I hit the LA Zoo Friday night for the final installment of its 2014 Roaring Nights summer nightlife series, and let me tell you, it was a far cry from my experience last year. Apparently, word has gotten around that the zoo is a pretty sweet place to kick it after dark.

I’ve been to the zoo a few times, both for Roaring Nights and just as a regular zoo-going jack-off, and I’ve never seen the parking lot as full as it was Friday night. Fortunately, that didn’t translate into an uncomfortably large crowd once we got inside the zoo gates; the midways were chill as ever.

After-hours zoo guests milled around between late-night zoo attractions: food trucks (among them Baby’s Badass Burgers, Tornado Potato, and Mandoline Grill), pop-up animal exhibits, and full-service beverage carts at which the service was exceptional and the booze flowed like wine. No joke — t’were some heavy-handed bartenders, which made zooing it up after dark even more appealing.


The musical guest for this summer’s final Roaring Nights installment was LA Music Blog favorites We Are Twin, and they didn’t disappoint. Charismatic lead singer Gabi seemed right at home in the offbeat setting, and she and her bandmates delivered a high-energy set complete with an upbeat cover of Drake’s popular “Hold On, We’re Going Home” as well as the standard rollicking We Are Twin fare.


I was glad to hit Roaring Nights again this summer, and hopefully the great turnout means we’ll have another season to look forward to next year. In the meantime, you can try to simulate the experience at home with your tambourine and the rats out by your trash cans, but I doubt it will compare to, you know, elephants and whatnot. And from what I hear, you’re no We Are Twin, either.



We Are Twin
LA Zoo and Botanical Gardens