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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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Intriguing History of New Beer's Eve

The obscure holiday of "New Beer's Eve" may be a new one to you, but when our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar heard about it, we simply had to know more. This sounds like the perfect excuse to sit on our deck overlooking the lake and enjoy a nice, cold, refreshing brew at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina

Ending Prohibition
New Beer's Eve is categorized as an unofficial holiday which is celebrated every April 6. It marks the beginning of the end of prohibition in the United States. The 18th Amendment in 1920 banned the sale of both beer and alcohol for over a decade. This didn't really work out too well for the government, because the ban was widely ignored by most. They still found ways to get it, yet tons of money was lost in potential tax dollars. 

On March 23, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act into law, which made it legal to sell beer and alcohol in the U.S.A with a low alcohol content. After signing the document, President Roosevelt made his famous remark, "I think this would be a good time for a beer.

The Wait Is Over
He, along with everyone else, had to wait a little while longer, because the law did not officially go into effect until April 7, 1933. People everywhere lined up outside of taverns, distilleries, and breweries on April 6, eagerly awaiting the chance to legally purchase beer at midnight. Someone cleverly referred to the gathering as "New Beer's Eve," and a new unofficial holiday was born! Actually, we've squeezed two holidays out of it, because April 7 is celebrated as "National Beer Day" too!   

Missouri's Famous Clydesdales Appear
A crowd of what is said to be around 25,000 gathered outside of St. Louis's own Anheuser-Busch Brewery for the first New Beer's Eve. At 12:01 am on April 7, sirens and steam whistles sounded while dozens of Anheuser-Busch trucks departed the brewery, all carrying their first beer shipments in 13 years. 

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This same day, the Budweiser Clydesdales made their first appearance. August A Busch, Jr. presented the hitch to his father, August, Sr. as a gift in honor of the important day. After carrying cases of beer in a special journey down St. Louis's Pestalozzi Street for the locals, Busch, Sr. sent the entire horse-drawn beer wagon, along with the horses, by train on a journey that eventually made its way to the White House with a delivery of beer especially for President Roosevelt. 

Beer at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina
In this day and age, we have the freedom to enjoy a beer anytime we like. Our Lake of the Ozarks restaurant keeps a fully stocked bar to make sure you can always get your favorite drink, including the coldest, most refreshing beer at the lake. You can belly up to the bar and order one at the restaurant, or head down to Shorty Pants Marina and grab a few to take out on the boat with you. 

Some of the beer choices may change during the season, but most of the time you will find: 

Bud Light
Miller Lite
Bud Select
Coors Light
Busch Light
Bud Select 55

Blue Moon
Stella Artois
Michelob Ultra
Abita Turbodog
Bud Light Lime
Angry Orchard Cider
Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat

Featured IPAs: 
Goose Island IPA
Sam Adams Rebel IPA

Featured Pale Ale:
SBC Paul's Pale Ale (Local Beer)

So join us at the best waterfront bar at the Lake of the Ozarks for New Beer's Eve, National Beer Day, or just any old day that you feel like enjoying a refreshing beer or other cocktail. While you're here, you might as well order some of our incredible Cajun dishes to help you work up an even bigger thirst! Cheers to all of you from all of us right here at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina

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