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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 - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Wed 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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  • 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 is a bar.

This is a locals place and been serving beer and food forever in TC. Has entertainment on certain nights and is well established.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 14, 2015
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Traverse City, Michigan
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West Chicago
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

The specialty of the restaurant ,pork, sauerkraut and dumplings was the worst meal I have had. The pork was shredded and immersed in a tasteless gravy, two dumplings smaller than a golf ball ,sauerkraut was dry and the applesauce tatted burnt. The meal was served steaming on a plate to hot to touch apparently right out of the microwave. For... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This is a locals place and been serving beer and food forever in TC. Has entertainment on certain nights and is well established.

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Grand Traverse County, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Stoppes in for lunch with a co worker o e day. We shared the turkey cherry sandwich. One of the sisters answered all of our questions and even brought out a sample of something else. Very nice! Had the carrot cake after lunch...and it was simply the best I've ever had!

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Traverse City, Michigan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Stopped into Little Bo's today 5/23/2015 it was around 2:30 pm , no cars were parked in the lot , and no one was there, My wife and me walked thru the front door , there was a blond behind the bar, she did not greet us ,for a couple of minutes, I asked if they were open? she looked... More 

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Grosse Pointe, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Fantastic food served in a building with a historic, interesting past....the "Elvis Poundcake" was a hunka-hunka burning love...

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Moran, Wyoming
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

First Friday of every month is live music by Jazz North, well worth the trip to listen to the great music. Burger was done just right and quesadilla was delicious. Carrot cake was INCREDIBLE! Very friendly staff. Worth the visit!

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Armada, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We throughly enjoyed everything that we ate at Little Bo's from the eggplant appetizer, the mussels, the calamari, the bohemian pork, the perch, the Elvis poundcake and the cherry bread pudding!! My husband and I literally plan our vacations around food and we were so happy that we choose to come here after researching all of the "foodie" places in... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We had heard so much about the great food from Little Bo's, so we stopped and had the Bohemian pork loin dinner. It was interesting, but once was enough. If you're into bar food, it probably would be a good choice. If you're after a restaurant-setting, I would keep looking.

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Matthews, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

On the outside it looks like a typical bar, but the inside is full of tables along with a bar. I didn't notice any TVs but there may have been. On the one end of the restaurant was a small band playing Bohemian music along with local dancers. It was not too loud that we could not hear ourselves talk... More 

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Grand Rapids Mi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Good food with entertainment many evenings. Tuesday is Irish night. That's our favorite. Come listen to a local group of musicians play their favorite Irish music.

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Additional Information about Little Bohemia

Address: 540 W Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone Number: +1 231-946-6925
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
Open Hours:
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 18
Cuisine: Pub

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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Pub

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 - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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