Workshops & Events

Drink & Ink Workshop


gets you ink, paper, access to wood type + antique presses and our letterpress know-how

2-3 hours

classes are BYO drinks+snacks and run from 6-9PM on Thursday nights

10 people

intimate class size allows for personal instruction + creative exploration

15% back

we donate 15% of all workshop revenue to a rotating list of local orgs.

What the heck is Drink & Ink?!

Drink & Ink nights are open to anyone 12 and older interested in letterpress printing, handmade posters and craftiness. For $35, we'll supply cabinets full of antique wood type, and all the paper, ink and press know-how you could possibly need. You bring the creativity and any snacks or beverages you might want to enjoy while you're here. Each attendee designs their own 11x17 poster and prints 2-3 copies of it. Sessions run from 6-9PM most Thursday nights and are open to up to 10 guests. They fill up fast, so check the calendar and book your night! We also do Drink & Ink nights as private parties.

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Host a private Drink & Ink print party

Have a group of 6 or more people ready to party?

Good news! You can reserve our workshop space for your next corporate event, birthday, bachelorette party, family reunion, sunday brunch, bridal shower, moms night out, the list goes on.

This gets you ink, paper, access to wood type + antique presses and our letterpress know-how.

3+ hours
Classes are longer depending on group size, and the studio is only open to you and your party guests.

25 person max
2+ instructors accommodate larger groups to ensure 1:1 instruction + creative exploration.

Host a Pop-up printing event

Looking for a unique way to entertain guests at a special event or gathering?

Good news! We've got a portable printing press, drawers of wood type, an inking station, and an enthusiasm for meeting new people that we'll bring right to you. You give us a quote, we design the poster + lock it up in our press and bring it all on the road. Each party guest prints their own unique version of it to take home.

Starts at $550
This buys a custom-designed poster for you + all the supplies needed for each guest to print a copy.

2-4 hours
We set up prior to the event and stay until an agreed upon time, depending on your guest count.

200 person max
This really depends on the specific situation. Let's chat!

Host a Shop tour

Got a group of 10+ people looking for a piece of Milwaukee history and a unique experience?

Good news! We've got a 105-year-old letterpress print shop (some might say a historic Milwaukee gem), spunky attitudes and a wealth of weird stories to share of our history. We'll guide your group through the shop to see and learn about the tools and machines used in the art of letterpress printing. The tour concludes with each visitor printing their own souvenir.

$15 gets you a shop tour, random history tidbits and a souvenir print.

~1 hour
The tour is about 45 minutes + some time to print posters together at the end.

50 person max
Our 1880s building has tight quarters, but we can comfortably fit ~1 busload.

Come Learn with us

Bachelorette party bliss

I had my bachelorette party at Bay View Printing Company this past weekend and it was a truly fun experience! Despite having a really large group of people, we were met with such a welcoming attitude and so much patience and kindness. Everyone got to make their own print and the staff was way above and beyond in making it a fun time for everyone, despite the chaos a bachelorette party brings. It’s so clear that the environment at Bayview Printing Company is one of inclusion and a genuine joy for the work that they do. Whatever service you’re seeking look no farther—you’ve found the absolute best people here! Thank you so much for making my night special and fun for me and all of my party guests!

Missy P.

A fun + educational bday

Our group had an AMAZING time for my sister’s birthday party! Very laid back, but very informative and professional. Learned a lot, created a lot, and hope to come back again some time when I get back to Wisconsin!

Sarah H.

Best work party ever

Absolutely love this place! Came here for a drink'n'ink event with a group of coworkers, and it was an absolute blast! We brought our own food + drink which was really easy and convenient. Lucas is an awesome teacher/coach.

Saydde P.

Book your next event

Send us some details about the type of event you're interested in and let's make some print magic!