Surrounding yourself with family is great at the holidays, but sometimes you just need to get away from it all and have a drink.
Here is a selection of bars in downtown Lexington that will be open for business on Friday night, Christmas Day. Hours of operation are subject to change.
OPEN CHRISTMAS NIGHT
The Bar Complex, 224 E. Main St., (859) 255-7557, www.myspace.com/thebarcomplex. 6 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Christmas drag show at 10:30 p.m. Dance floor opens at 11 p.m. $5 cover.
Bigg Blue Martini, Hilton Lexington/Downtown, 369 W. Vine St., (859) 231-9000, www.thebiggbluemartini.com. 3 p.m.-1 a.m.
Bluegrass Tavern, 115 Cheapside, (859) 389-6664, www.thebluegrasstavern.com. Open at 8 p.m.
Cheapside Bar and Grill, W. Short St. and Cheapside, (859) 254-0046, www.cheapsidebarandgrill.com. Open at 6 p.m. Live music by Lizard Thicket at 10 p.m.
The Green Lantern, 497 W. Third St., (859) 252-9539, www.myspace.com/greenlanternbar. 2 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Harvey's, 200 W. Main St., (859) 226-9333. Open at 7 p.m. $5 martinis and $1 off import draft beers; special Christmas drinks — Candy Cane, Frosty Nog and Chocolate-Covered Strawberry — for $4.
Mia's, E. Short St. and N. Limestone, (859) 455-9903. Open 6 p.m.; serving food until 1 a.m. Traditional Christmas dinner menu.
Pulse Nightlife, W. Short St. and Market St., (859) 721-0109, www.pulsenightlife.com. 5 p.m.-2:30 a.m. "Bunny Love Christmas" Dance Party at 10:30 p.m.
The Rosebud Bar and Silks Lounge, 121 N. Mill St., (859) 254-1907. 7 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
Skybar, W. Main St. and Cheapside (top floor), (859) 368-7411, www.skybarlex.com.
Soundbar, 208 N. Limestone, (859) 312-7335, www.soundbarlex.com. Open at 7 p.m. Freebies for those wearing Santa outfits. Christmas drink specials include Santa's Little Helper, a green and red shot combo for $6.