Date Night at Zoo Brew in Des Moines

Date Night at Zoo Brew in Des Moines, Iowa

It had been months since Travis and I had a date night (thanks COVID). I knew I wanted to do something new and different. Not the same old dinner or dinner and a movie. I had always heard great things about the Zoo Brew at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines. I am so happy we finally planned a night to go!

Zoo Brew is for ages 21+ that offers all of your favorite Blank Park Zoo animals, live music, and brews! The Zoo Brew is a fundraising event so when you visit and purchase a beer, you are supporting the Des Moines, Iowa local zoo.

If you already have a zoo membership you get in free or pay $14 for non-member. Drink tickets are $5 a ticket and they offer a wide variety of beers including tons of local brews!

I think my favorite aspect of Zoo Brew is how it is a totally different experience then when the kids are with you. Maybe it was because it was later in the evening or quieter due to no kids, but all the animals were super active! The sea lions put on a show and the lion and monkeys had plenty to say.

Due to COVID-19 Zoo Brew is operating at 50% capacity. If you have a zoo membership you automatically can get in without purchasing advance tickets. When you purchase advance tickets online, the tickets are good through March 31, 2021. While we were there it was not overcrowded and we felt we could adequately practice social distancing. We did not wear our masks 100% of the time, but when you go up to get a new beverage it is highly recommended.

The Zoo Brew is just another reason of many to have a Blank Park Zoo membership! Not only can you visit multiple times with the kids, but you can plan date nights too.


Dates: Every Wednesday in July & August. Also, Halloween Zoo Brew on October 9

and Holiday Zoo Brew on December 4.

Times: 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Price: $14 for non-members; Free for members


Erin Huiatt

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