Downtown bars prepare for New Year's Eve bash - WKRN News 2

Downtown bars prepare for New Year's Eve bash

Posted: Updated: Dec 30, 2012 11:06 AM CST

As thousands prepare to ring in 2013 along Lower Broadway, bars and restaurants in downtown Nashville are making sure customers are safe as they celebrate.

For bars like Bailey's Sports Bar and Restaurant, New Year's Eve is the busiest night of the year.

It is a top priority for restaurant staff to make sure customers have a good time while being safe.

For Bailey's, keeping customers under control begins before they even walk in the door.

"It's hard when you're in a honky-tonk strip like [Broadway] because we don't know where they've already been," Scott Frame, manager of Bailey's Sports Bar and Restaurant told Nashville's News 2. "We really have to do a good job screening at the door so we don't have people coming in who are already very intoxicated."

Once in the bar, Bailey's staff will keep an even closer eye on customers to make sure they don't drink too much.

"We keep up with responsible drinking logs to log how many alcoholic beverages individuals have," Frame said. "We can not send them out of here intoxicated."

Servers at McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon on Second Avenue are also taking a proactive approach this New Year's Eve.

"We give them a limit," said Mia Taylor, a server at McFadden's. "We try to spread out the drinks as much as possible we watch them, we slow them down we they need to be slowed down. If and when customers do have a little too much to drink on New Year's Eve, employees at both bars say they'll do all they can to make sure everyone makes it home safely."

Frame added, "The last thing we want is to have people that we have sent out of here in bad shape, and we don't want to see anyone go to jail or get in trouble."

"We figure out who [the customers are] with, if they're not too drunk then we get them a ride home, or we have one of our security guards follow them to the car, if not we stand outside with them and call them a cab," Taylor said.

For those who plan to attend the annual Bash on Broadway, the Davidson County Sheriff's Office is offering rides from 11 p.m. until 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Pickup locations are at 6th Avenue and Broadway or on Demonbreun Street.

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