Wednesday, May 24, 2017

5 Great Reasons To Spend Memorial Day Weekend at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina

How are you spending your Memorial Day Weekend this year? If you're headed to the lake area, you're in for an amazing time! Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina has a lot of exciting things planned for you this holiday. Here are 5 great reasons you need to spend some time at the best waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks while you're in town.

#1: The Music
You can always expect the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks to be coming from the Shorty Pants Lounge stage, and this Memorial Day Weekend, we're featuring a couple of incredible talents. 

We've got the incredible Steven D. Hunt starting things off on Friday, May 26 & is back Saturday, May 27. He is a 1-man-5-piece band, offering a unique entertainment experience like you've never seen. Come on back to hear the amazing sounds of Andrew Stratman on Sunday, May 28.    

If you extend your holiday weekend a little longer, you can enjoy Steven Woolley on Tuesday, May 30. Straight out of St. Louis, MO, he performs an impressive combination of of R&B, soul, and blues with hints of rock, country, and even jazz. This is just the beginning of a season filled with unbelievable live entertainment! 

#2: The Food
The most authentic Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks comes out of our kitchen, right here in mid-Missouri. All of the Creole creations on our amazing menu feature rubs and spices direct from Louisiana. Our world famous Crab Cakes, savory Crawfish Etoufee, mouthwatering Gumbo, and giant Po Boy Sandwiches are just the beginning of a menu that will tickle your taste buds. 

Even though Cajun dishes are our specialty, you'll still find a wonderful variety of other items on our diverse menu. The Smoked Wings are the best in the lake area, our Prime Rib Burgers are simply out of this world, and we've also got steak or catfish dinners that can satisfy any appetite. We even offer an incredible Brie & Fruit Platter, perfect for taking a short break from the lake with a nice glass of wine.    

#3: The Drinks
The talented bartenders at Shorty Pants Lounge make the most amazing hand-mixed cocktails. Some of the specialties that you will find out of our bar are freshly muddled Mojitos, Cajun Bloody Marys, and magnificent Margaritas. All of your favorite frozen drinks are here too; Pina Coladas, Strawberry Daiquiris, Rum Runners, and of course, the ever-popular Pain in the A**. In addition to those, we carry an excellent assortment of wines, as well as the coldest beer in town.    

#4: The Gas Dock
If you'll be spending any time at all out on the water this holiday weekend, then a stop at our full-service gas dock at the Lake of the Ozarks is a must! We've got 87 Octane, 93 Octane and Diesel fuel for all your watercraft, plus a lot more than just gas! Shorty Pants Marina's C-store has snacks, drinks, ice, sunglasses, suntan lotion, and more. Everything you could possibly need for a fun day out on the water. You can even pick up a little Shorty Pants gear while you're here. 

While you wait to get fueled up, chill out in one of the comfortable seats on the dock and grab some free coffee if you need a jolt of caffeine, free popsicles for the kids, and we've even got free treats for your four-legged passengers. If you are looking for a place to store your boat while you're in town, reserve one of our covered boat slips by calling 573-302-1004

#5: The View
Last, but certainly not least, is the view you get to enjoy from our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant. It's great while you're eating, plus beautiful and relaxing enough to make you want to stick around for a while after you're done. There are plenty of tables lakeside, and you can also sit at the outside bar while getting a load of that awesome view. 

If you prefer to eat indoors while you're here, you'll find even more seating in a New Orleans styled atmosphere. There's also another bar you can belly up to, and the indoor dining room at Shorty Pants Lounge is smoke-free. 

When Can We Expect You?
Those 5 reasons should be more than enough to get you excited about spending part of your Memorial Day Weekend right here with us at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina. It's going to be an incredible holiday weekend, and we've got a lot more in store for you afterwards for the rest of the season. We hope to see you often, and we're excited to see you soon! 

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Read What People Are Saying About Our Vacation Rentals At The Lake of the Ozarks!

