Thursday, October 19, 2017

Join Us To Honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Wed, Oct. 25, 2017

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this year our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant has decided to do something special to raise both funds and awareness for it. Please join us on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 , and the tips you leave our participating Shorty Pants Lounge servers that day will be donated to the cause! 

Tip-Outs For Cancer 
The generous and caring staff at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina have decided to set aside a day's worth of their tips to raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer. On October 25 from 11 am - 9 pm, the tips from select server tip jars will be donated to the Lake Regional Cancer Center on behalf of the participating employees of the Barrett Restaurant Group. That means that the money you "tip-out" will go toward helping women right here in our community. 

You're welcome to come in for lunch or dinner that day, or you can simply stop by for a quick drink or snack. As a matter of fact, even if you don't have time to stay and just want to leave a tip to help out, that's awesome too! Every little bit helps. (We do hope you can stick around and hang out with us while you're here though!) We've even got some cool Shorty Pants gear you can pick up if you need some pink to wear.   

A Few Facts About Breast Cancer
We found the following facts about breast cancer at to give you a better idea about how this cancer affects people here in the United States. Don't forget that this is a worldwide problem, so the numbers are even larger, but there is hope on the horizon. 

  • 1 in 8 women in the United states will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death among women. 
  • Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die. 
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with it and approximately 460 will die each year. 
  • On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of it every 13 minutes. 
  • Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today! 
That last fact is a wonderful positive fact to focus on, and the money donated will help to make the number of survivors grow even larger. Due to better screening processes and early detection, increased awareness, and the continually improving treatment options, death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990. If you are interested in learning more, visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation online and get a free breast health guide.  

Mark Your Calendars
Be sure to plan ahead and join us on Wednesday, October 25 while the staff at our Lake of the Ozarks Cajun restaurant raise a little money that can do a lot of good in our community! It will be an extra-special day for us here at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, and we look forward to seeing you there. 

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

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fall Harbor Hop is Saturday, October 14! Who's Joining Us?

Autumn isn't too late to get out on that gorgeous lake! (Especially with the incredible weather we've mostly been blessed with this season.) It's time to get on the water and join us for one of the best annual events at the Lake of the Ozarks - The 32nd Annual Fall Harbor Hop on Saturday, October 14. What a great excuse to get out and enjoy this awesome scenic area that Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina are lucky enough to be located in. Here's some info so you can join us for all the excitement. 

Harbor Hop at Shorty Pants
You can swing by the best waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks from 11 am - 7 pm to pick up a card for your poker hand, and hopefully you'll stick around with us after the hop is over too. If it's a chilly evening, we've got that cozy outdoor fireplace to gather around, plus the roomy indoor dining area and bar. If you happen to stop by between 3-7 pm, you can even enjoy the talented Steven Moore on stage.   

Don't forget that you can also get everything you need in our cove for a day full of boating at the best marina at the Lake of the Ozarks - Shorty Pants Marina! You can gas up your boat plus grab a few essentials for the crowd on board while you're at it; ice, drinks, snacks, sunglasses, cigarettes, koozies, sweet Shorty Pants gear, and lots more!    

How To Play
Participating in the Fall Harbor Hop is easy. Get started at any of the over 40 waterfront bars & restaurants listed below (subject to change, so check the Harbor Hop website prior to the event.) For an optional $20 donation at your first stop, you can get registered and accept the 1st of 7 cards for your poker hand. You're welcome to enter more than once. 

After that, simply "hop" to 6 more participating stops, picking up an additional card at each one. Once you draw that final card, you'll turn in your hand, unless you choose to draw a bonus 8th card for an additional $5 to improve your odds. The entry fees for the hop are what determine the amount of prizes available. As long as you turn in your hand before 7 pm on October 14, your share of the winnings could be:

1st Place: 10%
2nd Place: 9%
3rd Place: 8%
4th Place: 7%
5th-10th Places: 5% each
4 Worst Hands: 4% each
Random Drawing for 10 Hands: 2% each

The Bonus: Section winners will be recognized from players that draw all 7 of their cards within a single section of checkpoints.

