Thursday, April 26, 2018

DO NOT Miss the 21st Annual Spring Harbor Hop May 5, 2018!

It's almost time for the 2018 Spring Harbor Hop! In addition to being one of the best annual events at the Lake of the Ozarks, it's one more great reason why you need to start making plans to spend an incredible spring day with us at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina

21st Annual Spring Harbor Hop
Saturday, May 5, 2018, brings with it the first big boating event of the season. It's a giant poker run on the lake consisting of stops at over 40 waterfront bars, restaurants, and marinas. Poker, prizes, live music, great food, incredible drinks, awesome people, and the chance to cruise the gorgeous Lake of the Ozarks... what more could you ask for!?!

Shorty Pants Marina is the perfect place to fill up your boat or PWC and maybe grab a few boating essentials before a day full of harbor hopping. Shorty Pants Lounge will be serving up all of your Cajun favorites beginning at 11 am, and we've got the always entertaining Steven Moore onstage to entertain you once you're done hopping.  

How the Hop Happens
This exciting 1-day boating event consists of traveling to at least 7 stops on the list and picking up a card for your poker hand at each one. At your first stop, you will pay an optional $20 donation per 7-card hand and receive the first card. Your completed hand will be turned in at the stop where you get the 7th card, and this must be done by 7 pm. If you aren't thrilled with the hand you've been dealt, you may draw a bonus 8th card for an additional $5. Anyone can play, and you are allowed to collect more than one hand.     

The Prizes
There are lots of different prizes available during the Spring Harbor Hop, and they are given out in the form of gift certificates to lake area establishments. Prize amounts are based on the amount of entry donations collected, and that amount is divided up among the following categories: 

1st Place: 10%
2nd Place: 9%
3rd Place: 8%
4th Place: 7% each
5th - 10th Place: 5% each
4 Worst Hands: 4% each
Random Drawing for 10 Hands: 2% each
(all ties will share the allocated percentage for the placing)
The BonusIn addition to the regular prize winners, a section winner will be recognized. To be eligible to be a section winner, a player must draw all seven (7) cards within one of the four sections listed below.
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Harbor Hop Stops

Dealers are subject to change before the event. You can check the Harbor Hop website for updates and also to download a copy of the 2018 map. (You'll find Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, as well as 2 stops at our sister restaurant, Dog Days Bar & Grill, in Section III below!) 

Checkpoints Gravois Arm - Section ICabana 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
Gas Hole at Beauty View Resort - 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
Millstone Marina - 6.5 MM Main Channel - 9:00 am to 5:00 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 - 7 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Bobbers Restaurant at Alhonna Resort - 8 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Big Thunder Marine - 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
Backwater Jack's - 17.5 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Dog Days #1 - 19 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Dog Days #2 - 19 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Kelly's Port - 19.5 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Bridgeview Marina & Shipstore - 1.5 MM Grand Glaize Arm - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Formula Boats of Missouri - 1 MM Grand Glaize Arm - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Surdyke Port 20 - 20 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Shorty Pants Marina & Lounge - 21 MM (Woodland Cove) - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Redhead Lakeside Grille - 21 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Paradise Tropical Restaurant #1 - 24 MM - 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Paradise Tropical Restaurant #2 - 24 MM - 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Papa Chubby's Food & Booze - 26 MM (Crab Tree Cove) - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Checkpoints 28.5 MM - 38 MM, Main Channel & Big Niangua Arm - Section IV
Miller's Landing - 28.5 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
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
Mariner's 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

Begin your 2018 Spring Harbor Hop adventure at Shorty Pants Marina, then head up the dock to our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar & restaurant for your first card plus a cocktail and maybe even lunch before heading out for the day. Once you're all done, we hope to see you back at Shorty Pants Lounge for an evening filled with great live music, delicious food and drinks, and the amazing company you always find waiting for you here. 

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Rave Reviews From Recent Guests at Shorty Pants Lounge

Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina serves up the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks, but we don't expect you to take our word for it. Fortunately, there are lots of places online where our diners can leave unbiased reviews about their experience here with us, and today we've got a few of them to share with you.

