Riverwest Public House: A Co-op Pub in Milwaukee

The Riverwest Public House

Milwaukee is known for having a lot of small neighborhood bars, such as Foundation (a Tiki bar), Art Bar, The Uptowner, Nessun Dorma, Stone Fly Brewing Co, Bremen Cafe, and the Tracks, to name a few. There are over 20 in Riverwest alone! However, some bars can also have a negative impact on the community from noise, underage drinking and public drunkenness.

The Riverwest Public House is one of only two co-op pubs in the entire country! It was created to allow residents of Riverwest to take control of their neighborhood.

“The mission of the Riverwest Public House Cooperative is three-fold: to provide a welcoming social meeting place, to provide patrons with a variety of affordable local, organic and/or delicious beers, ciders and spirits, and to raise funds to propagate other cooperatives through the Riverwest Cooperative Alliance.”

The Public House hosts speakers and live music, and members receive a discount to exclusive events. For example, you can be one of the judges or contestants in the bloody mary contest.

“It is modeled in part after England’s public houses. These pubs, which date back to the middle of the 15th century, often serve as a focal point for the locals to meet and gossip and arrange mutual help within their communities