After looking long and hard for a listing of Milwaukee businesses that use Twitter (and not really finding any), I’ve decided to put together a list of my own. This list focuses on local restaurants, boutiques, festivals and other businesses that are distinctly Milwaukee. Some of these “tweeple” are more active than others, but many of them offer deals and giveaways to their followers.
If you want to spare yourself the strain of keeping track of so many Tweets, we at KEY Milwaukee and keymilwaukee.com (@MilwaukeeKeyMag) actively follow all of these people and try to RT some of the best deals and insights we see. Someone missing from the list? Just leave a comment and I’d be happy to add them.
(All follower stats as of 7/8/2009)
@aalareed: Aala Reed (+50 followers); Men’s clothing boutique, tweets deals, info on new merchandise.
@metropawlis: Metropawlis pet boutique (740 followers); “The boutique for the Urbane Dog or Cat. Located in Milwaukee’s Third Ward.”
Bars and Clubs
@stackedbar: Stack’d Bar (+100 followers); Bar “from people who brought you The Iron Horse Hotel,” bound to have strong Twitter presence.
@HarborRoom: Harbor Room (+1,000 followers); “Fun Friendly Bar @ 117 E. Greenfield Ave, with a diverse clientel.”
@mikeysmilwaukee: Mikey’s Milwaukee (+290 followers); “I’m a vibrant East Town hotspot.”
@Byronbeergarden: Byron’s Beer Garden (+900 followers); “Downtown Milwaukee on the river walk great food great beer and great fun.”
@nottemilwaukee: Notte Lounge (+1,000 followers); “It’s all about the music!” above Tutto Restaurant on Old World 3rd St.
@texturemke: Texture Nightclub (+200 followers); Used to be FLY BAR, going on a decade of the hottest club music -patio, RetroLounge (below) & extensive VIP. “We run the nightlife.”
@mosirishpub: Mo’s Irish Pub (+700 followers); Info on drink specials, nightly entertainment and other offerings from the pub.
@buckheadmil: Buckhead Milwaukee (+1,000 followers); updates on entertainment, local and national, as well as specials
@thehighbury The Highbury (+1,000 followers); “Soccer bar by day, watering hole after work, music venue by night!”
@Vnuks_Lounge: Vnuk’s Lounge (+130 followers); “The Milwaukee Area’s Premier Intimate Live Music Venue.”
@MilwaukeeBars: Milwaukee Bars (+360 followers); “Real time info on Milwaukee’s Bars”
@alehouse: Milwaukee Ale House (+520 followers); “Fresh Music, Live Beer. Been hand-crafting beer for Milwaukeeans”
BREWS & BOOZE
Breweries and Liquor Stores
@MilwBrewCo: Milwaukee Brewing Co. (+300 followers); “We’re the grown up brewery version of our long time Milwaukee Ale House”
@HornyGoatBrewCo Horny Goat Brewing (+700 followers); Milwaukee’s newest craft beer, so new their brew pub isn’t open yet!
@BlatzLiquor: liquor store (+1,100 followers); owner Joe Woelfle has used Twitter to put this store on the map
@RehorstVodkaGin: Rohorst Vodka (+220 followers); “Wisconsin’s first distillery since 1920.”
@thiefwine: Thief Wine (+40 followers); Store based in Milwaukee Public Market
Restaurants, stalls and food shops
@Kopps: Kopps (+660 followers); “Kopp’s Frozen Custard Flavor of the Day.” A chocolate malt from here on a hot day is a life-changing experience!
@streetzapizza: Streetza Pizza (+1,800 followers); This tech-saavy outfit runs a mobile kitchen that makes gourmet pizzas throughout the city and tweet their location.
@SazsCatering: Saz’s Catering (+170 followers); Caters many festivals and events around the city.
@georgewebbs: George Webbs (+600 followers); official account for the place where, “it’s always breakfast time!”
@MilwaukeeFoodie: MilwaukeeFood.com (+1,540 followers); Twitter account of the most complete restaurant and menu guide to Milwaukee.
@RiverSplashmke River Splash (+100 followers); Official account for street festival
@PrideFestMKE: Pride Fest (+370 followers); Milwaukee PrideFest
@Summerfest: Summerfest (+4,900 followers); “The World’s Largest Music Festival”
@EastTown: East Town Association (+440 followers); Neighborhood association that brings you Jazz in the Park and Bastille Days
@Germanfest: Germanfest (+560 followers); “The original HAUS party.”
