Nightlife in Milwaukee

"Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody" for One or Four at Turner Hall Ballroom on November 20 or 22 (Up to 48% Off)

"SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody"

Turner Hall Ballroom

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Live-action comedy takes a stab at the bestselling adult novel and pop culture phenomenon, Fifty Shades of Grey

$47.79 $30

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Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

The Rock Bottom Brewery

Interactive dinnertime murder mystery that stars professional actors tests diners’ sleuthing skills throughout a multicourse meal

$60 $29

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$30 for a Wine- or Beer-and-Pizza Tasting Event for Two at Pizzeria 3301 at Villa Palermo ($60 Value)

Pizzeria 3301 at Villa Palermo

Milwaukee

Twosomes sample wood-fired pizzas and beer or wine with others at communal tables and tour the historic pizzeria

$60 $30

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Two-Hour Wine-Education Class for 1 or 2 or Private Wine-Education Class for 12 at Vino 100 (Up to 50% Off)

Vino 100

Milwaukee

Local restaurant and bar owners teach students about service-industry practices and restaurant wine sales at this wine boutique and bar

$50 $25

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Mike Epps at Milwaukee Theatre on Saturday, October 25, at 8 p.m. (Up to 43% Off)

Mike Epps

Milwaukee Theatre

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Superstar comic seen in The Hangover, Def Comedy Jam, and Lee Daniels’s upcoming Richard Pryor biopic serves up whip-smart standup

$70.75 $40

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"Walking with Dinosaurs" at BMO Harris Bradley Center on October 16 at 7 p.m. (Up to 48% Off)

"Walking With Dinosaurs"

BMO Harris Bradley Center

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Realistic life-size dinosaurs roam the stage in a heart-pumping educational spectacle for ages 3 and older

$33.80 $18.50

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"Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Music is Awesome!" at Pabst Theater on October 15 at 3 p.m. or 6 p.m. (Up to 35% Off)

"Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!"

Pabst Theater

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Colorful and hip kids’ show celebrates the awesomeness of music with happy toy monsters and human friends DJ Lance Rock and Biz Markie

$41.43 $26.75

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Second City's 55th Anniversary Tour at Vogel Hall Marcus Center on October 10 or 11 at 8 p.m. (Up to 52% Off)

Second City's 55th Anniversary Tour

Vogel Hall Marcus Center

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Renowned comedy theater celebrates 55 years of revolutionizing the industry with a showcase of short-form sketch and improv

$47.30 $25

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Chef Robert Irvine Live, Plus Cocktail and Poster at Milwaukee Theatre on October 9 at 8 p.m. (Up to 61% Off)

Chef Robert Irvine Live!

Milwaukee Theatre

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Celebrity chef presents an interactive, multimedia event with onstage cooking demos and challenges, spiced up with music and videos

$90.65 $35

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Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's "Don Giovanni" on Tuesday, September 16 (Up to 47% Off)

"Don Giovanni"

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

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Singers perform Mozart's celebrated opera while the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra plays from the pit

$52 $27.50

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Wine Tasting at the Milwaukee Zoo from GrapestoBottles (Up to 39% Off). Choose From Four Options.

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Florence Mila Borchart Big Cat Country

Guests can sample from a selection of more than 30 different wines sourced from all over the world.

$49.52 $30

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$27 for Movie for Two with Beverages and Pizza at Rosebud Theater (Up to $55.50 Value)

Rosebud Theater

Wauwatosa

Duos feast on pizza and sip cocktails and microbrews while settling into cushy loveseats and enjoying Hollywood hits

$55.50 $27

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$10 for a Movie for Two with One Small Popcorn at Fox Bay Cinema Grill (Up to $21.99 Value)

Fox Bay Cinema Grill

Whitefish Bay

Renovated art-deco theater with digital sound and projection transports imaginations with romantic and adventurous Hollywood films

$21.99 $10

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In 2012, Man v. Food called in Jeremy Wheeler, one of their most trusted competitors, to take on Red Rock Saloon's Unforgiven challenge. As he sidled up to the table, a gravity-defying meal towered before him: atop a pound of French fries sat a fried chicken breast buried between two half-pound bacon cheeseburgers. Encircling the meaty monolith were six ghost-chili chicken wings—and he only had 23 minutes to eat it all. Though it took him until the very last second, Jeremy defeated the meal, becoming only the second person in Red Rock's history to do so.

