Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sign Up For The Change Of Heart Fun Run At Shorty Pants Lounge

Our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant is proud to be a part of the Change of Heart Fun Run next Sunday, July 23, 2017 from 2-6 pm. This charity event to raise awareness for the overwhelming need for organ donation and transplants is sponsored by Above & Beyond Roofing, and the run itself will both begin and end right here at Shorty Pants Lounge, with a fun party planned to go along with it! 

Fun Run Details
The Change of Heart Fun Run involves a 164-foot (0.05K) walk/run starting at Shorty Pants Lounge at 3 pm, with registration beginning at 2 pm. There will be a quick stop for a refreshing drink along the course before turning around and heading back to our family friendly Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant. You can pre-register at for $25, or register on-site the day of the event for $30. 

The money raised from the Change of Heart Fun Run supports Donate Life. Funds will be used to allow a lucky family of up to 4 travel to the 2018 Transplant Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. These games are a multi-sport festival event to promote the need for organ & tissue donation, and to show the world that transplantation is a treatment that really does work. Over the years these games have become a wonderful place where transplant and donor families can come together. 

Live Music & Live Auction
Once you finish that "exhausting" trip, the amazing Barefoot Entertainer himself, Mr. Dale Blue, will be here to rock the house! It's never a dull time when Dale hits the stage, and this wonderful cause is sure to have him showing off his entertaining best. 

Rick Bryant will be on hand to host a live auction full of high-end items that you can bid on. You get to pick up some great stuff and help this worthy cause at the same time! That day will also be your last chance to purchase raffle tickets to win 1 of 2 guns and a large flat-screen TV. 

Not A Runner?
You don't have to sign up for the run/walk to help out this worthy cause. You can join us at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina just to buy raffle tickets and bid on items in the live auction. If you can't make it out on July 23, you can also make a donation through the registration website. Donate as little or as much as you would like, because everything helps.

Please mark your calendars to join us at our Lake of the Ozarks Cajun restaurant for the Change of Heart Fun Run sponsored by Above & Beyond Roofing. We'll all have an amazing time together making a difference for this wonderful cause. 

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July Music at Shorty Pants Lounge PLUS AquaPalooza 2017 at Dog Days

July is bringing some of the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks along with it! Not only can you enjoy incredible performances every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday at Shorty Pants Lounge, but the biggest 1-day boating event at the Lake of the Ozarks is bringing an awesome lakeside concert to Dog Days Bar & Grill - AquaPalooza 2017! Get those dancing shoes on a prepare for a month full of great music. 

July Music Schedule
Our waterfront restaurant & bar at the Lake of the Ozarks is proud to bring you the most talented musicians traveling through the lake area to enjoy along with your delicious Cajun food and refreshing drinks. Three times a week, our lakeside stage hosts incredible talent. Here's who we have lined up for you this month. 

Friday, July 14
Steven Woolley

Saturday, July 15
Steven D. Hunt

Tuesday, July 18
Noe Palma

Friday, July 21

Saturday, July 22
Dave Bennett

Tuesday, July 25
Blake Gardner

Friday, July 28 

Saturday, July 29
Blake Gardner

AquaPalooza 2017 at Dog Days
Our sister restaurant, Dog Days Bar & Grill, is also well-known for the amazing talent that they host on both their indoor and outdoor stages. This weekend on Saturday, July 15, they are bringing back one of the most anticipated annual events at the Lake of the Ozarks, AquaPalooza 2017! It has come to be known as the single largest 1-day boating event at the Lake of the Ozarks, featuring 4 different bands on a stage that's set up so that you can watch it from the water.

Hundreds of boats will fill the cove and thousands of people will be partying in the water, on the decks, and even in Dog Days' brand new swimming pool, complete with a swim-up bar! The concert starts at noon, and this year's musical lineup includes:

Scott Duncan
The Mixtapes
Chris Weaver Band
The Elton John Experience

An Awesome July!
If you're already a music fan, we know you're excited about the incredible entertainment coming your way this July, and if you're not already a fan, this month is going to turn you into one! You have lots of chances to enjoy an evening full of amazing music along with the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks, plus an entire day full awesome music and delicious food and drinks at Dog Days too. 

After the big concert at the Dog, swing by Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina and tell us all about it. Even though we wish we could join you for AquaPalooza 2017, we're happy to hang out here and get the place ready for a night full of even more fun on our own deck. Mark those calendars and get ready for lots of good times this month at the lake! 

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Stay With Us When You Visit The Lake In Our Incredible Rental Houses

Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina has the best food and drinks, incredible customer service, awesome gas dock, amazing lake view, and the best vacation rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks. Since our two rental houses are located right next door to the restaurant and marina, everything is located conveniently within walking distance of each other. 

