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Bartender making a drink.
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Where to get a drink on Christmas Day

Don't worry, there are actually bars open on Christmas day in Sydney


Whether you're a Christmas orphan, a backpacker or you just need to get a drink in you to bookend the family madness, these bars and pubs are open for business on Christmas Day.

Perhaps you're simply on the lookout for a coffee and a casual bite to eat? In that case, head to one of these cafés and restaurants open on December 25. Don't forget – Christmas also happens to be a great day for yum cha

And for every other day of the year, it's always wise to keep this list of the 50 best bars in Sydney handy.

Bars open on Christmas Day

1. The Star

Attractions Darling Harbour

If there's one thing you can rely on, it's that the casino will be open and pumping on Christmas Day for all those at a loose end or in need of escaping their families.

2. Pier One Sydney Harbour

Travel Dawes Point

Bar One will be pouring bubbles by the water down in Walsh Bay from 11am. This one's a particularly good call if you have overseas visitors and you need to get them out of the house.

Bartender at Grain Bar
Photograph: Supplied

3. Grain Bar

Bars The Rocks

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 top-shelf dram at the elegant Grain Bar from 3pm onwards to wrap up your day.

A bathroom of Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour with a view out over the water
Photograph: Supplied

4. Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

Hotels Luxury hotels Darling Harbour

The Champagne Bar at this five-star hotel by the International Convention Centre will be open on Christmas Day if you fancy combing through back vintages and clinking glasses against a backdrop of skyline views.

The InterContinental Sydney Double Bay
Photograph: Supplied/InterContinental Double Bay

5. The InterContinental Sydney Double Bay

Travel Double Bay

Kick your Chrissy drinks up a notch with a bottle of Champagne up on the roof at the InterContinental in Double Bay. They'll popping corks between 4-8pm, so if you're hunting for sundowners in style, look no further.

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St Mary's Cathedral lit up with stained glass window projections
St Mary's Cathedral lit up with stained glass window projections
Photograph: Supplied

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