SafeHouse Wins 2018 Experts' Choice Award
The Experts' Choice Awards are based on over 1 million reviews from 85 leading travel guides, magazines, and newspapers. The SafeHouse was recognized as one of the best restaurants in Milwaukee!Read More »
Milwaukee: More Than Just Beer Here
"Arrived in Milwaukee. Found Beer," my social media post said. Because honestly, beer is about the only thing I knew about the city. And make no mistake, beer is big there. You can tour any one of more than a dozen breweries, see the mansion that Pabst built, the ballpark that Miller built. But to say Milwaukee is all about beer is to sell it short.Read More »
International Toilet Awards
SafeHouse was one of three Wisconsin destinations that wiped the floor with unique toilet experiences. The women's bathroom in this popular spy-themed restaurant features a portrait of a young (and rather exposed) Burt Reynolds with a strategically placed, moveable red heart.Read More »
How to Drink Like a Secret Agent
Where better to start than an actual spy-themed bar, almost surely the world's first? SafeHouse Milwaukee has been open since 1966, where Station Chief Agent OH-OH-7, opened a bar full of secret passageways, false walls, and hidden doors.Read More »
10 Things to do in Milwaukee During the NCAA Tournament
The SafeHouse restaurant is literally one of the hidden gems of Milwaukee. Tucked into a downtown alley, the SafeHouse looks at the history of spies through the years. You'll need a password to get in, but there is a way to sneak inside without one - I guess you'll just have to find out what that is.Read More »
Best Theme Bar of 2016
Never wonder again where to get a drink! SafeHouse is Milwaukee's best option for themed imbibing, as selected by local agents, or the readers of OnMilwaukee.Read More »
10 Weird Restaurants Around the World
From the underwater restaurant located more than 16 feet under the Maldives to the spectacular dinner in the sky perched above Montreal, here are the best weird restaurants for a truly unique dining experience.Read More »
SafeHouse celebrates 50 years with anniversary party
A popular Milwaukee restaurant and bar will be celebrated its 50th anniversary on Wednesday, October 19. The spy-themed SafeHouse has been a downtown landmark and tourist attraction since 1966...Read More »
Top 10 Coolest Themed Bars of All Time
For those enamored by the life of espionage. The SafeHouse is definitely worth an investigation. A creative spin on the classic speakeasy, this bar is a truly a fun and creative experience.Read More »
Bathroom Contest Finds America is Flush With Thoughtful Thrones
At The SafeHouse restaurant and bar in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the espionage theme includes large unblinking eyes on the back of the men's room stalls and a panel in the "UniSexy" room that allows those in-the-know a secret vantage point of the bar.Read More »
The SafeHouse Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Throughout October, espionage-themed restaurant TheSafeHouse will be celebrating 50 years in Milwaukee. Celebrations include a 50th anniversay party on Wednesday, Oct 19, the Stealthy Halloween Bash on Saturday, Oct 29, 50% kid's meals every Tuesday and a happy houe every Friday from 10 p.m. until midnight.Read More »
SafeHouse anniversary festivities include BOGO lunch offer & more
The agents at International Exports, Ltd. have announced a month-long celebration of furtive Fiftieth Fun. In celebration of its 50th anniversary the SafeHouse will be offering anniversary drink spy-cials, throwback menu items and Fiftieth Friday parties throughout the month of October.Read More »
SafeHouse readies expansion plans; clues still point to Chicago
The Marcus Corp. is getting close to announcing offical plans for its next SafeHouse operation. The spy-themed restaurant is celebrating its 50th anniversary in October, and as a part of that celebration there will be a special announcement about what's next for the revered Milwaukee brand, said Peggy Williams-Smith, senior vice president of SafeHouse Restaurants.Read More »
Milwaukee: hankr's top-10 dishes from August
The last official summer month has passed in the blink of an eye! You know what that means... hankr's top-10 dishes from August! This month runs the gamut from irresistible burgers to clever takes on mac and cheese. Check out what dishes have become your new favorites to drool over and devour.Read More »
A Safe House Found
TThe SafeHouse doesn’t feel very safe when you walk in. There’s that moment of panic when you’re asked the password and you blink and start to stammer ..Read More »
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Fat Bastard - SafeHouse
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SafeHouse Restaurant sends family to Washington DC on spy mission
The iconic SafeHouse Restaurant in downtown Milwaukee is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
In honor of the celebration, the restaurant held the Ultimate Undercover Spy Sweepstakes. A family from Pewaukee were the lucky chosen ones, sending them on a mission to Washington D.C. "We were so excited to be chosen as the ultimate spies!," Gina Orendorf tells Wisconsin's Morning News.
