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Where to get a drink on Christmas Day

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

at Grain Bar
Photograph: Supplied

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.

For every other day of the year: The 50 best bars in Sydney.

Bars open on Christmas Day

Customs House Bar

Customs House Bar

Circular Quay

While the rest of the city might be quiet, make a beeline for this bar inside a historic Quay building for a little break from the Christmas madness. They're open Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Gowings Bar and Grill

Gowings Bar and Grill


Upstairs in the QT Hotel, Gowings Bar and Grill will be doing their standard 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


Darling Harbour

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.


Pier One Sydney Harbour

Dawes Point

The Kerrigan is open on December 25th if you fancy some waterfront bubbles down in Walsh Bay. A very good call if you have overseas visitors and you need to get them out of the house.

Lowenbrau Keller
Bars, Pub dining

Munich Brauhaus

The Rocks

Hot public holidays call for tall beers, so head down to the Rocks on Christmas Day if you need a German stein to get you through the season.

Photograph: Supplied
Bars, Restaurants

The Kirribilli Club

Lavender Bay

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, but book in to snag a seat.

The InterContinental Sydney Double Bay
Photograph: Supplied

The InterContinental Sydney Double Bay

Double Bay

Luxe up your Christmas drinks with an $80 bottle of Champagne at the Intercontinental Sydney at Double Bay. Not only are they open on the public holidays, but you can head to the rooftop to watch the launch of the Sydney to Hobart on Boxing Day.

Manly Wines
Bars, Wine bars

Manly Wine


This this waterfront wine bar will be open on December 25th at lunchtime in case you need a time out with a spot of vino to get you through the next family celebration in the evening.

Restaurants, Modern Australian

Solander Dining and Bar

Darling Harbour

A lot of people head to Sydney over the festive break so it makes sense that hotel bars like Solander are a great place to get a much needed drink on December 25th.

Restaurants, German

The Bavarian Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach

Enjoy a beachside beer on Bondi’s main drag for their lunch service. 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 – booking in ahead of time could be an idea.

Bartender at Grain Bar
Bars, Cocktail bars

Grain Bar

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 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.

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