Christmas Cheers: Bars Open Over the Holidays

Whether you're visiting L.A. from out of town and need a break from the family, or just want to pop out to a local watering hole over the holidays, get the scoop on what's open over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Updated: December 20, 2007

Hollywood Bars

Big Wangs

1562 N Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

Spirited barn-themed bar with chicken wings and down-home drinking joins the Cahuenga Corridor. Open 12/24 & 12/25.


1626 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

This dimly lit drinking den is cool enough to attract the A-list, but even cooler not to flaunt it. Open 12/24 only.

The Well

6255 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

This sleek Hollywood bar is the adult version of its now long last big brother and original lounge scene spot Daddy's. Open 12/24; closed 12/25.

Frolic Room

6245 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Low-key bar next to the Pantages is equal parts historic dive, hip hangout and theater-crowd watering hole. Open 12/24 & 12/25.

Eastside Bars

Bigfoot Lodge

3172 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Where Smokey the Bear and Woodsy Owl go to quench their mighty thirsts--even on Christmas. Closed 12/24; open 12/25.

Drawing Room

1800 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The only no-frills Los Feliz dive bar with potent drinks, bar games--and a dragon mural on the wall. Open 12/24 & 12/25.

The Dresden Restaurant & Lounge

1760 N Vermont Ave, Hollywood, CA 90027

Join lovable lounge singers Marty & Elayne for a special Christmas Eve show at this '50s-style Los Feliz supper-club. Open 12/24; closed 12/25.

Short Stop

1455 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

A former cop bar becomes a haven for the hip and everyone else--every single day of the year. Open 12/24 & 12/25.

Ye Rustic Inn

1831 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

This watering hole serves up strong drinks and hearty food to grips, gaffers and innocent bystanders. Open 12/24 & 12/25.

Westside Bars

Hinano Cafe

15 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292

Popular beachside hole-in-the-wall offers sawdust and suds to local characters and the occasional tourist. Open 12/24 until 9pm or 10pm; closed 12/25.

Backstage Bar & Grill

10400 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Blow off steam at this old-school Culver City dive after a long day with the family. Open 12/24 & 12/25.

Malibu Motel

22969 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Laid-back beach bar and music venue hosts local talent and big-name acts from hip-hop to pop. Open 12/24 until 5pm; open 12/25 from 8pm to 2am, with Top 40 DJ and dancing.

Rick's Tavern On Main

2907 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Down-home saloon hidden among Santa Monica's Main Street glitz. Open 12/24 regular hours; open 12/25 from 9pm to close.

Valley Bars

Chimneysweep Lounge

4354 Woodman Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Cheap libations and a stellar staff make this sometimes well-kept secret a Valley favorite. Open 12/24 & 12/25.


3413 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91505

Pass the mic with lip-sync virgins and veterans at the country's oldest karaoke bar. Open 12/24 9pm to 2am; open 12/25 9pm to 2am.

Charlies O's Jazz Club

13725 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

Nightly performances beckon serious jazz fans to this intimate Valley supper club. Open 12/24 & 12/25.

Tonga Hut

12808 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606

South Seas decor and stiff drinks go hand-in-hand at this NoHo tiki dive. Open 12/24 & 12/25.

Club Fuel

11608 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Valley nightclub and billiards bar offers local gay scene a social alternative to West Hollywood. Open 12/24 regular hours; open 12/25 7pm to close.

Pasadena Bars

Ceniza Lounge

260 E Colorado Blvd, Ste 225, Pasadena, CA 91101

Pasadena lounge boasts domestic and imported cigars, humidors and cigar accessories, a VIP room, 72 private lockers and 3 LCD TVs. Open 12/24 untll 11pm; closed 12/25.

Barney's Beanery

99 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

Pasadena location of one of L.A.'s oldest restaurants offers up comfort food and drinks in a funky, vintage-inspired setting. Open 12/24 & 12/25.

Lucky Baldwin's Pub

17 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

There's no egg nog here--instead, choose from the impressive beer selection at this wee slice o' Britain. Open 12/24; closed 12/25.

Colorado Bar

2640 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

Beyond Old Town's sparkle, this cheap and dark dive bar attracts college students, veterans and artists. Open 12/24 & 12/25.

Fred's Mexican Cafe

119 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

Raucous restaurants and bar in the former Moose McGillycuddy's space offers sports, pub grub, full bar. Open 12/24 until 6pm; open 12/25 from 4pm to close.

The 35er

12 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

Old Town Pasadena's signature dive bar's recipe for success: Fried food, flowing beer and friendly faces. Open 12/24 until 6pm or 7pm; open 12/25 from 7pm to close.

South Bay Bars

Shellback Tavern

116 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Get cozy with cocktails and cold ones just yards from the Manhattan Beach Pier. Open 12/24 & 12/25.

Shade Hotel

1221 N Valley Dr, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Boutique hotel offers upbeat lobby bar for beachside martini culture and light dining. Open 12/24 & 12/25.

Ercoles Bar

1101 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Manhattan Beach dive bar with pool table and juke box serves up burgers and cheap drinks to beach-going locals. Open 12/24 & 12/25.

Patrick Molloys

50A Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Mostly 20-something locals plant their behinds on the bar stools at this Hermosa Beach hang. Open 12/24 from 12pm to 6pm; open 12/25 from 12pm to 5pm, then from 8pm to close.

On The Rocks Sports Bar

239 N Harbor Dr, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Mostly 20-something locals plant their behinds on the bar stools at this Redondo Beach sports joint. Open 12/24 & 12/25.