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Have you been hanging out with your weird Uncle Bill for entirely too long? Has your mother's nagging about why you aren't moving out/married/giving her grandkids driven you to the edge? Do you not celebrate Christmas, and therefore ready to knock out the first fat man in red that you see? With your sanity in mind, Eater has prepared a list of places, from divey to upscale, that serve booze and will, in fact, be open on the night of the 25th. Keep this list bookmarked for next Tuesday.
—Christy Goodman


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse

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2903 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 486-2345
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Get out of the house, see a movie and grab a beer at one destination. Doors open at 4 p.m. for "Searching for Sugar Man" and the Green Room opens at 6 p.m. "Flight" and "Looper" also are on the marquis that evening.

2. The Big Hunt

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1345 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 785-2333
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The popular Dupont Circle happy hour spot will open its doors at 8 p.m. for the Christmas night stragglers. A yet-to-be-named house beer will be on special for $4, but there are at least 23 other drafts to choose from.

3. Black Cat

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1811 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-7960
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Sick of Christmas carols and Adam Sandler singing about Hanukkah? Get your groove on at the Black Cat, which will be hosting the Fourth Annual James Brown Death-Mas Holiday Bash on the back stage. Drinks specials guaranteed, but not available as of press time. Tickets are $5. Doors open at 9 p.m.

4. Blue Duck Tavern

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1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 419-6755
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For a holiday treat, the tavern's winter cocktails include a Blood Orange Martini with a hint of rhubarb bitters and the Hazel and Bubble, using Prairie Vodka, Frangelico and champagne. Enjoy the drinks with a holiday brunch between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. A three-course buffet-style menu, with a choice of entree, is available for dinner from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended.

5. Bourbon Steak Washington DC

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2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 944-2026
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The Georgetown steakhouse is open with limited availability after 8:30. Seasonal cocktails are encouraged in the lounge.

6. Crystal City Sports Pub

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529 23rd St. S
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 521-8215
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A special holiday menu will feature your choice of honey ham, golden turkey or herb-crusted prime rib and traditional seasonal sides. Open from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

7. DC Reynolds

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3628 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 506-7178
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For those in the Petworth area who aren't traveling far, swing through this neighborhood joint with a free jukebox. Doors open at 6 p.m. From open to 9 p.m. you buy a drink and then bar will buy your next one.

8. Flanagan's Harp & Fiddle

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4844 Cordell Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 951-0115
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No specials here but good company and the flowing taps. Doors open at 7 p.m.

9. Freddie's Beach Bar

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555 23rd St S
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 685-0555
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Christmas is just as good as any day to have a beach party. Freddie's will keep its regular hours and menu from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Karaoke starts at 9 p.m.

10. Galaxy Hut

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2711 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 525-8646
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There won't be live music on Tuesday, but the Galaxy Hut will be open at its regular time at 5 p.m. The happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. will still be on: a pint of Devil's Backbone Vienna Lager or Lost Rhino New River Pale Ale for $4 or a pitcher for $13. An upgraded beer menu boasts 20 drafts and 20 more bottled or canned. The all-vegetarian and easily-made-vegan menu also will be available. The Hut's sister bar in Falls Church, The Space Bar, will not be open.

11. Haydee's Restaurant

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3102 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 483-9199
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Margaritas and Latin American cuisine greet customers at both locations in Mount Pleasant and Brightwood. A popular spot to see live, local bands.

12. J&G Steakhouse

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515 15th Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20004
The wine bar will be open and taking walk-ins. A Christmas tasting menu for $72 per person, as well as an a la carte menu will be available at the restaurant. Doors open from noon to 9 p.m. (Editor's note: The author works here)

13. Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club

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1103 Bladensburg Rd NE
Washington, DC 20002
It's dark. It's red. If you are lucky, you will be there for silly hat time. Extensive beer menu and a full bar. Kick back with your neighbors. Opens at 10 p.m. Cash only.

14. Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar

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1104 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
Sister bar to Jimmy Valentine's, this purple paradise features comprehensive beer and whiskey binders. Plenty of room upstairs or downstairs for just you or you and your friends. Opens at 5 p.m. Cash only.

15. Madam's Organ Blues Bar

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2461 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-5370
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It is "where beautiful people go to get ugly," professes the website, and it is a must-stop on any Adams Morgan bar crawl. Made popular at Halloween, the bar will offer a $7 Grey Goose Cherry Noir -- best mixed with soda water or a coke. Doors open at 8 p.m.

16. Meridian Pint

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3400 11th St. NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 588-1075
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The Columbia Heights favorite will be open and still be pouring drafts, which focus on small American craft brews. The kitchen is closed for the night. Open from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m.

