Brew at the Zoo

Friday, June 21, 2024 • 6pm — 11pm

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When does pouring begin?

Pouring begins at 7pm.

Will this event still happen if it rains?

Yes, this event is rain or shine.

When is last entry to Brew at the Zoo?

Last entry is at 10:00 p.m.

Do I need a photo ID?

Yes, photo ID is required. Guests and designated drivers must be 21 and over. Individuals under 21 will not be admitted into the event. Children are not permitted.

What entrance should I use?

You can only enter for the event through the Bronx River Gate (parking and pedestrian) or Southern Blvd Gate (pedestrian) and Southern Blvd Parking. There is NO entry at the Fordham Gate or Asia Gate.

How do I use my VIP benefits?

Please look for the VIP express entry lines available at all open entrances. You will receive a VIP badge which must be worn at all times to allow you access to the exclusive VIP areas. Along with your VIP badge, you will receive a VIP wristband that is valid for complimentary snacks and fountain soft drinks at Bronx Zoo cafes and stands throughout the night. Note, wristbands are not valid for food trucks and vendor purchases. Wristbands will be scanned at check-in to redeem your Brew swag bag at the entrance, including a 2024 commemorative Brew at the Zoo t-shirt and more, which is available from 6pm – 10:00pm. Please note, your t-shirt size selections will be available on site based on the size you had requested when purchasing your Brew tickets. You will also receive complimentary general admission for a future visit valid until June 30, 2025. VIP ticket holders must be present to have their unique barcode scanned to redeem their items. Only one VIP swag bag will be allowed per person, you may not collect items on someone else’s behalf. VIP items must be picked up in person.


VIP swag can be picked up at either the Bronx River or Southern Boulevard entrances upon arrival

What is your bag & security policy?

All guests will be required to go through security screening. Bags will be subject to search prior to entry. Knives or weapons will be confiscated during the security screening.

Will I get to see animals during Brew at the Zoo?

Sure! The zoo is opening up at 6 PM so you can check out some of our most popular exhibits. Please note, while the animals will be in their exhibit, it is up to the animals if they choose to be in the area that is visible to the public. Select animal exhibits will be open from 6-7:30 p.m. Exhibit closing times may vary.

Will the entire zoo be open for the event?

No. Event entry is only via Southern Blvd Gate and Bronx River Gate (no entry at Fordham Road or Asia Gate). The Brew event will be restricted to a large section of the park - from Fountain Circle, through Astor Court and Dancing Crane Plaza, to the World of Reptiles and Somba Village. WE ASK THAT ALL GUESTS REMAIN IN THE DESIGNATED AREAS AND PAY ATTENTION TO PATHWAY RESTRICTIONS.

Will there be non-alcoholic beverages available?

Courtesy water stations will be available. There will be soda and bottled water available for purchase.

Will drinks other than beer be available?

Yes. Beer, wine, cider, seltzers, and other varieties of alcoholic drinks will be available. Cocktails are not available for sampling or purchase.

Will there be food available?

Food will be available for purchase. A variety of food trucks, as well as zoo cafes and snack carts, will be open. Food trucks will be located in two distinct locations – Food Truck Circle (near Astor Court) and Food Truck Alley (near Grizzly Corner). Food is not included in the Brew ticket price*. Credit cards are accepted at many, but not all of the food trucks. An ATM is located inside the Zoo at the Dancing Crane Pavilion.

*VIP guests can enjoy snacks and fountain soft drinks at any of the Bronx Zoo cafes and stands with their VIP wristband. Wristbands are not valid for complimentary food at any non-Bronx Zoo food truck/vendor.

What is your smoking policy?

The Bronx Zoo is a smoke free park. Smoking is only permitted in parking lots and at one specific designated smoking area adjacent to the Southern Blvd Gate. All smoking, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices, is prohibited in all other locations.

If I leave the Zoo grounds, will I be allowed back in?

No. There will be no re-entry allowed at this event. If you leave the Zoo for any reason you will be unable to return.

Does my ticket price include parking?


How much is parking for this event?

Parking is $22 per car. ($24 for buses)

Please note, we have a pay-on-exit parking system at the Bronx River entrance of the Bronx Zoo. Simply put, this method of parking works in three steps.

  1. Pull a ticket on entry
  2. Park & enjoy your visit
  3. Stop by a Parking Pay Station before getting back in your car (cash or credit cards accepted). Present the validated ticket at the exiting arm.

The Southern Boulevard Parking Lot is pay upon entry process.

If I am a WCS Member, do I have to pay for parking?

As this is a special after-hours program, Member benefits do not apply. However, we are offering a special WCS Member parking discount for Brew at the Zoo! Parking (beginning at 5:30pm) will be $8 for any level of WCS Membership. Members must present a valid membership card and photo ID (lookups are not available). Discount for 1 car per membership.

Standard WCS Member parking benefits apply for arrivals prior to 5:30pm.

What is the "Designated Driver" ticket?

Designated drivers get access to all General Admission perks, without consumption of alcohol. Designated Drivers must be 21 and over to enter. Guests with tickets will not receive a souvenir cup and will not be allowed to consume alcohol at the event; however, they will receive complimentary fountain soft drinks at Bronx Zoo cafes. Designated Driver tickets are limited and may sell out prior to the event date. There are no VIP Designated Driver tickets.

Does the cost of my Designated Driver ticket include parking?

No. Parking is separate from all Brew tickets.

Can Designated Driver tickets go into the VIP areas?

