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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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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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    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
out of the way gem

This is a small bar/restaurant that's just a few block west on Front St fom all the big name places. But if you're looking for a very good burger, perch platter or a couple beers and entertainment this is a nice spot.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

This is a small bar/restaurant that's just a few block west on Front St fom all the big name places. But if you're looking for a very good burger, perch platter or a couple beers and entertainment this is a nice spot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Wait staff was friendly, helpful and attentive. There was a small group playing music and singing with a few patrons dancing along! It was very entertaining and fun! Food was unique and very tasty. Highly recommended!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The traditional roast pork dinner with dumplings, apple gravy, and kraut is just like my Czech-German mother used to make. The dark bread alone is worth going for. Friendly, helpful staff. Can't wait to go back!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Nancy went over the top setting a gorgeous table with white linens and beautiful red roses . We couldn't have chosen a nicer place for a quiet wedding dinner with family . The food was wonderful and the staff so polite and helpful . I definitely recommend this restaurant ! 5 STARS !!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We have tried a lot of restaurants in Traverse City, most of them are over rated! Little Bohemia once again has exceeded are expectations! Wonderful service, amazing food (Olive burger you have to try) and great prices! If you want a place that has a relaxing friendly environment this is your place! We went here last year on vacation and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Last night we went to Little Bohemia for dinner and the Elvis Tribute, featuring Jake Slater. Great evening. Enjoyed the juicy Bohami sandwich. Try it, you'll like it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We've lived here for 13 Years and never been to Little Bohemia. It is adorable and the food was sooo delicious!! We'd been told that the spaghetti was the "best" you could ever have. Two of us had that and it was terrific. The portions were huge (more than enough for lunch the next day), and the homemade tomato/cream sauce... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Little bohemia is a fantastic bar and restaurant. They were extremely busy. The staff worked very hard! Efficient & friendly:) I did not have food, however, everything that came out of the kitchen looked and smelled so good! I would recommend Little Bo to anyone, whether you are going to watch music and have some drinks or enjoy a meal.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I went to Little Bohemia for the live music, and stayed for the drinks! The atmosphere is excellent, a nice casual place to go and eat or have a drink. The service was excellent, especially for how busy it was. Next time I'm up this way, I'll definitely be back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We stopped by Little Bohemia for lunch and discovered a new favorite sandwich: The Bohamie. The bread was fantastic and the flavor combination of caramelized onions, spinach, red pepper and homemade garlic sauce was perfect. The owner stopped by to make sure everyone was enjoying their meal, which is always nice to see in a small business.

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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

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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