The best vacation rental houses at the Lake of the Ozarks are located right next door to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina. Located in the heart of Osage Beach, they put you near the Lake of the Ozarks best marina, incredible shopping, great golf courses, fun family attractions, incredible night life, and so much more!

The best part is that these vacation rentals are spacious, comfortable, and located on the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. They are great for large groups, and if you have an extra-large group, these houses are conveniently located right next door to each other, so you can rent both!

We've had quite a few guests stay in our vacation houses this past year. Take a look at what they have to say about them.  

The Glass House
This vacation rental offers lakefront access, breathtaking panoramic views, and 1,500 square feet of living space. It easily accommodates up to 8 guests. 

"Awesome Place!
Great experience! Perfect location and had everything we needed!"
~Steve L., VRBO review

"Nice home and great location!
This house has a nice deck & grill. All the amenities you need and more. The place looks new."
~Brett B., HomeAway Family review

"Great experience.
The house is adorable and very clean. Just steps from Shorty Pants restaurant which made dinner easy. They also have a marina which made forgetting a toothbrush an easy fix. Ashley was great to communicate with and left her cell number on the chalkboard inside in case we needed anything. Myself and 7 other girls had a great experience!"
~Brandi B., VRBO review

The Red House
A bit larger, able to sleep up to 13 people, is The Red House. You get the same panoramic view and lakefront access as the White House, plus 3,400 square feet of living space. It also has a classic multi-game arcade cabinet upstairs! 

"Perfect Lake Get-a-way
We absolutely loved staying in this property! I booked this home for my brothers bachelor party and it was perfect. The home is absolutely beautiful and updated. It has 2 levels for entertaining which include 2 huge decks covered and non. We had a party of 8 and had room to spare! The location is located directly next to Shorty Pants Marina and a 2 minute drive from Redheads. Property manager was great with communication and constantly checked to see if we needed anything. I would recommend this place to anyone!"
~Casey V., VRBO review

"Awesome Bachelorette Weekend
I cannot say enough wonderful things about this rental. We had a group of 8 and would have had space for several more. I was able to reach out to Ashley regarding a mishap with the coffee maker and received a response in minutes. She was so helpful and did everything in her power to make sure our trip was perfect. The house itself is AMAZING! 2 full floors of living space, decorated perfectly and the screened in/covered patio was a life saver on the days that it rained but we still wanted to be outside. The location of the house is so convenient, being located next door to Shorty Pants Bar and Marina. Our group wanted to explore the local wineries and we were centrally located between them all also, with the furthest one being only about 25 minutes away. I would recommend this rental property to anyone and hope that I have the opportunity to come back in the future!"
~Danielle K., VRBO review

"Awesome Mother/Daughter/Sister Weekend
We had the best time staying here. The house was clean, plenty of room for all of us, beautifully decorated. We will be back !!!"
~Cindy F., HomeAway Family review

"Awesome house
This house was perfect for our large group, with lots of room to spread out and lots of large tables, inside and out. There are 2 refrigerators and dish washers and plenty of living space. The house is newly remodeled and had everything we needed. The staff at Shorty Pants Marina and at the bar and restaurant were all wonderful and very helpful. The walk from the dock to the house is short, and even better, has a bar in between. Loved this place and we will be back."
~Dianne G., VRBO review

Why not call up a few friends, pick a date, and all head down to the lake together for an exciting weekend, or better yet, an entire week! This is also a wonderful spot for a family vacation, and perfect for hosting a reunion. Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina is only a few steps away from both of these fantastic Lake of the Ozarks vacation rentals, and all kinds of fun is awaiting you a short boat ride or car trip away. Come stay with us soon, and be sure to leave a review and tell everyone all about the awesome time you had! 

The Lake's #1 Creole Cuisine Restaurantwhere you can expect a luxury, laid back experience at Lake of the Ozarks!!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Best Cajun Food at the Lake of the Ozarks is at Shorty Pants Lounge!