Checkpoints Gravois Arm - Section I
  • Cabana Jones (Formerly Bump's) - 3.5 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Jolly Rogers Grub & Grog - 4.5 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Beauty View Resort/Gas Hole - 5.5 MM Soap Creek - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Coconuts Caribbean Beach Bar & Grill - 7 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Hillbilly Yacht Club Bar & Grill - 7 MM Gravois Arm - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Frog's Bar & Grill - 8 MM Gravois Arm - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Tap and Grill Lakeside Brew Haus - 6.5 MM Main Channel - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Checkpoints Dam, Main Channel, 13 MM - Section II 
  • Beavers at the Dam - 0 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Ozark Yacht Club/Lakeside Cafe - 1MM (Jennings Branch Cove) - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Boathouse Lakeside Bar & Grill - 3 MM (Jobson Hollow Cove) - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Big Thunder Marina at Glencove - 3 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Shady Gators #1 - 7 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Shady Gators #2 - 7 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Camden on the Lake/H.Toads #1 - 7 MM - 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Camden on the Lake/H.Toads #2 - 7 MM - 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Bobbers Restaurant at Alhonna Resort - 8 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Big Thunder Marina - 8 MM (Buck Creek Cove) - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Franky & Louie's #1 - 10 MM (Lynch Cove) - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Franky & Louie's #2 - 10 MM (Lynch Cove) - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Bikini Pier - 11.5 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Lake House 13 at Pointe Oasis - 13 MM (Chimney Cove) - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Checkpoints 13.5 MM - 26 MM, Main Channel - Section III

Checkpoints 28.5 MM - 38 MM, Main Channel & Big Niangua Arm - Section IV
  • Larry's on the Lake #1 - 31 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Larry's on the Lake #2 - 31 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Pier 31 Marina - 31 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • The Fish & Company - 31 MM (Linn Creek Cove) - 11:00 to 7:00 pm
  • Bulldog's Beach House - 33 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Chesnie's Cafe - 33 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Captain Ron's Bar & Grill #1 - 34.5 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Captain Ron's Bar & Grill #2 - 34.5 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Nautifish Rum Bar - 3.5 MM Big Niangua - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Pirates Point Gas Dock & Boat Rentals - 35 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Bear Bottom Resort - 38 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

We'll See You Saturday! 
This is always an exciting event, so we know you don't want to miss it. Pick up your essentials for the day at Shorty Pants Marina before you head on up to the restaurant for your possibly-winning card. While you're here, you might as well enjoy some of the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks too. We'll have it hot and ready for you! 

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

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Visit Shorty Pants Marina For All Your Boating Needs!

The best gas dock & marina at the Lake of the Ozarks has everything you need to enjoy a leisurely fall cruise around the water, including a place to park your boat while you're in town. When was the last time you visited Shorty Pants Marina? You may be surprised at all of the wonderful things that you'll find there!

Located just down the dock from Shorty Pants Lounge, Shorty Pants Marina & C-store can be found at the 21 MM in Salt Hollow Cove. We expect some wonderful boating weather to last at least a few more weeks (don't miss the Fall Harbor Hop on Saturday, October 14!,) and if you're lucky enough to take advantage of it, let us stock you up for the trip. 

Gas Dock
You'll want to have your boat or PWC fully gassed up before heading out, and we can definitely take care of that for you. Our full-service gas dock offers 87 Octane, 93 Octane, and Diesel fuel. We can even set you up with motor oil and other similar items that your watercraft may need, and you can always expect service with a smile!  

In addition to necessities for your boat, we also carry the things you need to have fun while you're out there, including: 

  • Soft Drinks
  • Package Alcohol
  • Bottle Openers
  • Koozies
  • Ice
  • Snacks
  • Sunglasses
  • Cigarettes
  • Dramamine
  • Watersports Flags
  • ...and so much more! 
You'll also find all kinds of cool Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina gear to wear, like t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and more, both in adult and children's sizes. If you need a short break from the water, relax out front at the picnic table or in one of our rockers. We've even got some freebies to give out, like treats for the dogs, popsicles for the kids, and hot coffee to ward off that inevitable autumn chill.  

Boat Slip Rentals 
There are 35 covered slips for rent at Shorty Pants Marina which vary in size from 14' X 36' up to 20' X 56'. We've got some PWC slips available too. If you're interested, call 573-302-1004 to see what we have open right now. 

