Things To Do In Milwaukee

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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"Cooking With The Calamari Sisters" at Vogel Hall Marcus Center on October 29–30 (Up to 45% Off)

Cooking With The Calamari Sisters

Vogel Hall Marcus Center

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Hilariously competitive sisters host a cable cooking show, sling insults and belt out Italian hits such as “Mambo Italiano” and “Volare”

$54.30 $30

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General Admission or VIP Tickets to Haunted Brew Fest for Two or Four at Horny Goat Brew Pub (Up to 50% Off)

Horny Goat Brew Pub

Bay View

Festival goers enjoy live music while sampling beers from more than 15 breweries, and can compete in a costume contest for a $100 cash prize

$90 $50

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Halloween-Themed Wine Tasting for One from GrapestoBottles on October 25 (41% Off). Choose Between Two Options.

GrapestoBottles

Zoofari Conference Center

Guests can sample from a selection of more than 30 different wines sourced from all over the world at this Halloween-themed event

$49.52 $29

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Presale: Harlem Globetrotters Game at BMO Harris Bradley Center on December 31, 2014 at 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. (40% Off)

Harlem Globetrotters

BMO Harris Bradley Center

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Ball-spinning antics abound as this world-famous exhibition basketball team dazzles in a comic and athletic performance

$83.85 $50

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Admission for Two or Four to Holiday Beer Tasting at St. Paul Catholic Church on November 8 (51% Off)

St. Paul Catholic Church

Tippecanoe

More than 100 craft beers and ciders by more than 25 breweries pour freely and pair with unlimited snacks

$100 $49

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Nightmare on Third Street Halloween Trolley Pub Crawl for Two or Four on Oct. 31 from My Drink On (Up to 65% Off)

My Drink On

Buck Bradley's

Drink vouchers and specials fuel spooky fun during Halloween-themed pub crawl with $1,000 grand-prize costume contest

$56.36 $25

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5 or 10 Yoga Classes at Yoga Ward (Up to 68% Off)

Yoga Ward

Walker's Point

Instructors guide pupils through vigorous poses designed to sculpt the body, promote muscle relaxation, or encourage toxin release

$65 $29

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Five or Ten Drop-In Barre or Yoga Classes at The Movement Center (Up to 57% Off). Three Options Available.

The Movement Center

Multiple Locations

Reduce stress and strengthen your core in yoga classes, or use a ballet barre to challenge virtually every muscle in the body

$75 $39

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Lighthouse Visit for Two or Four or a Family Membership to North Point Lighthouse (Up to 55% Off)

North Point Lighthouse

Northpoint

Recently restored historic lighthouse showcases artifacts, history, and high climbs

$10 $5

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$11 for the Skywaukee Walking Tour for Two from Historic Milwaukee ($20 Value)

Historic Milwaukee

Milwaukee

Walking tour gives sightseers an overview of Milwaukee’s early history from the modern skywalk system

$20 $11

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Kayak, Canoe, Paddleboat, and Standup Paddleboard Rentals from Wheel Fun Rentals (Up to 54% Off). Two Options Available.

Wheel Fun Rentals

Veteran's Park

Rentable standup paddleboards, paddleboats, canoes, and kayaks escort people down the pristine waterways of Veteran's Park lagoon

$35 $16

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5 or 10 Yoga Classes at Core Essence Yoga (Up to 60% Off)

Core Essence Yoga

Lower East Side

Yoga classes for students of all levels focus on flowing poses, sustained stretches, or stress-melting meditation

$75 $30

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Three or Five Personal Training Sessions at Concept 10 10 Milwaukee (Up to 76% Off)

Concept 10 10 Milwaukee

Concept 10 10

Personal trainers lead you through resistance exercises scientifically calibrated to build muscle quickly

$199 $47

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Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

Milwaukee

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

$50 $25

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Five Dance-Fitness Classes at A Bailar Milwaukee! (70% Off)

A Bailar Milwaukee!

Kilbourn Town

From the merchant: Afro-Latin movement combined with body sculpting choreography will help burn fat, tone muscle and build stamina.