As part of the trip, the Orendorf family or 'Family O,' was sent on a mission to find F Street, where 50 years of Bond villains have congregated, seek out a place of renown near Chinatown, where spies come in from the streets for classic American eats, and much more.
Ultimate Summer Family Road Trip to Milwaukee with the kids
Take your little spies to The Safe House: If you like Mission Impossible, James Bond, and Austin Powers, you won’t want to miss out on a visit to the Safe House Milwaukee. This elaborate spy-themed, must-see restaurant ensures that everyone has a great time and that no spy leaves the Safe House hungry or thirsty! We had an awesome time trying to guess the password to get into the restaurant and loved learning magic tricks and working the scavenger hunt through the restaurant by solving clues. Our waitress even gave us a special mission to solve at our table. We had so much fun we would recommend a drive up to Milwaukee just to take the family to The Safe House – it’s really cool!Read More »
Marcus upgrades customer experience at SafeHouse and Newsroom Pub
You will still need to know the password or be willing to perform an embarrassing trick to gain clearance for admission, but once inside the newly renovated SafeHouse bar and restaurant in downtown Milwaukee, you will notice a more upscale experience.
Milwaukee-based Marcus Corp. acquired the landmark spy-themed bar in the alley at 779 N. Front St. last year and embarked on major renovations to bring it up to code and enhance the customer experience, according to Peggy Williams-Smith, senior vice president of SafeHouse Restaurants.
Agent approved: Get your first look inside the renovated SafeHouse
The spy-themed SafeHouse in Milwaukee has undergone significant renovations in recent weeks by its new owner, The Marcus Corp. You can get your first look inside the popular restaurant in the attached slideshow put together by Milwaukee Business Journal freelance photographer Sara Stathas.
The downtown Milwaukee restaurant closed Jan. 30 and is expected to reopen Friday. Milwaukee-based Marcus Corp. (NYSE: MCS) in June 2015 bought the SafeHouse from owner and creator Dave Baldwin, who died in December. The restaurant is tucked away in an alley off Wells Street near Water Street.
Yelp Elite Attend a Spy-tastic Soirée
Members of the Yelp Elite recently infiltrated the SafeHouse on a recent spy mission of their own. Agents were treated to snacks, libations, and super secret tours. Hear what they had to say – then come see for yourself.See What They Whispered
One of the 10 Best Secret Restaurants In America
Before it was cool to make your establishment secretive, there was Safe House in Milwaukee. For the last 40+ years, it’s been the secret restaurant. The entire experience is inspired by spy films and mysterious history. Even after you’ve found the unmarked door, you still need to know the password to get in. Luckily, if you don’t know the password, you can still complete a mission to gain access. Once inside, you’ll be met with a cell door from an actual KGB prison, a booth that hides you and your guests, and the option to have the Unique Martini which is shaken not stirred by traveling through a tube around the restaurant.View Original Article
Travel Channel's Extreme Restaurants
Let loose your inner spy at Safe House. David Baldwin opened the retro restaurant and house of espionage in 1966, capitalizing on the Cold War's spy craze. To enter the restaurant, you need to know the password, although we're told that "Control" has never turned away a hungry spy for not knowing the password. Once inside, you'll see spy-holes, 2-way mirrors, and a labyrinth of hidden passageways. One of the restaurant's booths is actually a secret entrance to the social club next door. Make sure you order the signature cocktail, the Spytini. Bartenders send the shaker through 600 feet of tubing that passes through every room in the restaurant before landing back at the bar and being poured into your glass.View Original Article
OnMilwaukee Best Bar On/Near Water Street Award Winner
It should come as no surprise that The Safe House is your favorite Water Street area bar. After all, it's world-renowned – a place where Milwaukeeans bring out of town guests, a place where many of us had our first drink when we came of age, a place Milwaukee just loves to hang out and get its espionage on.View Original Article
World's Wildest Dining
Secrecy is the selling point of this Milwaukee restaurant hideaway. The Safe House is enclosed in a classified location and requires a password for entry. Those savvy enough to unlock the code are forbidden from divulging the information to any uninitiated diners (or "agents," as Safe House frequenters are titled). Upon entry, agents are directed to the Interpol bar where drinks like the Spies Demise and the Great Spytini are shaken through a pneumatic tube system. The entire restaurant is a series of spy-themed rooms that house weapons, gadgets, and historical artifacts, such as a piece of the Berlin Wall, a KGB cell door from a former East Berlin prison, and a display of CIA Cold War paraphernalia. Dishes such as the Soviet Defector, baby back pork ribs slow cooked in a spicy barbecue sauce, the'MI-5, a salmon and crabmeat stuffing drilled with dill beurre blanc, and the Jack Bauer, a flame-broiled sirloin baseball steak served with wild mushrooms and garlic crostini, are agent favorites.View Original Article
A Brady In Milwaukee...
