Moran’s Pub in South Milwaukee to Take on
Wizard Theme in December

Pop-Up Pub Partnership with Artist Lauren Marvell Celebrates
Wizardkind with Events, Games, Specialty Drinks, and More

SOUTH MILWAUKEE – In its 115 years, the J.R. Grunder Building in downtown South Milwaukee – today home to Moran’s Pub – has housed everything from a real estate office to a bakery, confectionary, and ice cream parlor to a pool hall to a lunch room, restaurant and cafe. Go-go dancers danced here at one point.

Indeed, 912 Milwaukee Ave. has about seen it all since it was built in 1907. Now you can add “wizard-themed pop-up” to that list, as Moran’s Pub transforms from an Irish and sports pub to something even more magical in the month of December. The pop-up, curated by local artist Lauren Marvell, includes events, specialty drinks, games and more through December 31.

The idea was Marvell’s; she is a Milwaukee artist who has worked closely with Moran for years as a designer. Marvell is a freelance illustrator, and her work as an illustrator has included the design of beer labels for Central Waters Brewing Co. She has also created a mural for the Cudahy Health Department and illustrations for the city of South Milwaukee to beautify empty storefronts in its downtown. Marvell also won a nationwide design competition with Culver’s as part of the “Thank You Farmers Project.” “It was rewarding to be able to work on something special for a pub that means so much to me,” Marvell said.


Friday, December 2nd – Opening Weekend of the Magical Pop-Up

New Wizards Packs, unveiling of the new themed cocktails, acceptance letter game is back, get first view of the new Winter-Inspired decorations, including the Tree Garden and more!

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Wednesday, December 7th – Harry Potter Trivia – The Redemption!

Think you can beat the competition? Miss the last round of Trivia? Well come on down to Moran’s Pub and show your stuff! Starting at 7pm, $1 per person, no reservation needed, but come early to claim a spot!

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Friday, December 9th – Creature Club w/ MKE Rainfrog

Hang out with some cool creatures while enjoying a cocktail! Our local friends at MKE Rainfrog will be bringing all sorts of slithering, hopping, and swimming familiars for you to view and even pet! Visit from 6pm-9pm.

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Saturday, December 17th – Doughnuts & Drafts – Holiday Edition!

It’s back! The very popular Doughnuts & Drafts pairings!! Our favorite doughnut makers from Supernova Doughnuts & Coffee have created 4 new flavors inspired by the holidays. James has also picked out 4 delicious beverages to pair – cheers! Buy tickets at

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Friday, December 23rd – Tree Garden Party – Winners Announced!
Not only do we want you to enjoy the Tree Garden in the back room, we also would like your help picking a winner of the Tree Decorating Contest! There will be a People’s Choice Winner (that’s you!) and a Judge’s Choice Winner. Vote all month long and join us on the 23rd to hear the winners announced at 9pm. We’ll also have some fun activites planned for the night!

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Saturday, December 24th – Hot Cocoa Social – Family Friendly Event
We have a VERY special morning planned for everyone attending the Hot Cocoa Social! There will be a hot cocoa bar with all sorts of treats and toppings (yes, you can add booze to it!), a free make & take activity for all, fun games, and more! This is a private ticketed event. Buy your presale tickets for a $30/adult and $25/child at, or pay a higher price at the door. $5 of every ticket will be donated to South Milwaukee Little League.

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For a full and updated list of events, visit the Moran’s Pub Facebook page.

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