Greensboro, N.C. — Downtown Greensboro bars and restaurants are preparing for a much busier Monday night than usual, expecting more than a thousand people to hit downtown for New Year’s Eve.
Syn & Sky is hosting its second New Year’s Eve Ball, complete with more than a dozen cases of champagne for toasts in the three-story club.
Owner Mike Carter explained, “There’s three bars out on the rooftop, and it’ll be a little cold but it’s not gonna stop anybody!”
He said it takes months to plan a party for 800 guests, but it’s all worth it.
“Even though you’re working- you get to see everyone else having fun and that’s the best part of it all.”
As Carter and his staff work on decorating Monday afternoon, he said they’re also amping up the number of security officers and bartenders.
Tavo Tavern and Restaurant owner Calvin Williams prepared for his first New Years Eve as a downtown business.
“Right now we’re just stocking, getting prepared. Basic champagne for everyone, gotta make sure you have enough champagne! You can never go wrong with that on New Year’s Eve.”
Williams said they already had reservations set for about two hundred people, and expected even more throughout the evening.
For people hoping for a low-key evening out, new Greensboro restaurant The Worx is hosting a traditional New Year’s Eve dinner and midnight champagne toast.
“Our reservations right now are coming in for mostly 6 and 9 o’clock in the evening. I think we’re gonna catch the crowd going out to eat, maybe those who are heading home before the actual fireworks begin at midnight,” said Owner Nick Piornack.
Meanwhile, others are hoping to stay in and avoid a chilly and windy New Year’s Eve.
Wine Associate Liz Vernon at Total Wine and More on Battleground Avenue said they are prepared for one of their busiest days of the year.
“We got here at 6am this morning for recovery, so we’re all stocked up and ready to go. I’d say by the end of the day it’ll be bare bones but that’s great because hopefully everyone will be having a good time,” Vernon said.
Since New Year’s Eve traditions often involve alcohol, Greensboro’s Police Department is stepping up patrols with more than two dozen extra officers downtown Monday night.
Greensboro Police Captain R.G. Sigmon explained, “We want people to enjoy themselves, we understand it’s the new year tonight and we’re celebrating the start of 2013. But we just want everyone to make it home safely tonight- that’s the key thing.”
She suggests keeping a careful eye on the road if you head out for the night.
“If you see someone out there you’re a little bit concerned about driving, please create some distance. Call us and let us help everyone be safe tonight,” added Cpt. Sigmon.
Fox 8 spoke to Greensboro cab companies who also have as many as seventy drivers on standby for a busy New Year’s Eve.
Whether you are braving the cold for a night on the town or bundling up at home, they hope everyone has a safe and fun New Year’s Eve.