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Kalamazoo Beer Exchange

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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211 East Water Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
+1 269-532-1188
11:00 - 01:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Seoul, South Korea
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46 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The beer exchange starts at 6pm, and the beer prices change every 12 minutes. It's fun to go with a group and discuss how the beers taste, what you want to drink next, and try to predict what might change in price after the next rotation. The staff is friendly and is more than happy to tell you what they... More 

Thank Becky R
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great place to visit in the Downtown Kalamazoo area. Always a ton of great beers on tap and when the market crashes, you can get some fantastic deals. Also try some lesser known beers. Food is very good and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable.

Thank sicnasty1
Holland, Michigan
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65 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The beer selection was very good. The meat loaf was really good and the New York strip was very good. Really liked the opportunity to try some different beers at good prices. I would highly recommend this place. Seating is limited, so beware.

Thank Orenja
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38 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Beer Exchange has to be in the coolest building setup in the city. The place is huge. Exposed brick everywhere. Lower floor with pool tables and a second full bar. Amazing. Plus, the ever-changing prices on beers based on a stock market style system keeps you tasting and exploring new options. The food is really solid, too. Just an... More 

Thank Nick M
Hudsonville, Michigan
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104 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An interesting mixture of beer and food. Beer prices change in accordance with the popularity of what is selling at that the ticket or time. It fun place to visit and a very lively atmosphere.

Thank TJP7301
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went to the Beer Exchange on a date with my wife. I found the atmosphere surprisingly subdued. I expected more action considering the stock market motif. The food was really good, and the drinks were great. The prices were good also, plus if a beer was too expensive just wait 15 minutes and it will be cheaper. A really... More 

Thank Aaron C
Royal Oak, Michigan
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very unique and fun theme of changing beer prices like the stock market. Great selection of draft and canned beers. Sat at the bar, and the bartender was both friendly, and knowledgeable. Had a sandwich with egg, cheese, and salami. Very tasty! The building has a very nice decor, too. I highly recommend checking this place out!

Thank beersteve
Cape Coral, Florida
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you like beer, you'll love this place. Interactive stock market type theme. It's different, it's interesting, it's fun!

Thank baaat2
Bay City, Michigan
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33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Nice selection of beer and usually a couple hard to get selections. The twist to the place is the beer prices are run like a stock exchange with prices going up or down moderately based on demand and all shown on an electronic board. Neat gimmick and a nice place. Of the 1/2 doz. times I've been here, the service... More 

Thank rjhenry
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

I really like the idea of this bar. Beer prices are on a screen and they go up and down every 30 mins. Feeling like I am getting a deal for a beer feels good. There are TV's to watch sports and pool tables to play some pool. It does get busy sometimes and it is hard to move around... More 

Thank Klark K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi, Takeout
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 211 East Water Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kalamazoo County  >  Kalamazoo
  • Phone Number: +1 269-532-1188
The Kalamazoo Beer Exchange is a two-story multi-tap bar and grill located in the beautifully restored Globe Building in downtown Kalamazoo. Offering 28 rotating draught beers from around the world, The Exchange opens at 6 p.m., where draught beers are priced on real-time sales, like the stock market. Occasional "market crashes" drop beer prices to their all-time low. The food menu features pub fare with a twist, where classic dishes will be made new again.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?