Bourbon 'n Bears

Sep 09

6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Calling all whiskey and wildlife lovers! Tickets include 3 tastings, soothing music by David Sterner's jazz trio, and admission to the zoo after-hours. Additional drinks will be available for purchase from popular breweries and wineries, as well as snacks from food trucks. Throughout the evening, there will be a keeper talk, animal enrichment, and a grizzly bear training.

EVENT TOKEN ALERT! This event participates in the Event Token Giveaway. Collect a token from each participating event, and turn them in at Brew at the zoo on Saturday, December 30 to be entered to win two VIP Brew at the Zoo 2024 tickets. The more tokens you collect, the better chance you have to win!

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21 and older only, including designated drivers. Registration is required. Tickets are non-refundable or transferable. Guests MUST bring ID to be admitted into the event, no matter the age of the guest. Infants and children will not be admitted.

Costume character(s) photo opportunity is provided by Imagines Productions, LLC.


  • Akron Zoo member: $40
  • Akron Zoo member designated driver: $20
  • Non-member: $45
  • Non-member designated driver: $25

Purchase Tickets

VIP Tickets

6 - 9:30 p.m.

Ticket includes early entry at 6 p.m., 3 bourbon tastings, a full-size drink ticket, and a chocolate treat! 


  • VIP: $55
  • VIP Designated Driver: $30



  • Brighten Brewing
  • Collision Bend Brewery
  • Maize Valley Winery
  • Nauti Vine Winery
  • Minglewood Distillery
  • Cleveland Whiskey
  • Towpath Distillery

Food Trucks

  • A Moveable Feast
  • Cookery Food Truck
  • The Green Vegetarian