Baby, it's cold outside. But there's warm holiday cheer brewing in Bay View thanks to John Dye, owner of Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge, The Jazz Estate and At Random, who is bringing back The Magic Forest for a second year.
The Magic Forest, the festive outdoor cocktail experience, will be returning to At Random, 2501 S. Delaware Ave. beginning Nov. 24 and running through the end of January.
What you can expect
Guests can look forward to basking in the holiday spirit surrounded by live, decorated Christmas trees, festoon lights and plenty of holiday-themed mood music.
The Magic Forest will feature a variety of seating options, including seven vented heated greenhouse-style “Cocktail Huts”, equipped with warm mood lighting, which can be reserved for small groups. Five of the greenhouses will seat four and two will accommodate parties of up to six. As usual, the greenhouses will be thoroughly disinfected between each 90-minute reservation.
New this year: Guests can also make reservations for six extra cozy outdoor seats located around At Random's brand new gas fire pit. Five picnic tables will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis for guests who wander in without a reservation.
All seating will feature full service from At Random staff, who will deliver festive cocktails, including hot toddies, Irish coffee, spiked cider, hot buttered rum and Under the Volcano (hot chocolate with a shot of mezcal) as well as a a few new additions, right to your table, fireside seat or greenhouse.
Reservations for the greenhouses (and fire-pit seating) will be available online starting next week with rental fees of $10-20 depending on the day and time of the reservation. Each reservation is 90 minutes long, allowing time for thorough cleaning between parties.
Remember: Be kind. Be safe. Tip well. And dress for the weather (even a Cocktail Hut can’t stop the wintery winds from blowing).
Beginning Nov. 24 (through January), the Magic Forest will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 5 to 11 p.m., Friday from 5 to midnight and Saturday from 3 to 11 midnight and Sunday from 3 to 11 p.m. Cocktails will also be available for carry-out until 9 p.m.
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.