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Swingin' Door Exchange

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219 E Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-4902
+1 414-276-8150
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10:00 - 02:00
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Sun 10:00 - 02:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 02:00
Sat 10:00 - 02:30
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm so glad trip advisor led me here for one of the best meals I've had lately. I went alone for dinner and the friendly staff made me feel very welcome. I had a roasted beet salad and the famous carrots, which ended up being more food than I could eat. I enjoyed the leftover carrots for a hotel room... More 

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Thank Ashley C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I had worked near this place for years and never been. We were looking for a light dinner prior to a show and saw this highly ranked on trip advisor. We were pleasantly surprised by the variety and quality. We had mussels and chicken buffalo dip for appetizers followed by a salad. The mussels were very good and served with... More 

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Thank Joan P
Joliet, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small little restaurant and bar with above average food mostly sandwiches you can get a steak too! Tasty blood Mary's all for a fair price. The wait staff was great and helpful would go back again

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The Big Cheese
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing food. The vermouth carrots best side dish anywhere. This is also a bar. Cheap beers 3 for $5. Fancy beers too. Friday fish fry always crowded

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Thank ajg325
Norman, OK
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200 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very good "bar" food that came out quick and hot. Nice selection too. Very cozy bar with friendly staff and customers. Neat old building.

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Thank bathos13
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome bar. Best reason for staying at the Hilton Garden Inn across the road. Friendly atmosphere and has local feel even if you are a visitor from out of town. Food is really great. Well prepared and wholesome. Had the Sunday night special and the salad and very pleased. Great selection of beers. Regulars happy to chat.

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Thank Richard C
Milwaukee WI
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48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found out about this place after a winter ice bike ride with some friends. Turns out it's a hang out for a lot of the bike messengers. I've been back many times since and I've honestly never had a bad item on any of the meals I've had! Whomever is cooking seems to take a great deal of pride in... More 

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Thank xtracycletony
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The best food and ambiance I've had in a long time.. great service. A gem I will always return to. Chicken sandwich was awesome. Mussels to die for. My son loved the appetizer sliders. Not a huge burger but just enough.

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Thank Maureen T
Ashland, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stumbled upon the Swinging Door Exchange a few years ago when I was in Milwaukee for a concert weekend and have went back every time I'm in the area since. This bar/eatery is located in a very ornate, historic downtown Milwaukee building and the interior has a cozy, welcoming feel to it that just makes you want to hang... More 

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Thank ecryan2016
Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Amazing ribs and jambalaia (hot and spicy). Nice beers, like everywhere in Milwaukee but try the Lagunitas IPA (wow!) and excellent ambience and service. Place was pretty full even being Wednesday, so better make a reservation. I will come back for sure.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 02:00
Monday
11:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 02:00
Thursday
11:00 - 02:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
10:00 - 02:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 219 E Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-4902
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
  • Phone Number: +1 414-276-8150
Description
We are located in the historic Mackie Building in downtown Milwaukee. Come visit us for great food, fine spirits, good people and the history of the buildings architecture, as well as the famous "Grain Exchange" located upstairs.

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?