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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, 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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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
Loved ambiance & food!

We were traveling through Michigan visiting Lake Michigan and discovered this excellent restaurant. I had their poached salmon salad...delicious and my son the other salmon dish. Very good wine list. Just happened to be there on a Tuesday and were treated to some Irish music and also few patrons... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Muskegon, Michigan
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We stopped for an afternoon coffee and dessert. The coffee ($3--not priced on menu) came with soy whitener. Could we have cream? No, only 2% milk was available. A soft drink was also $3 (not priced on menu); refills were not offered. We ordered the kolacky dessert which turned out to be 5 cream cheese cookies, each about the size... More 

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Rochester Hills
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We went there for lunch about a month ago during our trip to Traverse city. The place was not crowded at all. We were the only customers. We were greeted by the owner who was quite friendly. My kids ordered the burgers which was quite good. Only problem was they had an up charge for almost everything - cheese, lattuce,... More 

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New Jesey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

We were traveling through Michigan visiting Lake Michigan and discovered this excellent restaurant. I had their poached salmon salad...delicious and my son the other salmon dish. Very good wine list. Just happened to be there on a Tuesday and were treated to some Irish music and also few patrons Irish dancing! Sometimes being on the road and not knowing an... More 

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South Bend, Indiana
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

If you visit Traverse City, this restaurant is a "must do." My husband and I were recently in Traverse City for a short vacation and this was our favorite restaurant of the trip. Not only was the food fantastic, but the owner took the time to talk to us at our table because we were so impressed with the tartar... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

My husband and I are in Traverse City for the Cherry Festival. Our B&B hosts recommended Little Bo as a possible dinner option for us. So we ended up eating at Little Bohemia our first night in town. How happy we were with his suggestion. We sat out on the patio (the weather was perfect). There was live jazz music... More 

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West Chicago
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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12 reviews
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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
2 reviews
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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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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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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