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December 21, 2010 6:21 AM   Subscribe

I live in Chicago. I would like to spend Christmas in a bar. What bars are going to be open on Christmas? What bars would be likely to be open on Christmas?

-My favorite bars are Big Star, The Whistler, and Cole's, which are all going to be closed.

-My taste in bars leans slightly (ok, super) hipstery (see above list of favorite bars) but dives are fine as well.

-No chachi sports bars. I am, tragically, deathly allergic to bros. I can see some Wrigleyville bars being open but I'd rather drink at home or perhaps a garbage dumpster behind a McDonald's.

-It is not necessary that they serve food.

-It's OK if you don't know for sure they're open but think it's a good chance; I'll call and confirm.
posted by Juliet Banana to Travel & Transportation around Chicago, IL (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
I'm pretty sure the Hopleaf is open but their kitchen is closed on Christmas. I think I saw a sign there over the weekend to that effect.
posted by booknerd at 6:22 AM on December 21, 2010


Indeed, they are!
HOLIDAY HOURS
Christmas Eve 3pm – 2am / Kitchen Closed Christmas Day 6pm – 3am / Kitchen Closed New Years Eve
& New Years Day Regular Hours, Regular Menu, Regular Prices,
No Cover
posted by booknerd at 6:22 AM on December 21, 2010


Here is a partial list of restaurants/bars that were open on Christmas last year.

Also, a friend of mine is a Glascott of Glascott's, and she's calling her cousin to see if they'll be open. I'll let you know, unless you think Glascott's is too bro-y.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:00 AM on December 21, 2010


Not gonna help on Christmas eve, but Longman & Eagle will be open at 5pm on Christmas day.
posted by Hello, Revelers! I am Captain Lavender! at 7:03 AM on December 21, 2010


It also looks like the Map Room is open Christmas eve. So between there and Longman you'd have all but the morning and early afternoon of Christmas day covered while still keeping the bro-quotient (brotient?) to a minimum.
posted by Hello, Revelers! I am Captain Lavender! at 7:26 AM on December 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


These are all more dive-y, but off the top of my head I'd check the following: Danny's in Bucktown, Rainbo Club, Happy Village, The Blind Robin.
posted by IWoudDie4U at 7:28 AM on December 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


Quenchers? My favorite neighborhood bar. No idea if they'll be open.
posted by travertina at 7:54 AM on December 21, 2010


Edgewater Lounge! What a great, low-key place to hang out in. I'm not 100% sure they'll be open, but they'd be my pick.
posted by adrian_h at 8:04 AM on December 21, 2010


The Sovereign is open on Christmas every year.
posted by enn at 8:59 AM on December 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm 99% sure Nick's on Milwaukee will be open Christmas day.
posted by youngergirl44 at 12:06 PM on December 21, 2010


small bar logan square, liars club and delilahs will all be open.
posted by patricking at 10:02 PM on December 21, 2010


The Five Star Bar on Chicago will be open on Christmas.
posted by Sand Reckoner at 10:02 PM on December 21, 2010


We walked past Hopleaf, realized it was as mobbed as always even on Christmas, and ended up curled up on couches by the fake fire drinking boilermakers at Simon's.
posted by Juliet Banana at 11:06 AM on December 26, 2010


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