18 San Diego Bars Open on Christmas Day

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The holidays sometimes mean you need a drink -- but sometimes the eggnog grandma is pushing isn’t exactly what you had in mind. Whether you’re separated from family this Christmas or looking to separate from family this Christmas, these San Diego drinkeries are ready to welcome you with open arms.

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Sycamore Den

Normal Heights
Cozying up around the golden fireplace will instantly make SD feel a little more like Christmas, even if it is 65 degrees outside.
 

Lion’s Share

Downtown
Nothing says "happy holidays" like delicious cocktails and exotic meats. At least the place isn't serving reindeer.

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Spiked at Harrah’s

Valley Center
Guarantee yourself a spot on Santa’s naughty list for next year and gamble away that Christmas cash grandma gave you... or win big and send grandma on a cruise. It could go either way.
 

Lamplighter

Mission Hills
It’s officially the last day of the year that it’s acceptable to obnoxiously belt out Christmas songs. Get after it.

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Sandbar

Mission Beach
Only in Southern California can you get away with drinking at an oceanfront rooftop bar on Christmas Day. Be sure to send some jealousy-inducing selfies to the fam while you’re sipping that marg.
 

100 Wines

Hillcrest
Go ahead. Order yourself a whole bottle. Merry Christmas.

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Tavern at the Beach

Pacific Beach
Depending on how well that family dinner went you can stop by to knock back a few or go all out and tap a whole keg for your table.
 

Toronado

North Park
With a beer list a mile long there's bound to be something festive on tap. If not, you still have an infinite number of non-holiday brews to choose from.

High Dive

Bay Park
Nothing reminds you of home like a bar that keeps its Christmas lights up all year long.
 

Hamilton’s Tavern

South Park
See if you can still name Santa’s reindeer after working your way through this tap list.

Wonderland

Ocean Beach
Who wouldn’t want to spend Christmas with this crew?
 

barleymash

Gaslamp
If Santa neglected to bring you the bacon blue cheese fries you asked for, go here.

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Coin-Op

North Park
Christmas was way more fun as a kid, so take your inner child out for some Mortal Kombat II and an adult beverage.
 

El Dorado

Downtown
It has My Favorite Things on the cocktail menu. So at least you’ll get one thing you wanted this year.

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Duck Dive

Pacific Beach
Have yourself a merry little Christmas Day surf and then come by Duck Dive for a refreshing beverage.
 

PB Shore Club

Pacific Beach
Come by wearing a onesie and get half off your drinks. Best. Christmas. EVER.

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Indigo Grill

Little Italy
Get all international this year and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christo with a tequila shot and some chicharrones.

Shakespeare Pub & Grille

Mission Hills
Do up Christmas like a Brit and celebrate Jolly Old Saint Nick out on the piss.

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Sara Norris will be freezing her tush off in New Mexico this Christmas but wishes you all a happy holiday anyway.