Alcohol sales at bars typically double during the New Years Eve weekend, so local bars are stocking up and thinking ahead to make sure everyone stays safe while having fun. On a typical winter day in Wilmington, beer distributor Joe Sugar makes about 20 deliveries. Friday, he made 35. "I'll probably do you know, five, to six hundred cases today," Sugar said. "That's just today, not including the rest of the week. I'm going to work tomorrow and Monday all before New Years." Sugar is one of many distributors supplying bars with alcohol for the New Years Eve holiday. 22 North in Wrightsville Beach was one of his stops. Owner Jim Radle says New Year's is one of his busiest days in the winter, and that he tries to stock up. Radle hopes to bring business to his bar by offering free champagne to all who come for New Year's. He urges people to get there early! "They need to be here by ten. They don't want to watch the ball drop through the window." Along with supplying the bubbly, Radle is also helping his customers get home safely by making sure there are enough cabs waiting outside the bar. "New Year's Eve, it's hard to get a cab or get any way home so we thought ahead and got a couple of cab companies to use us as a primary stop sight so people will be able to get out of here safely." If you already know where you plan to spend New Year's Eve, you can check with the bar or restaurant to see if they are offering a discount on cab services like Radle is doing. If they are not, many cab companies do take reservations, but you have to hurry, they are filling up fast.
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