A Cudahy bar is trying to bring Christmas movies to life this holiday season with props, including a leg lamp and Santa chair, and more than 16,000 lights.
City Lounge, 3455 E. Layton Ave., is putting on “Fra Gee Lay,” a Christmas movie mashup pop-up bar experience, from Dec. 4 to Jan. 3.
While the bar has put on many pop-ups inspired by movies and TV shows, from “Harry Potter” to “The Office,” this is its first Christmas-themed one.
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Owner Alex Ahmad said he usually just puts up a “few decorations” around the bar for the holidays.
“This time, we decided to go all out,” he said.
There will be a handful of sets and photo ops inspired by Christmas classics, including “A Christmas Story,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” and “The Grinch.”
Themed drinks will include an “Ovaltini,” which will be a “chocolatey” cream martini, “Syrup in Coffee,” which will have coffee and amaretto with candy canes and whipped cream, a drink featuring eggnog, and more. Each drink will cost about $8.
Attendees are encouraged to wear holiday attire, Ahmad said, and his staff is going to “Christmas shirt and ugly sweater it up as much as possible.”
There will be Christmas movie trivia at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17, and a New Year’s party Dec. 31.
The bar will be open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. from Dec. 4 to Jan. 3. There is no cover charge, and guests must be at least 21 years old to attend. For more information and updates, visit facebook.com/CityLoungeCudahy.
As far as coronavirus precautions go, Ahmad said City Lounge is cleaned with “high-end” sanitizers, and UV light is used to disinfect after close and again before open. The bar will be following whatever COVID-19 guidelines Cudahy has in place throughout the pop-up, he said.
Weather-willing, the bar plans to have its outdoor heated area open to “give people plenty of room to spread out,” he added.
Just to the north of Cudahy, the City of Milwaukee recently released a new order that will require bars and restaurants that have Health Department-approved COVID-19 safety plans to be limited to the lesser of 50% of their total capacity or the limits in their safety plans. Bars and restaurants without the safety plans will remain at 25% maximum capacity.