"Love this restaurant. I'm from Louisiana. We tried this place after hearing good things. We were not disappointed. The food was fabulous. Great portions. Server was friendly and attentive. We definitely will be back soon."
~Sabrina Smith, Google review

"I and my husband love Shorty Pants! There is not a restaurant in Missouri that compares to the selection and quality of Cajun food! Crab Cakes for a starter is a must. The Shrimp and Crawfish Etouffee was too die for. My Skinny Margarita was delicious. We have been twice now. Each time the food, atmosphere, and service are excellent. Our favorite restaurant at the Lake. The best selection of Cajun food in Missouri!"
~Kelly Lehn Petree-Hees, Facebook review

"Amazing cajun food! I was here for a weekend in the off season (fall) but stumbled upon this place and was very pleased. Our waitress was super sweet and even gave us a guidebook of local places to hike! The food itself was great! I had the shrimp po'boy with cornbread and candied bourbon carrots. Get the carrots and the cornbread! They were so good! The menu is pretty big and everything sounded very good. The portions were large so everything was a great value. If you are in the Lake of the Ozarks area I highly recommend this place!"
~Jesse G, Yelp review

"Shorty Pants is heavy on the atmosphere with open-air dining right on the lake. Beer is cold, apps are plentiful and the Cajun food is quite good. I'd highly suggest it if you want something that feels like the lake but has a different flavor."
~Zach S, TripAdvisor review

"Delicious lake view dining. Get the crab cakes and you will not regret it! I do not like seafood, and I devoured the crab cakes. Delicious!"
~Rochella B, TripAdvisor review

"We stopped here last night after hearing good things. They did not disappoint. The wait was short. The service was quick. We had delicious Cajun food. Being Cajun myself it's hard to eat Cajun food out and be pleased, but I was pleasantly surprised. If you haven't tried this place yet, you should. Can't wait to go back!"
~Sabrina Smith, Facebook review

"We loved the ambiance and food was amazing. We haven't been to the lake in a couple years. So, this was a pleasant surprise. If you like Cajun food then this is the place to try at the lake. Jessie was our waitress and she was friendly, outgoing, helpful and very attentive. We will certainly come back. Thank you!"
~Maryann V, Yelp review

"This is a cool spot on the lake, the staff was friendly and attentive. The Cajun menu was excellent, unfortunately, the weather was cold and drizzling but it seems they have plenty of outdoor seating with nice views. I am coming back in the summer."
~Goalsman, TripAdvisor review

What do you think? We hope that the enjoyable experiences that these diners had at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar & restaurant have given you the incentive to come on in and give us a try for yourself. A brand new exciting and delicious season is well underway here at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, and we're excited to be able to share it with you! 

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

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Seafood & Steak - It's What's For Dinner!

There are lots of different choices to pick from when you dine at our waterfront Cajun restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, so no matter what you're in the mood for, there will be something on our menu that sounds delicious. If you happen to have a craving for savory seafood and succulent steak, something from Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina's "Signature Entrees" menu may be just the thing to satisfy those cravings. 

Signature Entrees
We've already gone over our "Bourbon Street Eats" menu in a previous blog, which is an incredible collection of dinner choices with Cajun flair. You'll find a touch of that Creole inspiration in some of these dishes, but our Signature Entrees lean more toward highlighting the amazing flavors you expect from only the best seafood and steak. 

Each entree is served with a garden salad or mini Caesar salad, French bread or cornbread, and your choice of one side dish. A big, delicious meal fit to satisfy even the biggest hunger.   

Surf and Turf
Our famous center cut filet paired with one world-famous crab cake and seafood cream sauce.

Black Jack Filet
Our blackened 7-oz. filet topped with house-made Jack Daniels steak sauce, bacon, mushrooms, and sauteed onions. 

Filet Mignon
A 7-oz. center cut filet seasoned perfectly, grilled to your liking, and topped with roasted garlic butter. It also tastes incredible blackened. 

Fried Shrimp Dinner
7 jumbo shrimp hand-breaded and fried to a golden brown, served with our Bloody Mary cocktail sauce. These shrimp taste great blackened too. 

Catfish Dinner
2 hand-breaded catfish filets fried to a golden brown and served with house-made tartar sauce. If you like, try it blackened instead. 

12-oz. Ribeye
Certified Angus beef marbled to perfection, seasoned, and grilled to temperature. 

Blackened Ribeye
A huge 12-oz. ribeye seasoned and cooked to perfection in our cast iron skillet.