"Wow!! I absolutely LOVED our experience. Ashley was so nice and easy to work with. The house was better than it appears in the photos & can't wait till my next girls trip to book this house again. Great location with the bar located 100 yards from our back door. The house was extremely clean & was stocked with towels, coffee filters, paper towels, which makes the whole trip easier. Highly recommend this location!"
~Johnna D, rental site review

Both of our Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental houses include all the comforts of home, including a beautifully appointed kitchen, a washer and dryer, and all the necessary appliances needed for everyday living. Gorgeous decks for entertaining and enjoying that fantastic lake view are also present. The houses are centrally located so that all of the best spots in the lake area are only a short car trip or boat ride away. 

Why spend your nights cramped up in a small hotel room when you can stay in one of our comfortable and spacious rental houses? You can spread out and enjoy all of that extra space yourself, or there is plenty of room to bring a few friends or family members with you. If you invite someone to join you for a vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks, more than likely you'll get a great big, enthusiastic "Yes!"

The Glass House
This vacation rental features 1,500 square feet of living space, lakefront access, and breathtaking panoramic lake views. It sleeps up to 8 guests comfortably with 2 queen size beds, 1 full bed, and a sleeper sofa in the living room. There are 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a 44-foot deck. 

"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, rental site review

You can check availability for the rental houses by following their links from the Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina website. As of right now, the Glass House is available July 14-20, which also happens to be AquaPalooza 2017 at Dog Days Bar & Grill! It's the single largest 1-day boating event at the Lake of the Ozarks. You'd better hurry if you want to book it, because it may not be available for long. It is also available for booking a few weekdays in July, and anytime in August after the 6th.  

The Red House
This house offers more space at 3,400 square feet. It has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, lakefront access, a full kitchen, 2 incredible decks, and the same breathtaking panoramic lake view. 

The Red House has been extremely popular with big groups visiting the lake area. All of the weekends for July and August are already booked, but we do have some weekdays available. September, after Labor Day, is wide open, and that's a perfect time to enjoy the Lake of the Ozarks. The weather is still great, the seasonal attractions are still open, and the crowds are a bit smaller.

"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, rental site review

We would love for you to stay with us when you visit the lake area. As we mentioned earlier, you can see the availability of our Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental houses on our website, and even book directly from each house's page. If you have additional questions, you can give Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina a call at 573-348-4244. We hope to be seeing you very soon!      

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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Best Place To Be This 4th Of July - Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina

With the 4th of July falling on a Tuesday this year, we expect to see people celebrating it both the weekend before, the weekend after, and of course, during the weekdays in between, especially Tuesday! Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina is ready to show you the best 4th of July ever. Take a look at what our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant has in store for you. 

The BEST Live Music
Awesome entertainment is an important part of a great night out, and we've got the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks. You can enjoy the following incredible musicians on our lakeside stage over the holiday. 

Friday, June 30
Steven Woolley

Saturday, July 1
Matt Wynn

Tuesday, July 4
Travis Marvin

Friday, July 7
Dustin Clark

Saturday, July 8
Travis Marvin

The BEST Cajun Food
The most popular reason that everyone flocks to Shorty Pants in the summer is because we offer the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our menu comes straight out of New Orleans, featuring rubs and spices direct from Louisiana. The world famous Crab Cakes are simply irresistible, as is our Gumbo, Crawfish Etoufee, Po Boys, and more! You can enjoy your meal on our lakeside deck or cool off in the air-conditioned, smoke-free indoor dining room. 

No worries if Cajun isn't your favorite flavor, because our diverse menu features dishes to fit every taste. Our Black Angus Burgers simply can't be beat, plus we have the best Smoked Wings in town, Filet Mignon, Fried Shrimp Dinner, and Jack Daniels Glazed Chicken. We didn't forget about the kiddos either, with a kid's menu to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.  

The BEST Cocktails
The drinks created in our fully stocked bars, both indoors and out, are legendary! We've got New Orleans classics like Hurricanes and the Cajun Bloody Mary, plus lake area favorites like Margaritas, muddled Mojitos, Rum Runners, and Pina Coladas. You'll also find the coldest beer at the lake and an impressive wine selection. The perfect drinks to sip as you enjoy the amazing live music and unbelievable lake view. 

Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, Lake of the Ozarks

The BEST Marina & Gas Dock
Located just down the boat dock from our Cajun waterfront restaurant is the best gas dock and marina at the Lake of the Ozarks. It features a fully stocked C-store filled with all the things you need for a day out on the lake: ice, drinks, snacks, sunglasses, Shorty Pants gear, boat oil, suntan lotion... and more! We also boast the cleanest restrooms at the Lake. 

The gas dock can fuel up your watercraft with either 87 Octane, 93 Octane, or Diesel fuel. If you are in need of a place to park your boat while you're in town, the marina has 35 covered slips that can be rented, available from sizes 14x36 up to 20x56. We have PWC slip rentals too. Using the Shorty Pants Marina also gives you access to some incredible amenities: showers, washer/dryer, free WiFi, free electric, free ice, gas discounts, and gated parking. 