We often claim to have the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks, and according to the Lake Lifestyles magazine "Best of the Lake" survey, our customers agree! First of all, thank you to everyone that voted for us. Secondly, we'd like to give you a few examples of that incredible Cajun flavor you'll find at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina

Cajun Style Cooking
Some classify the Cajun style of cooking as rustic cuisine. The recipes associated with this style originated with the French-speaking Acadian people of Louisiana, using foods that were easy to find in the region. Staples in these dishes include rice, sausages, seafood, and vegetables. 

The Shorty Pants Lounge kitchen has come up with some of the most authentic recipes that you will find outside of Bourbon Street, incorporating the ingredients mentioned above along with rubs and spices direct from Louisiana. Below we've featured a few menu items that are expected from a good Cajun restaurant. Order one of these from our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant, and we guarantee you'll love it!  

Crawfish-N-Shrimp Etouffee 
Crawfish & shrimp smothered in a rich creamy etouffee sauce with creole vegetables, served with rice.

A Louisiana rice based dish, steeped in rich and subtle spices along with Andouille sausage, smoked chicken, and shrimp.

Large shrimp sauteed with Andouille sausage, hickory-smoked bacon, onions, and mushrooms, served over our homemade cheddar cheese & jalapeno grits.

Po Boy Sandwiches
This traditional sandwich from Louisiana consists of lettuce, tomato, and our homemade Cajun mayo on French bread along with one of the following meat choices:

  • Southern Fried Catfish
  • Big, Deep Fried Gulf Oysters
  • Hand-Breaded Shrimp
  • Smoked Cajun Andouille Sausage (with homemade remoulade sauce in place of the Cajun mayo)

Sausage & Chicken Gumbo
A hearty helping of our rich gumbo served with rice, either by cup or bowl.

Blackened Creole Chicken
Blackened chicken with sauteed peppers and onions topped with Pepper jack cheese, served on a toasted Kaiser. 

Crab Cake Pasta
Two delicious handmade shrimp and lump blue crab cakes are placed on a bed of fresh fettuccine with delicious seafood cream sauce. 

Smothered Catfish
A catfish filet, either fried or blackened, served on a bed of rice, smothered in our crawfish etouffee.

New Orleans Medley
A plateful of our signature entrees: creamy Crawfish Etouffee, rich Jambalaya, Red Beans & Rice, and a half link of our Andouille sausage. 

Louisiana's doughnut - a French Quarter favorite! Perfectly deep fried pastry tossed in powdered sugar and served with our house made sweet raspberry sauce.

There's plenty more where all of that comes from too! You will find creative Cajun flavor throughout the Shorty Pants Lounge menu, plus plenty of local favorites like our Prime Rib Burgers, steaks, wings, pasta, salads, and more. A lake vacation is already incredible, but a trip to our waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks makes you feel as if you've taken a bonus vacation to Louisiana while you're here!  

Thank you once again to everyone that voted our food as the best Cajun at the Lake of the Ozarks. For the rest of you, we invite you to come in soon and see what they're talking about. You're gonna love it! 

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

An Incredible Season of Live Music Begins at Shorty Pants

The promise of amazing Cajun food brings everyone to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina (& keeps bringing them back!), and once they're here, the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks makes them want to stick around all night long. The drinks will be flowing, the view will be relaxing, and the music coming from our stage will be some of the most entertaining you have ever heard! 

Saturday May 6 
-Harbor Hop-
Steven Moore

Saturday, May 20
Travis Marvin

Friday, May 26
-Memorial Weekend-
Steven D. Hunt

Saturday, May 27

Tuesday, May 30
Steven Woolley

Our waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks prides itself on bringing you a wide variety of musical styles and sounds. Below is just a small sampling of the talented performers that will be on our stage a few different times this season. All of these entertainers will be at Shorty Pants this May. Be sure to keep an eye on our website and social media for new additions to the lineup.

