Where To Drink on Xmas

The 10 best bars in Dallas to escape the family on Christmas Day

The 10 best bars in Dallas to escape the family on Christmas Day

Bottom's Up, Reserve 101, February 2013, cocktail, drink
Grab a drink and be merry this Christmas.  Photo by Joel Luks

After presents have been opened and dinner has been devoured, Christmas can turn out to be a pretty quiet day. And hanging out in a house full of people can make for some real cabin fever.

Luckily, a few Dallas bars are kind enough to open doors to the thirsty masses. We’ve compiled a few of our favorites to get away from it all.

The Barley House
Slip over to SMU Boulevard at 7 pm when the Barley House opens. The cozy inside likely will be light on the college kids, so now’s your time to strike.

Double Wide
Double Wide hosts a free show from George Quartz starting at 10 pm, plus a pot luck dinner “for orphans of Double Wide.” Bring your grandma and show her the restorative powers of a Yoohoo Yeehaw.

Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House
Goodfriend gets things going at 8 pm, and they’ll be doing their thing in the kitchen while you do your thing at the bar. Show your relatives from out of town just how good the beer scene is and then blow their minds with a burger.

The Grapevine Bar
The Grapevine opens late at 9 pm, so if you’re jonesing for some late-night basketball and daiquiris, well, this is your place.

Lee Harvey’s
The South Dallas spot opens up at 6 pm for some evening revelry, including half-price wings until 10 pm. Of course, you can stay a little later, because it stays open until 2 am.

The Loon
Enjoy some seriously strong drinks at the soon-to-move bar, then settle in at a table for an hour or four as Christmas slowly fades away behind a cloud of vodka tonics. Heck, you could even do Christmas dinner here, because it’s open at 11 am.

Ships Lounge
Get an early start on your day at Ships on Lower Greenville, which opens at 10 am. Maybe you can bring that nice bottle of whiskey that you got for Christmas and watch it slowly disappear.

Time Out Tavern
This dive on Lovers Lane hardly ever looks open in the first place, but it’s definitely open for some pitchers and shuffleboard on Christmas Day. Get some Campisi’s delivered once the sun goes down to complete the job.

Twilite Lounge
Twilite is open regular hours if you need some Deep Ellum action. There won’t be any live music, but there will be plenty of booze.

Windmill Lounge
Enjoy some cheap (and excellent) cocktails with Charlie Papaceno starting at 7 pm. Because cocktails are life’s answer to listening to your relatives for an afternoon.