$100 $30

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One or Three One-Hour Personal-Training Sessions at Drench Fitness Boutique (Up to 55% Off)

Drench Fitness Boutique

Drench Fitness

Trainers develop custom personal-training sessions to help exercisers achieve their fitness goals

$70 $35

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Admission for Two, Four, or Six to the Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear (40% Off)

Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear

Avenues West

Be amazed at the well-kept rooms and artifacts filling this building, taking you back in time to see everyday life in the early 1900s

$10 $6

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Airsoft with Optional Equipment Rental for Two or Four, or a 10-Rental Punch Card at Airsoft Jungle Club (Up to 55% Off)

Airsoft Jungle Club

Milwaukee

An indoor airsoft arena with wood buildings, hallways, and open spaces; referees monitor close-quarters battles

$30 $15

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In 1999, Dave Sobelman was serving burgers and pitchers of beer to blue collar workers in the rough and rugged Menomonee Valley. With the checks he cashed on weekends from the humble factory workers he began ordering some of the finest ingredients for this burgers - locally baked country-butter rolls and the best beef available.

Then one day, Dave walked out of his burger bar and saw a newspaper stand for the Shepherd Express. The cover story highlighted the Top 5 "Pub Grub" locations in Milwaukee and Dave's did not make the list. This omission was a turning point in Sobelman's history.

After seeing the article, Dave called the author of the story and invited him over for a burger. The local writer came into Sobelman's the next day and sat at the bar, ordered a PLAIN burger, and a beer. That very next week, Dave Sobelman had his own feature article on the front page of the Shepherd Express praising the burgers at Sobelman's Pub and Grill as the absolute best in Milwaukee.

Dave became wild with the possibility of fame after seeing his name and acclaimed burger in print. So with the help of this wife - Melanie - Dave began placing his energies into continuously providing the most quality ingredients and best tasting menu he could create for the public - and of course this menu included drinks. Dave's location is after all, a storied Schlitz tavern.

It's really not what's inside the glass that makes Sobelman's Pub and Grill's signature bloody mary stand out. The drink, or "Bloody Masterpiece" as it's affectionally called (not to be confused with the "Baconado" or "Crown Mary"), arrives with 13 garnishes. Brussels sprouts, celery, sausage, cheese, and even a cheeseburger slider stick out of the drink like an edible bouquet. The creative drink has garnered many fans, not to mention a feature on Good Morning America.

That slider garnish serves as an introduction to Sobelman's menu. The husband-and-wife team will proudly tell you that they have always had the best burgers in Milwaukee, and they back up the claim with a 2013 Readers’ Choice Award from Milwaukee Magazine and three other local Best Burger Awards in the last 3 plus years. Each Certified Prime Black Angus patty is sandwiched between a fresh baked country-butter roll and rests beneath toppings such as homemade chili, diced jalapeño, or The Piggyback's pork belly, which comes drizzled in bourbon sauce. These burgers have often been imitated around the city, but never duplicated. Aside from burgers, the cooks craft chicken cordon bleu sandwiches and host a Friday fish fry with beer-battered cod.

Despite the creativity shown on the menu, Sobelman's Pub and Grill's original location on St. Paul Avenue has a timeless element. The Sobelmans make great use of their building and they've kept original Schlitz tavern elements such as beer-barrel tables and strict adherence to the law of gravity in the revived Menomonee Valley neighborhood. Simply put, Sobelman's Pub and Grill is Classic Milwaukee.

1900 W Saint Paul Ave
Milwaukee,
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The perception of pole dancing is changing. When Maureen Metzger and her business partner DJ Hamilton started Blush Pole Fitness & Dance six years ago, Maureen says, "people thought [the instructors] were strippers." Since then, she's seen attitudes adjust as pole dancing went from taboo to a possible Olympic sport. Maureen equates pole dancing with aerial arts, on par with performances seen in shows such as Cirque du Soleil. She leads a series of classes and workshops that focus on upper-body and core strength or hone in sensual spins and dances. "You can be sexy and sensual," Maureen says, "and it doesn’t have to be tasteless . . . I watch Dancing with the Stars, and I think that is way more sexual than anything we do."

