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Safe House

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Bar, Pub, American
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779 N Front St, 779 North Front Street, West Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3595
+1 414-271-2007
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11:30 - 00:00
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Sun 11:30 - 00:00
Mon - Tue 17:00 - 00:00
Wed - Thu 11:30 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 02:00
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Saint Francis, Wisconsin USA
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The experience of the Safe House is not necessarily the food nor even the drinks but the zany theme of the place and all the unusual happenings about. Food and drink are good, but one really needs to explore all the nooks and crannies of this odd but very fun venue. Add to the total Marcus Rewards and you have... More 

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Thank ACRector
Amy N, General Manager at Safe House, responded to this review

Agent ACRector- Control thanks you for your review! See you on your next mission! More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Let me start off by saying how excited our party of 9 was to see the new updates made in March 2016. (we are past customers) Well, that was short lived! Upon entrance we did have to do ring around the rosie to get in. ( 5 adults 4 kids) the kids enjoyed it! However the area was tight. Once... More 

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Amy N, General Manager at Safe House, responded to this review

Agent Jazseven- Control is very sorry for your recent mission us. Thank you for sharing your intel. Our old photo booth which used to charge a $3 clearance fee, was upgraded by control to our new free photo booth. Control felt as though the experience needed to be complementary as control loves to strike a pose. Control would like the... More 

Zagreb, Croatia
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51 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The idea is great, we had so much fun finding the place and hetting trough the process of entering into the restaurant. I will not discover more, I recommend that you visit and see for yourself. The food is not spectacular, but is OK and the whole thing is an experience so it's worth visiting, even for a beer.

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221 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Speakeasy themed bar but very novelty. The interior is very nice and cleverly designed - quite beautiful and cool, actually. The process of entrance however, is kind of lame - if you don't know the password, you have to do some embarassing dance to get in. 2 of 3 bar staff were rude, non attentive, and did not manage the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I highly recommend everyone visit Safe House. It was everything I did and didn't expect. Can't say anymore....

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Juneau, Wisconsin
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39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun and charming place - good drinks - great atmosphere - cool memorabilia and decorations in spy theme all over the place - had a fun time but thought the food was over priced and very ordinary - go there for the atmosphere and fun and pretend you are a spy and have a martini (shaken, not stirred), but don't... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

14 of us ALL ages from 70-3 years old. Chose to arrive at 2:45 hoping our large party could be together. Everyone at the restaurant from the Agent at the door, the manager (Super accomodating) the terrific waitstaff, and the Magician who engaged even the 3 year old in the Magic were outstanding. The service was excellent-our waitress Agent 13/14... More 

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Joliet, Illinois
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The worst experience! Where to start a lazy bartender a sweating magician and a waitress that after 45 minute was going to check on our food. Keep in mind we ordered nachos. Well we got up and walked out. So I can't tell you if the food is good or not. Won't be back

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Amy N, General Manager at Safe House, responded to this review

Agent Richtalaga- Control is sincerely for your recent mission us and would like the opportunity to discuss further. Please call 414-242-5781 and ask for Agent Diamond. Thank you More 

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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a really unusual bar, in a good way! You enter through a secret passage after being but through a "test" to make sure you are a true spy. After you enter the spy theme is kept throughout every aspect of the bar, from decor to servers. It was a really unique experience and a must try!

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Podgorica, Montenegro
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11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is really unique place in world. I did NOT hear that somewhere else exists this time of cafe bar. The price is good. I really like the game with password, you will get some task if you do not have a password for entry. Also is really interesting that in today world you can work without any commerce/marketing. There... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$30
Cuisine
Bar, Pub, American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 00:00
Monday
17:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 01:00
Thursday
11:30 - 01:00
Friday
11:30 - 02:00
Saturday
11:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 779 N Front St, 779 North Front Street, West Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3595
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 414-271-2007
Description
In an alleyway near the river, two gas lights and an inconspicuous nameplate—with the name International Exports Ltd.—is all that mark the brick front of this establishment. However, this spy-themed restaurant and bar has been a favorite Milwaukee attraction since its creation in 1966 by founder David Baldwin.

Yes, you need the password. No, we cannot divulge it. But rest assured, as soon as you pass your fun clearance test to prove you’re a friendly operative, you will enter a spy’s nest of global espionage and entertainment!

Expect intrigue and surprises as you explore the twists and turns of the Safe House, operated by an entity known only as Control. A former jazz club, liquor store and hardware store were bought to expand the Safe House and build out a theme of international sectors. In the German Sector examine the CIA Cold War artifacts display, or make a call from our C.I.A (Crafty Instant Alibi) phone booth. Solve the riddle of the world’s largest mechanical puzzle in the Mediterranean sector. Gather your spy-ring for a brief meeting and order a Great Spytini and watch it whiz through the pneumatic tube system, arriving shaken, not stirred. After a few cocktails you may feel like you’re sinking in your chair—but don’t worry—you’re probably sitting in the lucky ejection seat at the Interpol bar. We can’t tell you much more—but keep in mind—good spies never leave the way he or she came in!

Wired Magazine calls the Safe House “one of the hippest places on the planet.” Featured on the History Channel and Food Channel, the Safe House has been visited by Rachael Ray herself! Our menu includes gourmet sandwiches and entree spycials for lunch and dinner, as well as a furtive Friday fish fry. For vegetarian operatives, Control recommends the Hail to the Caesar Salad, among many more. A full selection of cocktails, wine and beer are served in an atmosphere of family fun. Food Network’s Best Of calls it “Too much to pass up.”

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