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Drink Craft Beer And Party With The Animals At The L.A. Zoo [UPDATE]

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If the new otter pups weren't enough to get you over to the L.A. Zoo, perhaps a night of craft beer and live music will convince you to hang with the animals.

On Friday, August 7 the L.A. Zoo will host its annual Brew At The Zoo evening, where you can drink beer and hear local bands and DJs, all while hanging with the zoo's inhabitants. As you wander around select animal exhibits you'll be able to sample from over 50 craft breweries from Southern California and beyond, while also chowing on pub-style grub. Bands and DJs will play throughout the zoo, and zookeepers will offer pop-up talks, offering you the chance to ask all of your pressing animal-related questions. And this year, the zoo is offering a new VIP experience complete with early entrance and access to two exclusive lounges with hors d'oeuvres, and specialty drinks.

Breweries from across the country will make an appearance at the Zoo, including tons of local favorites like Angel City, Golden Road, Absolution, King Harbor, Three Weavers, Phantom Carriage, The Dudes', and newcomer MacLoud Ale. Standard admission includes a five ounce mug for beer samples, so taking an Uber or finding a designated driver is highly recommended. Food will be available for purchase, though unfortunately there won't be room for the food trucks of Roaring Nights at the Zoo. But, hey, there will be lots of beer! Animal highlights of the night will include elephants, koalas, apes, The LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles), and the Rainforest of the Americas—though there's no guarantee the animals won't hide from your craft beer-drinking self.

Update [7/24]: The eclectic musical lineup for Brew At The Zoo will include "the best of the worst of the '80s" with The Spazmatics; The Noble Gasses surf band; The Black Canyon dance band; live karaoke with Casual Encounters; and something completely different from Der Burgermeister Boys, a German Polka band. High-profile DJ Johnny Hawkes will also keep you and your monkey friends dancing with his signature mixes of hip-hop, funk, R&B, electro indie and classic jams.

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Brew At The Zoo takes place on August 7 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. with VIP entrance at 6 p.m. Standard tickets are $50, Designated Driver tickets are $25, GLAZA Member tickets are $45 and a limited number of VIP tickets are $99.