That choice of a side dish that we mentioned above adds to the overall amazing taste that our kitchen is famous for creating. We have a list of scrumptious side dishes worthy of pairing with any meal, and we also have some signature side dishes that are available with your entree for a small additional charge. 

Side Dishes
  • Steamed White Rice
  • Fried Okra
  • Honey-Cider Coleslaw
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Natural Cut Curly Fries
  • Fruit Cup
Signature Side Dishes
  • Dirty Jambalaya
  • Red Beans and Rice
  • Vegetable Medley
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Sweet Bourbon Carrots
  • Cheddar Jalapeno Grits
  • Baked Potato
  • Corn Bread Basket

Serving Lunch & Dinner Daily
Our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant & bar is open 7 days a week beginning at 11:00 am. You can come in early in the day for lunch, later in the evening for dinner, or any time in between for a delicious bite to eat and maybe a refreshing cocktail. We're happy to have the chance to hang out with you any time of day here at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina. Hopefully, we'll be seeing you soon... and often! 

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

Monday, April 2, 2018

The Best Gas Dock & Marina at the Lake of the Ozarks

Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina has three great things going for it. Shorty Pants Lounge consists of an incredible Cajun-inspired bar and restaurant on the lake, we have 2 amazing vacation rental houses on-site available year-round, and Shorty Pants Marina is the best marina & gas dock at the Lake of the Ozarks. No matter whether you're looking to fill up your boat or fill up your body, we can take care of it all! 


Gas Dock
Located at the 21MM by water in Salt hollow Cove, Shorty Pants Marina has everything you need for an amazing day out on the Lake of the Ozarks. Come in early and gas up your watercraft for the day. We carry 87 Octane, 93 Octane, and Diesel fuels, and our friendly dock girls and guys will be on hand to help you fill up. 

The C-store carries boating supplies, both to keep it running and for fun boating activities. Oil, fuel stabilizers, watersport flags, and much more can be found inside the convenience store at our gas dock.  

Dock Slips
We've even got some great dock slips for rent so that you have a safe place to park your boat or PWC while you're off the water. There are a total of 35 covered slips at Shorty Pants Marina, ranging in sizes 14x36 up to 20x56, as well as PWC slips. You can call 573-302-1004 for more details and to check availability. Additional marina amenities include:

  • Gated parking
  • Showers
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Free WiFi
  • Free Electric
  • Free Ice
  • Gas Discounts


Snacks & Drinks
If you're spending the entire day on the lake (and why wouldn't you?) you're going to need something to eat and drink to keep your energy high while you're out there. Our C-store carries all kinds of yummy snacks to enjoy, plus we also sell package liquor, as well as the ice to keep it cold and fill your coolers with. 

Don't worry if you've forgotten to pack an important item, because there's a good chance we've got it for you in our C-store. You'll find bottle openers, toilet paper, sunscreen, Dramamine, deodorant, soap, toothbrushes & toothpaste, chapstick, floating key rings, and lots more. No need to cancel your trip, just check our shelves for what you need!   

Cool Gear
We've also got a wonderful variety of cool stuff to wear. You'll definitely want some of our Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina hats, t-shirts, or sweatshirts for a souvenir. There are also bottle and can koozies, plus sunglasses, which are an absolute necessity out on the water. (Those tend to get lost in the lake often, so you might want to pick up an extra pair!)   

A Break From the Water
As amazing as an entire day out on the water is, sometimes it's nice to get a little break on dry land before heading back out. Just up the dock from our marina is the best waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. Enjoy a lunch or dinner, a lakeside cocktail, and maybe even some of that incredible live music that graces the stage. 

Down here on our gas dock, you'll also find picnic tables, rockers, and lounge chairs to sit in and rest a spell. We always have free coffee waiting for you, free popsicles for the kiddos, and free treats for your boating dogs. Our resident dock dog, Oscar, will make sure you all feel right at home. Also, we boast the cleanest restrooms on the lake, so if you don't have a boat with a restroom on it, this is the best place for a pit stop. 

Shorty Pants Lounge gives you the waterfront dining experience you want, and Shorty Pants Marina helps to make your time out on the water the best it can be. The next time you're cruising around the lake, take the time to stop by the best gas dock at the Lake of the Ozarks. We'll make sure you're all set for a memorable time on the lake! 

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