New York City Bars Open on Christmas and New Year's Day

Hair of the dog it.

Christmas and New Year’s day both bring on near-devastating feelings of depression. Each mark a crash, one from the fresh excitement of a Christmas morning (so full of unfulfilled, or anticlimactically-fulfilled, expectations), the other from the glitter and drunkenness from New Year’s Eve bashes. The remedy? Bars that are (graciously) open in New York City, either to cure post-NYE hangovers or keep the Christmas spirit intact.

Karaoke Sing Sing: Open on both Christmas and New Year’s day, this Karaoke bar has got a wide selection of songs to choose from, “available in fifteen languages,” from Hindi to Filipino. There’s also plenty of sake and soju to accompany and spur on the singing. (9 St. Marks Pl.; 212-387-7800)

Ace Hotel: The dark, semi-swanky, semi-casual atmosphere at this hotel lobby bar is the appropriate mixture of relaxed and brooding to help you let off your post-holiday steam. (20 W 29th St.; 212-679-2222)

Whiskey Rebel: The name alone makes this bar seem like the appropriate place to spend your Christmas or the first day of the New Year. You have to descend into it, and it’s painted red, so it’s kind of like a symbolic journey into hell…in the mildest way possible. The drink prices are reasonable and the bartenders generally kind. (129 Lexington Ave.; 212-686-3800)

5 Bar Karaoke Lounge NYC: Though it’s not open on New Year’s day, this relatively raucous Koreatown karaoke bar (more bustling than its St. Mark’s counterpart) is a great alternative to forcing family fun over board games, TV and Christmas eve dinner leftovers in your living room. Bring the family to karaoke instead and have some real bonding time. (38 W 32nd St.; 212-594-6644)

Blind Tiger Ale House: This low-key establishment provides a comforting refuge to wind down with comfort food (with a twist) and any of the solid draft beers available. Seriously, the selection here is one to impress self-proclaimed beer “connoisseurs.” (281 Bleecker St.; 212-462-4682)

Ace Bar: Proclaiming to be open “until the end of the earth” (according to a certain bartender), this bar brings it with the entertainment. This includes, but is not limited to, Big Buck Hunter, dartboards and skee ball. Since we’re talking bars open on Christmas and New Year’s day, it’s probably important to know that the Bloody Mary here is delicious. (531 E 5th St.; 212-979-8476)

Hair of the Dog: Let this bar do what its name suggests—that is, cure your Christmas/New Year’s Eve hangovers. What may further help accomplish this task, here, is the fried food selection, complete with pickles and mozzarella sticks. (168 Orchard St.; 212-477-7771)

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