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BOOKING: The Public House is excited to be able to host performances, meetings and other events. Please contact: to get the ball rolling.



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  1. Matthew P. Eells says:

    Our unofficial social group, The Rollo Treadway Navigation Society, is looking for a place to gather for St. Patrick’s Day. Do you expect that you will be open by that weekend? If so, do you expect that you will have at the very least Guinness, Jameson, and such? Will you allow our group to bring in a couple of pans of shepherd’s pie to pass out to our members? It is never too early to plan such things….

  2. Bucky says:

    I am a Jewish, Zionist, married with children, political conservative working in finance and living in Mequon, but with a strong libertarian streak, therefore, I am intrigued by the prospect of a cooperative project of this nature. I am financially able to join as a lifetime member. I also like a genuine unpretensious (sp?) pub atmosphere that is conducive to political and social discussions in a respectful yet passionate (discussion wise) atmosphere. Here is my question…would someone with my political , geographical and social leanings feel comfortable in your pub? I am looking for some honest feedback. I would join up right away, but am concerned that I will be the “odd man out” and not fit in nor feel comfortable in this atmosphere. Thoughts?

    • Hey Bucky!

      It’s our intent to provide a welcoming atmosphere to all, not a clubhouse where just a select few feel comfortable. The bar will be open shortly, why don’t you come on in and see for yourself!

      See you then!


      • Rosalie Gellman says:

        I was dismayed at your recent move to boycott Israel products. What does this do to promote peace? What does this do to promote patronage of your public house?
        I did not know you were partisan or political.

    • Buckey,I just word searched Milwaukee Arab pro Zionism! I got pages on Golda Meir, both pro & con! That was,with pages of anti Zionism! That was alongside Jewish pro Arabist racism & endless alleged “Progressive” anti Israel listings! Your post came up! Thank heavens for some body like you! I am

  3. Celeste says:

    Ahoy! I am so excited for the Public House!
    I am playing musical saw with this radically inspired band , Thislte & the Thorns – we will be on tour next month & would love to do a show in Milwaukee Tuesday April 19th . Ideally an event to celebrate the work & art of local activists and conspire! – would love to combine our music with local prints & posters. It would be so great to get to play at the RWPH! what do you think? here is a link to thistles web site and example of one of her songs – however the band is now 6 piece, trumpet, stand up base, mandolin, violin, saw, accordian, glockenspiel , voice & guitar & pretty fun as well as political – let me know what you think , the date is soon approaching –
    congratulations and huzzah!!!

  4. Hi,
    Riverwest resident and lead trumpet player in our Instrumental Latin Jazz band, LaChazz recently visted your new establishment.
    Please consider us for a future engagement! Our website contains videos of the band from Jazz in the Park last year, as well as a band history, and contact information for more information.

  5. Jeremy Burkham says:

    Hi there,
    I’m a Member since opening night 🙂 and in a band called” THE OAKS ” One of our band members sent you some recordings a while back in regards to playing a show with the Chicago group “Magical Beautiful” As it worked out they couldn’t hold the date. We have decided to gather bands one being “Luvahi” I was wondering if the 25th of June was open ? or any weekend soon after? I look forward to your response. Thanks in advance for your time – Jeremy Burkham 414.736.3880

  6. shane says:

    hi .i put in a fund raiser calender request for fri nov 4 or tues nov 8th.i just realised that the forth wont be possible for us so the request would just be for tuesday the 8th.thanks for your time

  7. Harvey Altshull says:

    I am amazed that a group such as yours has gotten entangled in the Gordian knot of Middle East politics. I don’t know what you all heard but there are two sides to every story. And to boycott one side is certainly not conducive to solving the problem. What will a boycott accomplish. How much and what do you buy from Israel. Actually you do use a lot of created in Israel products. Will you stop using them. The intel chip will you stop using the computer? The Givens internal camera. Will you tell the doctors that you prefer to swallow that vile liquid that is use prior to a colonoscopy? On and on and on And why is it that you are condeming just Israel. Is there no fault on the Palestinian side? Who did the rioting and murdering in Hebron in the 1930’s. It wasn’t the Jewish Palestinians!. And if Jordan was created for the Arabs by the British, then why are the Palestinians demanding a second Arab State. They seem to want 2/3 of what was Palestine. Why was Israe’ls offer to turn over almost all of what is now called the west Bank turned down by Arafat? And evacuating the Gaza strip did not bring peace but rather it brought about rocket attacks. I could go on and on but let me sum it up by a statement that I heard “The Arabs have never missed an opportunit to turn down an opportunity for peace. . .

