Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Satisfy Those Cajun Cravings at the Lake of the Ozarks

Opening Day 2020 for Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina in Osage Beach is set for Friday, March 6! (That's just a couple of weeks away!!!) It's been a while, so today's blog has a reminder for you about everything to look forward to when you finally make it back to the best waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks this season. 



Amazing Cajun Food & Drinks
More than likely you've been craving another taste of the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks over the past few months. Well, the wait is almost over! Our kitchen will be cooking up all of your favorite Creole cuisine beginning at 11:00 am, 7 days a week, starting March 6, 2020. Get ready for those World Famous Crab Cakes, Crawfish-N-Shrimp Etouffee, Po Boy Sandwiches, Jambalaya, and a whole lot more! 

We've got a taste of New Orleans for you at the bar too! Our Cajun Bloody Mary is an irresistible classic around here and the many varieties of Hurricanes we mix up is a true treat for your taste buds!  


Even More Tasty Treats
Although we're widely known as the best Cajun restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, our talented chefs are not limited to just that. The menu features savory steaks, fresh salads, delicious seafood, incredible sandwiches, wraps, and burgers, plus a fantastic kids' menu. 

As for drinks, you'll find all of your favorite frozen cocktails to enjoy while dining lakeside. We also carry a wonderful variety of ice-cold beers and an amazing wine list. No matter what you are thirsty for, our fully-stocked bar can take care of that thirst! 



Incredible Live Music
The outdoor stage at Shorty Pants Lounge hosts the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks. Discover a wonderful mix of soothing sounds to enjoy during dinner and on into a lovely lake evening along with bands that will have you on the dance floor all night long. The finishing touches are being put onto our 2020 music schedule but once it's complete, you can always find an updated list on our website.  



Full-Service Gas Dock & Marina
Just down the dock from the restaurant, you'll find the best gas dock & marina at the Lake of the Ozarks. In addition to being a great place to fuel your boat, Shorty Pants Marina also contains a fully-stocked convenience store with all the things you might need for a day out on the water. When you're ready for a pit stop during your day of boating, this is also where you'll find the cleanest restrooms on the lake. 

If you're in need of a place to park your boat or personal watercraft while you're in town, we have covered dock slips available from sizes 14x36 up to 20x56. Marina amenities include showers, washer/dryers, free WiFi and electric, free ice, and gated parking.  



Waterfront House Rentals
Located right next door to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina are two of the best vacation rental houses at the Lake of the Ozarks. (These are both available to rent year-round, even when Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina is closed for the season!) 

The Glass House features 1,500 square feet of living space and can sleep up to 8 guests comfortably. The Red House offers 3,400 square feet to enjoy and can house up to 16 guests. Both rentals have an unbelievable lake view plus all the comforts of home for groups both large and small. They feature gorgeous decks, a full kitchen, BBQ grill, washer/dryer, and spacious rooms for everyone to enjoy. 



Mark Friday, March 6, 2020, down on your calendars now and make plans to return to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina early this season (and hopefully many more times throughout the season!) Never been here before? Then you simply must make a trip this year to give our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar & restaurant at try. You're going to love it here!  



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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

February Events at the Lake of the Ozarks - Mardi Gras Lake Pub Crawl, Pre-Pub Crawl Concert, & a Gourmet Wine Dinner

February is full of awesome events at the Lake of the Ozarks! The Mardi Gras Lake Pub Crawl is highly anticipated every year and our sister restaurant, Dog Days Bar & Grill, is hosting a concert with two fantastic bands. (Definitely a weekend you do NOT want to miss! Need a place to stay? Our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront vacation rental houses are the perfect place!) 



On top of all that excitement, our other sister restaurant, Wobbly Boots Roadhouse, is hosting their final Fireside Chat Dinner for the season in February too. In case you didn't already know, winter at the Lake of the Ozarks can be just as thrilling as summer!  

Concert at Dog Days
Friday, Feb. 7, 2020
The night before the biggest party at the Lake of the Ozarks, Dog Days Bar & Grill will be open for another one of their off-season, one-night-only concerts! The event will be filled with incredible drinks, lots of dancing, and the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks. The perfect warm-up party before the Lake Pub Crawl. 

