You might have heard but we’re a very different kind of bar: we’re a cooperative! We don’t one central owner or boss; instead, we’re community-owned and run completely by our workers. Our mission is to be both a great bar/venue but also a community space that is rooted in social and economic justice. When you become a member, you own a part of the bar, with a few hundred of our neighbors. Membership at our cooperative is a great way of getting more involved in the community and making hyper-local democratic economic change.
If you become a member during our March Membership Drive, we have a bunch of sweet prizes on top of all the normal benefits of membership. This month if you join, renew, or refer, you’ll get a free beer. You’ll also get a “Friends with Benefits” coupon that you can use for free admission to any show or event. You will also automatically be entered into a raffle so there’s a chance of winning three different prize packages. And we’ll even throw in some of our new stickers and buttons. If you have any questions about membership please either ask your bartender or email Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out all of the regular member incentives here.
And in case you didn’t catch it yet, read this article that was originally printed in this month’s Riverwest Currents “Bits and Pieces” section:
“Many residents of 53212 and throughout Milwaukee are proud members of the Riverwest Public House Cooperative. Something about the place inspires them. Maybe that it’s community-owned, a small piece of the larger puzzle of local economics. Maybe it’s the drink discounts and member-only events. Maybe they enjoy the place and support it sticking around. Whatever the reason, hundreds have invested their hard-earned money into Wisconsin’s only co-op bar. Thank you.
Right now we are gearing up for our March Membership Drive. All new members, renewals, and referrals get a free beer! Now’s the best time to renew/join because you get the free beer and you get entered into a raffle for a Milwaukee Pizza Company pizza party among other prizes. (Note to members: if you renew during March, no matter when your membership expires, we’ll add another 12 months onto your current payment schedule, so you won’t lose and months of discounts and specials.) You can stop by any time and buy a membership from a bartender. $40/year, $200/lifetime
Our staff is one-of-a-kind. The workers meet every two weeks and completely control the day-to-day operations. Of course there are ups and downs, but the mere fact of having control over your workplace is a major, major perk. That kind of precedent is worth supporting in our neighborhood and in our local economy. On behalf of the board of directors and the workers, we want to say thank you to all who have supported the Public House, and hope you renew your membership, join the cooperative, and bring your co-workers, friends, and neighbors into our movement during the month of March.”
Thank you for your support! We couldn’t do this without such a fantastic community.