When you rent a slip from us, you will also have access to: 

  • Showers
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Free WiFi
  • Free Electric
  • Free Ice
  • Gas Discounts
  • Gated Parking
  • The Cleanest Restrooms on the Lake! 

If you need a place to park yourself, in addition to your boat, we can help you out there too! You'll find 2 of the best vacation rental houses at the Lake of the Ozarks in the same cove with the ability to accommodate up to 16 guests. We've got some great fall weekends open for you and your family or friends to stay with us, and they're available all winter long too!  

The Restaurant
Just up the dock from our awesome marina is the best Cajun restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. While you're in the cove, you might as well come in for some creative Creole cuisine or a refreshing drink. The outside deck with that gorgeous lake view is open for seating, and we've got plenty of seating indoors if it gets too chilly. You can even take advantage of our cozy outdoor fireplace area. 

We've got the means to keep you warm on the outside while our delicious food warms you up from the inside! (And if you're still cold, we've got some great-looking sweatshirts for sale!) The season's not over yet, so make sure you take the time to enjoy Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina at least one more time before winter creeps up on us. We're not going anywhere, anytime soon! 

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

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Incredible Cajun Cuisine Featured In Our Bourbon Street Eats

We offer a variety of tastes at Shorty Pants Lounge, but the highlight of our extensive menu is the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks. With delicious dishes inspired by classic Louisiana recipes, you'll think you've bypassed mid-Missouri altogether and ended up in New Orleans!   

Cajun Inspired Cooking
The French-speaking Acadian people that made their homes in New Orleans years ago came up with some amazing dishes that have stood the test of time and are now considered classics. They took ingredients that were easy to find in the area and created unbelievable flavors that make a mouth water. 

Some of the staple items used in Cajun cooking include: rice, sausages, seafood, and vegetables. All of those are present in the dishes you may order at our waterfront Lake of the Ozarks restaurant, paired with rubs and spices direct from Louisiana, just like you'd find in the French Quarter. You will find selections with a Creole influence throughout our menu, but our Bourbon Street Eats section is completely filled with it.  

Each one of these magnificent Cajun dishes is served with a garden salad or mini Caesar salad and your choice of French bread or cornbread. 

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

A mildly spiced Alfredo tossed with fresh fettuccine noodles. You may order it with chicken, shrimp, or a combination of both. 

Two delicious handmade shrimp and lump Blue crab cakes are placed on a bed of fresh fettuccine with our delicious seafood cream sauce. 

A spicy Marinara blackened chicken breast is placed over a bed of sauteed onions, peppers, and rice. 

A Louisiana rice-based dish, steeped in rich and subtle spices along with Andouille sausage, smoked chicken, and shrimp. For a little extra, try it dirty! 

A fried or blackened catfish filet served on a bed of rice, smothered in our Crawfish Etouffee. 

A Blackened chicken breast sauteed with a trio of bell peppers, paired with a kickin' Cajun cream sauce and served over rice. 

This classic dish is seasoned to perfection and served with a link of Andouille sausage.

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

You will love this sweet and spicy blush cream sauce with Andouille sausage, shrimp, and tender chicken, served over fettuccine. 

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

Comfortable Dining, Inside & Out
The lakefront deck is still open this time of year so that you can enjoy your Cajun creations outside on the nicest of fall days. When the weather gets a little chilly, we've got an outdoor area complete with a cozy fireplace to fight that chill. There's even a TV next to the fireplace in case there's a good game on you don't want to miss. 

On those days when it's just too cold or rainy to truly enjoy your meal outdoors, our indoor dining room has a fully stocked bar and plenty of seating to accommodate groups of every size. While you're in there, pick up an awesome Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina sweatshirt for the walk back to your car or boat! 

Our season's not over yet, so make sure to head on over to the best waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks and order up some of our tasty Cajun food while you still can. You're definitely going to want to get your fill over the next couple of months so that you can make it through the winter until next season! 

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Our Vacation Rental Houses Get You Close To Lots Of Lake Area Fall Fun!

There are still tons of fun things going on in the lake area after Labor Day, and you can be close to all of them when you stay in the best vacation rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks. The scenery surrounding the lake is absolutely breathtaking in the fall, and the awesome events happening will make you want to be here. Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina gathered some information on many of the reasons why you'll want to reserve your stay in our rental houses this season before someone else does.  

