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Ringing In 2014

Celebrations are taking place all over Asheville tonight.

In one place in particular, New Year's Eve history is being made. The Thirsty Monk in Biltmore Park is dropping a keg at midnight.

"It's hooked-up to electric winch. It's actually about 23 feet tall. It's timed to drop and land at the bottom exactly at midnight, and once that hits, the lights will light-up, and it'll be 2014," said General Manager Dylan Mandeville of Thirsty Monk.

Mandeville says Asheville needs a Beer City USA take on New York's Times Square and that this is the place to do it.

"We're one of the greatest beer bars in the country, and you know, we want that to be the forefront of what we do here and what better way to do that than a keg drop," said Mandeville.

The steaks are sizzling at the Market Place downtown. Just one of the many restaurants booked solid on this busiest of holiday occasions.

"New Year's Eve is definitely, hands down, the biggest night in Asheville for every restaurant, and definitely for us at the market place," said William Dissen of The Market Place.

They're busy stocking the bar at Mack Kells out on Tunnel Road.

"'ll be right here enjoying several beverages and drinking responsibly and taking a cab home," said Dot Eckerich.

That's a wise move on this final night of 2013.

"Have a designated driver. Have a cab, get a room somewhere. Just don't get behind the wheel of a vehicle. It's just not worth the risk. There's too many other avenues and too many other ways to be safe," said Trooper Gene Williamson of the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

The Highway Patrol warns there will be checkpoints.

If you're looking for cab, go ahead and program these numbers into your phone:
A Red Cab Company - (828) 232-1112
Metro Cab - (828) 254-1155
Yellow Cab Company - (828) 253-3311
Your Cab - (828) 259-9904
Marvels Transportation - (828) 280-1698


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