By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Feb 28, 2024 at 11:01 AM

We all know "The economy is in shambles". But you needn’t plan to drink three bottles of champagne and hang out with a stray dog under a bridge. 

In fact, for three whole days this March, you’ll be able to let go of your worries and enjoy the sunshine at Lost Whale, 2151 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. That’s because, for the fifth year, the renowned Bay View cocktail bar will be pulling out all the stops for its annual Paddy’s Pub pop-up, which will take place Thursday, March 14 through Sunday, March 17. 

As usual, guests will find the bar all decked out for the occasion, complete with narcissistic, sociopathic bartenders, green and gold fringe garlands, and a life-sized Instagram-ready cardboard cut-out of former real estate mogul and sweatshop operator, Frank Reynolds.

Frank Reynolds
Frank Reynolds cut-out (Photo: Lost Whale)

Please note that, due to a much-needed vent-cleaning, there will be no access to Charlie's "bad room" during the festivities. 

However, you will find plenty of Sunny-themed cocktails, showcasing Lost Whale’s classic “land to sea craftsmanship”, including: 

  • Riot Juice: They traded out the Everclear for lots of rum! You’ll also find citrus, hibiscus-infused pomegranate grenadine, bitters, mint and seltzer.
Riot Juice
Riot Juice (Photo: Lost Whale)
  • Fight Milk: Specially formulated to assist you in fighting like a crow! The drink includes Irish whiskey, coffee liqueur, Irish cream, bitters, and a sustaining, high crowtein garnish of cookie crisp cereal.
Fight Milk
Fight Milk (Photo: Lost Whale)
  • Intervention! Intervention!: Pair with jorts for better range of motion. The drink is comprised of Odyssea "Wintertide" Spiced Blood Orange and Cranberry Red Sangria served over ice in a Diet Coke can
  • Caribbean Paradise: Some people say it’s better than busting a nut; it also pairs well with the spider song. This personal fishbowl is filled with rum, vodka, Blue Curacao, lime, pineapple, almond orgeat and bitters.
Caribbean Paradise
Caribbean Paradise (Photo: Lost Whale)

A new “gang”

But – new this year – Lost Whale gang will also be partnering with the gangs from two other Bay View businesses – The Sugar Maple (who is throwing their first “It’s Sunny in Milwadelphia” pop-up) and 1840 Brewing Company – to amplify the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in the Bay View neighborhood. 

Guests will find super Def drinks and activities at all three venues during the four-day frolic, as well as a collaborative Flipadelphia Flip Cup competition during which winning teams from Lost Whale and Sugar Maple will face off for the ultimate win on Sunday at 1840 Brewing Co. (no poison allowed).

Your intervention itinerary

Thursday, March 14
6 to 8 p.m.
“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” Trivia

Trivia is open to teams of two to four (2-4) players. Sign-up begins at the bar at 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for First Place and Best Team Name.

Friday, March 15
7 p.m. 
(until the last team is standing, i.e. avoids poisoning)
Flipadelphia Flip Cup Tourney 
Flipadelphia is open to teams of four (4) people and limited to 10 teams. Sign up your team by emailing  Include your team name and contact information for your team captain. The competition will be a “best of three” game bracket-style play-off. The last team standing will be declared the champions. 

But there’s more!  The Lost Whale Champions will then go on to compete in Re-igniting the Rivalry, squaring off against the Sugar Maple Champions in a winner-takes-all competition at 1840 Brewing Co, 342 E. Ward St., on Sunday, March 17 at 5 p.m.  Both teams will be thoroughly inspected for eggs, weapons and poison at the door, ensuring for a clean game.

Saturday, March 16
6 to 10 p.m.
Patio Party (complete with a cure for ‘roid rage) 
Hang out underneath Lost Whale’s new partio tent and enjoy some Rum Ham Sandies (while supplies last). Be sure to pay a visit to the Rum Bar for free samples of three barrel-aged Bacardi Rums from 6-8 p.m. You can also enjoy specially priced ready-to-drink Bacardi Cocktails all night long.  

Got ‘roid rage? Don’t go punching out any walls. Instead, head to Lost Whale’s outdoor Arcade Punching Machine. If you get there early, you can assuage your rage with a Rum Ham Sandy, a Bacardi RTD cocktail and a free round on the punching machine for just $15.

Sunday, March 17
12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Chardee MacDennis

Teams of two to five (2-5) players are invited to compete in the Game of Games for the chance to win a cash prize. Don’t forget to bring your favorite totem to guard against challenges that will test your mind, body, and spirit. Each game is expected to take 60-90 minutes.  Email for full details and to sign up your team. $20 team entry fee is required.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.