Nothing says the holidays like a mad, desperate escape from a family gathering to the dark, welcoming atmosphere of your local bar. Many are accommodating by opening on the holiday for your drinking (and in some cases, noshing) needs.
Here are the bars open for business in Dallas-Fort Worth on Christmas Day:
Deep Ellum mainstay opens at 7 pm with food and drink until 2 am.
Deep Ellum gastropub will open at 7 pm, booze only.
Barcadia Bar & Grill
Both Dallas and Fort Worth locations are open regular hours beginning at 11 am.
The Barley House
Veteran bar on SMU Boulevard opens at 7 pm.
Cozy Stockyards spot is open regular hours, from 6 pm-2 am.
Billy Bob's Texas
Fort Worth's best honky-tonk opens from 3 pm to midnight.
Henderson Avenue hangout opens 7 pm-2 am with a full bar and a limited selection of food served until 11 pm.
Downtown Dallas staple observes regular hours: 11 am-2 am, making downtown feel both more cosmopolitan and urban.
Cold Beer Company
Bar on eastern edge of Deep Ellum opens at 7 pm.
Cosmo's Restaurant & Bar
Veteran Skillman Avenue haunt opens at 7 pm.
Crafty Irishman Public House
Pub in center of downtown Dallas opens 4 pm-2 am with special Irish coffee and butterscotch spiked hot cocoa drinks and full kitchen.
Dot's Hop House
Patio-riffic Deep Ellum spot opens the bar only at 7 pm to 2 am.
Deep Ellum-adjacent bar opens at 8 pm util 2 am, with a special frozen egg nog, sprinkled with nutmeg.
Downtown Plano spot opens with beer and festive atmosphere at 7 pm.
Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House
East Dallas haunt opens at 8 pm, bar only, no food.
The Grapevine Bar
The Grapevine opens late: from 8 pm-2 am.
Holy Grail Pub
Welcoming Plano bar-restaurant will open at 6 pm with beer and grub.
Idle Rich Pub
With this McKinney Avenue pub closing in early 2018, this year will be its final Christmas, sob — open 8 pm-2 am.
Before most Dallas bars were born, the lounge at the Inwood Theatre was serving on Christamas Day. Hours are 8-10 pm.
East Dallas dive bar opens doors at 8 pm, drinks only; the kitchen is closed.
Greenville Avenue staple opens for brunch on Christmas at 11 am. Kitchen is open til midnight, bar is open until 2 am.
Casual Cedars spot opens at 6 pm for its usual laid-back fun. The kitchen is closed, but there are free s'mores. You heard that right: free s'mores.
Stalwart bar in Uptown Dallas opens as usual at 11 am.
Design District restaurant-bar opens at 5 pm with food, craft beer, and drinks.
Henderson Avenue pub will open on Christmas Day at 8 pm with mulled wine and spiked eggnog; the kitchen is open until midnight.
Uptown hangout opens at 6 pm, with homemade tamales and Real Ale Fireman’s #4 for $3 a bottle.