Sticking around the area for the Christmas holidays? Or perhaps back home visiting family? Whatever the situation there’s sometimes the need for an escape, an evening off, if you will — specifically one with good cocktails. If this sounds about right then there’s good news ahead: There are so many D.C. area bars open on Christmas eve. Even better, some will feature special Saturday happy hour deals.
Miracle on 7th Street, the popular pop-up holiday bar split across Mockingbird Hill, Eat the Rich and Southern Efficiency in Shaw, will be open to help patrons get even further into the holiday spirit. Meanwhile, over on 14th Street, Black Jack’s new spinoff Tilt will serve “seasonal” cocktails. And there’s always Jack Rose Dining Saloon, in Adams Morgan, which will be featuring a Saturday holiday happy hour for discounted food and drinks.
Ready to hit the streets? Here are 11 local bars open on Christmas eve.
1839-1843 7th Street NW
One piece of this three-strong bar experience is dedicated to pictures of goats in Christmas sweaters. Enough said.
1219 Connecticut Ave. NW
Ready for something a little more wild? The “retro nightclub” Decades will be playing its promised tunes from the past four decades (get it?) on Christmas eve.
1612 14th Street NW
Housed inside Black Jack on 14th Street, Tilt will send customers into the holiday weekend with seasonal cocktails and bar snacks.
1612 14th Street NW
Located just downstairs, Pearl Dive plans to open its windows onto 14th Street, weather permitting. Bring a coat.
1430 Rhode Island Ave NW
Indulge in the final night of Radiator’s six-night holiday celebration they’re calling “A Radiator Story” by visiting on Christmas eve. There’ll even be a live “snow show” on the patio at 8 p.m.
1731 New Hampshire Ave NW
Show up at The Riggsby in an ugly Christmas sweater on Christmas eve and get all-night happy hour.
4000 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Va
Is there anything that goes better with Christmas than tequila?
6939 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, Md.
In addition to hosting its jazz brunch, this Takoma bar will be open on Christmas eve and even offering a late night happy hour starting at 10 p.m.
1414 U Street NW
Join the crew at District Distilling on Christmas eve to taste some of their own portfolio spirits, as well as classic cocktails. They’re open until 11 p.m.
600 Massachusetts Ave. NW
This new spot from the creators of Founding Farmers will be open serving food and drink on the night before Christmas.
2007 18th Street NW
Jack Rose’s Christmas eve offering includes a Saturday happy hour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with discounted beer and wine and half-price bar bites.