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The best bars open on Christmas in NYC

It's the most wonderful time of the year for beer, wine and cocktails!

Amber Sutherland-Namako
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Amber Sutherland-Namako
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Though they can be a little harder to identify this time of year, some of NYC’s best bars are, in fact, open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Sure, there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to jingle those bells into your local dive, but drinks will still flow all around town. Whether you’re looking to imbibe seasonal cocktails at a holiday-themed pop-up, sip wine by the glass or bottle or try some of the city’s finest no-ABV options, these are the best bars open on December 24 and 25 this year. 

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Best bars open on Christmas in NYC

  • Restaurants
  • Williamsburg

A stylish new rooftop spot with sensational views, Bar Blondeau is open this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Small plates include oysters, tuna tartare and confit, raclette and Bayonne ham. Its robust drink menu spans cocktails, beer, wine and more than a few no-ABV options.  

  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Midtown East
  • price 4 of 4

Grand Central’s own luxe cocktail lounge is a great one for local history lovers and fans of that Old New York aesthetic. Swing by to splurge on spendy sips like the $21 John Campbell’s martini–named for the distinguished space’s original moneyed occupant. 

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Hell's Kitchen
  • price 3 of 4

The midtown answer to the Gramercy original is a jewel of Times Square. The slickly designed rooftop spot is open the 24th and the 25th of December for drinks including cocktails that feature spirits from local makers, plus snacks both small (mixed nuts) and a little larger (croque monsieur). 

  • Restaurants
  • Drinking

Miracle’s sister-Santa popped back up at Boilermaker in the East Village for the holiday season, also decked out in holiday finery. Its eponymous cocktail is made with aged Demerara rum, amaro, lemon, orange, and the real seasonal kicker, gingerbread mix, served in a decorative, cartoon-y Santa cup. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Fort Greene

This charming bar and bistro in Greenpoint has indoor and outdoor availability on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Its regular menu of snacks (truffle popcorn, frites, smoked trout deviled eggs), apps (cheese and charcuterie), and mains (smoked duck cassoulet, coq au vin) will be available, plus cocktails, beer and wine by the glass or bottle. 

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  • Bars
  • Beer bars
  • Ridgewood
  • price 2 of 4

This Queens gem has space for days, including in heated yurts and around fire pits. It’s open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with seasonal drinks like hot toddies, hot cider and spiked coco in addition it it’s standard beer, wine and cocktail lineup. Reservations are encouraged. 

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