Doors will open at 7:00 pm with music beginning at 8:00 pm. The Grasshopper Unit and their tribute to the Beastie Boys will get the action started. That will be followed by the face-melting 80s metal band, Machine Gun Symphony. Tickets can be purchased right now at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse for just $10 each. On show night, they'll be $15 at the door at Dog Days Bar & Grill.  



Mardi Gras Pub Crawl
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020
After a night full of partying at the Dog, you can sleep in on Saturday because the Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl doesn't start until 4:00 pm. That should give you plenty of time to rest up and start the party all over again! This is the one night mid-winter that the lake area is nearly as crowded as it is mid-summer!

There are 13 stops on this year's Lake Pub Crawl and a single $10 wristband will get you into every one of them. That's also your ticket onto the dozens of pub crawl buses that will be running all night long, from 4:00 pm-2:30 am, making sure you have a sober ride to every stop. Wristbands can be picked up at all of the participating venues closer to the event date. For more details, visit www.LakePubCrawl.com



Wine Pairing Dinner at Wobbly Boots
Tuesday, Feb. 18
February at the lake also brings a gourmet evening of culinary delights. Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Osage Beach is hosting a Fireside Chat Dinner featuring 5 gourmet courses created by the talented Chef Kevin McCowan. Each course will be paired with an amazing wine. 

The event takes place in the Boots' Fireside Room next to that cozy fireplace, so seating is limited. Call 573-348-2277 to reserve your spot before they are all gone. If you miss this one, you'll have to wait until next fall before you get the chance again! 
   

Spend the Night at Shorty Pants 
Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina may be closed this time of year but our waterfront vacation house rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks are available year-round. You get a fantastic lake view, relaxing surroundings, all the comforts of home, and plenty of room for lots of family and friends. 



The Glass House is able to host up to 8 people. The Red House can accommodate up to 16 guests. (Of course, you're more than welcome to enjoy the entire place to yourself or someone special... Valentine's Day is coming up in February too!) It's not too early to start booking dates for your stay during the most popular summer events as well.   



February at the Lake of the Ozarks is looking to be pretty amazing. Immediately after that, March brings St. Patrick's Day at the lake and the opening of quite a few Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurants & bars. (We don't have a date set quite yet for Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina but it's getting closer every day!) Have fun this winter and we'll be seeing you again in the spring. 


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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

๐ŸŽ Holiday Gift Ideas Everyone Will LOVE! ๐Ÿ˜

If you're racking your brain trying to come up with the perfect gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list, Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina is here to save the day! We've got a fantastic list of holiday gift ideas at the Lake of the Ozarks that are sure to please everyone you know, or at least the ones that enjoy having fun.



Gourmet Dinner Tickets
One of our sister restaurants, Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Osage Beach, is once again hosting their monthly gourmet Fireside Chat Dinner Pairings! The extremely talented Chef Kevin McCowan creates 5 fantastic courses of food to pair perfectly with top-shelf liquors. Some dinners will feature whiskey pairings as they've done in the past and this year they've added some wine pairing dinners as well. Tickets can be purchased at the Boot for each dinner. 



Concert Tickets
Our other sister restaurant, Dog Days Bar & Grill, is currently closed for the season too but they will be opening up for two special winter concerts of the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks! First, on Saturday, December 21, 2019, The Mixtapes will be gracing the stage along with special guests, 2 Screws Loose. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Osage Beach for $10 each or they will be available at the door for $15 each. 

A second winter concert is scheduled to happen the night before the Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl. This time the Dog will open up on Friday, February 7, 2020, with the always-exciting Machine Gun Symphony. After a night of partying with those guys, you'll need to sleep in late before heading out to the pub crawl!  


Dog Days Bar & Grill, Lake of the Ozarks, winter live music

Vacation Plans
Plan a group getaway or family vacation for everyone and have the entire gang stay in one of our waterfront vacation house rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks! The houses are both available year-round so you can enjoy the holiday happenings at the lake area together now or book a special date for sometime next year.  

The Glass House sleeps up to 8 and The Red House easily houses up to 16. You'll enjoy fantastic lake views, all the comforts of home, and be centrally located so everything is just a short car ride or boat cruise away. If you book a stay while Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina is open for the season, we're just a short walk away, right next door!    



