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Swingin' Door Exchange

$$ - $$$American, ,
219 E Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-4902
+1 414-276-8150
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good30%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
219 E Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-4902
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Stopped in with a client for some drinks after work dinner. Loved the small bar feel and vibe. Bartender was friendly and attentive. Decent selection of liquor and beer. Good place overall.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank danders1999
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wasn't expecting what I got. Descriptions of food seem standard for a diner/bar type of menu. The food was definitely not standard. Rifs on standards that made sense and elevated the food. Brunch twice was amazing. Dinner with steak was okay...the stake special was not...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love this place when we visit Milwaukee. You will love the Chili on a cold winter day! Super wait staff and great sandwiches, enjoy!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank sgiguy515
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped for a late Friday lunch after Christmas. The tavern/ restaurant lives up to the reviews. No waiting for a table. The food was excellent. My wife had a bacon cheeseburger, with Gouda. Cooked perfectly and served on a fresh local bakery roll. I had...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank DWeso
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very neat place! Stopped in for some drinks with friends and was pleased, they even made an old fashioned the right way! The chips were also very good! Would love to come back for a meal someday.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 464kylas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great restaurant with a ton of character. The food was awesome along with the service. Friendly staff, great food. You can’t go wrong.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank WesleyMCPA
Reviewed December 11, 2018

Food, location, staff, are all excellent. Always try going but sometimes no room. That tells us out of towners that it is a great place. Drinks are great.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank joe n
Reviewed December 7, 2018 via mobile

We had the Friday fish fry sandwich and it was to die for. This restaurant makes all of there own foods with fresh ingredients. If I were a local I’d be a regular patron here. Rich ornate wood and stained glass highlights a friendly bar...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank doctahjohng
Reviewed December 6, 2018

What a treasure this place is. It's like an old-time neighborhood joint right on the fringes of downtown Milwaukee. The staff is tops: very attentive, funny, cool, friendly. I felt immediately at home and like a local. Crowded place, obviously popular. The building the Swingin'...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank GhiaGirl
Reviewed December 5, 2018

I’ve been to Swinging Door twice now while staying at the Hilton Garden Inn across the street. It is extremely convenient. It is in a historic old building, and is small, so I hear it could be crowded, but so far, I haven’t had to...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank dgoren
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October 13, 2017|
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Response from mrswhit11 | Reviewed this property |
I'll be honest, I don't remember a tv outside of the bar area and the tables in the bar, as I recall, were 3 or 4 tops. We sat outside of the actual bar area so I can't say for sure if this is the place you're looking for... More
March 22, 2017|
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Response from swingindoorexchange | Property representative |
Walk-in only. Wait times may vary based on the number of people in your party. Smaller groups turn over more quickly. I think the others here answered excellently. Thanks for the question and thanks for the answers!
Steve B
December 27, 2016|
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Response from Hotovens | Reviewed this property |
I'd get there around 5:30. Plenty of time for a few drinks and some awesome food.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
10:00 AM - 2:30 AM
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
  • E-mail
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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