Bars open on Christmas Day
This proudly plant-based restaurant and bar will be slinging drinks on December 25th for anyone in need of a tipple down by the water.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Out of towners and locals can pop into the Glass Brasserie in the heart of the CBD for a wine or a meal on Christmas Day.
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.
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.
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.
The Champagne Bar at this five-star hotel down by the International Convention Centre will be open on Christmas Day if you fancy popping some corks.
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.
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.
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