In Memory of Brian Cairns
July 24, 2022
On behalf of the Cairns, Cox, and extended family within Sleder’s Family Tavern, we are saddened to share the news that our patriarch Brian Cairns at age 82 passed away on July 14, 2022. Brian was an extraordinary husband, father, step-father, grandfather, businessman, mentor, and dear friend to many. Brian and his wife Deb purchased […]
“Good Will is Good Business” and Good Music!
January 17, 2019
The Sleder’s motto, “Good will is good business” is credited to Polly Sleder (nee Kluzak, 1888 – 1967). Polly was the daughter-in-law of Vencil M. Sleder (1850-1904), the Bohemian immigrant who founded Sleder’s in 1882. When Polly was running the tavern and sold a case of beer, she’d throw in a double shot and a beer […]
July 2, 2018
Happy Cherry Festival 2018! Welcome to Sleder’s Family Tavern. We are located in Little Bohemia, the historic westside neighborhood locally referred to as “Slabtown” for its wood-slab homes that evoke Traverse City’s sawmill past. Sleder’s original owner, Vencel Sleder, a master wheelwright, built Sleder’s with the help of fellow Bohemian woodworkers. Working only on Sundays, […]
A Most Legendary Restaurant (and Moose!)
February 10, 2018
In restaurant news on February 6, 2018, Full Service Restaurant (FSR) Magazine, named Sleder’s Family Tavern among “21 of the Most Legendary Restaurants in America.” Sleder’s is extremely honored to be recognized. We thank our patrons, especially, for continuously coming back, bringing their friends and families, and for making Sleder’s such a treasured and fun […]
Celebrate the 4th at Sleder’s-the oldest restaurant in Michigan!
July 1, 2017
This Independence Day, bring your family, friends and relatives to kiss the lucky moose, and enjoy great food and drinks at the oldest restaurant in Michigan! Our walls are filled with mighty animals and great moments in American history… it’s almost like eating in a museum with friends! Have one of our bartenders make your […]
Hang out at the longest (and oldest) bar in Traverse City
June 24, 2017
What could be more fun than hanging out with your bestie at an impressive 21 foot bar made of solid mahogany and sided with cherry wood? Having Randolph join us for a toast!