“Good Will is Good Business” and Good Music!

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 for free.  In the 1930s during prohibition, Polly and Louis […]

Happy New Year 2019 & Thank you!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019! Sleder's Family Tavern wishes you a joyful and bountiful new year.  We hope wherever this year takes you that you always find your way back to Sleder's where folks have been coming for good food, good drink, and conversation since 1882. In between visits to the tavern, our website is a good place to stay connected. Subscribers to the blog at [...]

Holiday Greetings from Sleder’s!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Sleder's Family Tavern! Cheers!

Happy Thanksgiving!

  Sleder’s Family Tavern will be closed on November 22, 2018 for Thanksgiving. To your family from ours and on behalf of the Sleder’s staff, Happy Thanksgiving!   

Happy Fourth of July 2018!

Happy Fourth of July from your friends at Sleder’s Family Tavern in Traverse City!   Independence Day will be jam packed with events in Traverse City.  See the full list on the National Cherry Festival webpage here: https://www.cherryfestival.org/events. The Fourth of July Fireworks in Traverse City are from 10:30 pm – 11:30 pm at Open Space Park.  Sleder’s serves dinner from 5 pm – 10 pm tonight.  […]

The Perfect Porch for Party Season

Party season has begun!  Graduations, weddings, receptions, reunions, and the glorious longer days of almost-summer have many local Northern Michiganders already busy hosting guests and welcoming home those who have been away.  Some haven’t been home since the holidays.  For others, it’s been since last summer.  Still more haven’t been Up North since the last family wedding.  Welcome back!  Welcome home!  And to those experiencing […]

Memorial Day Weekend Reflections From Randolph Street

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and boaters, bikers, hikers, beachcombers, and restaurant-goers are rediscovering their favorite places in Traverse.  The bay may feel like it was frozen only yesterday, but with air temps reaching the 90s, many legs will wade in deep.  You’ll find refreshment at Sleder’s too, of course!  Come on in, unplug, eat well, and have a cold one in good company.  […]

Happy Mother’s Day!

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Michigan’s oldest restaurant, Sleder’s Family Tavern!  We promise mom will love the menu, the historic decor, and our special Mother’s Day concert on the porch at 3pm.  Concert tickets are available in advance  for $20 or at the door for $25.  Or dine with us in the main barroom where there is a handsome moose to kiss for luck!  From our […]

Welcome, March! Is Smooching the Moose on Your Bucket List?

You know the old saying about March: “In like a lion; out like a lamb”?  Well, hello there, March!  We thought you were still February with those first days of sun.  February, for most of the month, didn’t know if it was coming or going.  First the bay froze, and then it thawed, and then, when it seemed as though everyone’s allergies were acting up, […]

Happy Mardi Gras!

CELEBRATE FAT TUESDAY!  In true Mardi Gras fashion, Randolph and the moosemates will be celebrating ALL DAY at SLEDER’S–gorging on jalapeño poppers, hot wings, potato skins filled with the works, home cut fries with ranch…zesty fried pickles . . . our famous SLEDER BURGERS and ice-cold beer.  Keeping MARDI GRAS real since 1882.  Bring your friends and family and have some great food and lots of fun!

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