Fun Lake Area Events
Shorty Pants Lounge and Marina, as well as many other waterfront attractions, are still open this time of year, and everything seems to be a little less crowded than mid-summer. Visiting the area during the following annual events just adds to the fun. 

Lake of the Ozarks Air Show - Sept 23
Camdenton Memorial Lake Regional Airport
A day filled with exciting acts both on the ground and in the air. At one point, hundreds of ping pong balls will be released from an airplane and children are invited to race onto the field and grab them for prizes! An entertaining day for the whole family. A rain date is set for Sept. 24.  

Fall Big Bass Bash - Oct. 7-8
Lake Wide
An annual fishing tournament for amateur anglers with huge prize money up for grabs - over $220,000! It's a great chance to pick up some awesome prize money for enjoying a relaxing lake activity. You can stock up on your daily boating necessities at Shorty Pants Marina each day before you head out to compete.  

18th Annual Bogeys & Beer Golf Tournament - Oct. 11
The Oaks at Tan-Tar-A Resort
We are proud every year to be a part of this benefit golf tournament, and we hope that you decide to form a team and join us! All proceeds benefit many wonderful local organizations. There will be a shotgun start, cash prizes and 18-hole proxies, silent and live actions, box lunch provided by Mexicali Blues, and dinner and awards at our sister waterfront restaurant, Dog Days Bar & Grill. You can download a sign-up sheet on our website. 

32nd Annual Fall Harbor Hop - Oct. 14
Lake Wide

Another fall event we look forward to every year! Shorty Pants Marina will be one of the many stops that you can cruise to by boat and pick up a card for your poker hand. A $20 donation allows you to collect your 7 cards from any of the stops on the list, and lots of great prizes will be given out once it's all over. 

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Fall Festivals & Pumpkin Patches
Pumpkins, hay bales, and apple cider... oh my! There are some great pumpkin patches to visit while you're in the lake area, as well as many incredible fall festivals that are well worth checking out. 

Pumkin Chunkin' Palooza - Sept. 30
Ozarks Amphitheater
A family friendly Fall festival event from 10 am - 6 pm to celebrate the season. Admission fees will be charged, with proceeds benefiting lake area organizations. The main attraction is the giant trebuchet that will launch pumpkins high into the air. There will also be face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, bounce houses, a corn crib pit, on-site pumpkin decorating, and more. Live music will be performed by the I-Berrys and the Norman Jackson Band. 

Thunder Mountain Fall Festival - Daily in October
Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park, Camdenton
This already beautiful scenic attraction will be all dressed up for fall every day in October. In addition to the nature trails and cave tour, this month they have added: Face Painting, Duck Races, Jumbo Tic-Tac-Toe, Corn Crib, Hay Bale Maze, Hay Bale Mountain, Fire Pits, and hundreds of pumpkins and fall decorations. On the weekends there will also be live entertainment and demonstrations like sarsaparilla making and pumpkin painting.  

More Festivals: 
  • 32nd Annual Turkey Festival - Sept. 30
    Downtown Eldon
  • 38th Annual Olde Tyme Apple Festival - Oct. 7
    Downtown Versailles
  • 17th Annual Osage Beach Fall Festival - Oct. 14
    Osage Beach City Park
  • Apple Butter Days & Fall Festival - Oct 20-21
    Camden County Museum, Linn Creek

The Cave Pumpkin Patch
123 Swinging Bridge Road
Brumley, MO 65017 
This family owned and operated pumpkin patch is open Saturdays and Sundays in October from 10 am - 5 pm. The $6 admission fee for anyone over age 2 gives you access to tons of fun: Cave Tour, Corn Crib, Mini Golf, Duck Race, Water Balloon Sling Shot, Sand Box, Barrel Train, Bounce House, Hay Ride, Hay Bale Maze, and lots more. You'll also be able to purchase a pumpkin to take home, and even paint it while you're there if you like.   

MECCA Family Farm
425 Delmar 
Roach, MO 65787
Open Saturdays and Sundays in October from 10 am - 5 pm, the MECCA Family Farm has a Corn Crib, a 150-ft Big Slide, Face Painting, Petting Zoo, Hay Rides, a 3-Acres Maize Walk, and lots of gorgeous scenic photo opportunities. You get access to all of that for the $5 admission price. You will also be able to pick and purchase your own pumpkin from the patch, and there are favorite fall flavors to buy like caramel apples, kettle corn, and more.  