@MilwIrishFest: Milwaukee Irish Fest (+470 followers); Updates on events and performers
@Wistatefair: Wisconsin State Fair (+650 followers); Official account for deals and news about the fair
@IndianSummer09: Indian Summer (+50 followers); “North America’s largest American Indian Festival”
@CityofFestivals: Twitter account that follows (and RTs) all of Milwaukee’s festivals while they are happening, so you don’t have to!
@ironhorsehotel: Iron Horse Hotel (+2,000 followers); very tech-saavy luxury boutique hotel, “Follow us for special hotel rates, news and upcoming events.”
@HiltonMilwaukee: Hilton Milwaukee (+260 followers); Downtown Hilton offers packages and deals exclusively through Twitter.
@WyndhamMilwauke: Wyndham Milwaukee (+450 followers); Airport hotel and convention center located minutes away from the airport
@InterConMKE: Intercontinental Milwaukee (+340 followers); “Featuring CLEAR, a gathering space, Kil@wat Restaurant and our sidewalk patio, Kil@wat on the Street.”
@MarcusHotels: Marcus Hotels (+500 followers); Official Twitter of Marcus Hotels, which runs Pfister, Intercontinental and Hilton Milwaukee City Center.
@CountryInn_bkfl: Brookfield Country Inn (+150 followers); “Conveniently located just south of I-94 on Moorland Road in Brookfield”
@WiscoHotels Wisco Hotels (+70 followers); offers deals from several hotels in the Milwaukee area.
@MkeChamber: Milwaukee Chamber Theater (+350 followers); “Producing intimate, contemporary theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center”
First Stage (+390 followers); “The premier family theater experience in southeastern Wisconsin”
@MilwRep: Milwaukee Rep (+600 followers); “Wisconsin’s Professional Theater Company.”
@FlorentineOpera: Florentine Opera (+870 followers); “Celebrating 75 years of bringing world-class opera to the Milwaukee stage”
@MSOrchestra: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (+130 followers); “Official Twitter of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra!”
@Skylightopera: Skylight Opera (+890 followers); Another one of Milwaukee’s leading opera organizations. “Want to have a little fun”
@WcmMike: WI Conservancy of Music (+140 followers); often list free concerts put on by students.
@MkeTheatre: Milwaukee Theatre (+150 followers); Updates of performances and ticket deals from one of Milwaukee’s best venues.
@PabstTheater: The Pabst Theater, Riverside and Turner Hall Ballroom (+1,500 followers); Updates from some of the city’s biggest venues
@the_rave: The Rave (“1,100 followers); “Five concert halls in one magnificent building.”
@Comedysportz: Comedysportz (+880 followers); “Improv Comedy For the Whole Family!”
@MkeDowntown21: Milwaukee Downtown Association (+100 followers); often updates goings-on in the downtown area
@UPAF: United Performing Arts Fund (+1,500 fans); Organization that supports the performing arts in Milwaukee, often refers to events in the city.
@HDmuseum: Harley Davidson Museum (+360 followers); “The Harley-Davidson Museum celebrating 105 years of passion.”
@milwaukeeart: Milwaukee Art Museum (+4,400 followers); Provides updates on special exhibits, admission deals, and more.
@MKEPublicMuseum: Milwaukee Public Museum (+270 followers); Answers questions about exhibits, announces special deals and exhibits.
@Eisnermuseum: The Eisner Museum (+180 followers); official account of the American Museum of Advertising and Design.
@BBCMMilwaukee: Betty Brinn Museum (+150 followers); “Milwaukee’s only hands-on museum for children age 10 and younger.”
@Bucks: The Milwaukee Bucks (+3,600 followers); Official Twitter of Milwaukee’s basketball team
@BrewersNews: the Milwaukee Brewers (+6,500 followers); Official account for Milwaukee’s baseball team.
@BradleyCenter: The Bradley Center (+330 followers); Home of wide range of Milwaukee-based teams.
@GolfWisconsin: Golf Wisconsin (+410 followers); “Your Link To All Thinks Golf”
Some of our favorite “tweeple”:
@LakeExpress: Lake Express (+700 followers); “Updates and notes from Lake Michigan’s high speed auto and passenger ferry.”
@HistoricMKE: Historic Milwaukee Inc. (+190 fans); give great tours of historic sites downtown
@Milwaukeeghosts: Milwaukee Ghosts (+2,000 followers); provide haunted history tours of Milwaukee and plenty of Tweets during the day
@Bucketworks: Bucketworks (+1,500 followers); “The world’s first health club for the brain.”