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Cocktails in the Conservatory

Sip cocktails in the tropical Bolz Conservatory and enjoy the beats of local DJs! All proceeds benefit the Gardens!


Friday, November 17, 2017
7 - 11 p.m.

The Real JaguarThe Real Jaguar

Widely known for his program "Who Cooks For You", an eclectic music show airing Fridays at 2 p.m. on WORT-FM, The Real Jaguar can also be found behind the turntables at a host of area bars and clubs, spinning a variety of music for all palates.

Gabe "The Real Jaguar" has a love for music that is real and profound. His sets are eclectic, never boring, and always bring laughter and good times. You'll be carried away by deep funk electronica one minute and then be bouncing along singing the words to a 80's goofball number the next. Every time you think you have his set figured out, he'll surprise you with a different direction you hadn't thought of, but, it's the right one. Funness.


Friday, January 26, 2018
7 - 11 p.m.

Queer Pressure Collective featuring DJ Boyfrrriend

DJ BoyfriendDJ Boyfrrriend is a queer DJ from Madison and a founding member of the Queer Pressure Collective. She pumps feminist, queer, and political vocals through hip hop and pop beats.

Cocktails in the Conservatory welcomes all community members. For the January event, Olbrich Botanical Gardens is partnering with the Queer Pressure Collective to host a safer space event.

Queer Pressure Collective (created by Sarah Akawa and DJ Boyfrrriend) is a group of queer djs/artists/activists/and more curating and creating nightlife for and by queer people.

Events held with support by Queer Pressure are DIY and encourage safer space practices including welcoming and affirming all gender expressions, intentional spaces for members of the LGBTQ community, wheelchair accessibility, gender neutral bathrooms, and inclusion of queer people in the planning and development of events.

Questions can be directed to Sarah Akawa, contactsakawa@gmail.com.


Friday, March 30, 2018
7 - 11 p.m.

To be determined


Event Guidelines

Cocktails in the Conservatory$8 admission at the door.

Must be 21 years old to attend.

Here are some things to keep in mind before you arrive -

  • Front doors open at 6:30 p.m. - Conservatory doors open at 7 p.m.
  • First-come-first-serve - the maximum number of visitors allowed in the Conservatory will be continuously admitted as visitors cycle out
  • Arrive with your whole party - line jumping is not permitted
  • When entering the building you'll be notified if you will be immediately admitted into the Conservatory or directed into the waiting line
  • girl dancingOn average people enjoy the Conservatory for 1.5-2 hrs - some leave earlier and some stay longer, we cannot guarantee a specific wait time
  • Bar stations will be available inside the Conservatory and the Commons (a large reception area off of the lobby that will house the waiting line if necessary)
    • Our bar service has been streamlined to decrease waiting lines
  • We will post updates on Facebook on the hour as the event capacity fluctuates to keep you in the loop
  • Capacity in the Conservatory at any given time does not equal the overall attendance that can be accommodated at the event over four hours, therefore, pre-sale tickets will not be offered
  • $5 admission from 10-11 p.m.



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Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
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