The BEST Vacation Rentals
Shorty Pants offers 2 of the best vacation rental houses at the Lake of the Ozarks. The Red House and the Glass House or located right next to the restaurant and marina, and they comfortably fit large groups as well as small ones. They are booking up quickly for the summer, but we do have some availability left. If you need a place to stay while you are vacationing at the Lake of the Ozarks, let us host you in our homes away from home!

The BEST 4th of July Ever! 
We're gearing up to host the best 4th of July ever, followed by the best summer full of fun, incredible food, delicious drinks, and the best customers at the Lake. If you'd like to join the fun at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant, we open at 11 am, 7 days a week, and keep the party going well into the evening. Gather up your family and friends and join us at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina for an amazing holiday! 

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Shorty Pants Lounge Salads - Way More Than Just A Side Dish!

Salads are an excellent choice for a healthy meal that can fill you up and give you the energy you need. The main ingredient, the "greens," have calcium, iron, potassium, and B vitamins all on their own. When paired with the savory ingredients that make up the salads on our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant menu, you get even more health benefits than that, making it a wise, and delicious, meal choice. 
A few more wonderful things that your body gets from the many colorful and tasty ingredients in a Shorty Pants Lounge salad are fiber, antioxidants, and a healthy dose of protein. If you're watching your calories, tell your server to bring the dressing on the side so you can add it yourself. Some people might worry that they'll still be hungry if they only have a salad, but with the following options from our menu, that hunger will be more than satisfied.   


Side Salad
For anyone wanting something else on our amazing Cajun menu, but still craving some salad to go along with it. Fresh greens garnished with heirloom tomatoes, zucchini squash, and shredded provel cheese, topped with croutons. 

Caesar Salad
Crisp Romaine lettuce, tossed with our own Caesar dressing, croutons, and Parmesan cheese. For some added flavor, add grilled chicken or blackened shrimp! 

Mini Caesar
A smaller version of the original, available with or without the meat. 

Ahi Tuna Salad

We take a 6-oz. Sashimi grade, sesame encrusted tuna filet, cooked to your liking, and serve it over a fresh spinach and spring mix with feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, and our house remoulade dressing. For a change, try it blackened! 

Fresh Spinach Delight
Fresh spinach topped with apple slices, fresh grapes, cherry tomatoes, and grilled chicken, served with our house raspberry balsamic dressing. 

Cobb Salad
The King of Salads! A platter of fresh spinach and spring mix, topped with smoked ham & turkey, crumbled bacon, hard-boiled egg, avocado, tomatoes, red onion, and cheddar & provel cheese. If the salad king is too much for you, try the "princely-sized" half portion. 

Blackened Salad
Blackened strips of beef tenderloin or chicken with bacon, tomatoes, and bleu cheese crumbles over a bed of fresh greens, served with our Cajun bleu cheese dressing. 

Asian Shrimp Salad
Fresh greens and crispy cabbage with blackened shrimp, served with a medley of tomatoes, carrots, red peppers, baby corn, slivered almonds, Craisins, and rice noodles, served with a toasted sesame ginger dressing. You can substitute the shrimp with blackened tuna, and both versions are available in a half-portion.  

Most of our salads are served with a suggested dressing, but you are free to choose from the following dressing choices: 
  • House Remoulade
  • House Raspberry Balsamic
  • Ranch
  • French
  • Fat-Free Ranch
  • Honey Mustard
  • Toasted Sesame Ginger
  • Cajun Bleu Cheese

The savory salads at Shorty Pants Lounge are the perfect meal to fill you up, but if you're not in a salad mood, we've got a menu filled with the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks here for you too. There's enough variety on our menu to please everyone in your group, so the next time you're headed out for lunch or dinner, bring the gang here to dine with us. 

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

5 Reasons To Bring Dad To Shorty Pants For Father's Day

Father's Day falls on Sunday, June 18 this weekend. Many of you probably haven't decided on what to do for Dad yet, but don't worry, Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina has the perfect plan! Bring him to the best waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks for a day he'll remember fondly for years to come. Here are five reasons we know your dad will think this is a spectacular idea. 

#1 - Dads LOVE Cajun Food!
How could they not? With the magnificent blends of authentic rubs and spices direct from Louisiana that we use to create our dishes, you'll find the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks on our plates! Crab Cake Pasta, Jambalaya, Crawfish-N-Shrimp Etouffee, and our amazing Shrimp-N-Grits are all popular choices.  

If you father, or someone else in the group, happens to be one of those rare people that doesn't love a bit of Creole flavor, we've got a menu full of delicious dishes for them too. Our Jack Daniels Glazed Chicken, Filet Mignon, Catfish Dinner, Asian Shrimp Salad, and the wide variety of Prime Rib Burgers will tickle their taste buds. If there are young children in your group, they'll find lots of tasty choices on our kids' menu to make them happy too.   

