About Us

Started by the Nowak family, polish immigrants, in 1918 as a soup kitchen/restaurant to serve the working polish neighborhood, where they also lived. Rumored to have been a speakeasy during prohibition. It was run by various members of the family, mainly Louise "Granny" Nowak, who ran it up until she passed at 90 years old. Her son Louie and Ted continued to run it until 2007 when it was purchased by long time patron and lover of Louie's, Mike VandeMaele.

Today, Louie's is the oldest bar in Kalamazoo. The bar acts as an escape from the the busy city. When patrons walk in, the first thing they notice is the taxidermy lined walls. It features a cabin on the lake feel. Louie's has drink specials every night of the week, a free comedy show every Tuesday, open mic night every Wednesday, and live entertainment in the Back Room every Friday and Saturday.

Louie's is a a home away from home for our regulars, and for every new customer that walks in, they walk out feeling like they just spent an evening with old friends. We're celebrating 97 years of serving Kalamazoo, and we hope to continue for 97 more.

Daily Specials

  • Monday
    • Hospitality Monday (35% off for Hospitality Industry)
    • $10.00 - Meatloaf Monday
  • Tuesday
    "Free Comedy - 9pm"
    • $2.50 - ALL Day Happy Hour: Wells & Domestics
    • $5 - Taco Baskets! 3 Tacos, Chips, & Salsa
  • Wednesday
    "Open Mic. - 8pm"
    • $3 - Jim and Jack, Jack Fire, Jack Honey
    • $3 - Glasses of Wine
    • $.60 Beginning at 5pm! - Wing Night
  • Thursday
    • $10.00 - Domestic Beer Buckets
    • $9.99 - Turkey Dinner
  • Friday
    "Live Music - 9pm"
    • $4 - Titos and Kettle One Cocktails
    • $8.99 - Perch Basket
  • Saturday
    "Live Music - 9pm
    Karaoke Front room - 9:30pm"
    • $1 off Michigan Bottles and Drafts
  • Sunday
    • $7 - DELUXE Bloody Marys
    • Half off 12" Pizzas