About Us

Kalamazoo’s Oldest Bar is Also its Favorite
Our Story

Where It All Began

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 100 years of serving Kalamazoo, and we plan to continue for 100 more.

Have a General Question?

Use this form to ask any questions about our menu, hours, location, or just to tell us how much you love Louie’s. If you prefer to speak to someone by phone you can call us at (269) 385-9359

629 Walbridge St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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Hours of Operation

11:00am – 8:00pm
12:00pm – 8:00pm


629 Walbridge St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007


(269) 385-9359