The Sound of Music was in town, featuring Barry Williams. So Barry comes in, whispers the password and lingers in the vestibule. In comes a group of three girls in their early 20s. One of them doesn't know the password, so Mr. Moneypenney requests her to prove she's not a double agent. She has to stand against the wall next to Barry (whom she doesn't recognize). He asks her to sing the Brady Bunch theme song to be let into the club. And Mr. Moneypenney tells Barry to help her along if she needs prompting. So, she starts singing the song and he feeds her a few lines. About halfway through the song, she takes a good hard look at the man feeding her lines to the song, and she starts screaming and crying and shaking, saying, 'Oh, my god, it's Greg Brady!!!!' Mr. Williams was very gracious and even came back the next night to tell Mr. Moneypenny how funny it was that he had this girl sing the Brady Bunch theme to Greg Brady.
Another Fun Thing To Do In Milwaukee
Psst. What’s the password? If you don't know, be prepared to fulfill some sort of crazy request like Hula-Hooping or doing push-ups to gain entrance to this clandestine dining destination. Spy-themed decor includes details like secret passageways, doors opening to brick walls and an exit through a phone booth. The food’s just your basic pub fare—burgers, fish and chips, and a Junior Spies menu for the kids—but the Safe House is good fun in a gimmicky way.View Original Article
A Ray Davies Story
"After a Pabst Theater show in 1997, Ray Davies walked across the street to the Safe House. Sam Llanas' girlfriend happened to be his waitress, and he said, 'I'll pay for the taxi if you show me the town. ...' I was dead drunk in the basement" (when they showed up at Linneman's Riverwest Inn), "and I reached over to shake his hand, half-asleep, and had no idea whose hand I was shaking. I realized it was Ray Davies from the Kinks..."
— Jim Linneman. quoted in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
What An Agent Must Do To Get Married
On May 16, an envelope was slipped under the door of Hein's office in the Capitol. It contained a message directing Hein to be at the Safe House restaurant in Milwaukee by 5 p.m. She called Snyder, who said he knew nothing about it, other than he had been given a message to pick Tanya up and have her in Milwaukee by 5. Hein knew better, of course, but wasn't sure what was up. When they got to Milwaukee and walked by the river holding hands, she thought, "Is he going to ask me to marry him?" But they had no special ties to Milwaukee, so why there? The answer was at the spy-themed Safe House restaurant. When Hein opened her menu, there was an envelope inside with her initials and the words "top secret." Inside, a note began: "You have been assigned a mission of extreme importance."
Trench Coats And Fishnets
I recently visited Milwaukee and was amazed to see the Safe House still operating. I worked there as a cocktail waitress during the sixties, shortly after it opened. We wore several different costumes, including a short trench coat and fish net stockings. We also wore a turtle neck sweater and net stockings at one point. Congratulations on keeping to the initial theme! (Agent Jo An Porrine, Sacramento, CA)
Tender Was the Night At the Safe House
...my boyfriend and I first discovered our romantic feelings for each other while at the Safe House almost a year ago. We are from Oklahoma and were in Milwaukee for a conference. We were just friends and coworkers at the time and decided to have dinner together. We had the most amazing conversation during our dinner and realized that our friendship could have potential for something romantic. We are celebrating our "Safe House" Anniversary this Friday, and I thought I would share with you that because of the Safe House, two people are very happy!!