17. The Mighty Pint

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1831 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 466-3010
Good old pub fare and cheap drinks are part of The Mighty Pint's happy hour when they open the doors at 4 p.m. Draft beers for $3 and rail cocktails for $5 rail cocktails until 8 p.m. Nachos, wings, grilled cheese, chili, tomato soup and deep-fried oreos are $5 each between 5 and 8 p.m.

18. Murphy's of DC

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2609 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 462-7171
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Both Murphy's Pub locations, DC and Alexandria, will open at 5 p.m. and serve traditional Irish fare.

19. Nanny O'Brien's Irish Pub

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3319 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 686-9189
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Drinks will be ready for the Cleveland Park crowd at 6 p.m., but the kitchen will be closed. The regular Tuesday trivia also will be canceled for the night.

20. Off the Record Bar @ Hay Adams

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800 16th St NW
Washington, DC
Walk in and try a Santa Kiss, which includes prosecco, pomegranate juice and liquor, in this classy bar at The Hay-Adams Hotel. Maybe you will catch some canoodling Congressmen as you snack on the charcuterie platter or edamame dumplings. The bar will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Top of the Hay, which overlooks D.C., will serve a holiday buffet for $110 per person, with discounts for children, for lunch and dinner. Reservations are recommended for Top of the Hay.

21. The Pug

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1234 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 388-8554
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Don't bother asking for shots of rainbow candy canes or cinnamon buns. Get a healthy dose of whiskey and a beer and chill out with your friends. Hot dogs and grilled cheeses are standard fare. Doors open around 8 p.m.

22. Quill

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1200 16th Street NW
Washington, DC
A dark and cozy lounge nestled in The Jefferson Hotel. Specialty cocktails, nibbles and quiet conversation are the norm. Open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight.

23. The Round Robin Bar

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1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004
Get a lesson in history while sipping on some Harrison Spiced Cider or Lincoln's Log Cabin Cider. Bartenders at the Willard Hotel's historic bar, within reach of the scotch bar, are well versed in historic cocktails, too, if a Mint Julep is what you need. Doors open at noon and close at midnight.

24. Shenanigans D.C.

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2450 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-7405
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The pub will operate during its regular hours from 3 p.m. until 2 a.m. and offer full, traditional Christmas dinners to fire department and police employees. Everyone else gets $1 off food and drink all night long.

25. Solly's U Street Tavern

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1942 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-6590
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You won't find high-priced specialty cocktails and multiple-course meals, but you will get a good, honest drink at a fair price — especially if you are a Pabst fan. The tavern that never closes will open at 8 p.m. and will be serving its ever-evolving menu that primarily features sandwiches.

26. The Star and Shamrock

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1341 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 388-3833
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Honoring the Jewish tradition of Chinese food and a movie on Christmas Day, the Star and Shamrock will feature eggrolls and movie marathons, but with their own twist. Several signature sandwiches will be made into eggrolls: the Turkey #2, with muenster cheese, bacon and mayo; braised brisket; and a Reuben with vegetables. Watch "A Christmas Story," a "Die Hard" or 007 marathon while sipping on $1 off He'Brew drafts and Irish coffees.

27. Union Jack's British Pub

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671 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 778-3568
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Get your English on in a lively atmosphere opening at 6 p.m. in both the Ballston and Bethesda locations (Columbia, too, but that is a bit far). Drink specials include $3 select draft beers, $3 bottles of New Castle Winter IPA and New Castle Brown Ale, $3 mixed drinks and $3 wines. A limited menu will be offered.

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1. Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse

2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204
Get out of the house, see a movie and grab a beer at one destination. Doors open at 4 p.m. for "Searching for Sugar Man" and the Green Room opens at 6 p.m. "Flight" and "Looper" also are on the marquis that evening.
2903 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204

2. The Big Hunt

1345 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
The popular Dupont Circle happy hour spot will open its doors at 8 p.m. for the Christmas night stragglers. A yet-to-be-named house beer will be on special for $4, but there are at least 23 other drafts to choose from.
1345 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

3. Black Cat

1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Sick of Christmas carols and Adam Sandler singing about Hanukkah? Get your groove on at the Black Cat, which will be hosting the Fourth Annual James Brown Death-Mas Holiday Bash on the back stage. Drinks specials guaranteed, but not available as of press time. Tickets are $5. Doors open at 9 p.m.
1811 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St NW, Washington, DC 20037
For a holiday treat, the tavern's winter cocktails include a Blood Orange Martini with a hint of rhubarb bitters and the Hazel and Bubble, using Prairie Vodka, Frangelico and champagne. Enjoy the drinks with a holiday brunch between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. A three-course buffet-style menu, with a choice of entree, is available for dinner from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended.
1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037