#2 - Food tastes better eaten lakeside.
You can eat indoors any old time, and in the warmer months, you can enjoy lunch or dinner outside just about anyplace too, but dining by the water with the gorgeous Lake of the Ozarks as your view makes the experience extra special! We've got plenty of seating on our lakeside deck for groups of all sizes, as well as an outdoor tiki bar. If it's a little too hot outside for you, we've also got lots of space to sit indoors with another bar and that gorgeous lake view right outside the window. 

#3 - We're conveniently located by land or by water.
It's easy to reach us by land in Osage Beach at 1680 Autumn Lane. From Hwy 54, turn onto KK, go right on 3 Seasons Road, follow the signs, and you're here! 

For those spending the afternoon on the lake for Father's Day, you can find us at the 21 MM. Shorty Pants Marina is located at the end of our docks, where you can fuel up, sit and relax for a spell, and stock up on everything you need for a day on the water. When you're done dining at the restaurant, you'll be ready for more time playing on the lake. You can even pick up some incredible Shorty Pants gear (t-shirts, hats, drink koozies...) before you leave as a souvenir of this great Father's Day.   

#4 - We've got the games.
If Dad's a sports fan and is worried about missing the games, let him know we'll have them playing right here for him! The Cardinals and Royals both have games that afternoon, and the US Open will be in full swing. You'll find plenty of TVs inside, as well as cozy seating around the outdoor TV over the fireplace, plus more screens to keep an eye on in the tiki bar. Let us know dad will be watching the game while you're here and we'll find you the perfect spot to hang out and cheer along with us. 

#5 - You'll make memories to last a lifetime!
When you bring the family to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, you know you're in for a day full of fun, laughter, amazing food, and memories in the making! All of those day-to-day distractions that you face on a daily basis at home can be put aside for a bit. While you're here, you are free to spend some good, quality, family-time together with dear old Dad. So what do you think? We'd love to spend this Father's Day with you!  

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

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Origin Of A Classic Cocktail - The Bloody Mary

Well, as with most origin stories for famous food & drink recipes, the actual inventor of the Bloody Mary is up for debate. We can tell you, though, that our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar has perfected the recipe for this classic cocktail, adding in a bit of our very own Cajun flair! The Cajun Bloody Mary at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina is one of our most popular beverages, so today we thought we would relay a little bit of this delicious drink's history. 

The Name
A variety of different women named Mary have been associated with this popular cocktail over the years. Some believe that it was inspired by the Hollywood starlet Mary Pickford. Others say that it was actually named after a waitress named Mary that served them at a Chicago bar called the Bucket of Blood. (That name doesn't particularly make us thirsty!)

The name that is most often associated with the Bloody Mary cocktail is Queen Mary I of England. She ruthlessly ruled over her people n the mid 1550's. Bloody Mary was the nickname she was known by, and pertaining to the drink, the tomato juice represents the blood spilled during her reign, and the vodka, or "firewater," is symbolic of the queen's brutal nature and means of executing people. 

As we discuss the most likely inventor of this cocktail below, you'll discover that "Bloody Mary" isn't the only name it is known by.    

The Creator 
According to Wikipedia, a few different bartenders claim the Bloody Mary is their creation, but during our research, the following story seemed to be the most popular. 

The earliest claim to creating the Bloody Mary came from Fernand "Pete" Petiot in 1921. He was working at the New York Bar located in Paris when he decided to combine tomato juice and vodka. He also lays claim to a couple of other popular drinks, the White Lady and the Side Car. 

Petiot found the original drink to be a bit bland for his tastes, so he began experimenting, adding various seasonings, juices, and sauces until he came up with something more like what we are used to today. 

He brought it to America after Prohibition to the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel in New York. It quickly became a favorite, and was soon dubbed as a delicious cure for hangovers. The name was changed to "Red Snapper" as to not offend the more delicate American sensibilities. To this day, you can still order a Red Snapper at the St. Regis Hotel, but everywhere else, it's still most commonly known as a Bloody Mary.   

Shorty Pants Cajun Bloody Mary
As with most of the delicious items on our Lake of the Ozarks Cajun restaurant's menu, we've added a touch of Creole flavor to our famous Cajun Bloody Marys. Our secret mix of seasonings, spices, and garnishes make our version of this classic cocktail the perfect drink to sip on before you head out for an afternoon on the water. It's also great for savoring as you watch the sun go down over the gorgeous lake view from our waterfront deck. 

Come on in to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina and give our Cajun Bloody Mary a try. Our bar also features many other amazing mixed drinks for you to enjoy, a wonderful wine selection, and the coldest beer at the lake. Cheers! 

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