What could be more in the holiday spirit than raising a glass on Christmas Day? Traditional carolers were as famous for their drinking as their singing, and “wassail” (as in “Here We Come A-Wassailing”) means both the act of toasting neighborhood households with song as well as a traditional beverage of hot mulled punch. Take a page from holiday history and order your own personal cup of wassail.
It’s no secret that traveling on December 25 in a traditionally or predominantly Christian country can spell difficulty for visitors looking for the standard array of drinking options. Many bars and restaurants close. However, in the storied tradition of American Jewish families eating out at Chinese restaurants, exceptions—usually Asian restaurants and bars, as well as those found in hotels—can be found even in the heart of Christendom. Outside of Europe and North and South America, the Christmas drinker’s options widen considerably. After all, in Tokyo, Christmas is just another day of the week.
Whether you are looking for a change of pace, a new place to celebrate, or just a reason to get out of the house (or hotel), Travel + Leisure has found the 12 best places to drink on December 25. From the dingy but timely charm of Snake & Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge in New Orleans to the impressive elegance of the Dandelyan in London, there’s a bar for everyone. While we can promise they’ll be open, we can’t promise that there’ll be egg nog. But that’s probably a good thing.