5. Bourbon Steak Washington DC

2800 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20007
The Georgetown steakhouse is open with limited availability after 8:30. Seasonal cocktails are encouraged in the lounge.
2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20007

6. Crystal City Sports Pub

529 23rd St. S, Arlington, VA 22202
A special holiday menu will feature your choice of honey ham, golden turkey or herb-crusted prime rib and traditional seasonal sides. Open from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
529 23rd St. S
Arlington, VA 22202

7. DC Reynolds

3628 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
For those in the Petworth area who aren't traveling far, swing through this neighborhood joint with a free jukebox. Doors open at 6 p.m. From open to 9 p.m. you buy a drink and then bar will buy your next one.
3628 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010

8. Flanagan's Harp & Fiddle

4844 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
No specials here but good company and the flowing taps. Doors open at 7 p.m.
4844 Cordell Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

9. Freddie's Beach Bar

555 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202
Christmas is just as good as any day to have a beach party. Freddie's will keep its regular hours and menu from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Karaoke starts at 9 p.m.
555 23rd St S
Arlington, VA 22202

10. Galaxy Hut

2711 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
There won't be live music on Tuesday, but the Galaxy Hut will be open at its regular time at 5 p.m. The happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. will still be on: a pint of Devil's Backbone Vienna Lager or Lost Rhino New River Pale Ale for $4 or a pitcher for $13. An upgraded beer menu boasts 20 drafts and 20 more bottled or canned. The all-vegetarian and easily-made-vegan menu also will be available. The Hut's sister bar in Falls Church, The Space Bar, will not be open.
2711 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

11. Haydee's Restaurant

3102 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Margaritas and Latin American cuisine greet customers at both locations in Mount Pleasant and Brightwood. A popular spot to see live, local bands.
3102 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010

12. J&G Steakhouse

515 15th Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20004
The wine bar will be open and taking walk-ins. A Christmas tasting menu for $72 per person, as well as an a la carte menu will be available at the restaurant. Doors open from noon to 9 p.m. (Editor's note: The author works here)
515 15th Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20004

13. Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club

1103 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington, DC 20002
It's dark. It's red. If you are lucky, you will be there for silly hat time. Extensive beer menu and a full bar. Kick back with your neighbors. Opens at 10 p.m. Cash only.
1103 Bladensburg Rd NE
Washington, DC 20002

14. Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar

1104 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Sister bar to Jimmy Valentine's, this purple paradise features comprehensive beer and whiskey binders. Plenty of room upstairs or downstairs for just you or you and your friends. Opens at 5 p.m. Cash only.
1104 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

15. Madam's Organ Blues Bar

2461 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
It is "where beautiful people go to get ugly," professes the website, and it is a must-stop on any Adams Morgan bar crawl. Made popular at Halloween, the bar will offer a $7 Grey Goose Cherry Noir -- best mixed with soda water or a coke. Doors open at 8 p.m.
2461 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009

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16. Meridian Pint

3400 11th St. NW, Washington, DC 20010
The Columbia Heights favorite will be open and still be pouring drafts, which focus on small American craft brews. The kitchen is closed for the night. Open from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m.
3400 11th St. NW
Washington, DC 20010

17. The Mighty Pint

1831 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Good old pub fare and cheap drinks are part of The Mighty Pint's happy hour when they open the doors at 4 p.m. Draft beers for $3 and rail cocktails for $5 rail cocktails until 8 p.m. Nachos, wings, grilled cheese, chili, tomato soup and deep-fried oreos are $5 each between 5 and 8 p.m.
1831 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036

18. Murphy's of DC

2609 24th St NW, Washington, DC 20008
Both Murphy's Pub locations, DC and Alexandria, will open at 5 p.m. and serve traditional Irish fare.
2609 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20008

19. Nanny O'Brien's Irish Pub

3319 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Drinks will be ready for the Cleveland Park crowd at 6 p.m., but the kitchen will be closed. The regular Tuesday trivia also will be canceled for the night.
3319 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

20. Off the Record Bar @ Hay Adams

800 16th St NW, Washington, DC
Walk in and try a Santa Kiss, which includes prosecco, pomegranate juice and liquor, in this classy bar at The Hay-Adams Hotel. Maybe you will catch some canoodling Congressmen as you snack on the charcuterie platter or edamame dumplings. The bar will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Top of the Hay, which overlooks D.C., will serve a holiday buffet for $110 per person, with discounts for children, for lunch and dinner. Reservations are recommended for Top of the Hay.
800 16th St NW
Washington, DC

21. The Pug

1234 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Don't bother asking for shots of rainbow candy canes or cinnamon buns. Get a healthy dose of whiskey and a beer and chill out with your friends. Hot dogs and grilled cheeses are standard fare. Doors open around 8 p.m.
1234 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

22. Quill

1200 16th Street NW, Washington, DC