One of the World's Exclusive Bars With Hidden Entrances
If you’re looking for Safe House, then you’ve got a few options here. You can learn the password, sometimes as simple as “I’m looking for a Safe House,” and pulling a lever on a bookcase. Or, if you do not know the password, you might have to do some silly things for entrance (or maybe not, it varies per group).View Original Article
Tale of A Password
I just wanted to take this opportunity to say you guys ROCK!! I was recently in Wisconsin for the first time and my boyfriend and his friends took me to the Safe House. Walking in the door...I was a bit nervous...I did not know what to expect. Well of course I had no idea what the password was so I had to embarrass myself by...hula hooping! Going inside there was so much to look at..unlike the clubs down here in Columbus. SafeHouse is a great place...I have told so many of my friends about it and that I hope they could go to it one day...don't worry the password is safe with me!!
An Undercover Rendezvous
I can’t divulge all the secrets of Milwaukee’s Safe House. Intelligence would have me terminated. Or, at least, the owners would be miffed. I can tell you it’s a refuge for secret agents, disguised as a restaurant and bar. (Or is it the other way around?) I knew the address (779 North Front Street, Milwaukee Wis.), but struggled to find the hidden alleyway door. Once I located the entrance, I had to face Miss Moneypenny, who demanded a secret password.Read More »
No clue. “You’ll have to do what I tell you for entry,” she said. Which, as you can see in the video, was rather embarrassing. A bookcase slid open, and a passage led to a dining area sectioned internationally (Hong Kong, Eastern Europe etc.) Spy memorabilia covered the walls. Relics included a USSR jail door, a chunk of the Berlin wall and an Austin Powers guitar. Co-owner Shauna Baldwin, who goes by the title “chief disinformation officer,” tipped me off to gags hidden throughout the restaurant. “Want to know if your boyfriend is playing the field?” she asked.
The ladies’ room has a peephole offering a vantage point from which to watch his behavior at the bar. Even the food has undercover names, such as Ze French Dip and Bond’s Bomb, a chocolate ball with a lit fuse (candle) that I couldn’t blow out. The video shows how my martini was thoroughly shaken, thanks to a retro-futuristic device. Safe House takes the spy theme to the extreme. Baldwin custom-built a hidden revolving booth exit, and dreamed up a “Her Majesty’s Secret Service” act with a rising torture chair.View Original Article
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Let's Go Drinking
I spent a lot of time smiling as I walked through Safe House. It is totally unique and often over-the-top filled with spy-themed memorabilia and everything else under the sun. Different rooms have different themes, and the whole place is filled with little secrets that are fun to discover.Read More »
I don't think I've ever been in a place like this, and I know for certain I've have never drank in a bar like it. Room after room of intriguing stuff loosely based on the theme of Spies and Safe Houses. But there's so much more. There are walls that seem to have absolutely no relationship to spies and safe houses -- like a wall of signed movie posters. Then, the next section would be a definite spy themed exhibit, like a wall containing a historic (and presumably genuine) copy of career opportunities in the CIA. In one room I was truly mesmerized by the close-up magic of Chris Ivanovich who rightly calls himself as "impossibilist" -- and when you watch him perform his magic, you'll agree. Even standing a foot away I couldn't figure out how he did what he did.
Says Chris on his website: "The Safe House has run a magic bar for almost 30 years, and I have the honor of being the senior magician there. I perform there every Wednesday and Thursday." And yes, there is a password. But if you don't know it, and really, what good is a password if I tell you. OTOH, since I didn't know the password when I arrived, instead I was asked to do a zombie dance. And, no, I have no idea why, only that I lurched around along with my friends until we had convinced the gatekeeper (a very attractive woman in 1940s attire working a fake switchboard) that we weren't spies.View Original Article
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The Rich, the Famous, the Quarter Poor.
