Another let down in Milwaukee. With everyone raving about this place, I went out of my way to see it. Predictably, it failed to impress, although I admire the creativity of the concept. I just wish that it could have been truer to a "safehouse" and not just some watered-down Walt Disney take on the spy theme. Perhaps my expectations were too high from the reviews on citysearch. Safehouse is basically a museum of spy movie posters with a few bits of actual spy artifacts sprinkled throughout. And in the midst of the endless frames of James Bond posters, there's burgers and chicken wing-type food. It's like someone opened up a spy restaurant at a mall. I'm sure back in the 80s the place was really cool, but the spy experience is really limited to your imagination, and the time you spend looking at movie posters. I was bored in about 3 minutes and wanted to leave. The entrance is cool, but the woman posing as the spy agent was reading a book when we got there, and blandly and disinterestedly went through the routine of making sure we were real "spies". Kind of a cute concept, since the bookcase spins out to reveal the entrance. But she went right back to her book before we were even out of the room. Oh, and it's a dollar to get in. I will say the staff was very friendly, and there was even a bartender at one of the bars doing card tricks that looked fun for the people there.
Pros: cool place, downtown location, friendly staff
Cons: basically it's a lot of spy movie posters