Adrian Bartholomew
Masterfully combining the sounds of his Caribbean home in Trinidad with the classic and modern rock, Adrian Bartholomew's unique musical style thrills crowds wherever he performs. He was inducted into Trinidad's Classical Music Hall of Fame as a child prodigy, and today he uses his talents to compose, produce, and perform incredible music all over. You will love his "rhythm & groove" fusion of calypso/soca-based rock.  

Travis Marvin
The awesome passion for country music is evident when you hear Travis perform. This Kansas City native has been rocking stages all over the midwest for nearly a decade, gaining an enthusiastic following wherever he goes. His shows are full of energy and amazing musical talent. 

Steven D. Hunt
As a "1-man, 5-piece band," Steven puts on a very unique and exciting show. He plays acoustic, electric and bass guitars, drums, percussion, keyboard, harmonica, and more, combining the sounds together with a "Boss" Loop to give the illusion of a full band, yet he is the only one playing it all! He performs many songs that will be familiar to you from a variety of genres, but with a sound unlike anyone else. 

Steven Woolley
This award-winning singer/songwriter/instrumentalist comes to us from the St. Louis area. His music is enjoyed by a variety of people with its eclectic blend of R&B, soul, and blues with hints of rock, country, and even jazz. Whether performing an acoustic show or with his band, he's become a lake area favorite. 

As we mentioned above, that's just the beginning of the incredibly talented musicians that will be taking the stage at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar & restaurant. Most of our musical lineup for 2017 can be found at, but we expect to add a few more surprise guests over the summer. Come out and join us for a relaxing afternoon or evening by the lake with great food, delicious drinks, unbelievable music, and awesome company! 

The Lake's #1 Creole Cuisine Restaurantwhere you can expect a luxury, laid back experience at Lake of the Ozarks!!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Join Us for the 20th Annual Spring Harbor Hop - May 6, 2017

Are you ready? We sure are! It is time once again for one of the best annual events at the Lake of the Ozarks - Spring Harbor Hop! Saturday, May 6, 2017 you can join Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, along with over 40 other waterfront bars and restaurants, for the first big (non-fishing) boating event of the season. Poker, prizes, live music, great food, incredible drinks, awesome people, and the chance to cruise the gorgeous Lake of the Ozarks. 

What Is Harbor Hop? 
For those of you that have not had the pleasure of "harbor hopping" in the past, this 1-day boating event consists of collecting a complete, and hopefully winning, poker hand, one card at a time, from participating waterfront locations. Some of the checkpoints open as early as 9:00 am, and the final card must be drawn and turned in before 7:00 pm at the close of the event to be eligible for prizes. This particular event is only 1 day long, but we highly suggest spending the entire weekend in the lake area.  

Stay In Our Vacation Rentals 
Shorty Pants has two of the best vacation rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks available within walking distance of our waterfront restaurant and marina. If you book your stay right away, you can stay with us over Harbor Hop weekend. (Don't let someone else snatch that date out from under you!) 

Our rental houses have a courtesy dock available upon request, and there are 2 boat ramps nearby. We've partnered with BomBay Boat Rental Company in case you need to rent a watercraft for the weekend, and if you're bringing your own boat or waverunner, Shorty Pants Marina has covered boat slips available, plus a full-service gas dock and fully stocked C-store for all of your boating needs. 

The Glass House can sleep up to 8 guests in it's 1,500 square feet of living space with 2 queen size beds, 1 full bed, and a sleeper sofa in the living room. There are 2 bathrooms, a full kitchen, a 44-foot deck, and an unbelievable panoramic lake view. 

The Red House can sleep up to 13 guests in it's 3,400 square feet of living space including 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a full kitchen, 2 incredible decks, and that same amazing panoramic lake view. You can book both directly from the Shorty Pants website.

