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Cocktails at the Conservatory – Throwback Thursdays (’80s)

Dude, the Conservatory is throwing it back to the ’80s for Cocktails at the Conservatory.

This totally dope event features ’80s faves! Party Pleasers will rock the hits of the decade while you take on trivia, play arcade-style games and pose at the photo booth. Get a dose of nostalgia and make a friendship bracelet to mark your cocktail (even if you weren’t old enough to drink in the ’80s). If you get hungry, local food trucks will be serving up your favorite childhood snacks.

Cocktails at the Conservatory events are 5:30-9pm and strictly 21+. Advance reservations are required for all guests, including all member levels and Monarchs. Tickets may sell out so reserve yours soon! 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 Blue Lagoon is the specialty drink served from the cash bar. Alcohol samples are available courtesy of local vendors.

Watershed Distillery:
-Details coming soon!

Rhinegeist Brewery:
-Blizzy Blast RG Bevs Hard Craft Beverages
-Lemmy Nade RG Bevs Hard Craft Beverages

High Bank Distillery:
-Details coming soon!
Eat Food options available:

Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Truck
The Cheesy Truck
Taquito's Truck
Conservatory Food Truck
Conservatory Garden Café
Music & Karaoke Party Pleasers brings the jams.
Arcade Games Ping pong, air hockey and foosball courtesy of the Cincinnati Circus.
Photo Booth Fizzy Cat Photo Booth will help you capture memories of the night. Crimped and teased hair optional!
Trivia Big Head trivia asks, "what do you remember from the '80s?"
Friendship Bracelets Your old-school fave craft can be turned into cocktail markers with our Education Staff.
Bonsai Tour Some of these trees may have lived through the '80s. Learn about the Conservatory's Bonsai Collection from Horticulture 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.
Play Lawn games and activities will be available in the gardens.


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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!).

Reserve Tickets

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.