Early Entry:
  • General admission inclusions plus:
  • Early Entry
  • Additional drink tickets
  • Opportunity to sample all stations throughout the Zoo first
General Admission:
  • Drink tickets
  • Access to the entire Zoo for an adult evening!
  • Commemorative Glass
  • Animal Encounters
  • Bardstown Bourbon Company
  • Bird Dog Whiskey
  • Boone County Distilling
  • Brain Brew
  • Canvus
  • Coopers Craft 82.2
  • Cooper’s Craft 100 Proof
  • Hard Truth Distilling
  • Jack Daniel’s
  • New Riff
  • Northside Distillery
  • Woodford
  • More to come!
Welcome Drink Partner:


Matthew Douglas Simpson uses music and authentic stories from his rural beginnings to bring hope to every person! Hear him live at Bourbon Flights!

Presented by:

Media Sponsor:


Official Soft Drink:

General Info

  • Credit cards are accepted at food stations.
  • Smoking is not permitted in the Zoo
  • Event held rain or shine
  • You will receive your lanyard with drink-sampling tickets upon presenting the event ticket at entry.
  • This is an adult event; all guests must be at least 21 years old and present a valid photo ID. No babies or children permitted.  Bags will be subject to search.
  • Guests without valid photo ID will not be permitted to enter the event.
  • Programs will be emailed to ticket purchasers prior to the event and uploaded to this web page the day of the event.

Thank you for supporting “A Toast To The Wild – Tasting Series”.  Proceeds from this event series support the Zoo’s own Lindner Center for the Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW). CREW is internationally recognized for its Signature Projects including rhinos, imperiled cats, exceptional plants and polar bears. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden was the first zoo in the nation to build a facility dedicated to endangered animal and plant conservation research.


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If I have a question about the event, who can I contact?

For questions about the event, you can send an email to: [email protected].

What does the Early Entry ticket include?

The Early Entry experience includes entrance to the Zoo starting at 6:30pm, 30 minutes before the rest of the event plus additional drink tickets.

Where do I park or get dropped off?

Please park in the Zoo’s main parking lot at 3400 Vine Street. You can find directions and additional parking details at: Directions and Parking Just look for the solar panels!

For taxi and driver drop-off, please direct vehicles to meet you at the Front Zoo Entrance (3325 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220)

What if I don't receive my ticket/confirmation email?

Your confirmation email will have an attached PDF that holds your ticket. Print out a copy of the attachment/ticket and bring it with you the evening of the event.  If you did not receive an email, check your SPAM folder as well as your Trash folder.   If those turn up blank, please either arrive a little early with your confirmation number or email our Visitor Experience Team at  [email protected].

With my Toast to the Wild ticket, am I able to come earlier in the day and enjoy the Zoo until the event starts?

Your Toast to the Wild ticket is good for admission beginning at 7:00pm on the scheduled event date.  Please visit the ticketing page on our website to learn more about planning your visit to the Zoo.

Is there food at the event?

You will find a variety of food options, available for purchase, throughout the event at select concession stands.

Will there be vegetarian food options?

Yes, we will have a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free options available for purchase.

Will you have non-alcoholic beverages available?

Yes, there will be stations serving complimentary Pepsi products and water during the event.

Will the event be held if there is inclement weather?

Yes, the events are held rain or shine – please make sure you dress comfortably for the weather.

How much of my ticket purchase supports CREW?

$35 of each ticket goes directly to support CREW’s research both here and abroad.

Where can I learn more about supporting CREW?

The Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) was the first of its kind, state-of-the-art research facility dedicated to saving endangered plants and animals from extinction. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is one of only three Zoos in the United States to have a facility dedicated to conservation and research. Read more about CREW. 

Can I bring my children to the event?

Toast to the Wild events are for adults only as they feature alcoholic beverages – you must be at least 21 years old to attend.

Will there be tickets available at the door?

Once we have reached capacity via pre-purchased ticket sales, we are unable to sell any additional tickets at the door. We highly recommend you pre-purchase your tickets.

What do I wear?

Please dress comfortably for a fun evening at the Zoo – remember the events are rain/shine and feature both indoor and outdoor habitats throughout the Zoo.

Can I get a tax deduction for my ticket purchase?

$35 of each event ticket is tax-deductible.  You can find this information on your receipt.