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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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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
Good Local food topped off with live Bohemian Music

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
VJM0085
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Matthews, North Carolina
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Traverse City, Michigan
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107 reviews 107 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

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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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We ate lunch at Little Bohemia today and enjoyed everything about it. My husband ordered the Grinder sandwich; I chose the 1/2 order of perch with cole slaw and fries and a glass of the house Chardonnay. Everything was delicious and the staff was attentive and friendly. We've been here for live music in the past; we'll be returning for... More 

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Big Rapids, Michigan, United States
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Whenever we head towards Traverse City and have that real hankering for a good burger, we always head here..and have never been disappointed! They use top quality beef...a good fresh bun...and it's served with a smile! Always top notch service!! What more could one ask for???

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We stopped to get burgers and we were NOT disappointed. The meat is high quality and I had the green olive burger which was quite good. The buns are the best as they have a toasty outside but soft interior - a great balance to the burger. The slaw was also great. Home made dressing as is everything else they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Had a chance to visit TC and dine last Friday. It has been a while since we went to Little Bohemia. Our mistake. Hands down the best personal service of any place we have ever been. Nancy Anne rocks! We had the perch dinner and topped it off with apple crisp. Everything was just delish. Can't wait to go back... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

BEST bloody Mary I've tasted in a very long time. And I've traveled all around the country, come to find out it's in my very own home town. And Nancy the owner makes you feel right at home .nice laid back atmosphere & great smelling food is always coming out of the kitchen. If you have a chance stop in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

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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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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