Ahh the holidays, that time of year when you get together with all of your family to gorge on food, have a few drinks, and get into heated arguments over gun control and Hillary Clinton’s personal email account. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year... especially when you finally get away from all that and hit up a nice bar full of strangers who just want to enjoy their beers in peace. Luckily for you, we've found 14 Seattle spots where you can totally do that on Christmas Day.
Capitol Hill Liberty's a coffee house, a sushi restaurant, one of Seattle's best cocktail destinations... and one of its most consistent. It's open from 9am-2am, 365 days of the year, and, of course, that includes Christmas.
Belltown Hit Belltown’s Whisky Bar for hot toddies galore after 6pm on Christmas, just in time to avoid listening to your uncle lower the bar on appropriate holiday dinner conversation. Probably 'cause he's had too many Brandy Alexanders.
Capitol Hill Your cheeks will be as rosy as Santa’s after a couple of cheap beers at this beloved dive. Linda’s even celebrates Christmas in the summer, so you best believe it does the real one right. Open from 7pm-2am.
Pioneer Square This historic bar will be keeping the beers a-flowing on Christmas Day, starting at 11am. And if it’s food you’re looking for, Central Saloon will have its usual holiday turkey with all the fixin's.
Greenwood One of Seattle’s best bad decision bars, hitting Baranof at any time during the day -- it opens up at 6am! -- is actually a really good decision, especially if you're there for the annual Christmas potluck.
First Hill Thanks to touches like 7,000lb of blue and white tile imported from Morocco, this bar -- one of the most beautiful in Seattle -- makes you feel like you're far, far away. Possibly in a country that doesn't celebrate Christmas.
Queen Anne This old-school cocktail joint has been open for more than 6,950 days straight, a streak that includes 18 years' worth of Christmases during which you probably should have been consuming seasonal cocktails like the Fall-en Saint made with gin, elderflower liqueur, and rosemary... or a pumpkin Old Fashioned.
Ballard Celebrate the day three kings supposedly laced the baby Jesus with some precious hardware (as well as some frankincense and myrrh) by hitting this Ballard Ave mainstay, where in addition to all the spirits/beer you need, it's got one of Seattle's best burgers.
Ballard Cozy up in the back room over an eggnog cocktail or any of their other holiday-inspired drinks and wonder why the hat your grandma knit you for Christmas couldn't be as cool as Hattie's. Open from 10am-2am.
Belltown One of the best dives in the country, this iconic Seattle bar is open 24 hours a day, every day, including the day you most need a morning happy hour, or a classic holiday dinner cooked by someone else. It’s served from 10am to 10pm.
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Bradley Foster is a former Thrillist editor who has spent Christmas in a casino, and in most of the bars on Bourbon St, so you probably shouldn't feel too bad about hitting one of these spots on December 25th.