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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 - 11:00 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, Reservations, Late Night
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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  • 36
    Very good
  • 11
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  • 15
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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
Most recent review
Amazing

I have been a long time patron and I have always had the upmost respect and amazing food.Great Place to eat and listen to music!!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
truckergirl9400
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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I have been a long time patron and I have always had the upmost respect and amazing food.Great Place to eat and listen to music!!!

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Muskegon, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

From local baked breads and buns to popular ground meat from a local store cooked to perfection makes for a great meal in a cool setting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We've been visiting Traverse City for over 30 years, and finally managed to sample the fare at Little Bohemia. I guess I just never noticed it nestled on West Front St. Anyway, on the invite of some friends we gave it a look on a Wednesday night right in the dinner hour. Service was brisk & friendly. Our drink order... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Love Lol Bo´s!! My fav place for comfort food with or without friends. Olive Burger is my all-time favorite but then theres the Bohemian pork dinner? Also had catering for an event that surpassed all expectations!! Just love the hard working staff, too! Friendly folks, we enjoy the whole experience!! Nan Peterson

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Stopped in for a burger and beer with a friend. I had the big burger, fries and a beer. The burger was good, bun exceptional and the fries crispy as I like them. Our server was nice and friendly and Nancy the owner was a lot of fun. We capped the night with their amazing apple crisp Ala mode. It... More 

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Petoskey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

top flight live music (Billy Strings/Don Julian) with well thought out menu Bohemian specials! ...try the Elvis pound cake.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015 via mobile

Food is wonderful...waitress could use some customer service skills and a friendlier personality :(. Our first visit was a 5 all around!! Wish we had the same waitress as last time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I have never been to a tavern where the bartender remembers your name and your drink! My first time there, it was packed full and Billy Strings was playing! The bartender was awesome! Check it out!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Great food. Great music. Fun place to stop in. Friendly wait staff. The music tonight was the best. I recommend the desert a week. Pick your best when you try them all.

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traverse city
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16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We were out with a group of 12 of us. We had dinner and wanted to continue the party. We stopped at "Little Bohemia"...formally "Lil' Bo's", and were disappointed last call was at 10:45pm on a Saturday night. This town doesn't have too many late night establishments with music that doesn't cater to the younger crowd. I little bummed this... More 

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

Response to Reviewer : Little Bohemia is a family friendly neighborhood tavern with excellent food and outstanding local entertainment that absolutely caters to “older folk.” As we are not a bar, our clocks are set to real time and have been since 2008. As we do not do what is called “bar time” your comment that you were given last... More 

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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 7 - 17
  • 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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