A Party in Their Honor
Mark everyone off of your list at once by throwing a holiday party in place of giving wrapped gifts. You make the guest list, pick a date, and then let the best catering at the Lake of the Ozarks take care of the rest! Through the power of the Barrett Restaurant Group (Shorty Pants Lounge, Dog Days Bar & Grill, and Wobbly Boots Roadhouse) we can prepare all of your favorite foods, load them up in our catering vans, and deliver them to the party. 

We can also help you host that party if you'd like to hold it in one of the private event rooms at any of our 3 restaurants. Dog Days even has a stage and dance floor available and we can help you book the entertainment for it!   



Gift Cards
Gift cards are always a one-size-fits-all gift solution that can be enjoyed by the recipient at their leisure. Gift cards for Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina are also good to use at our sister restaurants which means they can use them right now at the Boot or save them for next season when the doors to our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar & restaurant are open once again. 



So, does that take care of nearly everyone on your shopping list or all of them? A good rule of thumb is that if you would enjoy getting a gift, chances are good that someone else will love it too. Of course, if they don't, maybe you can talk them into giving it back & you can use it! 


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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Holiday Fun at the Lake of the Ozarks & You Can Stay With Us!

The lake area gets a lot of attention throughout the summer but winters around here are full of fun too! Especially during the holiday season. In addition to tons of great holiday shopping, you'll also find lots and lots of wonderful family-fun activities happening all around the lake area. 

We've got the perfect place for you and the entire gang to stay while you are in town! Our two Lake of the Ozarks waterfront vacation rental houses, which are located right next door to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, are centrally located so you are close to all of the holiday magic! 


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Below we've shared just a few of the many amazing things happening this year but you can always find more, plus get additional details about these, by visiting www.Funlake.com

Holiday Activities

  • Dec. 7 - Camdenton Christmas on the Square: Enjoy games, ornament making, craft tables, music, performances, cookie decorating, a petting zoo, hot chocolate, cookies, and more. People are encouraged to bring canned goods that will then be donated to the LAMB House food pantry. 
  • Dec. 14 - Lake Ozarks Christmas Parade: From 1:00-3:00 pm, the 35th Annual Christmas Parade will make its way through Lake Ozark to the historic Bagnell Dam Strip. Following the parade, Santa will be greeting all the kids at Luby's Plaza with treats and hot chocolate.  
  • Dec. 14 & 15 - Claus For A Cause: Performance Boat Center (just up the road from the vacation rental houses at Shorty Pants) will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland! The fun begins at 11:00 am on Saturday and noon on Sunday. Tickets are $10 each and proceeds go to support CLC, a not-for-profit that provides services to young children with special needs in the lake rea. There will be face painting, crafts, and a whole lot more plus a visit from Santa Claus!  
  • Dec. 14 - Old Tyme Christmas in Linn Creek: A celebration of Christmas will take place throughout the city of Linn Creek from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. There will be crafts, gift ideas, museum tours, caroling, and much more.  
  • Dec. 14 - Eldon's Lighted Christmas Parade: An evening parade begins at 5:15 pm which will light up the city of Eldon as it passes by! After the parade, Rock Island Park will host the lighting of the Magic Tree with music, hot chocolate, s'mores, and a visit from Santa. Before the parade, a variety of holiday activities will also be taking place throughout town. 
  • Christmas on Main Street: The Main Street Music Hall in Osage Beach performs its amazing Christmas show from Nov. 29-Dec. 22. This night is full of music and laughter and is guaranteed to entertain every kid from age one to age 92 with an evening of clean family fun. 
  • Carols in the Caverns: Experience the sounds of the season performed by local musicians and choirs in the natural acoustics of Stark Caverns in Eldon, MO, on various dates throughout December. Tickets are $5 per person and seating is limited. 


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    Holiday Lights
    • Enchanted Village of Lights: The Laurie Fairgrounds hosts one of the largest drive-through light parks in Mid-Missouri Nov. 22-Jan. 1. Entrance is free but donations are greatly appreciated. 
    • Festival of Lights: The National Shrine of Mary in Laurie, MO, features beautiful light displays Nov. 28-Jan. 1 from 5:00 pm-10:00 pm. 
    • Osage Beach Holiday Lights in the Park: The Osage Beach City Park features over 100 holiday-themed light displays to enjoy for free evenings between 5:00-9:00 pm Nov. 30-Dec. 1
    • Celebration Cruises Christmas on the Lake: Formerly known as "Deck the Docks," this holiday cruise on the water will benefit several area lake charities. Cruises depart from Bagnell Dam on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays Nov. 22-Dec. 28. Reserve tickets early because these fill up fast!

