Singles Safari mixer turns into hottest hunt in town
When Metromix signed on to help out with the Denver Zoo's Singles Safari mixer, planners were hoping a few hundred singles tired of bushwhacking through the local bar scene might stop by for a night of jungle-themed drinking, dancing and socializing. By 8 p.m. or so on Friday, it was clear that we had all underestimated locals' love of our furry friends (and free vodka).
More than 1,000 people — single and otherwise — flooded the zoo for what evolved into a end-of-summer blowout. Scenesters ranging from barely legal to retirement age walked with the animals while solving a scavenger hunt that had them exploring the deepest reaches of the park. Local musician Rob Drabkin, sporting a prodigious Sideshow Bob afro and some truly impressive finger-picking skills, provided the soundtrack back at base camp as attendees exchanged phone numbers at a furious rate.
By the time the night ended, partiers were already looking forward to future safaris, as well as other events such as Brew at the Zoo and Zoo Lights.