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Little Bohemia

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540 W Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684
+1 231-946-6925
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Tue - Wed 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Bar scene
Description: LITTLE BOHEMIA, Traverse City's 2nd Oldest Tavern, was built as a hot dog...
LITTLE BOHEMIA, Traverse City's 2nd Oldest Tavern, was built as a hot dog stand in 1932, with Curb Side Service and outdoor seating, an annual ritual of making sauerkraut, and a Speak Easy in the basement. Folks would knock on the back door and go directly to the basement. One evening while closing up the owner was paid a visit by a couple of Al Capone’s men. They held him at gunpoint, warning him he’d better get his liquor from Capone or else! The men were chased off by an employee who was able to sneak out to his truck and get his shotgun; he surprised them; fortunately they never returned. Located in the heart of “Little Bohemia” as the area was known and being of Bohemian descent, the original owner named his business in honor of the Bohemian community that had settled on the west end of the city. Little Bohemia immediately became the gathering place on Saturday nights. At the end of prohibition, the building was expanded to include a tavern and its popularity continued to grow into a Traverse City landmark, now an icon and a premier destination in the city’s West End District. This traditional Michigan tavern has stood the test of time and still maintains its original name. Little Bohemia is blessed with fame in its own right, as the 2nd oldest tavern in Traverse City, but basks in the glory of the late Sir Walter Hagen. The golf legend, who settled on Long Lake after he retired, made a daily stop to “hold court” or play a few games of bumper pool and of course have a few drinks. Mr. Hagen lovingly referred to Little Bohemia as his “home away from home” and often spoke of it during his travels. In 1961, just as he walked off the course from his 1st British Open win, Arnold Palmer received a call from Walter Hagen; a call that was the beginning of a lifelong friendship. “The biggest thrill I got when I set a British Open record of 276 strokes at Troon, was to have Walter Hagen phone me from Little Bo’s in Traverse City to congratulate me,” said Palmer. “I didn’t even know The Haig knew I was alive until then. So when I went to Traverse City to honor him near the end of his life I had to go and visit this place he called his home.” The actual interview can be seen on YouTube; just search Arnold Palmer.Stop by for great home cooking and fast friendly service.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
It took me almost 45 years, but I finally found this place!

And I am sooooo glad I did! The atmosphere is warm, comfy and unpretentious; the menu is extensive; the prices are reasonable; and the staff is super-friendly. When you see her, tell Nancy I'm coming back!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Quinnesec, Michigan
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Quinnesec, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

And I am sooooo glad I did! The atmosphere is warm, comfy and unpretentious; the menu is extensive; the prices are reasonable; and the staff is super-friendly. When you see her, tell Nancy I'm coming back!

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Thank Quinn906
Bark River, Michigan
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Little Bo's is a long-time, well-established restaurant. Nice atmosphere, friendly staff. Located just outside of the touristy downtown area of T.C. Prices reasonable, food good. Large, varied menu. Have eaten here several times and will go again.

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Thank Z877FPmaryc
Haslett, Michigan
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Nice service and cozy. However, I checked the menu from this site before going;you need to update your menu prices. The salads ranged from 15.95 to 18.95 whereas this site averages them 9.99. No meal was under 17.95.

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LittleBohemia, Guest Relations Manager at Little Bohemia, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and comments. We do our best to keep our online menu updated, but as it appears (beyond our control in many cases) in so many places and on so many sites on the Worldwide Web it is a dutiful task to locate all of them and update them on a regular basis. There are actually... More 

Traverse City, Michigan
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1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

This is a great place with a full menu. Sandwiches are interesting - and I mean that in a very good way. Creative and tasty. We prefer a restaurant where we can get waited on instead of walking up to a counter; this works well for us since I work downtown.

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Thank susanpvk
Florida
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187 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

I have had the local specialty in several places and this is by far the best. Really is worth the trip if you are in Downtown and want an olive burger.

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ann arbor, mi
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

The food was amazing. My family loved the burgers and I loved the spinach cheese sandwich. If I didn't feel deceived by the owner about the take out charge I would go back every time I was in town. If there is a note on the menu somewhere about a take out charge, and I missed it, then I'll take... More 

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Grand Blanc, MI
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Talk about Great Food and entertainment all year round. Great Food specials and deserts! Always great service. The owner always makes you feel special and appreciated. You feel like family there. We highly recommend Little Bohemia. A great traditional place to Enjoy and Eat!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

Our first visit to T.C and the was our first stop. Loved the atmosphere and history. Cherry Bread pudding to die for. Solid homemade food.

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Thank Sandra H
Traverse City, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Great homemade food. Try one of the homemade specials and you won't be disappointed. Owner and staff are very friendly and helpful.

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1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

First time staying in Traverse City. We went there despite reading trip adviser reviews. Duh...My chicken sandwich was good but didn't care for the snack sized bag of chips for a side! Give fries with that 9.95 sandwich or at least pour chips on plate with it! My husband ordered the Bohemian special for 18.95. Reviews are correct in that... More 

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Thank Dan L

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 540 W Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-946-6925

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 18
  • Cuisine: Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

LITTLE BOHEMIA, Traverse City's 2nd Oldest Tavern, was built as a hot dog stand in 1932, with Curb Side Service and outdoor seating, an annual ritual of making sauerkraut, and a Speak Easy in the basement. Folks would knock on the back door and go directly to the basement. One evening while closing up the owner was paid a visit by a couple of Al Capone’s men. They held him at gunpoint, warning him he’d better get his liquor from Capone or else! The men were chased off by an employee who was able to sneak out to his truck and get his shotgun; he surprised them; fortunately they never returned. Located in the heart of “Little Bohemia” as the area was known and being of Bohemian descent, the original owner named his business in honor of the Bohemian community that had settled on the west end of the city. Little Bohemia immediately became the gathering place on Saturday nights. At the end of prohibition, the building was expanded to include a tavern and its popularity continued to grow into a Traverse City landmark, now an icon and a premier destination in the city’s West End District. This traditional Michigan tavern has stood the test of time and still maintains its original name. Little Bohemia is blessed with fame in its own right, as the 2nd oldest tavern in Traverse City, but basks in the glory of the late Sir Walter Hagen. The golf legend, who settled on Long Lake after he retired, made a daily stop to “hold court” or play a few games of bumper pool and of course have a few drinks. Mr. Hagen lovingly referred to Little Bohemia as his “home away from home” and often spoke of it during his travels. In 1961, just as he walked off the course from his 1st British Open win, Arnold Palmer received a call from Walter Hagen; a call that was the beginning of a lifelong friendship. “The biggest thrill I got when I set a British Open record of 276 strokes at Troon, was to have Walter Hagen phone me from Little Bo’s in Traverse City to congratulate me,” said Palmer. “I didn’t even know The Haig knew I was alive until then. So when I went to Traverse City to honor him near the end of his life I had to go and visit this place he called his home.” The actual interview can be seen on YouTube; just search Arnold Palmer.Stop by for great home cooking and fast friendly service.
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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