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Eater's Guide To Bars That Are Open on Christmas Day

It's an eclectic list: dive bars, Irish pubs, presidential-themed restaurants, beach bars and everything in between.

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For many of us, Christmas is a time spent opening presents, eating a big meal and spending quality time with family. But if you like to keep a cap on your sibling bonding time, an eclectic set of area bars will be open to provide a welcome escape from family time. —Blake Whitney

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Trio's Fox & Hounds

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1537 17th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 232-6305
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While this Dupont spot might be more known for warm-weather happy hours on its outdoor patio, the bar is a good option for Christmas night drinking. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the popular jukebox will be ready to roll.

2. Cafe Berlin

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322 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 543-7656
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In addition to its wide array of beer choices, this German Capitol Hill spot offers a three-course fixed price menu with seatings at 2:00, 4:30 and 7 p.m.on Christmas day. And if you like Cafe Berlin, you'll need to hit it while you can: The restaurant will close for renovations for two weeks on Jan. 4.

3. Nanny O'Brien's Irish Pub

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3319 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 686-9189
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This Cleveland Park spot will open at 6 p.m. with $4 rail cocktails and $1 off all draft beers until 8:00. But don't come hungry – the kitchen is closed.

4. Madam's Organ Blues Bar

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2461 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 667-5370
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The Adams Morgan icon Madam's Organ will open at 8 p.m. on Christmas night. And, as always, if you're a redhead, you'll drink for half price.

5. Teddy & The Bully Bar

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1200 19th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 872-8700
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This downtown spot will be serving dinner from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., offering a carving station, sides and a dessert for $55. Grab one of their 26-day barrel-aged old fashioneds for $12 before heading back home with the family.

6. Crystal City Sports Pub

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529 23rd St S
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 521-8215
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Catch the day's NBA and NFL games at the sports pub, which is open until 2 a.m. on Christmas night. The restaurant is also offering ham, turkey and prime rib specials.

7. Meridian Pint

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3400 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 588-1075
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The largest of the hotspots in the 11th Street strip just east of Columbia Heights will open at 8 p.m. on Christmas Day. The kitchen is closed, so you'll have to settle for something from the huge beer selection: more than 20 on tap and more than 100 bottled varieties.

8. The Star and Shamrock

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1341 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 388-3833
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While the still-empty streetcars pass all along the H Street Corridor, step inside Star and Shamrock for its “Xmas Mitzvah Tour,” which features what the bar is calling “Chinese-ish Eatings” and whiskey. Star and Shamrock will open at 11 a.m. on Christmas.

9. Rosa Mexicano

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575 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 783-5522
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The Penn Quarter franchise of this national chain will offer a four-course menu for $35 – one of the lower price points on Christmas Day. The featured cocktail of the day will feature sparkling cava with fresh pomegranate juice, Cointreau and agave nectar for $11.

10. Brookland Pint

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716 Monroe St NE
Washington, D.C. 20017
(202) 758-2757
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One of the main players in the ever-expanding Brookland scene will open at 8 p.m. on Christmas Day. The kitchen will not be open, so don't come on an empty stomach.

11. Freddie's Beach Bar

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555 23rd St S
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 685-0555
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A beach-themed bar might seem like a strange choice for Christmas, but Freddie's has good deals that might make it worth your while. The Crystal City spot will open at 4 p.m., with happy hour lasting until 8 and karaoke starting at 9.

12. Solly's U Street Tavern

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1942 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 232-6590
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Solly's, just off U Street, is not your choice if you're looking for high-end cocktails or fancy food. But if you like cheap beer and Kostume Karaoke (which is just what it sounds like, and starts at 8 p.m.), it's a good spot for you.

13. The Black Squirrel

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2427 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 232-1011
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The Adams Morgan standby is open both Christmas Eve and Christmas day. The 25th coincides with Burger Night (starts at 2 p.m.) so all burgers are half-price.

1. Trio's Fox & Hounds

1537 17th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

While this Dupont spot might be more known for warm-weather happy hours on its outdoor patio, the bar is a good option for Christmas night drinking. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the popular jukebox will be ready to roll.

1537 17th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

2. Cafe Berlin

322 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

In addition to its wide array of beer choices, this German Capitol Hill spot offers a three-course fixed price menu with seatings at 2:00, 4:30 and 7 p.m.on Christmas day. And if you like Cafe Berlin, you'll need to hit it while you can: The restaurant will close for renovations for two weeks on Jan. 4.

322 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

3. Nanny O'Brien's Irish Pub

3319 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

This Cleveland Park spot will open at 6 p.m. with $4 rail cocktails and $1 off all draft beers until 8:00. But don't come hungry – the kitchen is closed.

3319 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

4. Madam's Organ Blues Bar

2461 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

The Adams Morgan icon Madam's Organ will open at 8 p.m. on Christmas night. And, as always, if you're a redhead, you'll drink for half price.

2461 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

5. Teddy & The Bully Bar

1200 19th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

This downtown spot will be serving dinner from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., offering a carving station, sides and a dessert for $55. Grab one of their 26-day barrel-aged old fashioneds for $12 before heading back home with the family.

1200 19th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

6. Crystal City Sports Pub

529 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202

Catch the day's NBA and NFL games at the sports pub, which is open until 2 a.m. on Christmas night. The restaurant is also offering ham, turkey and prime rib specials.

529 23rd St S
Arlington, VA 22202

7. Meridian Pint

3400 11th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010

The largest of the hotspots in the 11th Street strip just east of Columbia Heights will open at 8 p.m. on Christmas Day. The kitchen is closed, so you'll have to settle for something from the huge beer selection: more than 20 on tap and more than 100 bottled varieties.

3400 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

8. The Star and Shamrock

1341 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

While the still-empty streetcars pass all along the H Street Corridor, step inside Star and Shamrock for its “Xmas Mitzvah Tour,” which features what the bar is calling “Chinese-ish Eatings” and whiskey. Star and Shamrock will open at 11 a.m. on Christmas.

1341 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

9. Rosa Mexicano

575 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

The Penn Quarter franchise of this national chain will offer a four-course menu for $35 – one of the lower price points on Christmas Day. The featured cocktail of the day will feature sparkling cava with fresh pomegranate juice, Cointreau and agave nectar for $11.

575 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

10. Brookland Pint

716 Monroe St NE, Washington, D.C. 20017

One of the main players in the ever-expanding Brookland scene will open at 8 p.m. on Christmas Day. The kitchen will not be open, so don't come on an empty stomach.

716 Monroe St NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

11. Freddie's Beach Bar

555 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202

A beach-themed bar might seem like a strange choice for Christmas, but Freddie's has good deals that might make it worth your while. The Crystal City spot will open at 4 p.m., with happy hour lasting until 8 and karaoke starting at 9.

555 23rd St S
Arlington, VA 22202

12. Solly's U Street Tavern

1942 11th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Solly's, just off U Street, is not your choice if you're looking for high-end cocktails or fancy food. But if you like cheap beer and Kostume Karaoke (which is just what it sounds like, and starts at 8 p.m.), it's a good spot for you.

1942 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

13. The Black Squirrel

2427 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

The Adams Morgan standby is open both Christmas Eve and Christmas day. The 25th coincides with Burger Night (starts at 2 p.m.) so all burgers are half-price.

2427 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

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