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 several local bars that are staying open on Christmas Eve (Sunday, December 24) and/or Christmas Day (Monday, December 25).
10106 Menchaca Road, Far South Austin
The mostly-patio bar will be open both Christmas Eve and Day starting at 6 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. through 11 p.m.
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. For Christmas Eve, it’s open from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Christmas Day from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Black Sheep Lodge
2108 South Lamar Boulevard, Zilker
The sports bar is open for Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to midnight.
2310 Manor Road, Cherrywood
Black Sheep’s sibling bar is also open on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to midnight.
Kelly’s Irish Pub
519 West Oltorf Street, Dawson
The Irish bar will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 2 p.m. to midnight with food, beers, and drinks.
2207 Justin Lane, Brentwood
It seems appropriate to spend either or both Christmas Eve and Day at the very festive Lala’s, starting at 7 p.m. through 2 a.m.
1016 East Sixth Street, East Austin
The East Austin bar will be open for Christmas Eve and Day, with hours to come, plus some specials.
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 Driskill Bar
604 Brazos Street, Downtown
The historic hotel’s bar is always open, including for the holidays, from 2 p.m. to midnight those days.
Yellow Jacket Social Club
1704 East Fifth Street, East Austin
The East Austin bar is hosting a Mario Kart and Smash Brothers video game competition for Christmas Eve, when the bar opens at 3 p.m. And then, for Christmas Day, it’s hosting karaoke and Christmas dinners when the bar opens at 6 p.m.
100 East North Loop Boulevard, North Loop
Hole up at Workhorse Bar, which is open each holiday day from 11 a.m. to midnight, with the kitchen closing at 11:45 p.m.