Where to get a drink on Christmas Day

Don't worry, there are still a few bars open on Christmas day in Sydney
Grain Bar

Whether you're a Christmas orphan, a backpacker, or you just want to get a drink, these bars and pubs are open on Christmas Day.

Prefer yum cha? These are the ones operating on December 25th. And while we're talking public holidays, here's the Sydney cafés open on New Year's Day.

Bars open on Christmas Day


Gowings Bar and Grill

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Upstairs in the QT Hotel, Gowings Bar and Grill will be doing a limited bar menu, so you can grab a drink and a yuletide snack when you need to get away from your Aunt's travel stories for a while.

Restaurants, Cafés


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Sometimes you just need a little down time with a whisky highball enjoyed from the comfort of a gold and platinum velvet armchair, and that's what's on offer at Sokyo Lounge, which will be open for walk-ins on Christmas day.

Bars, Wine bars

The Winery

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If you're not vibing on a family Christmas this year, why not treat yourself to a garden wine party and splash out on something pricey and fun. Call it your gift to yourself.

Restaurants, German

Bavarian Bier Cafe York St

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The York Street beer hall will be open all day, serving steins and schnitzels to any and all Christmas ophans without family obligations on the day.

Bars, Restaurants

The Kirribilli Club

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This harbourside ex-services club has some of the best views in Lavender Bay. They'll be open on Christmas Day for lunch and drinks.

Bars, Wine bars

Manly Wine

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This this waterfront wine bar will be open on December 25th in case you need a time out with a spot of vino. 

Restaurants, German

Bavarian Bier Cafe Bondi Beach

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Enjoy a beachside beer on Bondi’s main drag. Bondi tends to be a bit of a hotspot for backpackers and Christmas orphans, so expect the Bavarian to be packed to the rafters with jolly punters.

Bars, Cocktail bars

Grain Bar

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Lose the paper crown, the santa hat and the tinsel scarf and head down to the Four Seasons at Circular Quay where you can indulge in a high-class Christmas cocktail at the elegant Grain Bar to wrap up your day.

Want more Christmas action?

The 2014 Lights of Christmas at St Marys Cathedral Sydney
Photograph: James Horan
Things to do, Fairs and festivals

Christmas in Sydney

Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere means beach barbecues, long lunches and checking out the festive lights in the city. There’s no snow, sure, but we know how to party. Find out where you can sing Christmas carols, shop at the Christmas markets, and get a head start on the Boxing Day sales.