After enjoying a relaxing post show evening at their Safe House in Milwaukee, acclaimed magician David Copperfield and super model Claudia Schiffer wanted to exit the Safe House via the secret escape route through a phone booth which, as most Safe House agents know, requires a quarter to call the operator for the code # that activates the concealed exit door. But, whadaya know, neither David or Claudia - who between them make circa 50 mil a year - or their bodyguard had a quarter! A kindly Safe House Operative gave David a coin.
Moneypenney Protects Safe House From Spies And Underage Drinkers
Jessica Klappa has a lot of control at her job. She can order you to squawk like a chicken, hula hoop while singing a song you hate or even make you spank a friend. But only if you don't know the password to get into her workplace. If you do know the password, whisper (I said whisper!) it into her ear and she will allow you to clandestinely slip through a trick bookcase and drink and eat to your heart's content.Read More »
Perhaps, by now, you know where Klappa works. I worked there, doing the very same job, in the '90s. It was one of the most absurd, yet awesome jobs I've ever had and the only one like it in the world. The job, and the place, are uniquely and weirdly Milwaukee. For those still unsure, the job I'm talking about is working as the door person at The Safe House. Because the Safe House is James Bond-themed, the door person is usually a woman (but not always) who is taking on the role of Miss Moneypenney (sic), a fictional character from the Bond films who is secretary to Bond's boss, the head of the British Secret Service...View Original Article
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Forbes: America's Most Bizarre Restaurants
You’ll need to whisper the secret code into the ear of the doorman to enter International Exports Ltd., the fake front of this spy-themed Milwaukee restaurant that has been open since 1966. Inside the maze-like building, you’ll come across numerous secret passages–like to the Milwaukee Press Club–and spy holes among the walls that are decorated with spy memorabilia from movies and espionage books.View Original Article
Something to Sing About
While Milwaukeeans flock to hear the Vienna Boys Choir whenever the famed group performs at the Pabst Theater, the young choristers themselves flock to the nearby Safe House for a bit of R & R and spy adventure. They like introducing newbies to the famous spy haven and watching the Safe House Chief of Deception ply his spycial tradecraft.
None for the Road
International rock star, Mick Jagger, was whooping it up a bit too much at the Safe House one night after his Summerfest gig and was invited to leave. Later, he was overheard at a nearby fast food oasis asking what the bloody hell he'd done to be tossed out of that "that spy pub" down the street.
SafeHouse Makes Wired Magazine
SafeHouse is such a well known entity in Milwaukee that sometimes you forget that it doesn’t even have its name on its front door. The spy-themed bar and restaurant made the February issue of Wired magazine in a list of “members only” destinations that only the cool kids know about. SafeHouse relies on its kooky spy theme to generate enough word of mouth to get customers to the door labeled “International Exports Ltd.” at 779 N. Front St. It’s a popular spot for visitors and Milwaukee residents alike. “Every spy needs a refuge... preferably one that serves batter-dipped cheese curds,” Wired, a monthly technology and culture magazine, says on page 26. (Of course, even the spies in Milwaukee like cheese.)Read More »
The article isn’t online, but the February issue, focused on "The Underworld Exposed," is available at newsstands. The operators of Safe House take their international intrigue theme, created in 1966 at the height of the Cold War, to the extreme with passwords, secret passageways and alarms. I called “Control” a few weeks ago to get some information about the restaurant’s New Year’s Eve celebration for a Table Talk item, and my contact insisted I only refer to her as a reliable source. This isn’t the first time Safe House got national attention. Its website proudly posts mentions from People Magazine, the Chicago Tribune and Mark Hamill of all people. For a spot that’s supposed to be a secret, it sure gets a lot of press. And that, of course, is the whole idea.View Original Article
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This Spy-Themed Restaurant Is So Authentic You Need the Password Just to Get In
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, involves eating incredible edibles and taste-testing some delicious craft concoctions...spy style of course. If that sounds good to you, you'll probably be interested in pulling up a seat at The Safe House, Milwaukee’s badass spy-themed restaurant. It’s so authentic you need to know the password to even get inside.Read More »
The Safe House experience begins before you even enter the building, which by the way you’ll have to find, because they don’t have a sign. The restaurant and bar is tucked away in a rather inconspicuous looking alley in downtown Milwaukee, which adds to the mystery if you ask me. Once guests finally find their way to the door, they’re greeted by a fellow spy who ushers them inside quickly...View Original Article
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Best Themed Bars In the Nation
If Bond, Bourne, and Archer quit the spy game and opened a bar... well, they'd probably spend a lot of time beating the crap out of each other at 3am. But they'd do it in a place that looks a lot like this Milwaukee institution, which maintains the facade of a secret safe house despite being one of the city's best-known attractions. You need a password to get into the old-school lounge, but if you don't know it, you can get through the door by completing some goofy task for the doorman.View Original Article
Run 'Em In
A couple of befuddled out of town Agents stopped a police car in downtown Milwaukee and pleaded "Whereinhelzthesafehouse?" The officer said "Hop in", and within minutes dropped them off in front of the understated but imposing entrance to International Exports Ltd.
