Despite a funeral for the event last year, the annual shitshow known as SantaCon is back. Starting tomorrow at noon in Union Square and fanning out from there, the city will be overrun by sloppy, sweaty, sloshed, Santa suit-wearers. Brace.
There are typically two camps of people when it comes to the yearly drunkfest: avoiders and embracers. We compiled all of the bars participating with drink specials or just actively welcoming Santas, so no matter which group you fall into, you can use it to your liking. May the odds be ever in your favor.
Harry Harrington’s Pub: $4 Firestone 805 drafts. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Free admission before 10:30 p.m. and one free drink to all Santas. 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Irish Bank: $1 off Stella and shot specials. 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Irish Times: 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey specials for Santas. 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Kells: $5 Fireball shots. 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Patriot House: $8 Tullamore Dew Irish coffee, $4 Boston lager & Arrogant Bastard, $5 shot specials. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Santas also welcome: Hawthorn, Louie’s Bar, Murphy’s Pub, Schroeder’s, Taverna Aventine, Topsy’s
Fort One: $6 well drinks and $3 Santacon shots. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
The Plough and Stars: $2 Tecate cans and $3 pints of Harp. 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Santas also welcome: The Abbey Tavern
NocNoc: $2 off all draft beers. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Bar None: $3 drafts/$12 pitchers of Rolling Rock, $3 24 oz. Budweiser, $4 Jack Daniels. 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Blue Light: $5 fireball, $16 pitchers of Bud Light & Coors, $6 Fernet shot with PBR. 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Brickyard: $5 drink specials. 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Santas also welcome: Balboa Cafe, The Brixton, Eastside West, Jaxson, Lightning Tavern, Stock in Trade,
Asiento: $1 off draft beer, house wines, well drinks and tapas. 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Chapel: $5 Anchor Steam Christmas Ale drafts. 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Doc’s Clock: $2 PBR, $1 of all drafts and $3 well drinks. 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Elixir: $8 Santacon punch. 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Range: 20 percent discount on all drinks. 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Santas also welcome: Blondie’s, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem
Cafe Royale: Happy hour specials to all Santas. 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Regency Ballroom: 13th annual Elf party. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Rouge/Nick’s Crispy Tacos: Bottomless mimosas until 3 p.m., $5 santa specials all day, live DJ starting at 9 p.m. 10:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Shanghai Kelly’s: $3 PBR, $4 icicle shots, $5 Jäger, $6 Fireball. 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Santas also welcome: Bitters, Bock & Rye, Harper & Rye, Hemlock Tavern, Lush Lounge, Mayes Oyster House, McTeague’s, Playland, Soda Popinski
Belle Cora: $4 ABK German lager and $6 red sangria. 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Northstar Cafe: $3 PBR, $4 icicle shots, $5 Jäger, $6 Fireball. 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Rogue: $4 16 oz. cans of American Amber. 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Tupelo: $4 ABK German lager bottles & $6 Tupelo punch. 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Santas also welcome: The Boardroom, Maggie McGarry’s, Tope
Santas welcome: Bullitt, Tonic
Bergerac: $8 Santa special drink of vodka, lime, ginger beer, cranberry shrub and simple syrup. 12 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Club OMG: No cover, drink specials all day like $4 vodka drinks, DJ’s all day. 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The EndUp: Free admission and complimentary champagne toast from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., $4 well drinks. 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Jamber: Discounts on food and wine samplers. 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Pink Elephant: One free well drink with any purchase of food or drink. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Willows: $1 cover, matched by Willows and donated to charity. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Santas also welcome: The Chieftain Irish Pub, F8, DNA Lounge, The Grand Nightclub, Holy Cow Nightclub, Raven, Southside Spirit House, Tempest, Wish