By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Nov 29, 2022 at 1:31 PM

Snuggle up with some holiday cheer as OnMilwaukee shares stories of everything merry and bright in the spirit of the season.

The OnMilwaukee Ho Ho Holiday Guide is brought to you by Educators Credit Union, Harley-Davidson Museum and MillerCoors

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 has brought back The Magic Forest for a third year.

The Magic Forest, the festive outdoor cocktail experience, will take place at At Random, 2501 S. Delaware Ave. 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 online for groups of four or six.  

Seating located around At Random's gas fire pit, as well as at a few outdoor tables will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please check in with the host when you arrive.

Touchless ordering and payment is available from a special limited menu featuring festive cocktails, including hot toddies, Irish coffee, spiked cider, hot buttered rum and more.

Well behaved children accompanied by their parents are welcome nightly until 7 p.m. No dogs are allowed.

Reservations for the greenhouses (and fire-pit seating) are currently available online with rental fees of $10-25 depending on the day and time of the reservation. Each reservation is 100 minutes long.

Remember: Be kind. Be safe. Tip well. And dress for the weather (even a Cocktail Hut can’t stop the wintery winds from blowing).

The Magic Forest is open Tuesday through Thursday from 5 to 11 p.m., Friday from 5 to midnight and Saturday from 3 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 3 to 11 p.m. Cocktails will also be available for carry-out until 9 p.m. (last call is 8:30 p.m.)

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.