Huffington Post: One of America's Strangest Restaurants
The building’s placard may say International Exports, Ltd., but insiders know that behind the innocuous alleyway façade is a secret refuge for hungry spies and the people who love them—provided you have the password. (Shhh: check the FAQ online.) There are secret doors and covert passageways, shoe telephones, and other spy gadgetry, plus in-character Cold War waiters doling out brandy-spiked Brown-Eyed Woman and batter-dipped cheddar curds.
What to Eat: The Sean Connery (flame-broiled steak with onion rings and baked potato).View Original Article
Ripley's Radio Raves About the SafeHouse
The Safe House restaurant in Milwaukee has been named by Readers Digest as one of the weirdest places to eat in America. What makes it weird? There are no exterior signs, the doors stay locked, and you need a special password to get in. Agent Shauna, the official spokesperson for the spy-themed eatery fascinates Ralf with her stories.Listen In
Best 'Secret' Bars In America
It's not about the food and drink at the Safe House in Milwaukee. At this borderline-kitschy spy-themed restaurant, it's about the experience. Come ready to search for secret passageways and don't worry about any trendy password. A surprise awaits.View Original Article
Bye, Bye, FBI
A team of G men were tailing a guy down Front Street when he ducked into International Exports Ltd. The Feds followed and were stopped by a young woman sitting at the telephone switchboard. They asked where the man was who had just entered. "Have you been followed? ".... "Do you have any weapons on you?" asked Ms Moneypenny. The surprised Feds were finally "cleared" for access to the Safe House where they spotted their man near the Hong Kong section. They watched as he entered a phone booth, but... he never came out! They later learned the booth was a cover for the escape route. The CINC of Propaganda and Misinformation informed the Feds that if they had caught their man they would have had to let him go. Why? because Control grants diplomatic immunity to everyone while visiting the Safe House.
A Unique Place To Drink In Milwaukee
To enter this bar, you must know the secret code. If you do not know the secret code, you will have to pass a test to enter. Passing the test is pretty great, but I won’t spoil it for you. Just remember that you’re always being watched the minute you enter through those doors. The Safe House is a spy-themed bar and restaurant. It’s one of the most unique bars I’ve ever been to and probably one of my favorites. Each room has a different spy-themed room each with tables and bars. It’s a very big place and discovering it is kind of like an amusement park. One of my favorite bars is in the way back called the Newsroom where it contains the signatures on the wall of many of the most popular journalists in the world and many past US presidents. It’s one thing having decor of spy related pictures and items, but it’s another when they actually get into the theme and character. All of the staff takes their job super serious and really gets into their characters. Don’t tell anyone, but the address is 779 N. Front Street.View Original Article
The Safe House’s Timeless Appeal
In 1966 attorney David Baldwin seized on the spy craze of the era and opened a gimmick-ridden espionage-themed bar in downtown Milwaukee. He figured it might run its course in seven years or so. Baldwin could not have done better patterning a tavern after the U. S. Mint, since he’s been coining money out of the place since it opened.Read More »
It’s been seven cycles of seven years, and the Safe House is still riding strong, exploiting the never-ending popularity of the theme. The bar / restaurant’s success is as dependable as the James Bond franchise, and people keep coming back for more, just like they do for the movies. Some six million customers have walked through the door since 1966.