    All the Comforts of Home + a Great Lake View
    If you don't live in the lake area, or if you happen to have family joining you from out of town, our waterfront vacation house rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks are the perfect place to stay. Both houses are tucked away to give you a relaxing getaway next to the water and feature that same breathtaking lake view that you enjoy from Shorty Pants Lounge every summer. (Just with fewer leaves on the trees and fewer boats cruising by.) 



    The Glass House can hold up to 8 guests, which is perfect for a family getaway or a weekend shopping trip with a few friends. Its 1,500 square feet of living space has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, a washer & dryer, and a full kitchen with just about everything you might need during your stay. There are also some lovely decks to sit back and relax on if the weather allows. 



    The Red House boasts 3,400 square feet of living space, which easily houses up to 16 people. There is a large deck off of the upstairs and a covered deck downstairs. It has 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, and 1 half-bath. It also contains its own washer & dryer plus a kitchen with all the necessities.   



    Our Lake of the Ozarks Cajun restaurant & bar may be closed for the season but our vacation rental houses are available year-round. It's not too early to book your favorite dates for the 2020 season. Some other dates-of-interest coming up that you may want to book a stay for include:

    • Winter Concerts at Dog Days Bar & Grill: Our sister restaurant is hosting two special off-season concerts featuring the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, they've got the Mixtapes with special guests Two Screws Loose. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. On Friday, February 7, 2020, Machine Gun Symphony will take the stage. 
    • New Year's Eve
    • Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl - Saturday, February 8, 2020.  

    Get your calendars out now, pick a few dates to stay with us at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, and then make your reservations before someone else beats you to it! 



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    Wednesday, November 20, 2019

    Thanksgiving - New Year's Day, Let Us Cater Your Holiday Events at the Lake of the Ozarks

    It's that time of year when lots of holiday events, parties, and gatherings are being planned. Those people are going to need to be fed and ordering the best catering at the Lake of the Ozarks allows you to do that with little to no effort! 

    Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina may be closed for the winter but through the culinary talents of the Barrett Restaurant Group, you can still enjoy all of your favorites from our restaurant plus a whole lot more.  



    Wide Variety of Food Choices
    Shorty Pants is a part of the Barrett Restaurant Group which is made up of ourselves, Dog Days Bar & Grill, and Wobbly Boots Roadhouse. That means when you hire us to cater your event, you not only have our amazing Cajun creations to choose from but also the fantastic dishes those other two local favorites are known for! 



    Right now the Boot is offering juicy, mouthwatering, hickory-smoked turkeys for Thanksgiving. You can bring in your own for them to toss into the smoker for $1 per pound or get a fully-cooked turkey from them for just $50. 

    But wait, there's more! If you have something in mind that these venues don't normally offer, our chefs are happy to work with you to create a custom menu. No matter what the meal - breakfast, lunch, dinner, or "snack-time" - just let us know what you have in mind and we'll do our best to make it happen. 



    Your Place or Ours?
    With enough advance notice, we have two catering vans that can be loaded up with food for your event and brought directly to you. On the other hand, if you are in need of a venue to host your gathering, we can help you out there too! 

    Wobbly Boots Roadhouse is open year-round and has a private room (with a cozy fireplace) that can be reserved. Even during the "off-season" for both Shorty Pants and Dog Days, we can make arrangements to host parties at our place. We can even help you book some entertainment! 



    As an added bonus, if you have guests coming from out of town they can stay in one of our waterfront vacation houses at the Lake of the Ozarks. Two of these are located next door to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina. The Glass House sleeps up to 8 and the Red House can accommodate up to 16. The luxury vacation house rental next door to Dog Days Bar & Grill can host up to 18 guests.    



    Any Event, Large or Small
    The catering capabilities of all of these Lake of the Ozarks restaurants and bars can handle any size event. From small parties of just a few close friends all the way to groups of 500 or more, we've got you covered! Holiday parties, wedding receptions, business meetings, family reunions... the list goes on and on in the most delicious ways possible!

