Escape the relatives, have a drink

Several bars around Wichita will be open for limited hours on Christmas night, accepting the masses in need of a cold one. Among them are:

Larry Bud's, 2120 N. Woodlawn: The popular sports bar will be offering a variety of drink specials and encouraging patrons to wear ugly sweaters and naughty Santa's helper get-ups. Hours are 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Blue Lounge, 614 W. Douglas: The bar will be open from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. and will feature a show by famous Kansas-bred musician Freedy Johnston. The show will start around 9:30 p.m., and admission is $5 at the door.

Kirby's Beer Store, 3227 E. 17th St. The WSU-adjacent bar will be open and spinning tunes from DJ John Eaton from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Side Pockets, 600 S. Tyler: The popular pool hall will be open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Anchor, 1109 E. Douglas: Food won't be served but libations will be from 7 p.m. till 2 a.m.

Rain, 518 E. Douglas: The bar at the nightclub will be open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., featuring its normal Friday special — $5 Long Island iced teas.

The Shadow, 550 N. Rock Road: A DJ will play and the bar will serve drinks from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Split Lip Rayfield

The day after Christmas — on Saturday — Wichita band Split Lip Rayfield will play at 8 p.m. at the Cotillion. Doors open at 7, and tickets are $15 at Select-a-Seat outlets.