11 San Antonio Bars That Are Open on Christmas Day

Courtesy of David Rangel (edited)

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 Bistro & Bar

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.

Flying Saucer

Far Northwest
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.

The Brooklynite

Cocktails are king at this sophisticated, modern speakeasy. Try December’s drink of the month, the creamy, smooth Egg Shen. Opens at 8 pm.

Courtesy of Carlos Araiza

The Friendly Spot

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.

Mi Tierra

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.


Tobin Hill
Celebrate Christmas in a distinctly American style, with wings, pizza, and beer. Closed Christmas Eve, but open at 8pm Christmas Day.

Bar 414

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.


Oak Park
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.


Tobin Hill
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.

The Ticket Sports Pub

Sports don't take a holiday, so why should sports bars? Opens at 6pm.

Luther’s Café

Tobin Hill
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.

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