    Our catering schedule works on a first-come, first-served basis. As soon as you have a date in mind, give us a call at 573-348-4244 or the Boot a call at 573-348-2277 to reserve a spot on our catering calendar. To guarantee that date, it needs to be booked in advance with our sales office and a final guest count is needed one week before the event.      



    Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina is here to make sure all of your holiday parties are the tastiest possible and we're happy to cater all of your get-togethers throughout the rest of the year too! Surprise everyone at your event by serving all of those Cajun dishes you're craving while we're closed for the winter and even more. 

    There are always plenty of reasons to celebrate. Those celebrations are a lot more fun for everyone, including you, the host, when you let us handle the cooking!   



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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019

    Taste It All One Last Time... Until Next Spring!

    Well, we've finally reached the final week of our 2019 season at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina. Until that final day this Saturday, November 16, your favorite waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is open daily beginning at 11:00 am. Plenty of lunches & dinners in the next few days to get in one more taste of your favorite Cajun cuisine. Here are some popular menu items to tempt you even more. 



    New Orleans Medley
    Even though we offer many different types of dishes for your culinary enjoyment, we are most famous for serving the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks. For the diner that has trouble deciding on which dish to order, our New Orleans Medley offers you four of our very best all on one plate! You get creamy Crawfish Etouffee, rich Jambalaya, Red Beans & Rice, and a half-link of our Andouille Sausage. Make sure you attack this plate with a big appetite!


    Crab Cakes
    Our amazing handmade shrimp and lump blue crab meat cakes are an extremely popular menu item. They are rolled in our seasoned bread crumbs and topped with shrimp, then covered with a savory seafood cream sauce on the appetizer menu. As fantastic as they are on our own, when we place them on top of a bed of fresh fettuccine for our Crab Cake Pasta entree, the taste is elevated to a whole new level! 



    Catfish
    Catfish is used often in Cajun cooking, plus it's delicious, so you will find it offered quite a few different ways on the menu at Shorty Pants Lounge. Catfish lovers are always very happy to discover the many options they have to choose from around here!
    • Catfish BLT
    • Catfish Po Boy
    • Catfish Dinner
    • Smothered Catfish (smothered in creamy Crawfish Etouffee!)

    Po Boys
    You can't run a Cajun restaurant without perfecting the Po Boy, and we believe we've done exactly that! One of the wonderful varieties we serve has already been mentioned above, but we've got even more for you to enjoy. In case you're not familiar with this fantastic sandwich, it's a French roll containing lettuce, tomato, homemade Cajun mayo, and one of the following meats:
    • Catfish (fried or blackened)
    • Fried Oysters
    • Fried Shrimp
    • Andouille Sausage (This one features our homemade remoulade sauce in place of Cajun mayo.)

    Shrimp & Grits
    A Cajun classic! This dish contains large shrimp that are sauteed with Andouille sausage, hickory-smoked bacon, onions, and mushrooms. That mouthwatering mix is served over a heaping helping of homemade Cheddar Cheese & Jalapeno Grits. 


    We've also got another terrific version with our Shrimp & Grit Tacos, which place the famous jalapeno grits under shrimp, Andouille sausage, bacon, and a jalapeno lime sauce in a flour tortilla.


    Beignets
    This is Louisiana's version of the doughnut. It makes an excellent dessert and an equally delicious appetizer. Our housemade sweet raspberry sauce is served with this perfectly deep-fried pastry tossed in powdered sugar. Great for sharing, but you may want to keep them all to yourself! 


    Hurricanes
    We take the classic cocktail created in New Orleans and do it justice, plus we came up with a few of our very own variations on the delicious drink. Our freshly muddled Mojitos and Cajun Bloody Marys are also amazing, but there's something special about Hurricanes and Cajun food together. 





    If you weren't already craving something from our Lake of the Ozarks Cajun restaurant, we're willing to bet your mouth is watering for it now! Join us sometime before the end of the day on Saturday, November 16, 2019, for one last "hurrah" before this season is over. 


    Rest assured that Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina will be back again next spring to do it all over again! Also, if you find yourself craving our Cajun cooking before that, we still cater during the off-season through the Barrett Restaurant Group. Give us a call and make arrangements to bring the taste of Shorty Pants to you at your next party or event! 



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