Food & Drink

15 PDX bars open on Christmas Day

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

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...

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Bar Bar

North Portland
Burgers, hot toddies, and scotch, sometimes during the holidays it’s the little things that matter.
 

Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill

North Portland
If you feel like watching sports and spending your holiday loot at the video poker machines, this is the place for you.

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Mary’s Club

Downtown
Forget stockings, celebrate the holidays with fishnets... or the lack thereof.
 

Spare Room

Northeast Portland
At this old bowling alley turned dive bar, the only thing as red as Rudolph's nose are the rosy cheeks of the regulars.

Radio Room

Radio Room

Alberta
Their winter cocktails are way better than yours, and as an extra plus, they've got heated outdoor patios with fire pits.
 

Cosmo Lounge

Southeast
Red and green jello shots!

Rose and Thistle Public House

Rose and Thistle

Northeast Portland
This Scottish pub is opening at 7pm on Christmas Day, the perfect time to help you forget that family dinner you just left.
 

Cheerful Tortoise

Southwest Portland
This is where you can hang with all the college kids whose parents didn’t fly them home for Xmas.

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C-Bar

Southeast Portland
Strap on that ugly Christmas sweater and hunker down for some good ol' soul food, like this beautiful piece of fried chicken and mashers.
 

Bar of the Gods

Southeast Portland
Come here to not be seen and bask in the darkness that is BOG. It's opening way after the sun goes down at 7pm.

Bare Bones Bar

Bare Bones Bar

Southeast Portland
All I want for Christmas is a Mickey’s and a shot of Old Crow... only $5 at this bar.
 

Cider Mill Lounge

Southwest Portland
What goes better with fried chicken, eggnog or peppermint schnapps? Find out here!

Rogue Hall

Rogue Hall

Southwest Portland
Deck the halls with meatballs in your Bloody Mary.
 

Tanker Bar

Southeast Portland
Pinball, Pac-Man, and Pabst, three wise choices for any man's holiday celebration.
 

Bonfire Lounge

Southeast Portland
It’s unlikely that you’ll find any chestnuts roasting on an open fire, but you will find the Hellfire burrito to warm you up.

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1. Bar Bar 3943 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

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.

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2. Mary's Club 129 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

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.

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3. Spare Room Restaurant & Lounge 4830 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 98218

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.

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4. Radio Room 1101 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211 (Ne Portland)

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.

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5. Rose & Thistle 2314 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232 (Ne Portland)

Rose & Thistle is a Scottish-style pub tucked away in NE Portland, with a secret patio that you can enjoy while sipping on authentic drafts.

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