The Safe House is hidden on a back street with the name of Front Street, located behind a door labeled “International Exports, Ltd. (est.1868).” It has a capacity of 248 within its maze-like 5,000 square foot interior. Sales are 42 percent alcohol and 48 percent food. It is not every tourist attraction that offers $31 steak dinners, but Safe House pulls it off...View Original Article
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A Classic Milwaukee Bar
Across Milwaukee’s downtown in a secret location (all advertising is still done via word of mouth), I found myself having to recite a password to gain entry into The Safe House, Milwaukee’s famous spy-themed bar which also serves as one of the world’s greatest collection of Cold War replicas and artifacts.Read More »
In all of the 60 countries I have visited across the globe, I can honestly say that I have never been anywhere quite like Milwaukee’s Safe House. For one thing, all patrons are referred to as “operatives”, and the entire environment of the sprawling complex is devoted to giving you the feeling that you are deeply entrenched inside a secret Cold War safe house where anyone around you could potentially be a spy. The bar is broken up into the “American sector” as well as the “German sector”, and separating the two is a real section of the Berlin Wall. There is also a cell door from a real East German prison where a former US spy was once held. With bartenders who perform magic tricks, trap doors which lead to nowhere, and a shaken martini which must first traverse 600 ft. of plastic tubing running across the ceiling, The Safe House is easily one of the most uniquely-themed bars I visited in all of Milwaukee and potentially the world.
Now, how do I find the door out of this place?View Original Article
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Mum's the Word
People Magazine sent its agents to interrogate the Safe House Station Chief in Milwaukee. The agents turned on the cameras and fixed the Station Chief with a strobe light shining directly in his eyes. "Now come clean," said one of them ... "all we want to know is just how many spies you've harbored at the Safe House since 1966? Just the stats, sir, just the stats." But the Safe House Propaganda Department had done its job well. The Station Chief didn't crack under pressure: The only info he gave them was his code name, rank, and VIO number and under dire threats of exposure, said only that the Safe House is covert; overt figures cannot be divulged.
Shepherd Express Best Bar To Be Seen In Award Winner
Voters clearly had a sense of humor when naming the Safe House “Bar to Be Seen In.” This espionage-themed establishment prides itself on its little-known location and password-required admission. (Don’t worry. If you’re not in the know, you’ll just do something embarrassing for other patrons to watch on live camera feed before they let you in.) Once inside, enjoy lots of fun decorations, secret passageways, delicious cocktails, and upscale casual dining. A magician-bartender is on hand Sunday through Thursday.View Original Article
Marx Nixes Religion
When the Safe House held its Great Bridge Caper to celebrate the opening of the Wells Street Bridge over the Milwaukee river, every spy came incognito and Control gave a prize for the best spy disguise. Many agents voted for the agents who came as "pregnant nuns", but the agents who came as the Marx Brothers were voted most authentic.
SafeHouse's Battle For the Title of America's Favorite Historic Bar
Two Milwaukee bars have been chosen by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to compete for the title of America's favorite historic bar. In honor of the NCAA tournament, the National Trust has launched a bracket-style competition inspired by the college hoops tournament. Milwaukee is represented in it by the Holler House, 2042 W. Lincoln Ave., and the Safe House, 779 N. Front St. "We started the historic bar series on the National Trust blog," said Germonique Ulmer, the trust's vice president of public affairs. "Bars were selected through our own research and some social media crowdsourcing. These places stood out."...The Safe House was recognized for "its distinctive rooms and the décor and the theme of international spies and espionage," she said.View Original Article
SafeHouse Is Worth A Trip From Chicago
SafeHouse was named the Best 'Really' Suburban Hangout in Chicago. Here's what they said: "Okay, it’s in Milwaukee, as in Wisconsin. But the spy-themed Safe House features cheap martinis and requires a secret password to enter."View Original Article
Debrief and Submit Your Own Successful Mission
If you have a SafeHouse story, yarn, anecdote, tale that you'd like to DeClass-ify and share with your fellow agents, please send your story, yarn, anecdote, tale to the Chief of Propaganda and Misinformation c/o: Control@safe-house.com