Food & Drink

14 Seattle Bars That Are Open on Christmas Day

Published On 12/18/2015 Published On 12/18/2015
Sun Liquor
Suzi Pratt
Teddy's off Roosevelt
Dunbar Room
Chona Kasinger/Thrillist
Sorrento Hotel
Zig Zag Café
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1. Sun Liquor 607 Summit Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Sun Liquor's a Capitol Hill distillery & bar that also serves New American dinner and brunch dishes (options include a Tilamook cheddar "Tiki" burger with grilled pineapple and buttermilk biscuits and gravy). This spot makes top notch cocktails (duh), the likes of which include riffs on the classics like French 75's (Sun's Oslo 75 features Aquavit and sloe gin) plus original creations, all of which are picture perfect to sip in SL's plush, speakeasy style establishment.

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2. Liberty 517 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Sushi and craft cocktails make a great pair at this Capitol Hill neighborhood eatery. Run by the President of the Washington State Bartender’s Guild/Vice President of the Washington Distillers’ Guild, this spot has a lot to live up to libation wise, and it delivers with a nice selection of well-made classic cocktails, house standards, and an extensive array of whiskey, vodka, tequila, and bourbon. Comfy couches make up for limited bar seating.

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3. Whisky Bar 2122 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

With weekly live bagpipe music (!), The Whisky Bar lives up to its name with over 50 bottles of the aforementioned spirit, along with eats like smoked duck, veal shoulder, and other meat-tastic bar bites.

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4. Linda's Tavern 707 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122

A classic pub in Seattle, Linda's prides itself on being "a nice place for nice people".

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5. The Central Saloon 207 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

This casual saloon opened in the 19th century and serves tons of excellent American pub food.

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6. Baranof Bar & Restaurant 8549 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

There's nothing like waking up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday to catch a solid game of bingo. The Baranof might be the only place in Greenwood (or the entire city) to offer it. It's equal parts diner and dive bar serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, every day. The nautical-themed diner and dive also hosts karaoke at night and is home to a bustling late-night scene (despite its opening at 6am). Plus, there's a sign outside that reads, "Hot Beer, Lousy Food, Bad Service." I don't know about you, but I'm on my way.

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7. Teddy's Tavern 1012 N.E 65th St, Seattle, WA 98115

This Roosevelt standby has lots of beer, pub food, pool, and ping-pong. Plus, there's also a patio for those few nice months of the year.

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8. Dunbar Room 900 Madison St, Seattle, WA 98104

This Hotel Sorrento bar is serving sick drinks alongside an amazing menu from Chef Seth Caswell.

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9. Tini Bigs 100 Denny Way, Seattle, WA 98109

Tini Bigs serves up its specialty cocktails in 10oz martini glasses, so make sure you get a good meal in before stepping into the self-proclaimed "second-best cocktail lounge" in Seattle.

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10. King's Hardware 5225 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

King's Hardware is decked out with taxidermy and stocked with regional brews, but the rustic pub's main attraction is its tasty and creative burger options, like the peanut butter and bacon-based After School Special. Aside from classic and specialty burgers, there are hot wings, onion rings, and similar greased-up "sidekicks" on the menu. You can bring your beer and burger outside and chill on the patio, or stay inside and challenge your friends to a round of skee-ball.

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11. Hattie's Hat Restaurant 5231 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107

This American eatery serves up classic dishes with a twist (like their Voodoo Burger with Cajun spices!) and is known for their legendary brunch, with their signature Rosemary Mary.

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12. The Sorrento Hotel 900 Madison St, Seattle, WA 98104

Because getting just over the freeway from Downtown is far easier than getting to, say, Sorrento, Italy, you should probably just hit this iconic Seattle overnighter, where they've been romancing guests for over 100yrs with rich Italian architecture and luxuriously appointed dining & drinking establishments.

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13. Zig Zag Cafe 1501 Western Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

This warm, intimate cocktail haven and American eatery in Pike Place has got your next date night covered. Plush banquettes flank the hip, bistro-inspired space, and a stellar happy hour (5-7pm Monday through Friday) makes it easy to knock back a few. Meticulously crafted entrees like the 12 hour beef shank with malted barley and horseradish gremolata are savory and sophisticated.

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14. The 5 Point Cafe 415 Cedar St, Seattle, WA 98121

It's hard to argue with this quirky's dive's tagline: "Alcoholics serving alcoholics since 1929" -- these guys have been serving boozy concoctions way under the radar since just before the end of prohibition, and it shows. The same goes for its heaping breakfasts of chicken & biscuits, plate-sized pancakes, and vegetarian hash and endless selection of classic burgers, sandwiches, and classic American comfort foods that make an ideal pair for a pint or specialty cocktail.