Occasionally, she still has to spend some time fighting inaccurate stereotypes, including an episode in early 2012 that involved inviting Jim Stingl of the Journal Sentinel to studio for a fact-finding mission. But mostly, Maureen and DJ concern themselves with empowering women to be "strong physically and emotionally." There comes a time, she says, when "you stop feeling sexy, you age, you gain weight, you get so busy with other parts of your life. . . I think we lose [that] and [pole dancing] reminds us to be women." She credits pole dancing as a vital ally in boosting her self-esteem during a double mastectomy in her battle against breast cancer.

And though Maureen is the first to tout the power of pole dancing, she is also one of the first to undercut some of its weightier connotations, much like a doctor who uses a stethoscope that squeaks. "[We're] totally willing to laugh at ourselves," she says. "Nobody is taking this too seriously." The lighter mood, in particular, helps welcome shy students, who Maureen and DJ witness transform into "strong, confident, sexy, and feminine [women]."

7701 West Greenfield Avenue
West Allis,
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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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Completed in 1892 as the private home of the Pabst family, Pabst Mansion stands as the last bastion of more than 80 mansions built for Milwaukee’s elite during a booming, bygone era. Since its construction, the estate has housed archbishops, priests, and sisters and was saved from near-demolition during the 1970s. The Flemish-Renaissance-Revival home has since been awarded a place on the National Register of Historic Places for its bounty of architectural intricacies.

Today, on-staff docents conduct a range of tours for public groups, private parties, school groups, and well-behaved rugby teams through the fortress of halls, opulent rooms, and verdant grounds, each restored to their original condition.

The Pabst Mansion’s impressive art collection includes works from the 1640s through the 1900s by artists such as William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Gaetano Trentanove, and Eugene Joseph Verboeckhoven. The emporium of excess also features Pabst Beer Pavilion, the pavilion built for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and the glass-covered conservatory where tropical plants and beer trees continue to flourish.

The mansion gift shop holds classic Pabst drinkware and memorabilia as well as antique photos, books, and former employees' original finger paintings.

2000 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee,
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German expressionism. American decorative arts. Among the nation's best American art post 1960. The Milwaukee Art Museum is a leading American institution for the work of self-taught artists and holds one of the largest collections of works by Georgia O’Keeffe and other artistic luminaries in four floors of the 341,000-square-foot museum. Encompassing more than 25,000 pieces, the museum's collection ranges from 90 works of Haitian art and 450-plus German expressionist prints to an expansive contemporary art selection that includes pieces by Andy Warhol. Among the more singular holdings in the more than 40 galleries are the earliest surviving American-made chair.

Temporary and traveling exhibitions pass through each year, spotlighting everything from Rembrandt to color photography. Upcoming highlights include tattoo art, nineteenth-century portraiture, and, in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the abstract paintings of Wassily Kandinsky. Delve deeper into works on display during lectures and talks, part of a packed events calendar that includes concerts and film screenings. Visitors can also flex their own artistic muscles during programs such as kids' and adult art classes.

700 N Art Museum Dr
Milwaukee,
WI
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Art Bar, called a "Painter's Paradise" by Urban Milwaukee magazine, isn't your typical watering hole. In its enchanting interior, hundreds of soda bottle caps create an argyle pattern on pillars, wine corks stud an oval-shaped bar, and paint-by-number pieces—depicting everything from horses to the Virgin Mary—plaster a wall.

The kitschy aesthetic offers a glimpse into the creative mind of owner Don Krause. Krause left his former career as an interior designer for Ethan Allen to brave the trials of opening a bar in Riverwest. And he did it his way: His joint pours more than 40 microbrews by night and Alterra coffee by day in a space adorned with the rotating creations of local artists. The beer lineup includes seasonal brews from Bell’s, Founders, Lakefront, and New Glarus, as well as “mystery beers” served for three bucks cloaked in a crumpled brown bag—the way Wisconsin dignitaries drink. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel describes the venue as “a feast for all senses” and “one of the hottest spots in Riverwest,” thanks in part to its comedy, musical, or artistic events.

722 E Burleigh St
Milwaukee,
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