As local college students and out-of-town family members flood the area for the Thanksgiving holiday, local bars are gearing up for one of the biggest drinking days of the year.
Dubbed "Blackout Wednesday" in a 2011 Wall Street Journal article, the night before Thanksgiving brings out a mix of regulars and visitors, said Anthony Pacifico, manager at Zach's Sports and Spirits.
He said Wednesday will probably be the biggest night of the year for Zach's, located on Sixth Avenue.
"We've been preparing all week, getting our glasses ready and all our of products stocked," Pacifico said.
Zach's won't be offering any new drink specials for the night, he said, but the bar's enclosed, heated patio will be open to accommodate more people.
Mike's Court owner Mike Luciano said he runs "a family bar," but the bar also sees a spike in visitors around Thanksgiving.
He said it isn't the busiest night of the year for the bar, which is on Fifth Street, but the business is on par with a busy Friday night.
"I get more families that come in, maybe, to eat," Luciano said. "It's more of a neighborhood place."
Luciano said Mike's Court can become a meeting place for people that haven't been in town for a while, and that he often reunites with old friends through the course of the holidays.
"It's usually a nice time to see everybody and see some people from out of town," he said.
The Knickerbocker Tavern is also increasing staff and stock for the holiday season, said server and bartender Jarilyn Walz.
The Knickerbocker, also located on Sixth Avenue, wouldn't count Wednesday as its busiest night of the year, but the bar staff does see an increase in students and those returning to the area for Thanksgiving break, she said.
"I think it's more younger kids, people that are home from college and home for the holiday," Walz said.
The tavern will have drink specials and holiday-themed food, but nothing specifically for Wednesday night, Walz said.
Mirror Staff Writer Paige Minemyer is at 946-7535.