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Posted at 8:21 AM ET, 12/23/2009

Christmas presence: Bars open on Dec. 24 and 25

By Fritz Hahn

The Black Cat's Red Room bar has long been a refuge on Christmas night. (Mark Finkenstaedt - The Washington Post)

Christmas and Christmas Eve are nights when many people want to get out on the town, whether to catch up with friends who are home for the holidays or to escape from their families after a long day. (Those who don't celebrate Christmas have plenty of gripes of their own.)

The thing is, many bars close on Christmas Eve and Christmas or change their hours. If you're going out for a few drinks, it pays to call ahead of time. I checked with a few dozen bars, clubs and pubs and compiled this list of openings and closings, including when bars are opening later than usual. There are some very cool events going on, too, like an all-James Brown DJ night at the Black Cat, a holiday party with Flounder from DC 101 at Union Jack's, a special Liberation Dance Party with Andy Rourke of the Smiths (yes, those Smiths) and a no-cover dance night at Fly.

Oh, and don't forget -- SoberRide operates on Christmas Eve and Christmas night, offering free taxi rides home if you've had too much to drink.

(Full lists after the jump)

What's Open
(Unless otherwise noted, these bars will have regular hours on Christmas Eve.)

Open at 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas

Atomic Billiards
Open at 6 p.m.

Bedrock Billiards
Open at 9 p.m.

The Black Cat
Open at 8 p.m. The James Brown Death-Mas Holiday Bash begins at 9.

Open at 8 p.m. Closed at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Open at 9 p.m. for the Liberation Dance Party.

Duffy's Irish Pub
Open at 9 p.m.

Open at 10 p.m. for Fly El Al.

Galaxy Hut
Open at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas

There's live music both nights: Bob Hume and his band play from 8 to midnight on Christmas Eve. On Christmas, doors open at 5 p.m.and the excellent Honky Tonk Confidential plays at 8:30.

Murphy's Irish Pub
Open at 5 p.m.

The Pug
Open at at 9 p.m.

Rock and Roll Hotel
Open at 6 p.m. for the W.W.J.D. (What Would Jesus Drink?) Dance Party

Rock Bottom Arlington
Open at 6 p.m. on Christmas; closes at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve.


Tattoo Bar
Open at 10 for the Bah Humbug Holiday party.

Tuscana West
Open at 10 p.m. for the X-Mas Bash, which raises money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Union Jack's Bethesda
Open at 8 p.m. for the Christmas Sweater Party.

What's Closed on Christmas
Black Squirrel (Open on Christmas Eve)

The Bottom Line (Open on Christmas Eve)

Breadsoda (Closing at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve)

Buffalo Billiards (Closed on Christmas Eve)

Cafe Saint-Ex (Open on Christmas Eve; no DJs play)

Capitol City Brewing Company (All three branches are closed on Christmas; The two in Washington close at 5 on Christmas Eve, while Shirlington is open until 11.)

Clarendon Grill (Closed on Christmas Eve)

Clarendon Ballroom (Closed on Christmas Eve)

ChurchKey (Closed on Christmas Eve)

Fado (Closing at 8 on Christmas Eve)

Eighteenth Street Lounge (Closed on Christmas Eve)

H Street Country Club (Closed on Christmas Eve)

Mackey's Irish Pub (Closes at 6 p.m on Christmas Eve)

PX (Closed on Christmas Eve)

Quarry House Tavern (Open regular hours on Christmas Eve)

R.F.D. Washington (Closed on Christmas Eve)

RiRa Arlington (Closed at 4 on Christmas Eve)

RiRa Bethesda (Closed at 4 on Christmas Eve)

Royal Mile Pub (Closed on Christmas Eve)

Russia House (Open on Christmas Eve)

Tonic (Open on Christmas Eve)

Town Danceboutique

The Tune Inn (Open on Christmas Eve)

Whitlow's on Wilson (Closed on Christmas Eve)

The Wonderland Ballroom (Closed on Christmas Eve)

-- Fritz Hahn

By Fritz Hahn  | December 23, 2009; 8:21 AM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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ROCKET BAR in Gallery Place as well as NANNY O BRIENS in Cleveland Park are both OPEN on both Xmas eve and Xmas Day!! :)

Posted by: djsolar36 | December 23, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

The Red Derby is open both days.

Posted by: SAF_dc | December 23, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Ventnor Sports Cafe will be open both Christmas Day & Christmas Eve at 5pm....

Posted by: scottauslander | December 23, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

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