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1. It might be known as the city that never sleeps, but it’s harder than you think to just pop in for a pint in New York on Christ­mas Day. If you do what I did a cou­ple of years ago and blow the bud­get on Christ­mas din­ner – hello Plaza

Ho­tel where I paid $700 for two meals and two glasses of wine – chances are you’ll want to move on for a post-din­ner treat. If you’re stay­ing in a ho­tel your res­i­dents’ bar will of course be open. The Bea­con Ho­tel bar on the Up­per West Side of the city is child-friendly and has a side­walk café and bar if it’s not too chilly in De­cem­ber. 2. If you’re in Grand Cen­tral area, the Gotham

Ho­tel has a steak­house and bar down­stairs, with a very re­laxed at­mos­phere and ‘back-room’ din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

3. If you re­ally want to es­cape all things Christ­mas, why not head to the cinema, where the bar is al­ways open! Nite­hawk cinema in Brook­lyn has a cool his­tory, be­ing the first dine-in theatre to open in New York af­ter it over­turned a Pro­hi­bi­tion-era law stat­ing it could not sell al­co­hol. The cinema now screens retro film clas­sics as well as new in­die releases and of­fers full-ser­vice meals as well as booze.

4. If you’re near the Fi­nan­cial Dis­trict, and want to pre­tend it’s not Christ­mas Day at all,

Ulysses sports bar is open De­cem­ber 25 of­fer­ing a wide va­ri­ety of beer and ale. You can get your hands on Guin­ness here if you’re miss­ing home.

5. If you want to keep it fancy on Christ­mas Day, the Blue Rooftop Bar on East 32nd Street, be­low, of­fers a wide range of cock­tails such as the Mediter­ranean Mar­tini, all priced at around $20. You can also get wine and beer.

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