Harbor Hop Rules
Rule #1 is to HAVE FUN! It's a great day to get out and take advantage of the amazing lake and all it has to offer. You may sign up for the Spring Harbor Hop at any of the checkpoints, where you will also collect your first card. There is a $20 optional donation per 7-card hand, and players are welcome to enter more than once. 

You will collect the other 6 cards to complete your poker hand at any of the checkpoints on the list. The hand will be turned in at your 7th stop, but for an additional $5, you may draw a bonus 8th card to increase your chances for a better hand. To be eligible for prizes, all hands must be turned in by 7:00 pm on May 6, 2017. Winners will be notified by mail.  

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The Payout 
What exactly is up for grabs for all the winners? The prize amounts are based on the amount of entry donations collected and will be paid out in the form of gift certificates. The prize money is divided up among the following categories:

  • 1st Place: 10%
  • 2nd Place: 9%
  • 3rd Place: 8%
  • 4th Place: 7%
  • 5th-10th Places: 2% each
  • 4 Worst Hands: 4% each
  • Random Drawing for 10 Hands: 2% each
  • THE BONUS - Section Winners: If you draw all 7 of your cards within 1 of the 4 sections designated on the Harbor Hop map, you will be named that section's winner. 

Start Hopping at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina
We'll have our checkpoint up and running at 11:00 am when we open the kitchen and both bars. Start out with an early lunch here, hit a few checkpoints (don't miss our sister restaurant, Dog Days Bar & Grill), then join us when you're done hopping for the rest of the evening. 

We've got some amazing entertainment lined up for you throughout the day with both Steven Moore and Bartholomew playing on our outdoor stage. You'll be well fed, refreshed, and thoroughly entertained the entire time you're with us here at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina. For a list of Harbor Hop checkpoints, a map, and even more details, visit

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Best Marina & C-Store at the Lake of the Ozarks

One of the coolest things about Shorty Pants Lounge is that we have the best marina at the Lake of the Ozarks just a short walk down the docks from our waterfront restaurant on the 21 MM in Salt Hollow Cove. It also has a well-stocked C-store full of all the things you'll need for a great day out on the water. You can park your boat, stock up, gas up, and have a great meal all in one spot! Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina has it all! 

Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, Lake of the Ozarks

We've not only got the food to fuel you, but we've also got the fuel for your boats and PWCs. Our full-service gas dock offers 87 Octane, 93 Octane, and Diesel. The C-store also carries motor oil and other items your watercraft may need to run at its best. All of this could definitely come in handy during next month's Spring Harbor Hop on Saturday, May 6, 2017, as well as all summer long! 

There are 35 covered slips for rent at Shorty Pants Marina. They vary in size from 14' X 36' up to 20' X 56' for boats, and we also have PWC slips available. If you could use a place to park your watercraft while you are visiting the Lake of the Ozarks, you can call us at 573-302-1004 to check availability.

Using our marina also comes with some incredible amenities, which include: 

  • Showers
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Free WiFi
  • Free Electric
  • Free Ice
  • Gas Discounts
  • Gated Parking
  • The Cleanest Restrooms on the Lake!
  • ...and of course, Shorty Pants Lounge waterfront restaurant & bar! 

The convenience store located on our gas dock has many of the items you'll need for a fun day out on the lake, and it's also a wonderful place to sit for a spell. We have a picnic table where you can enjoy a snack or your to-go order from Shorty Pants Lounge, plus rocking chairs and patio loungers where you can relax and visit.

While you're here, feel free to enjoy a few extras on us, including free popsicles for the kiddos, free coffee, and free dog treats. Our resident dock dog, Oscar, is usually here to show you around. 

You'll find all kinds of cool Shorty Pants gear, like shirts, hats, koozies, and more, plus lots of things you'll need for an awesome day out on the water. 

  • Soft Drinks
  • Package Alcohol
  • Ice
  • Snacks
  • Sunglasses
  • Cigarettes
  • Suntan Lotion
  • Dramamine
  • Bottle Openers
  • Marine Supplies
  • Watersports Flags
  • ...and so much more!

