12 San Diego Bars To Grab a Drink On Christmas Eve When You’re Done With Shopping

Regardless of where you’re spending Christmas, we’re willing to bet that by Christmas Eve, you’ll be in need of a nice stiff cocktail (or seven).

Whether you’re looking for a fancy setting with seasonal cocktails or a dive bar that serves its beer by the can, there’s something on the list that will be sure to make you happy.

1. You&Yours

Premium, distilled-on-site spirits and a world-class cocktail program to match – need we say more.

Launched in March of 2017 after almost three years of planning, You & Yours Distilling Co. is a full production distillery, tasting room and event space, complete with a world-class cocktail program highlighting our current spirits offerings.

2. Red Fox Room

Red Fox Room is a steakhouse, bar, and piano lounge. If you want to immediately get in the mood for Christmas, head on over to Red Fox Room for some amazing drinks and Christmas carols mixed in with piano bar classics (hello, Billy Joel covers!).

3. Jsix

Jsix has some amazing holiday cocktails, including the Forever Young which is whisky based. It’s seriously yummy and will be sure to be a crowd pleaser. Whether you’re going with family, friends, or a date, this is a great place to get your pre-Christmas buzz on.

4. Bottega Americano

Another place with great Christmas cocktails, Bottega Americana will be sure to please everyone in your party. Plus, the food is absolutely incredible. Might we suggest having dinner there as well?

5. Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Company

If you’re looking for a laid back place to escape the stress of the holidays, look no further. Oggi’s is a great place to wear jeans and a sweater (might we suggest an ugly Christmas sweater) and get a good buzz on. Plus, they have an amazing seasonal cocktail called the Black Velvet. Be sure to ask about it!

6. Blind Lady Ale house

Another great one if you’re in the mood for casual. The place is known for its extensive beer list and yummy pizzas. A great place to unwind and recharge for the next day’s activities. Grab a beer (or, you know, ten).


If you’re looking for a chic, swanky place to grab a few drinks, JRDN is your place. They’re offering $30 pours on top shelf champagnes during the holiday season — so hurry up before the deal is over.

8. Lobby Lounge

If you’re looking for a place with many leather bound books that smells of rich mahogany (hello, Ron Burgundy), then this is the place for you. Curl up on a leather couch with a stiff cocktail and prepare for all of your holiday stress to disappear.

9. Encinitas Ale House

This is another one of those great casual beer places. If you’re looking for a burger and a brew, then this place has your name on it. Head on over, escape the family craziness, and relax for a few hours with a beer and the game of your choice.

10. Trust

Trust is closed on Christmas day, so head on over on Christmas Eve to get your delicious cocktail fix. Another place with seasonal cocktails, be sure to try the Trust Cocktail #8 to really get in the holiday mood.

11. Sidecar

12. Park 101 Carlsbad

Incredible holiday-themed cocktails! kid-friendly and dog-friendly, and are considered a significant focal point within one of the best communities that flank the Pacific. You’ll certainly want to stay and soak up the atmosphere at Park 101.


If a true dive bar is what you’re after, then look no further than Sidecar. Here you’ll be able to drown your sorrows away with a few shots of whiskey and local San Diego beers. If you’re looking for a great place with good vibes and friendly bartenders, then this is the place for you.

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