Bars prepare for big crowds tonight

The night before Thanksgiving is often considered the biggest party night of the year, and local bars will try to win partiers' attention with a variety of promotions tonight.

Here's a sampling:

Downtown bars will host a block party in which one cover charge (usually $7-$10) gives you access to the majority of Broadway hot spots.

Columbus hot spot H2O, 6499 Veterans Parkway, will host a mechanical bull-riding contest designed to find the Sexiest Buck-N-Babe and Best Buck-N-Bronc.

SoHo Bar & Grill, 5751 Milgen Road, will celebrate with a performance by the Atlanta-based rockers from Holdcell.

The Shanty Shack, 4475 Warm Springs Road, will be open tonight with DJ music.

Check the Walk of Shame blog at ledger-enquirer.com for updates on tonight's party lineup.