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Swingin' Door Exchange

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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219 E Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-4902
+1 414-276-8150
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 2:30 am
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We dropped in because we loved the look of the ornate, old Chamber of Commerce Bldg and the high rating on Trip Advisor. We just had beer at the bar, but it was a fun experience and full of people having a great time. We will be back to eat.

Thank Jerry S
Burlington, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was my wife and my first visit. We were looking for a quaint old Milwaukee pub for a lunch while we were in Milwaukee. We were not disappointed. We both had the Grilled Russian sandwich. It was one of the best grilled sandwiches I have had in a long time. Service was excellent. Prices are good too. We plan... More 

Thank sixoldies
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Pulled pork is also recommended. This was a great place during School Board convention. Small but good vintage decor.

Thank Michelle D
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

They have a sneaky up charge on drinks if you ask for rocks, neat, or straight up, which is underhanded enough but when I caught it on the bill they gave me this very insulting explanation instead of just admitting to the subterfuge and taking it off the bill. The food is okay, and the location very convenient, but I'd... More 

Thank Rohan d
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Have had a party and drinks here and have been satisfied with the service and ambience. It feels like it has the authenticity of a 19th century Milwaukee tavern. Small, dark where it needs to be dark, and friendly staff make it one of the best taverns downtown.

Thank yancer2000
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My family of five (kids 16 - 22) stopped in over the holidays after ice skating downtown. The place is very small but the food was delicious. The staff was very accommodating as they rearranged a table along the bar to seat my family for a late dinner. It didn't look like much from the outside but was great inside.... More 

Thank David G
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wanted to eat hear after reading reviews on TA and as luck would have it, the restaurant turned out to be around the corner from our hotel (the beautiful Hilton Garden Inn). I got the blackened chicken with avocado and bacon sandwich with the oft-mentioned vermouth carrots. The sandwich was one of the best sandwiches I've had but I was... More 

Thank Stare04
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As we walked through the door at 6:45 pm, we thought we might have a bit of a wait. Swingin' Door does not take reservations. To our surprise we were ushered almost immediately to a table in the back. We all ordered drinks. Two of our group ordered old fashions and another ordered ginger beer. I ordered a gin drink... More 

Thank Librariandonna
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dined here recently on a Friday for lunch. Traditional Wisconsin Fish Fry was excellent. I had the lake perch and my partner had the cod; both were excellent. Sides were fries, onion strings and coleslaw and all were delicious. We have had lunch here a couple of times in years past, sandwiches and soups were first rate. My partner has... More 

Thank Robert K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We almost missed the building, then had second thoughts when we found it. Glad we want in. The bar was packed but we were able to get a small table and were served food even though the kitchen was about to close. The sandwiches were delicious, the beer was cold, great little place! I'll go again for sure!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $25
American, Bar, Pub
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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, Free Wifi
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Local cuisine
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?