Fun On The Lake Starts Here!
The best way to start a long day on the lake is to visit us at Shorty Pants Marina. We'll get you stocked up on all the necessities for your trip, and Shorty Pants Lounge will be here when it's over for a relaxing waterfront meal. Take full advantage of our friendly hospitality and stay in one or two incredible vacation rental houses at the Lake of the Ozarks while you're in town too. Like we said before, when it comes to a great time at the lake, we've got it all! 

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Start Your Meal With Our Amazing Appetizers

The appetizer menu at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant is titled "Starters" because every item on it is an excellent way to start off an incredible meal. The servings are large and the flavor is huge, so our Shorty Pants Lounge appetizers are even great for making an entire meal out of on their own!

Filled with a variety of delicious ingredients, you'll find everything from classics like Peel & Eat Shrimp and Seared Ahi Tuna to Cajun inspired tastes like the Creole Quesadilla and Beignets. House made recipes from our outstanding chefs bring dishes to your table that can't be found anywhere else. 

Brie & Fruit Platter
Brie cheese, grapes, and sliced apples served with a fresh baguette and apricot jalapeno jelly. 

Crab Artichoke Spinach Dip
A mouthwatering mixture of crab, spinach, artichoke, and blended cheese served warm with tortilla chips. 

Crab Cakes
Two handmade shrimp and lump blue crab meat cakes rolled in seasoned bread crumbs and topped with shrimp, then covered with our seafood cream sauce. 

Creole Quesadilla
Andouille sausage, crawfish, and shrimp are the staples, with pepper jack cheese and sauteed peppers and onions bringing extra flavor. 

Blackened Chicken Nachos
Tortilla chips piled high and smothered in our Turbodog cheese sauce, then topped with spicy chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, green onions,and jalapenos, served with our salsa and sour cream.

Smoked Wings
Our house-smoked wings are served with your choice of sauces: Original, Extra Hot, Garlic Parmesan, or Barbecue. They come in orders of 5, 10, 20, or 30. 

Fried Green Tomatoes
Green tomatoes are deep fried to a golden brown and served with our house Cajun mayo.

Peel & Eat Shrimp
Large shrimp spice boiled and served with our own Bloody Mary cocktail sauce.

Blackened Shrimp
Large gulf shrimp seasoned and blackened in one of our cast iron skillets, served with a lemon wedge. 

Sweet Coconut Shrimp
Sweet coconut and crunchy frosted flakes combined send these huge gulf shrimp over the top! They're served with a sweet raspberry sauce. 

Big Easy Shrimp
Large gulf shrimp sauteed in Budweiser, rosemary, butter, and a zesty lemon sauce. 

Chicken Tenders
Fresh chicken tenders are hand-breaded and fried to a golden brown.  

Seared Ahi Tuna
6-oz. sesame encrusted Sashimi style Ahi tuna served with sesame ginger dressing and a wasabi cream sauce. 

Cajun Fried Oysters
Lively seasoned, hand-breaded, southern-fried oysters, served with our house Bloody Mary cocktail sauce.

Try the French Quarter favorite- Louisiana's doughnut! Perfectly deep-fried pastry tossed in powdered sugar and served with our house made sweet raspberry sauce.    

Turbodog Queso
Our house made spicy cheese sauce gets its full-bodied flavor from Louisiana's Abita Turbodog beer. It's served with tortilla chips. 

Alligator Eggs
Baked jalapeno peppers stuffed with a four-cheese blend and wrapped in Prosciutto, served with a sweet raspberry sauce. 

Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, Lake of the Ozarks

Whether you're checking out our Starters menu to kickoff a dinner of the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks, you're having a quick snack along with a cocktail by the water, or you're ordering a table full of apps to share with friends, you'll find something for everyone at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina. These tasty treats are only the beginning of what we've got in the kitchen waiting to surprise and excite your taste buds. 

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