  8. I Ditto the above comment. You show a short sightedness that pushes negatively against
    peace. Israel has demonstrated many times its interest in HELPING the Palestinians create
    a de-militarized state living side-by-side with Israel in peace and security. To start advocating to
    boycott Israel HURTS the cause for peace and creates an atmosphere clouded against attaining peace. We all hope, someday there will be an Israel-Palestinian Peace Agreement.

  9. Dena Abramowitz says:

    This “cultural boycott” of Israel is so divisive and hurtful, and so out of line with the co-op’s mission of being open and welcoming. Certainly, many people are no longer going to feel welcome in the Public House, now that you’ve come down on the BDS side.

    With the renewal of peace talks, this is really the wrong time to single out one side for blame. It’s a complex situation in the Middle East, but the Palestine Solidarity Coalition’s presentation didn’t even try to address it. It was one-sided, historically untrue, and intellectually dishonest. Co-op members were voting in the dark. The co-op leadership should call it null and void.

    If you want a discussion, start over, get both sides in, and discuss. Or better yet, be what you are and stay out of politics!

  10. Zak says:

    To whom it may concern:

    I am very disappointed that the Riverwest Public House voted to institute a cultural boycott of the State of Israel. The Public House is a progressive enterprise, upholding progressive values. And so is Israel. Consider the following:

    · Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East
    Israel has socialist roots
    · Israel has national healthcare for all citizens (including Arabs)
    · Israel upholds and protects the rights of women, minorities and homosexuals, etc.
    · Israel has a free and vibrant press
    · Israel holds fair and free elections
    · Israel has an independent Supreme Court (one of the justices is an Arab)
    · Israel has a multitude of political parties, including a Communist party and two Arab parties
    Tel Aviv is one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world, and more …

    Meanwhile, not one Arab country is a liberal democracy, nor are most Islamic countries. Iran has one of the highest rates of executions in the world (Iran executes people for being gay). Central Asian countries like Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are despotic. Belarus in Eastern Europe is a throwback to the Soviet era. The Peoples Republic of China allows for no dissent. Turkey has more journalists in jail than any country in the world. Mozambique is a police state. Uganda has the harshest anti-gay laws in the world. This list was off the top of my head. I could go on …

    From what I understand, the Public House has never instituted cultural boycotts against the aforementioned countries. So why focus only on Israel? Why the double standard? Perhaps the decision to single out Israel wasn’t driven by anti-Jewish sentiments. The results, however, indicate to the community otherwise. Let me give an example:

    There are 10 people. Nine are white, one is black. The nine whites are convicted of murder and each receives 10 years in jail. The black person is convicted of stealing a car, yet sentenced to 50 years. What would you call such blatant disparities in sentencing? Racism? Bigotry? So why do a similar thing to Israel, the world’s only Jewish majority state, in the realm of public opinion? Why the spotlight on Israel while so many other countries have atrocious human rights records? I eagerly await your reply.

    Zak Mazur

  11. Rabbi Noah Chertkoff says:

    I was disturbed to learn of the Public House’s decision to engage in a cultural boycott of Israel due to what it describes as “Israeli Apartheid”. There are a number of reasons why this position is factually inaccurate, ahistorical, and emblematic of a familiar pattern of scapegoating.


    Apartheid is a term that was derived from the policy of the National Party of South Africa in 1948 in the Group Areas Act. “The Group Areas Act of 1950 established residential and business sectors in urban areas for each “race” and strengthened the existing “pass” laws, which required nonwhites to carry identification papers. Other laws forbade most social contacts between those of European descent and others, authorized segregated public facilities, established separate educational standards, restricted each group to certain types of jobs, curtailed nonwhite labor unions and denied nonwhite participation in the national government.” South Africa, harshly repressed the lives of 90 percent of its own citizenry on the basis of their skin color.

    Compare that with Israel, a democracy that has a free press and holds all its citizens equal before the law. The doors of government and citizenship are open regardless of religion or ethnicity and Israel is a diverse society with citizens of Arab Muslim and Arab Christian descent. Among many more, there are also Druze, Bedouin, Armenians and Ethiopians. Israel’s Declaration of Independence calls for the establishment of a Jewish state with equality of social and political rights, irrespective of religion, race, or sex. Arab participation in Israel’s democracy includes Supreme Court Justices, active political parties, members of Israel’s parliament and Generals in the Israeli Defense Forces. Are these the characteristics of an apartheid state?

