When the stockings have been un-stuffed, the endless loop of A Christmas Story has lost its charm, and all the leftover Christmas Eve tamales are gone, it’s tempting to declare the holiday over and hit the hay early. But, why not throw on that snazzy new hideous sweater that was waiting for you under the tree, and go have a drink? These 11 festive SA bars will be open on Christmas Day, ready to top off your glass of holiday spirit(s).
Zinc’s roster of beer, wine, and cocktails is extensive, and its location in the heart of the River Walk’s central loop is ideal for taking in the holiday lights. Opens at 11 am.
Give your Christmas some international flavor with one of the Flying Saucer's dozens of beers from around the world. A Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale from merry old England sounds festive, or perhaps a Mikkeller Santa’s Little Helper from Denmark? Open at 5 pm.
Cocktails are king at this sophisticated, modern speakeasy. Try December’s drink of the month, the creamy, smooth Egg Shen. Opens at 8 pm.
Make a toast to your cousin freezing his butt off in Ohio as you enjoy SA’s balmy green Christmas at Southtown’s favorite outdoor chill spot. Closed Christmas Eve, open at 3pm Christmas Day.
Just like the other 364 days of the year, Mi Tierra will be open each and every second of Christmas Day. Raise an Oro de Mi Tierra margarita glass to St. Nick, who surely would appreciate the generously portioned classic, made with good ol’ Jose Cuervo.
Celebrate Christmas in a distinctly American style, with wings, pizza, and beer. Closed Christmas Eve, but open at 8pm Christmas Day.
The warm, timeless atmosphere of the Sheraton Gunter Hotel’s Bar 414, created by the liberal use of wood and brown tones and blues playing on the speakers, is perfect for enjoying a winter’s evening libation. Opens at 5pm.
This casual ‘09er bar gives its patrons gifts all year long in the form of low drink prices and amazing daily specials. If the weather cooperates, a beer enjoyed on the patio might be the perfect wrap-up to Christmas Day. Opens at 5pm.
A favorite on the St. Mary’s Strip, TBA manages to maintain the vibe of a dive bar with none of that category’s typical skeeviness. Perfect for a relaxed nightcap with Mom. Opens at 7pm.
Sports don't take a holiday, so why should sports bars? Opens at 6pm.
If hardy bar food is on your wish list this year, you can get your fill on Christmas Night. Opens at 9pm.
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Michelle Burgess is a San Antonio writer. She braves tailgaters in big trucks, parking tickets in Southtown, and hordes of marauding River Walk tourists in her quest to serve readers.
1. Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar207 N Presa St, San Antonio
2. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium11255 Huebner Rd #212, San Antonio
3. The Brooklynite516 Brooklyn Ave, San Antonio
4. The Friendly Spot943 S Alamo St, San Antonio
5. Mi Tierra Café y Panadería218 Produce Row, San Antonio
6. Joey's2417 N Saint Marys St, San Antonio
7. Bar 414205 E Houston St, San Antonio
8. Rebar8134 Broadway St , San Antonio
9. TBA2801 N St Mary's St, San Antonio
10. The Ticket420 E Houston St, San Antonio
11. Luther's Cafe1425 North Main Ave, San Antonio
Located in a historic building in the heart of San Antonio, Zinc Bistro and Wine Bar boasts an extensive wine menu: 4,000 bottles are stored in the restaurant's very large wine cellar.
This open concept bar offers over 200 beers from around the world, plus all your favorite classic pub snacks.
Visiting The Brooklynite is like being transported to another time and place, somewhere between Mad Men and a Victorian speakeasy. You might expect a heavy waft of cigar smoke, but all you’ll get are some incredible craft cocktails. Cool off with a Summer Pimm's, made with house pineapple gomme, lemon, cucumber, salt, and Topo Chico.
The Friendly Spot took the old model of the ice house and modernized it for the craft beer fan. Instead of sipping on Lone Star or Coors Light, you’ll have to decide which beer to order from one of their 76 taps or 250 bottles on hand.
Mi Tierra Café y Panadería is a 24-hour tourist mecca -- that also draws its fair share of devoted, in-the-know locals -- known for its lively, festive décor, beloved bakery (get the famous pan dulce), and Mexican cuisine. Founded in 1941, the cafe has since become a San Antonio landmark for authentic Mexican food in Market Square, turning out traditional dishes like tacos and chalupas, fajitas and enchiladas, tamales and carne guisada, with a roving Mariachi band to enhance your dining experience.
Joey's, once the home of the Blue Star Brewing Company, is now a San Antonio staple serving up tons of beer and craft cocktails.
This speakeasy bar is known for its 1920s Prohibition-era cocktails, without the drama of Boardwalk Empire. Fedoras, suspenders, and cloche hats are welcomed.
This laid-back bar and lounge has live music, a daily happy hour, weekly drink specials, and outdoor space. What more can you ask for?
This place is often called a "hidden treasure" of the St. Mary's strip. It's a favorite dive bar of this bustling area. Although it has the casual appeal of a typical dive bar, it's also a relatively clean establishment suitable for all.
With 14 HD screens, a huge beer selection and specialty shots, the Ticket makes a great place to go for game day.