New Year's Eve preview

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Downtown Wichita will be up and ready to ring in the new year Monday night.

Mort's Martini and Cigar Bar, Pumphouse and Wave are all planning ahead for the big night.

"We'll be open at 11 o'clock a.m. for all the bowl games. At 9 o'clock p.m., we'll start our cover to ring in the new year," says Cade Aolte with Pumphouse.

At Mort's Martini and Cigar Bar, Carina Dreher says they're prepared for larger crowds."We will have a complimentary champagne toast at midnight...we'll have a nice giant patio party going on, kicking in the new year."

Wave will also be open on New Year's Eve. "It's five dollars to get in, 15 dollars for a champagne bucket and every ticket includes a champagne toast,"says Francesca Pacheco.

If you are planning on going out, crowds will be larger than normal, so it's best to plan ahead. You can expect longer lines and higher cover charges at most bars.

"Just getting in the door, that's going to be the biggest burden for most people," says Aolte.

Most importantly, plan ahead to stay safe.

"Drive safe, have a DD, or use Lyft or Uber, a taxi even," says Pacheco.

Uber and Lyft drivers will be out all night New Year's Eve. Downloading their app allows you to track drivers closest to you and get a safe ride home within minutes.

Randy Lehl, Uber and Lyft driver, says it's important for drivers to stay safe. "My son will be on the road too, and I want them to be safe. If somebody is drinking and driving, other people are in jeopardy."

Lehl says driving for ride share services like Uber and Lyft is really about more than just a paycheck.

"There is a lot of self satisfaction with Uber or Lyft or driving a taxi because a lot of times, you are helping someone who is in a dire situation...You're doing a good service out here if you're driving for Uber or Lyft or a taxi," says Lehl.

Law enforcement will be out in full force on New Year's Eve looking for impaired drivers all across Sedgwick County.

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