The best thing about the holidays is that people care enough to give you presents. The second best thing? No one cares enough about your presence at some stuffy family dinner to keep you from grabbing a cold-weather cocktail at one these 15 sweet PDX bars that're open on Christmas...
15 PDX bars open on Christmas Day
Strap on that ugly Christmas sweater and hunker down for some good ol' soul food, like this beautiful piece of fried chicken and mashers.
Deck the halls with meatballs in your Bloody Mary.
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The little sister bar and patio to the musically inclined restaurant/concert venue Mississippi Studios (located in the same building), Bar Bar's specialties are the life's simple pleasures: a high quality burger, a cheap can of beer, and good music. The burger at this Boise joint's, with its grass-fed beef, house-made ketchup, and a secret-recipe sauce between a thick and soft potato bun, is one of the best in Portland, and while the beer list is short and craft-free, the inventive list of specialty cocktails will more than make up for it.
Operating for almost 50yrs, Mary's Club is perhaps the original Portland bastion of boob-baring. Stop in for a drink at this iconic PDX club.
Spare Room is a Portland dive in a converted bowling alley with two distinct bars and plenty of mystery shots to imbibe as you bask in saxophone tunes. Also available is standard American fare (for breakfast, lunch, and dinner), along with daily food specials, mixed drinks, and frequent live music.
Part diner, part bar, part rooftop lounge, the triple-threat Radio Room pours stiff drinks from sunup to sundown, plus it serves up an endless breakfast to go along with the endless cast of characters who call it home.