Stay In Our Vacation Rental Houses
Don't cram yourself into a small hotel room. Shorty Pants Lounge has two of the best vacation rental houses at the Lake of the Ozarks available to you year-round. They're each just a short walk from both the restaurant and marina, have an amazing lake view, and offer all the comforts of home for groups both large and small. There will still be many lovely days and nights to sit out on the porches, and when the seasonal chill gets to be a little too much, you can still enjoy the awesome view from indoors! (Or over here at the restaurant with us! We're seriously within walking distance.)   

The Glass House offers 1500 square feet of living space and can easily house up to 8 guests, the Red House boasts 3,400 square feet of living space and can sleep up to 16. Plenty of room to bring the whole family or a large group of friends for a relaxing fall stay at the lake. You can check the availability of the dates that you'd like to stay at

Once all of those awesome events are over and done with, there will be the Lake Stock Fall Crawl to look forward to, soon followed by holiday shopping trips, including Black Friday weekend! Start thinking about when you'd like to reserve the rental houses at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant and marina, then get those dates booked first before someone else beats you to it! 

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Bikefest Fun With Shorty Pants Lounge!

It's time once again for the Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest! (Literally, as this blog posts, it has begun!) The lake area is the perfect place to invite hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts because the gorgeous scenery surrounding us was made for long rides, and there are tons of great places to visit during those rides, like our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant. Plan to be seeing a lot of riders on the road over the next few days, and plan to join quite a few of them right here at Shorty Pants Lounge

Bikefest 2017
This year's 11th annual event will be taking place Wednesday-Sunday, September 13-17. Not only will those scenic rides that we mentioned earlier be waiting for everyone, but also all kinds of fun all over the lake area. Expect to experience: concerts, extreme motocross, contests, giveaways, bike builders, vendor villages, and so much more! 

Lake of the Ozarks Harley-Davidson will be an important meeting spot for riders all week long. Not only do they have those unbelievable bikes to check out, but they'll also feature a live concert stage, food tent, and 3 bars hosted by our sister restaurant, Dog Days Bar & Grill. This year's musical lineup includes: 

  • Thursday, 9/14: Mercer & Johnson, 3-7 pm
  • Friday, 9/15: Mercer & Johnson, 11 am - 3 pm
  • Saturday, 9/16: Boomchux, 11 am - 3 pm & Phat Mike, 3-7 pm
  • Sunday, 9/17: Baub Eis Band, 11:30 am - 3:30 pm

Passport Ride
Not only will you want to stop by the Harley-Davidson store during the week for all the fun we just listed, but that's where you'll turn in completed passports for your chance to win a brand new 2015 Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide Motorcycle. The Passport Ride is made up of 24 stops at different locations around the lake area. Complete your passport by getting a stamp at each one. 

You can purchase your passport for a $20 donation at any of the participating stops, including Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina. We'll even let you purchase more than one passport if you like! As long as you get your completed passports turned in to the "Official Passport Booth" at Lake of the Ozarks Harley-Davidson before 3 pm on Sunday, September 17, that awesome bike could be yours! For a complete list of passport stops, hours for the passport booth, and tons of other Bikefest details, visit

Plan a Shorty Pants Pit Stop!
Our Lake of the Ozarks Cajun restaurant is a great place to stop for lunch, dinner, or even a leisurely waterfront break before getting back on your motorcycle. There's an amazing lake view to enjoy while you re-fuel your body with one of our many delicious menu items, and on Saturday night we'll have the always-incredible Noe Palma on stage for your listening pleasure. 

If you need a break from the sun, we've got lots of room in our indoor, smoke-free dining area, and if the weather gets a bit chilly in the evening, you can also sit outside next to the fireplace. Shorty Pants Marina is just a short walk down the dock in case you need to stock up on anything, like snacks, drinks, ice, sunglasses, cigarettes, souvenirs, etc... We open daily at 11 am, seven days a week, so you can join us anytime during the Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest, plus later if you decide to stay a while longer! Ride safely, and have a great time here at the lake! 

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