the scale is, not surprisingly, tied to your alcohol consumption).

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18. American Sardine Bar 1800 Federal St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

We consider this one of the most important places to drink in Philly.

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19. New Wave Cafe 784 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Head here for pitchers of beer and multiple rounds of pool.

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20. O'Neals Irish Pub 611 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Warning: Anyone who is not a Phillies fan should enter with caution. They have a nice outdoor drinking area, an extensive beer list, and some traditional and seasonal menu items that are some of the best bites in Philly. As far as we are concerned, O'Neals is the best Irish pub in Philly.

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21. 12 Steps Down 831 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Southwark)

Chipotle Cheddar Burger and onion rings with a horseradish aioli, that's all I need to say. Get moving.

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