Wazoo at Lowry Park Zoo: WOO-HOO!! (Photos)

1. The HEAT! Pack that many people into one place, no breeze, add alcohol…I guess they figure the price point on the ticket is enough to keep the rowdies out.  There are places to get water, but they were hard to find and far between.  I know there were signs but it was dark and there were a lot of people as obstructions. Anyone ever think of having an outdoor event in Florida in April?

2. Did I mention the number of people?  It’s packed.  A great thing for a not-for-profit trying to raise money and a pretty good indicator that even in a failing economy, people will still come out to drink. We never had to wait too long for a beer pour, but the food?  Fuhgedaboudit.  The food vendors were going as fast as they can but the lines of people never dwindled.

[image-1]3. The Beastly Beverage Club.  For a VIP upgrade on your ticket you had entry to the air-conditioned splendor.  No promises were made, other than a/c, so for all you guys on the outside, here’s what you missed:  More long lines at the beer tables, although they did have two of my faves: Red Stripe and Tusker.  A long line for a cocktail plate of pulled pork and white rice.  They did have some of the small zoo animals there with their handlers, which was pretty cool.  And there was a DJ with a barely used dance floor.

But here is the kicker: NO restrooms.  Apparently, the “facilities” in the facility were being used by a private party.

4. I never get why they have a beer tasting and no one pouring really knows much about the product.  Basic questions like “Where is the brewery?” are met with blank stares.

5. In the years we have attended, I have never made it into the wine area.  Although I am primarily a wine drinker, by the time we make it to the wine area, I am so hopped up (pun intended) on the lagers and ambers and stouts I’ve consumed, my palate can’t discern anything else and I choose to stick with what’s working.

If you have never been to Wazoo, mark your calendar for the first weekend in August.  It will be the hottest weekend of the year.


You'll also enjoy the best people-watching this side of Clearwater Beach as patrons are determined to drink enough to justify their ticket price. Posing with the lifesize cutout of Samuel Adams (brewer, patriot) or the Sweet Tomatoes mascot, or hearing the strains of the Southern girl’s mating call (I’m soooo drunk!), a good time is had by all.

Until 9:00am. Ouch.

[Note: Photos by Marina Williams. For more, go to Creative Loafing's Flickr page.]

I love going to Wazoo at the Lowry Park Zoo.

Living in Seminole Heights, it’s an easy walk to the annual beer tasting so we skip the argument about who is driving.  Going to an alcohol-themed event and staying sober is like being on a low-carb diet in Italy or going to a museum blindfolded.

This year the Zoo folks did try new tricks to improve upon the previous years.  Generally they do a fine job; some things are just out of their control.

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