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 10 local bars that are staying open on Christmas Eve (Saturday, December 24) and/or Christmas Day (Sunday, December 25).
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 midnight on Saturday and 11 p.m. Sunday.
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. Its weekend hours are from 7 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.
207 East 53rd Street, North Loop
The gastropub is staying open on Christmas Eve from 3 to 10 p.m. Expect some boozy eggnogs and a lot of sparkling wines and sparkling wine-based cocktails as part of its House of Effervescence menu.
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.
2207 Justin Lane, Brentwood
It seems appropriate to spend either or both Christmas Eve and Day at the very festive Lala’s, which is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. each day.
Miracle on Fifth Street
The Eleanor, 307 West 5th Street, Downtown
It would’ve been pointless if the temporary holiday bar was closed for the actual holidays. Expect festive lights and seasonal drinks from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
1016 East Sixth Street, East Austin
The East Austin bar is open over Christmas weekend. Its Christmas Eve hours will be from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., and its Christmas Day hours begin at 8 p.m. until whenever, plus there will be tamales and a special cocktail menu.
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.
2400 Webberville Road, East Austin
The bar and restaurant will be open on Christmas Day, with the full bar serving from 6 to 11 p.m. The kitchen will be operating with a limited menu of gumbos and snacks.
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. Its Saturday hours are from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday from 2 p.m. to midnight.
Yellow Jacket Social Club
1704 East Fifth Street, East Austin
The East Austin bar is hosting a Christmas karaoke thing for Christmas day, plus there will be Christmas meals and frozen eggnog daiquiris. It 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.