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Best Place to Drink Some Brews with (OK, Near) a Famous Hippo: Cincinnati Zoo’s Hops Beer Garden

Best Place to Drink Some Brews with (OK, Near) a Famous Hippo

Alright, alright, so you can’t actually drink with the Cincinnati Zoo’s beloved animal celebrities like Fiona the hippo, Kris the cheetah or Theo the giraffe, but you can certainly be in close proximity while you enjoy a frosty, adult human beverage at the Cincinnati Zoo’s Hops Beer Garden. The 130-seat multi-tiered deck looks out over a penguin habitat, Roo Valley kangaroo walk-about and other zoo features. While you’re on your visual safari, you can sip a brew from locals like 3 Points, Braxton, Fifty West, HighGrain and MadTree as well national craft beer brands like Breckenridge and Goose Island. You can also snack on sustainably produced fare that includes flatbread pizzas, roasted cauliflower and oven-fired chicken wings. The beer garden, which opened last August, is the perfect spot to sit back and raise a toast to your favorite zoo creatures. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org.