Dateline Mar. 3, 2003: Ready For A Real World Safe House?

December 3rd, 2010

If you like spy conspiracies and ever have the opportunity to visit Milwaukee, Wisconsin, you have to checkout International Exports, Ltd.

International Exports, Ltd. is a ‘front’ for a spy themed restaurant and nightclub called Safe House. Prepare to be immersed in the world of prohibition era spies and experience a club quite unlike anything you’ve ever seen outside of Hollywood. They don’t advertise or display their real name anywhere. You can only learn of it by word of mouth.

Once inside, you are greeted by a doorkeeper that requires a password before she lets you proceed through a secret passage hidden behind a bookcase.

The entire restaurant and club spans three separate buildings and is full of hidden passages, fake doors, secret panels and other accoutrements of a classic safehouse. Doors often open to reveal brick walls, while other doors are hidden behind sliding panels. One room is accessed by a spinning booth. Once your party is seated, a hidden switch causes the booth to revolve revealing another room.

Visitors are encouraged to arrive dressed in appropriate spy attire. Guests and management can monitor those that wander through the maze of passages. If you get lost enough, a member of the staff will approach you and help you find your way. There are three well hidden exits and a new member only hidden entrance is under construction.

The spot opened in 1966 and remains popular with both locals and visitors. Your Safe House in Milwaukee is located behind the stately office of International Exports Ltd., 779 N. Front Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202, downtown, in the shadow of Milwaukee’s City Hall, near the intersection of north Water and east Wells Street.

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