Only VIP ticket holders are provided entry into the exclusive areas. Designated Driver tickets are equivalent to General Admission access.

Can a Designated Driver be under 21 years old?

No. Only people age 21 and over will be permitted into Brew at the Zoo. IDs are checked at each point of entry and any person under the age of 21 will be turned away.

Can I bring my young child or baby to this event?

No. Only people age 21 and over will be permitted into Brew at the Zoo. IDs are checked at each point of entry and any person under the age of 21 will be turned away – this includes infants and small children.

If I purchased tickets for others and received their e-tickets to my email address but we are arriving at different times/entrances, what do I do?

Each ticket has a unique bar-code. We recommend emailing your guests and attaching their respective tickets in advance of the event. This way, if you show up at separate times or gates, they will have no issues or delays in getting into the zoo. The sea lion pool on Astor Court is a central location to meet up.

Can I get to the Bronx Zoo by public transit?

Yes! We encourage you to do that! The Zoo is convenient to both the 2 and 5 subway trains. We recommend taking those to the PELHAM PARKWAY station and walking to the Bronx River Gate. Please note that the ASIA GATE will be closed. In addition to subway, you can use the BxM11 Express Bus, and local buses. Visit our directions page for further information and driving instructions.

If I am using a car service to get to the Bronx Zoo, where should I get dropped off?

We recommend getting dropped off and picked up at our Southern Boulevard Gate pedestrian entry at Southern Blvd and 185th St.

Can I feed the animals?

No, and please note, disorderly conduct will result in removal from the event. This includes feeding of animals and dumping of liquids in non-designated areas.

If I arrive at the zoo earlier in the day, can I just stay until the event starts?

All guests must leave the zoo at the end of park hours (5p.m.). We encourage you to visit some of the fantastic local restaurants and stores on Arthur Ave! Entry for the event will start at 6p.m.

Is there a local car service?

We encourage safe and responsible partying. We strongly recommend carpooling, taking mass transit, or making prior arrangements with your favorite car service or ride sharing company.

What amenities will be available?

We have you covered with an abundance of restrooms and porta-potties throughout the park. There will be security and NYPD presence as well as a Bronx Zoo first aid station available. Our Bronx Zoo store will be open for that perfect souvenir.

What if I arrive before 5p.m. and park in the Zoo lot - do I have to move my car?

No, if you are parked in Southern Blvd or the main Bronx River parking lots, you can leave your car. If you are parked in the Asia lot, please move your car to one of those lots.

Can I purchase tickets the day of the event?

Tickets will only be sold online and in advance of the event. There will be no onsite ticket sales. Tickets are expected to sell out, so get yours early.

Can I get a refund?

No, ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. The event will be held rain or shine. Buyer Beware: there are no third party ticket sales for this event.

I never got confirmation on my tickets!

First, check your junk/spam folder. Sometimes the confirmation email gets sorted there. If you still don't see it, please reach out to with your details (purchaser name, date of purchase, quantity of tickets) and we'll get back to you.

Are service dogs or therapy dogs allowed at the Zoo?

Yes, for Service Dogs; No, for therapy dogs.

We only allow working Service Animals, in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the ADA, “a service animal is a dog that has been individually trained to work or perform tasks for assisting a person with a disability.” Service dogs are working animals, not pets. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. Pets, comfort animals, emotional support or therapy animals are not permitted at the Zoo.

Upon arrival at the park, handlers must check in with Admissions so a supervisor can review some logistical items with you and issue a Service Dog Admission pass*. Thank you for your cooperation to ensure a safe and successful visit for yourself, your service dog, the animals cared for at the zoo, and other park guests.

For additional information, see our Accessibility page:

*As stipulated by the ADA, Zoo staff may request that a service dog experiencing difficulty or demonstrating problematic behaviors, such as barking or lunging, be removed from the Zoo immediately. We ask that you promptly comply with any such request for the safety and welfare of all.


  • This is a 21 & over event. Valid ID must be presented upon entry. Children are not permitted.
  • Beer and wine pouring starts at 7pm.
  • Bags will be subject to search prior to entry. Knives or weapons will be confiscated during the security screening.
  • Disorderly conduct will result in your removal from the event. This includes trespassing into restricted areas, the feeding of animals and dumping of liquids in non-designated areas.
  • Select animal exhibits open from 6pm – 7:30pm. Last entry times may vary.
  • Animal Chronicles walking trail last entry 8:45pm.
  • No re-entry. If you leave the event for any reason, you will be unable to return.
  • Last entry at 10:00pm.
  • Last call is at 10:45pm.
  • The Bronx Zoo is a smoke free environment. All smoking, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices, is prohibited.
  • No refunds. Not for Resale. Rain or Shine.
  • Event entry is only via Southern Blvd Gate and Bronx River Gate (no entry at Fordham Road or Asia Gate).
  • Some areas may include intense audio, UV lighting, extremely low visibility, strobe lights and/or special effects. It is not recommended for guests who are claustrophobic, pregnant, are prone to seizures, or have heart and/or respiratory problems.
  • Guests needing assistance or information on accessibility, please contact us in advance at with email subject “Brew access inquiry.”
  • All Brew at the Zoo attendees must be 21 and older, and must reserve tickets in advance. Brew guests must abide by all park rules in effect on June 21, 2024. While there may be future updates, current park policies do not require masks for guests. WCS reserves the right to make changes to all policies, including mask requirements. Always check the Know Before You Go page before you arrive for the most up-to-date information.

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