Whether you’re home for the holidays in Austin or sticking to familiar stomping grounds for the long holiday weekend, ducking out for a drink is never a bad idea. With that, Eater gathered 15 local bars that are staying open during Christmas Eve (Monday, December 24), with a few Christmas Day choices too (Tuesday, December 25).
Sippin’ Santa at Nickel City
1133 East 11th Street, Central East Austin
The tiki offshoot of the nationwide holiday cocktail pop-up Miracle has made its home at the easygoing neighborhood bar for the holidays, which includes Christmas Eve and Day. (That is, pending the whole broken pipe situation.)
Miracle on 5th Street
The Eleanor, 307 West 5th Street, Downtown
It would’ve been pointless if the temporary holiday bar was closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Expect festive lights and seasonal drinks from noon to 2 a.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The Driskill Bar
604 Brazos Street, Downtown
It’s always a guarantee that the hotel bar will be open for the holidays. Sit back and enjoy Texas-themed drinks and live music.
2207 Justin Lane, Brentwood
It seems appropriate to spend either or both Christmas Eve and Day at the very festive Lala’s, which opens at 4 p.m. both days.
100 East North Loop Boulevard, North Loop
Hole up at Workhorse Bar, which is open on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to midnight, and then on Christmas Day from 3 p.m. until midnight, though the kitchen isn’t opening that day.
5420 Airport Boulevard, North Loop
The no-frills dive bar is open for every holiday, and Christmas Eve and Day are no exceptions to that rule.
The Continental Club
1315 South Congress Avenue, Travis Heights
Might as well enjoy some music with those drinks over at the Continental Club, where musician Dale Watson will take the stage on Christmas Day starting at 10 p.m. (The bar is closed on Christmas Eve.)
The Little Darlin’
6507 Circle South Road, Pleasant Hill
Because it is Austin, take advantage of Little Darlin's expansive outdoor space, with regular hours on Christmas Eve. The bar is also hosting an Italian dinner on Christmas Day starting at 4 p.m.
B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub
1905 Aldrich Street, Mueller
The Irish pub will be open for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to midnight each night.