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Cocktails at the Conservatory – Backyard Brews

Hang out in the best backyard in Columbus during Cocktails at the Conservatory.

Keep it low-key during “Backyard Brews”. We’ve set up fun lawn games and inflatables and our vendors will be serving up comfort food and refreshing beers and seltzers. Take a golden hour stroll through the Topiary Collection and spend time learning about native plants.

Cocktails at the Conservatory events are 5:30-9pm and strictly 21+. Tickets sales closed at midnight on August 17. Advance reservations are required for all guests, no tickets sold at the door. Party at the Conservatory for a purpose; a portion of every ticket sale is donated to the Conservatory’s outreach programs which positively impact the community.

The Plan

Drinks Backyard Sweet Tea is the specialty drink served from the cash bar. Alcohol samples are available courtesy of local breweries:

-Land-Grant: Oh Sure IPA & Lemon Glow Citrus Pale Ale
-Platform: Haze Jude Hazy IPA & Breezy Session Sour
-Seventh Son: Pineapple Tangerine Kitty Paw & Lime Guava Kitty Paw
Eat Food options available:

Sweet T's
Conservatory Food Truck
Music Vibes courtesy Ebony & Ivory Dueling Pianos.
Giant Inflatable Games The Cincinnati Circus will set up inflatable lawn games:

-Bazooka ball
-Giant basketball
-Giant foosball
-Giant Beer Pong
-Home-run derby
Play Cornhole, connect four and other lawn games will be available to play. There will also be a roaming magician to delight guests with magic tricks.
Horticulturist Chat View the Topiary Collection and chat with a horticulturist. Discover the behind-the-scenes magic that goes into building and maintaining our topiaries.
Native Plants Learn about the plants that may be growing in your own backyard from Education staff.
Explore The entire Conservatory is open for you to explore after hours. Hang out with friends, take pictures, and enjoy the scenery in our beautiful green spaces.
Photo Booth Capture a memory with The Selfie Spot 614.


 “Aperitif” Supporting Sponsor Columbus Distributing

Thank you to our sponsors!

Frequently Asked Questions


Wheelchairs and motorized scooters are available for free on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Designated parking spaces are available near the Main Entrance. Guests can be dropped off a short distance from the Main Entrance if necessary.

Service Animals are the only animals permitted at the Conservatory.

Please contact us with any specific accessibility concerns.

Are these events 21+?

Yes, these are cocktail party-style events where alcohol will be served. IDs required. These events are a special opportunity for adults to enjoy the Conservatory with their peers

Do I need to reserve tickets?

Yes, advance reservations are required for each event, including for all member levels and Monarchs. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Reservations will close at midnight the evening before the event date. Reservations may sell out before then! Reservations can be made on each event page. 

Tickets are $30 for the public and $25 for Conservatory members (join now!).

Upcoming Cocktails Events

Are refunds available?

No, tickets are final sale and non-refundable. This includes refunds for the weather as the events can be moved inside.

Please contact us with any issues.

Are these events weather dependent?

No, the entire indoor Conservatory is open during the events so they will not be canceled due to weather. Activities and vendors will be moved to rain locations if need be.

Refunds are not available due to weather.

What’s included in a reservation?

Access to the Conservatory’s indoor and outdoor experiences and current exhibitions. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden will close at dark.

Activities are included with the cost of a ticket and do not require additional reservations.

Reservations also include alcohol samples from each alcohol vendor. Additional drinks can only be purchased from the designated cash bars. Food may be purchased from local food trucks on site.

Is there a dress code?

There is no formal dress code for this event. It is a cocktail party, and guests are encouraged to wear fun outfits, especially if they match the theme of the event.

Be sure to keep the weather in mind!

Are outside food or beverages permitted?

No, outside food and beverages will not be permitted. We kindly ask that you support the cash bar and local vendors.

Is there parking available?

Yes, the Conservatory has a free parking lot for guests located off of East Broad Street. Guests can also be dropped off or picked up in front of the Main Entrance. Please see our map.

If necessary, additional parking is available at the Franklin Park Adventure Center.