Before you Visit

At Random is a traditional ​cocktail lounge, opened in 1964.  We are very proud of our unique, perfectly preserved environment and our fantastic mid-century cocktails. We want everyone to have a good time when they visit, but it is important to keep in mind that we are not a bar, we are a cocktail lounge and a certain amount of 'cocktail lounge etiquette' is expected.  

In the time of COVID 19 we have added several cleaning and sanitizing procedures in order to keep our staff and customers healthy, plus some new procedures that will assure everyone's safety.  Your cooperation and understanding is greatly appreciated.  If there are any conditions below that you do not agree with, please do not come to At Random during this time!  Just hold off, we'll be open to all with no restrictions in the not too distant future.  

  1. As of June 2020 we are reservation-only.  As we phase in re-opening, it is important to keep people safe and to make sure we comply with Milwaukee Health Code related to social distancing practices.  Make a reservation here

  2. All reservations will include a non-refundable deposit that can be used toward your purchase of our delicious specialty cocktails and merchandise.  Please understand that this is the only way our business can survive on a limited capacity and maintain the required social distancing.  

  3. If you have the Corona Virus or are feeling unwell, please do not come to At Random.  We will work something out for you to come back at a later.  Guests who are excessively coughing or show visible signs of illness will be asked to return at a different date.  

  4. Your temperature will be taken upon entering At Random.  Don't worry, we'll use a fancy touch-less thermometer.  If your temperature is over 100.4, we will ask you to return at a different time.  

  5. Masks are Required.  We know there has been some debate around this, but we feel it is a small effort to keep those around us safe and comfortable.  Our staff will be wearing masks and we ask that you wear a mask when you are away from your table or interacting with our staff.  If you forget your mask, one will be provided for you but it won’t be nearly as cool as the ones made by The Brass Rooster.  

  6. When you arrive for your reservation time, wait outside and we will text you when your table is ready.  This is to prevent people from waiting in our vestibule.  If you’ve ever tried to get a table on a Saturday night you know this area can become a bottleneck.  If it is raining, you can wait in your car, we'll give you plenty of time to walk to our door.   

  7. Tables are assigned- please do not move tables.  We are playing a giant game of tetris in order to make sure the proper distance is maintained between guests.  Please assist us by not moving tables or seats.  

  8. Each table reservation is 90 minutes.  We based this on the average visit to At Random and we have set aside enough time to thoroughly sanitize each table and seating area before the next guest is sat.  Please respect this time limit and understand that it is necessary to maintain our business through this time.  

  9. Only one person is allowed in the restroom at a time.  Please be conscious of others and do not approach the bathroom when someone is using it.  

  10. We will have no bar seating until further notice.  For the long time fans of At Random, this shouldn’t be too odd.  Please do not approach the bar to talk to the bartenders.

  11. We will not be seating parties over six until further notice.  

  12. No hugs or handshakes.  We are going to want to hug each and every one of you when you arrive, but we must resist!

  13. Please relax and have fun.  The last three months have been hard on everyone and these rules are a lot, but once you are at your table, you can remove your mask, enjoy your drink, and have a nice time with your loved ones.  

  14. Please be kind.  Our staff is here to serve you, but coming to work during a pandemic is difficult and they deserve an extra special thanks for their efforts. 

Also, before you visit us, please keep in mind the following:

  1. You must be 21 to enter At Random.  We do not make exceptions for designated drivers, minors under the supervision of a parent, or underage spouses.  We suggest you wait for your child's 21st birthday, then bring them in for a cocktail. You will both enjoy the experience far more.    

  2. We are reservation only until further notice.

  3. Our lounge is very dark, even during the daytime hours.   You and your date will both look 32-54% more attractive under our unique amber lighting.   

  4. Because our environment is so dark, we cannot allow flash photography.  Please turn off your flash and, while you're at it, silence your phone.  Remember, you are entering 1964.  

  5.  You must be seated to be served a drink.  As my grandfather used to say, that's why they call it a lounge and not a stand.

  6. We do not have a dress code, but we do ask that you dress like you are visiting a cocktail lounge.  In 1964.  

  7. Our cocktails are made by hand, one at a time, and can take longer to prepare than a cocktail at your local bar.  We could cut corners to increase our efficiency, but we think our drinks are pretty great as they are!

  8. Many of our ingredients and recipes are secret.  This is a Milwaukee cocktail lounge tradition that dates back before the start of At Random.  If you have allergies, please inform your bartender or server.  

  9. We take credit card deposits for some of our glassware, including the Tiki Love Bowl.  Please understand that we still use some antique glassware that is nearly impossible to replace.  

  10. We accept major credit cards and cash.  Cash is always preferred.  

  11. We open at 5pm, Monday - Saturday (may vary somewhat during Coronavirus Happy Time).  We do last call at 1:30am on weekdays and 2am on weekends.    We are closed on Sundays, but our sister lounge, Bryant's Cocktail Lounge is open on Sundays.  

At Random Cocktail Lounge

2501 S Delaware Ave.

Milwaukee WI  53207

T-Th      4-10  

Fri         4-11

Sat        12-11

Sun       12-10

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until 9:00 pm

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