Politely decline your mom’s eggnog and head to these bars instead. From dive bar to decadent hotel lounge, they’ve got your back, even on Christmas Day. Know (with certainty) of others? Spread cheer in the comments.
22 DC bars open on Christmas Day
H Street NE
Tell out-of-towners tagging along not to order a Manhattan, Martini, or a shot you think the bartenders "ought to know."
H Street NE
Looks like she didn’t come home for Christmas. Why is that EAGLES song on repeat!?
H Street NE
Deck the halls with black lights, because everyone looks hot here.
H Street NE
Irish bar-meets Jewish deli-meets Christmas. Sounds like a Seinfeld episode.
Responsible for your new Christmas tradition: beer and burgers.
If you don’t dig Christmas, rejoice knowing it’s St. Patrick’s Day, every day, inside Shenanigans. They’ll be open from noon to 2am serving free ham and turkey dinners.
You get a Stoney’s Super Grilled Cheese whether you’ve been naughty or nice.
Treat yo self.
Dupont’s king of cozy will be open, serving booze and a small but mighty menu.
Of course this no-frills corner bar is rolling out the red carpet for its regulars.
U Street Corridor
This might be the only night of the year 14th St isn’t a crowded theme park, so grab an actual stool and put down some drinks. Visit until midnight, but note the kitchen is closed.
U Street Corridor
Probably your best shot at snagging a Mrs. Claus. At least for the night. Just don’t be a Saint Dick. Same deal as above — open ‘til midnight, but the kitchen’s closed.
U Street Corridor
Reflect over cold beers and see if you can pinpoint the one moment that landed you at a dive bar on Christmas.
New low or new high? New high, definitely new high.
Mike and Ike will likely be wearing Santa hats. So should you. The bar’s open but the kitchen’s closed (except for some small snacks).
1. Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar1104 H St NE, Washington
2. The Star and Shamrock1341 H St NE, Washington
3. The Black Squirrel2427 18th St NW , Washington, DC
4. Madam's Organ2461 18th St NW, Washington
5. Round Robin & Scotch Bar1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington
6. Off the Record800 16th St NW, Washington
7. Duke's Grocery1513 17th St NW, Washington
8. Lyman's Tavern3720 14th St NW, Washington
9. Meridian Pint3400 11st NW, Washington
10. All Souls Bar725 T St NW, Washington
11. Bar Pilar1833 14th St NW, Washington
12. Cafe Saint-Ex1847 14th Street NW , Washington
13. Showtime113 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington
14. Beuchert's Saloon623 Pennsylvania Ave SE , Washington, DC
15. BOURBON STEAK DC2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington
Bathed in the violet glow of black lights and serving up an adult slushy called "Awesomeness", Little Miss Whiskey's is a New Orleans-themed haunt with a sticky floor and a good heart. Keep it a little more relaxed downstairs or head up a floor to a DJ-fueled dance party.
Half Irish pub, half Jewish deli, the Rock's anchored by a central, three-sided, pine-topped bar lit by hanging cast-iron lanterns and decked with hand-carved oak reliefs of four-leaf clovers and Stars of David, heart-warmingly coupled with a back-corner,
This massive, Adams Morgan beer hall pours 'em tall, dark, and handsome. Black Squirrel offers a plethora of domestic and imported draft and bottled beers in all ales and stripes. Feeling peckish? The in-house kitchen serves up some seriously insane burgers, and the topping list is just as varied as the beer menu-- goat cheese jalapenos on your bacon burger? Yes please.
Stretching up four floors, Madam's Organ, "Where the Beautiful People Go to Get Ugly", is an awesomely irreverent establishment that has everything, including a year-round roof deck, trivia, "Drunkeoke" (it's exactly what you think), and live music. As an additional bonus, they're open until 3a on Fridays and Saturdays.
Opened in 1847, Round Robin has been frequented by a number of presidents, as well as Mark Twain & Walt Whitman. Bartender Jim Hewes has also been there for almost 30 years!
If you're across the street from the White House, head to Off the Record. Situated in the Italian Renaissance-style Hay-Adams hotel, this aptly named haunt looks like an over-the-top hideaway of the political elite. Don't be surprised if you noticed Frank Underwood sipping a Sazerac by the bar...
You're in for some monster sandwiches and burgers at this bi-level East London-inspired spot in Dupont. Take the Proper Burger, for example, which is stacked with two griddled patties and topped with a list of flavorful ingredients that includes smoked Gouda, charred red onions, and a Thai sweet chili sauce. Beyond the Proper, their chalkboard menu offers an array of tasty dishes -- from curries to homemade pastas -- that are all made from scratch in their cozy kitchen. The laid-back neighborhood-pub vibe lets you kick back while you sip on a craft brew or cocktail.
Sliders, dogs, and tacos are the main staples at this Columbia Heights dive bar. Here you will find pinball machines, PBR on draught, local beers like DC Brau, National Bohemian, and Atlas Brew Works, and a good number of domestic bottles. If it gives you any idea of what the atmosphere is like, the casual bar features stuffed jackalope heads, cross-stitched signage, and retro decorations. Now with the addition of an outdoor patio space, hot dogs aren't the only dogs welcome at Lyman's ... in other words, bring your pooch.
Pint's a bastion of nostalgic Americana, with a basement boasting taps from which you can pour your own beers built into certain tables, and walls/bartops with blueprints of industrial symbols like trains & bridges.
A neighborhood corner bar in Shaw, owned by David Batista (former manager at Jaleo and Zaytina). A jukebox, cheap drinks, and relaxed vibe make this a great place to stop on your way home from work, or on your way out for the night.
This DC institution offers up seasonal cuisine with a South American slant in a homey, friendly dining room.
Named for aviator/ author of The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Cafe Saint-Ex also holds a dual identity. Upstairs is a classy cafe where you can enjoy delicious offerings like Sriracha Chicken Liver Mousse or Slow Roasted Pork Belly, while downstairs a dance party awaits your full-stomached dancing (wait 30 minutes!).
This Bloomingdale spot in one of D.C.'s most beloved dives, with its free funk-and-soul jukebox, weekly live music, and dirty cheap beer. The go-to drink at this cash-only watering hole is the timeless $5 "Comb’oh" -- a can of Natty Boh and a whiskey back. Or for a dollar more, you can grab a shot of tequila and wash it back with a Tecate.
A reborn western saloon with the upscale hipness of Eastern Market, Beuchert’s takes “farm-to-table” fare to the next level. Everything on the market-driven menu is sourced from local coops and farms, resulting in an abundance of fresh flavors. We suggest you sip on a specialty cocktail and order the roasted bone marrow -- a verdant combination of pickled pistachios and mustard seed, served with a parsley salad -- to fit in with the local herd, providing the taxidermy Buffalo (mounted above the cherry wood bar with lifelike expressions) haven’t done so already.
Bourbon Steak, located inside the Four Seasons Hotel, is a chic and modern restaurant brought to you by award winning Chef Michael Mina. It has a classy upscale hotel vibe, offering one of the most extensive selection of steaks, including dry-aged, grass-fed, corn-fed, and Japanese wagyu beef. However, it’s the kind of steakhouse where a trio of steak cuts can cost you up to three figures.