Now that summer is in full swing, an alternative to hitting up the bars is visiting Franklin Park Conservatory. Every Thursday, Cocktails @ The Conservatory provides people with a Conservatory experience they will not find during the regular admission hours.

Now that summer is in full swing, an alternative to hitting up the bars is visiting Franklin Park Conservatory. Every Thursday, Cocktails @ The Conservatory provides people with a Conservatory experience they will not find during the regular admission hours.

This 21-and-over event, which originated last August to show off new spaces to the public, takes place on the Conservatory's rooftop gardens. From 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., you can enjoy hors d'oeuvres, music from an Encore Entertainment DJ, and drinks from a full bar. Admission is $10, but guests receive $10 in tokens for food and drinks, so recoup their money.

"We pair a featured cocktail each month to a plant that is related to the cocktail," said Lori Kingston, marketing director for the Conservatory. "Right now with July we have Daisies & Daiquiris. It's a way of having a fun themed and featured drink."

Themes for the coming months include Mandevilla & Margaritas, Bonsai & Bellinis, and Bamboo & Brew. During the colder parts of the year, Cocktails @ The Conservatory moves its location from the rooftop gardens to the Palm House.

And mingling and listening to music are not the only things to experience during the CD 101 and Columbus Alive! sponsored Cocktails @ The Conservatory. Now that the Dave Chihuly exhibition is featured at the Conservatory, event-goers can view illuminated Chihuly installations during the event.

The age range of attendees varies throughout each Thursday night, Kingston said.

"It changes as the evening goes on," Kingston said. "It skews a bit younger, but there is always the after-work crowd."