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Little Bohemia

540 W Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684
+1 231-946-6925
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Ranked #19 of 257 Restaurants in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $15
Hours:
Tue - Wed 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cuisines: Pub
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

A friend and I came up to Traverse City for business and came across Little Bohemia in the local restaurant listings. The online menu was all I needed to look at to know it would be a good choice. The food was excellent, the wait staff is really friendly, and the live music is tasteful and not too loud so... More

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Beverly Hills, Florida, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We wanted to split the fish dinner. They refused to allow this, forcing us to order 2 1/2 meals and costing us a lot more. This was after waiting 20 minutes while the waitress Nancy cleaned a table, chatted with locals that came in after us, and there were only 3 tables seated. Eventually had to walk out.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Enjoyed a light meal (perch/coleslaw), cold beer, and a great band (North Jazz) at this informal (pub-style) longtime-local restaurant. Friendly place, and it was fun to meet Nancy, the owner who has lots of personality!

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Solon, Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Stopped in for a delicious hamburger and french fries upon my arrival to Traverse City. Great informal restaurant.

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West Bloomfield, Michigan
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Had dinner while vacationing in T.C. Best food we had all vacation. Eggplant appetizer the absolute best! Also, the perch and chips. Excellent service, excellent entertainment, will go back again and again. Thank you to Nancy (the manager) for a wonderful experience.

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Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went based on other good reviews. Sat in the back of the place, which was dirty and had numerous dead insects laying around. I ordered a steak salad, which was OK. Steak was done perfectly, but salad was somewhat wilted. Had asked for vinegar and oil, and the vinegar had fruit flies in it. One lady was upset with... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We called ahead and asked if we could eat and be out in 30 minutes to catch a movie. They told us it would be no problem. 30 minutes after we ordered our food still had not arrived and we were getting stressed. I ask after our food and they said the fish wasn't thawed and it was going to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

Every year we vacation in Traverse City, Michigan, and ways visit Little Bohemia at least once while we are there. Food is tasty and plentiful. Owner is talkative and very friendly, eager to provide the history of the restaurant, which was the primary "watering hole" of Walter Hagen the professional golfer, and to explain the menu. My favorite is the... More

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Lansing, Michigan
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3 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I use trip advisor all of the time and it's always very accurate except for this restaurant. Very dark atmosphere and uncomfortable seating. The staff were nice but seemed unable to keep up with a non-busy restaurant. We ordered salads and didn't get them before our food came out - the waitress' excuse was that she hates when they bring... More

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Georgetown, Kentucky
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11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The staff at Lil' Bo were inviting and friendly. The food was excellent and reasonably priced. I was also satisfied by the selection of craft beer. Strongly recommended!!

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