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The National Zoo is hosting a three-hour wine tasting September 12

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A large “Zoo” sign surrounded by red flowers.
The Connecticut Avenue NW entrance to the National Zoo

Residents and visitors 21 and older can put some extra “happy” in “happy hour” September 12 at the National Zoo’s “Zoo Uncorked” event, a ticketed wine tasting scheduled for 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Guests will be treated to wines with ratings of 90 or higher, food from a variety of vendors, live music, and, of course, animal company. General admission tickets are $70 each and $55 for Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) members. VIP tickets, which include access to special wines, food, and animals, are $115 per person and $99 for FONZ members.

“Guests are encouraged to drink responsibly and utilize public transportation,” the zoo says in a post about the event, which is being sponsored by Total Wine & More. The 163-acre zoo is within walking distance of both the Woodley Park–Zoo/Adams Morgan and the Cleveland Park Metro stations on the Red Line. The L1 and L2 Metro bus routes also have stops right in front of the zoo’s main entrance on Connecticut Avenue NW. In addition, shuttle buses from Big Bus Tours will transport guests between the Woodley Park Metro station and the zoo’s Panda Plaza bus lot from 5:30 p.m. through 9:30 p.m., according to the event’s organizers.

For those who choose not to drink, general admission and VIP tickets are $30 and $95 each, respectively. Zoo Uncorked is adults-only and guests must have a valid photo ID on them to enter. Smoking is not permitted at the National Zoo and the event will be held rain or shine.

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