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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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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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650 reviews
399 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is really a cool restaurant and bar. It is on different levels but the main fun is on the second floor where the beer exchange is - acts just like the stock exchange and you have a "crash" multiple times a night where you can get low prices on beer. Food is great and it is fun!

Thank Nancy O
Coldwater, Michigan
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52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The idea is based on the stock market. Every fifteen minutes the prices of the beers change, and there are quite a few to try. The prices are displayed on several monitors situated around the place. I believe the prices are predicated on how much is being bought of each beer, but I'm not certain. Every so often there is... More 

Thank Charles S
New Jersey
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108 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The beer prices change every 15 minutes based on how they're selling. Prices are good to begin with but if there's a market crash while you're there, go for it and order more beer ASAP! Lots of beer choices; have a designated driver or taxi/Uber so everyone can enjoy the experience without worry. Food is good as well.

Thank rater1
Zionsville, Indiana
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52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were a group of 5 arriving at about 615 pm. We waited about an hour not too bad for a Saturday night. We were seated by a friendly young man and our service staff was quick to take drink and appy orders. Food came out quickly and was delish. I had the sweet potato crusted chicken pot pie. There... More 

Thank Andrea H
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First bar I've ever been to who has this system. I loved it and the nachos are a must have! I was only bummed that the market didn't crash while I was there.

Thank Chelsea B
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 4 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 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
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 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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108 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 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

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?