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Swingin' Door Exchange

$$ - $$$American, ,
219 E Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-4902
+1 414-276-8150
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good30%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
219 E Michigan St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-4902
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were told to stop here per our baristas suggestion, boy was she right! Had been a bar since 1933 and was so warm and cozy. Emily our bartender was a joy with a contagious smile!

Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tried Swingin' Door Exchange. Just around the corner from the Marriott. Feels like a neighborhood bar, but pretty good food.

Thank Scott G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent pub for a Friday Fish n Chips in Milwaukee. The atmosphere was great, old style pub, great food at a super reasonable price.

Thank lcheynet
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is half bar and half restaurant. Very friendly staff and mostly local patrons. It was a little rough around the edges in terms of patched upholstery and scratched woodwork, but that seemed to add to the character. I had the Iceberg Lettuce Salad...More

Thank Brian W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I loved this place. First of all is off the beaten path enough that the crowds don’t gather, but from what I could tell, it never had an open table for long either. It’s a small bar with a small connected dining area. Amazing food....More

Thank jcforst
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The clerk at our hotel suggested we check out this place as it was close by. I’m glad we did, this place is exactly my kind of pub. Small and friendly and very authentic old time pub. The bartenders were highly skilled and the food...More

Thank snowgriz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped in late on a Friday afternoon and were fortunate to get a table near the bar. Really a nice, cozy atmosphere and a pleasant place to relax. We both had fish for dinner and it was very good. I had perch, my husband...More

Thank Dawn O
Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

This is a pretty nice east side place to checkout for any event but the Saturday and Sunday Brunch with loads of variety, is one to surely investigate for sure! One can find some great tuna melts BLT and chicken salad! The vermouth carrots are...More

Thank legacyendeavors
Reviewed 14 April 2018

Over the last year of traveling to MKE, Swingin' Door has become my favorite spot. A somewhat hole in the wall place on E Michigan, Swingin' never disappoints in atmosphere, drinks or food. I have been a frequent customer for brunches, lunches and dinners and...More

Thank Emily E
Reviewed 13 April 2018

The bar here is always packed with serious drinkers. That being said, all the tables are full with serious eaters. The sandwiches are great.

Thank TheFoodLegend
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John G
14 October 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
23 March 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
28 December 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
USD 10 - USD 25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, 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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