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.
Indeed, one place promises to be bright and cheery just in time for dinner. From 7pm-2am, Sun Liquor will be purveying all kinds of holiday spirits, including its signature aged eggnog.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Roosevelt standby isn’t letting its regulars down, even on Christmas. Swing by anytime after 7pm for some pool and brews to get your bearings after that family gathering.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Fireside Room will be hosting a Christmas Day buffet, complete with drinks from the bar from 8am-11pm, so forgo the pots and pans this year and gorge yourself on some holiday ham.
Sip a beautifully crafted cocktail at one of the most revered bars in the US from 7pm-2am on Christmas Day -- you deserve it.
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.
1. Sun Liquor607 Summit Ave E, Seattle
2. Liberty517 15th Ave E, Seattle
3. Whisky Bar2122 2nd Ave, Seattle
4. Linda's Tavern707 E Pine St, Seattle
5. The Central Saloon207 1st Ave S, Seattle
6. Baranof Bar & Restaurant8549 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle
7. Teddy's Tavern1012 N.E 65th St, Seattle
8. Dunbar Room900 Madison St, Seattle
9. Tini Bigs100 Denny Way, Seattle
10. King's Hardware5225 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle
11. Hattie's Hat Restaurant5231 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle
12. The Sorrento Hotel900 Madison St, Seattle
13. Zig Zag Cafe1501 Western Ave., Seattle
14. The 5 Point Cafe415 Cedar St, Seattle
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.
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.
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.
A classic pub in Seattle, Linda's prides itself on being "a nice place for nice people".
This casual saloon opened in the 19th century and serves tons of excellent American pub food.
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.
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.
This Hotel Sorrento bar is serving sick drinks alongside an amazing menu from Chef Seth Caswell.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.