It’s fitting that Red Rock would dream up a challenge most patrons can’t win—the restaurant is named after a real-life rodeo bull that famously bucked more than 300 riders. When patrons aren’t lining up to ride the mechanical version of Red Rock or listening to live rock and country music, they’re crowding around tables to order from a menu that boasts 2012 Chili Bowl champion Texas red chili. Like Oprah’s address book, the rest of the menu reads like a scrapbook of American pop culture: seasoned chicken crowns the James Dean salad, molasses barbecue sauce sweetens KC Jones wings, and pineapple and jalapeños pile atop a Will Kane pulled-pork sandwich.

1227 N Water St
Milwaukee,
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Going to the movie theater should be more enjoyable than watching a movie at home??a concept that Rosebud Theater has down pat. Cinephiles regain the sparkle in their eyes as they enter the historic venue, which originally opened as The Tosa Theatre in 1931 and was recently modernized to have great views and stellar sound. Unlike cramped multiplex theaters, Rosebud houses one solitary, comfortably spaced theater, where visitors won?t have to worry about hearing explosions from the monster-truck movie next door or accidently walking into the wrong monster-truck movie.

In addition to typical movie snacks such as popcorn, candy, and soda, the Rosebud sports a full menu of appetizers, sandwiches, quesadillas, and pizza, as well as a full bar stocked with wine, cocktails, and microbrews??all of which are delivered to patrons during featured presentations. Rather than standard chairs, the theater is furnished with cushy loveseats with room for 180 movie lovers to savor first-run Hollywood hits without wrestling strangers over armrests.

5906 W Vliet St.
Milwaukee,
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In 1947, on New York City's Park Avenue, the first Fred Astaire Dance Studio—cofounded by the eponymous toe tapper himself—opened its doors to the public. More than six decades later, now boasting schools across North America, the dancing institution still adheres to the legendary Mr. Astaire's curriculum and instruction techniques.

Specializing in social ballroom and competitive dances, the schools' current consortium of professional instructors shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through dance lessons that span from classic ballroom and foxtrot romps to the modern steps of salsa, swing, or mambo. In addition to classes, the studio hosts social practice parties where up to 40 students hone newly acquired rug-cutting capabilities. As foot-charming music blares from the speakers, instructors work to cultivate a lively social setting where each guest can dance, mingle, and surgically correct their second left foot without fear of embarrassment.

323 N Milwaukee St
Milwaukee,
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Even with the ambitious goal of trying a new variety every night, it would take months to sample every single beer at Stubby’s Gastrogrub & Beer Bar. Not only are there 53 different drafts and an array of cellar reserve bottles, but the selection is constantly updated with new craft brews from Wisconsin and around the world. Beer-savvy bartenders make their own recommendations behind the circular center bar as servers deliver trays of imaginative gastropub dishes—crab-stuffed jalapeños, freshwater bluegill sliders, and the hefty burger lauded by reporters from A.V. Club Milwaukee as “drool-inducing.” When not toppling giant Jenga blocks or throwing darts, guests can gaze up at the flat-screen televisions and cheer when a hardened banker learns to love in a Lifetime movie. The massive wooden deck gives al fresco enthusiasts space to linger over bites of cod tacos and barbecue pork nachos.

2060 N Humboldt Blvd
Milwaukee,
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As the bartender looks up from his stool, he sees the world around him has started to spin. But drinking on the job isn't to blame: the scenery shifts around him as the mobile Pedal Tavern rolls down the streets of Milwaukee, powered by the cycling feet of up to 15 of his friends. Ten seats with bicycle-style pedals, plus five seats for non-pedaling passengers, circle up around the wooden bar-in-the-round where the “bartender”—actually one of the passengers—leads the carousing and doles out snacks the group has packed. A flat roof shades passengers as a Pedal Tavern employee steers the craft around corners and curves. Though there's no alcohol onboard the Pedal Tavern itself—in line with current legislation—the bars and taverns along routes in the Third Ward and Walker's Point pour beers and cocktails, including perpetual happy-hour specials for Pedal Tavern riders.

338 S 1st St
Milwaukee,
WI
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First Stage recently celebrated its 26th anniversary as a children's theater, producing professional productions and developing new plays. It has hosted 40 world premieres and worked with renowned artists and authors including Stephen Schwartz and Cornelia Funke.

Through its theater academy and education program, First Stage aims to inspire a love of learning amongst young people with active teaching tools and a curriculum that emphasizes imagination. The theater-in-education programs reach roughly 20,000 students every year through theater residencies and in-classroom workshops such as the Bully Ban workshop, which teaches students how to respect one another and prevent harassment through improvisational exercises. Schools can also partner with First Stage to bring the arts into their facilities with field trips, workshops, and arts-integrated teaching.

325 W Walnut St
Milwaukee,
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