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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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.
Downtown Nothing says "happy holidays" like delicious cocktails and exotic meats. At least the place isn't serving reindeer. Courtesy of Spiked
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.
Mission Hills It’s officially the last day of the year that it’s acceptable to obnoxiously belt out Christmas songs. Get after it. Sara Norris/Thrillist
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.
Hillcrest Go ahead. Order yourself a whole bottle. Merry Christmas. Sara Norris/Thrillist
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.
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. The High Dive
Bay Park Nothing reminds you of home like a bar that keeps its Christmas lights up all year long.
South Park See if you can still name Santa’s reindeer after working your way through this tap list. Wonderland Ocean Pub
Ocean Beach Who wouldn’t want to spend Christmas with this crew?
Gaslamp If Santa neglected to bring you the bacon blue cheese fries you asked for, go here. Sara Norris/Thrillist
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.
Downtown It has My Favorite Things on the cocktail menu. So at least you’ll get one thing you wanted this year. Sara Norris/Thrillist
Pacific Beach Have yourself a merry little Christmas Day surf and then come by Duck Dive for a refreshing beverage.
Pacific Beach Come by wearing a onesie and get half off your drinks. Best. Christmas. EVER. Sara Norris/Thrillist
Little Italy Get all international this year and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christo with a tequila shot and some chicharrones.
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.