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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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Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse

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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.

The Big Hunt

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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.

Black Cat

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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.

Blue Duck Tavern

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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.

Bourbon Steak Washington DC

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The Georgetown steakhouse is open with limited availability after 8:30. Seasonal cocktails are encouraged in the lounge.

Crystal City Sports Pub

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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.

DC Reynolds

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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.

Flanagan's Harp & Fiddle

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No specials here but good company and the flowing taps. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Freddie's Beach Bar

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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.

Galaxy Hut

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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.

Haydee's Restaurant

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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.

J&G Steakhouse

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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)

Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club

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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.

Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar

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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.

Madam's Organ Blues Bar

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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.

Meridian Pint

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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.

The Mighty Pint

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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.

Murphy's of DC

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Both Murphy's Pub locations, DC and Alexandria, will open at 5 p.m. and serve traditional Irish fare.

Nanny O'Brien's Irish Pub

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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.

Off the Record Bar @ Hay Adams

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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.

The Pug

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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.

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.

The Round Robin Bar

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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.

Shenanigans D.C.

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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.

Solly's U Street Tavern

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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.

The Star and Shamrock

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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.

Union Jack's British Pub

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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.

Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse

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.

The Big Hunt

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.

Black Cat

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.

Blue Duck Tavern

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.

Bourbon Steak Washington DC

The Georgetown steakhouse is open with limited availability after 8:30. Seasonal cocktails are encouraged in the lounge.

Crystal City Sports Pub

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.

DC Reynolds

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.

Flanagan's Harp & Fiddle

No specials here but good company and the flowing taps. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Freddie's Beach Bar

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.

Galaxy Hut

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.

Haydee's Restaurant

Margaritas and Latin American cuisine greet customers at both locations in Mount Pleasant and Brightwood. A popular spot to see live, local bands.

J&G Steakhouse

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)

Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club

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.

Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar

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.

Madam's Organ Blues Bar

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.

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Meridian Pint

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.

The Mighty Pint

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.