    It should be clarified that the Palestinians, to which I can only assume Public House is referring, are the ones living in Gaza and the West Bank under the authority of their own representatives and not Israeli Arabs. Both the Palestinians of Gaza and the West Bank have rejected, through deed and by creed, the idea of becoming Israeli citizens and most aspire to the establishment of a Palestinian State (with the exception of many members of the LGBT community who have fled to Israel for safety). Hamas, in Gaza, has dedicated itself, in its charter, to the destruction of the State of Israel while the Palestinian Authority, in the West Bank, seeks to create a state that has definable borders and has, in principle, committed itself to the possibility of a two state solution, as has Israel.

    Put simply, the conflict with the Palestinians is a conflict with those who are not citizens of Israel. This distinction is not based on race, ethnicity or religion, rather it is based on the separate political aspirations of two nations, choosing a separate existence and aspiring to be citizens of their own separate countries living with a sense of security. This is far from Apartheid.


    One might also wonder how it came to be that this situation exists. One might ask the question as to why Israel would retain control of an area in which the people who live there aspire to establish a state of their own. For many, their understanding of the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict begins in 1967, with Israel seizing the West Bank and Gaza. But it actually begins much earlier.

    On the 29th of November 1947, the General Assembly adopted a resolution recommending the adoption and implementation of a partition plan. The plan called for the establishment of independent Arab and Jewish States and the Special International Regime for the City of Jerusalem after the termination of the British Mandate. The Jewish authorities agreed to the partition plan, the Arab States rejected it. When the British Mandate ended and the Jewish authorities declared independence, they were attacked by a combined Arab army made up of many Arab nations. Israel resisted and a war of attrition began in which Israel, with very little territorial assets, had to defend itself or face the end of its existential existence.

    In further conflicts waged upon Israel by its neighbors, Israel seized land to defend itself. These were acts of self defense. Both before and after 1967 Israel has faced over a thousand terrorist attacks deliberately targeted against innocent civilians emanating from Arab controlled land.

    However, Israel has a proven track record of returning land seized for its defense. For example, Israel seized the Sinai Peninsula following the Six Day War and Jewish settlers moved in. After a peace treaty was struck with Egypt the Sinai was returned and the Israelis took the difficult step of withdrawing its settlers. Israel has also proven that they will not wait for a peace treaty to withdraw from land seized for defense. Israel withdrew from Southern Lebanon and most recently withdrew from the Gaza strip. There too Israel withdrew all of its settlers. The response in both cases has not been met with steps towards peace, rather the response has been attacks. At current count, there have been 15,047 rocket and mortar attacks emanating from the Gaza strip in the last 12 years.

    Nevertheless, Israel has committed itself to a two state solution despite its own security concerns, it has proven that it will withdraw settlers when there is a peace agreement and Israel is currently engaged in negotiations with the Palestinians.

    Israel’s Portrayal

    Israel is defined by so much more than conflict. Israel is the only Liberal Democracy in the Middle East. It has strong roots in the global Labour Movement and pushed forward advancements in communal living with incredible experimental Kibbutzim. Israel has protected and enhanced world heritage sites and has contributed in substantial ways to the arts and sciences. Israel is a beacon for women’s rights amidst neighbors that prove to be hostile to women’s issues. Israel is the safest and most accepting nation for the LGBT community in the Middle East. Common law marriage between same sex couples is recognized and military service for those who are openly gay has been in effect since 1993.


    I find it confusing how boycotts enhance the mission of this organization that states its purpose is 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,” but if Public House’s chooses to work against its own principles then that is its prerogative. I certainly don’t feel comfortable going to a place that would take such uninformed and biased positions especially if there have not been other nations that Public House has chosen to boycott. There are a number of lists of the worst human rights offenders online from very reputable organizations. If Public House is not interested in boycotting the dozens of nations that you could find easily on Amnesty International’s Website then the question any reasonable person should ask is obvious. What is different about Israel from all these other countries that it deserves such special attention from Public House?

    Rabbi Noah Chertkoff

  12. It appears somebody has been spreading some false information about us. Hopefully this will clear up some issues:

  13. Sean King says:

    Hello my name is Sean King, I’m writing this to inquire of how I may get hold of the events coordinator.
    I’m hoping to talk with this individual to have edm events held at the Public House. I believe it would bring a positive crowd in as well create a positive atmosphere. If interested I would willing to help through volunteering to bring local djs in as well as some from the surrounding states.

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