Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Your Spring Harbor Hop Headquarters - Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina!

One highly anticipated annual event at the Lake of the Ozarks - the Spring Harbor Hop - is an unofficial kickoff to the boating season. Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina is the very best place to both begin and end your hop, plus the perfect place to continue a weekend full of fun! Why you ask? Well, read on friends...

Boating Supplies
For an entire day of boating, you'll need to stock up on the essentials before heading out. We've got the best gas dock and marina at the Lake of the Ozarks for that! We carry 87 Octane, 93 Octane, and Diesel fuel for your boat or PWC, as well as the other items you may need to keep your watercraft running smoothly, such as motor oil and fuel stabilizer.

You'll also find everything you need to satisfy your crew for the day. These items include (but are not limited to) snacks, package liquor, soft drinks, water, ice, suntan lotion, sunglasses, watersport flags, and even Dramamine (just in case!) 

Our marina also houses the cleanest restrooms at the Lake of the Ozarks for a pit stop before you begin harbor hopping. If you need a place to park your boat while you're in town, give us a call at 573-302-1004 to check our covered dock slip availability. 

Fuel For Your Body
There are more than 40 waterfront bars, restaurants, and marinas participating in this year's Spring Harbor Hop. (Find a full list & details about the event at We know we'll be seeing you at some point during the day, but we highly suggest either beginning or ending your hop right here with us. 

Starting here means you can grab lunch to fill you up before you fill up your boat at our gas dock. Our menu features extraordinary Cajun dishes that taste like they came straight out of New Orleans rather than our mid-Missouri kitchen! We've also got plenty of non-Creole dishes, as well as an incredible kids' menu in case you have any little Harbor Hoppers in your crew. Of course, if you'd prefer to end your hop with those fabulous flavors, grab your final card at our waterfront Cajun restaurant & bar at the Lake of the Ozarks and stick around for dinner & a few evening cocktails.  

A Comfy Place to Stay
Currently (but you'd better move quickly) our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront vacation house rentals are open for Harbor Hop weekend. We can't say that for a lot of the other big weekends this summer, so if you don't book quickly, you could miss out. 

The Glass House is perfect for up to 8 guests and the Red House can accommodate up to 16. That means you and a whole bunch of your fun-loving friends can stay within walking distance of all the excitement happening here at Shorty Pants Lounge, plus have a place to park your boat between hops!

We're looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, May 5 for the Lake of the Ozarks Spring Harbor Hop. (Hopefully quite a few times before and after that too!) The 2019 season at our Lake of the Ozarks Cajun restaurant & bar is off to a great start, and things will just keep getting better and better from here on out!

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Delicious Variations on a New Orleans Classic - The Hurricane!

Not only do we serve the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks, but we've also mastered quite a few New Orleans-style cocktails, including the classic Hurricane. As a matter of fact, after perfecting the recipe the bartenders at Shorty Pants Lounge came up with some delicious variations that are every bit as incredible as the original. 

Shorty Pants Hurricanes
If you are already a fan of the Hurricane, you're sure to enjoy our New Orleans version. We highly recommend giving our others a try too. The all contain rum and fruit juices like you'd expect, but also a few more ingredients that give each drink its own tasty twist. 

New Orleans Hurricane
Cruzan Dark Rum, Cruzan Light Rum, DeKuyper Peachtree Schnapps, orange juice, pineapple juice, sour, and Shorty Pants Punch.

Rainbow Sherbert Hurricane
Cruzan Coconut Rum, DeKuyper Peachtree Schnapps, and DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker all mixed with orange juice, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice. 

Spring Hurricane
Cruzan Dark Rum, Light Rum, Coconut Rum, Chambord, orange juice, and pineapple juice. 

Freedom Hurricane
Light Rum, DeKuyper Blue Curacao, Korbel Brandy, sour, orange juice, and Shorty Pants Punch. 

Hurricane History
The Hurricane is a sweet drink made with rum, fruit juices, and syrup or grenadine. One reason that this cocktail is so very popular in New Orleans is beause they were invented there.

In the 1940s, New Orleans tavern owner Pat O'Brien was looking for a way to get rid of some of the less popular rums on his shelf. Local distributors had forced him to include these in his order before he was able to get a few cases of the more popular liquors his customers preferred.

Once O'Brien came up with a mixture of the rums that he was happy with, he poured the new cocktail into a glass shaped similar to a hurricane lamp and gave it away to the sailors that came into his bar. The drink was a hit, and it has been a mainstay in the French Quarter ever since.

The name hurricane possibly came from the shape of the glass used to serve it. O'Brien's bar allegedly started out as a speakeasy, and the password to get in was "storm's brewin'." That fact also makes naming his drink after a storm very fitting!

Hurricanes are also incredibly popular in the Bahamas, but those are not made the same way as the New Orleans version. If you order a hurricane in the islands, expect a much different flavor. Their drink is made with coffee liqueur, 151 rum, Irish cream, and Grand Marnier.  

Not Your Only Option
Although we are extremely proud of the Hurricanes we serve at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar & restaurant, they are far from your only option for a refreshing cocktail. A few other very popular rum drinks that are masterfully mixed behind our bar include Rum Runners, Pain in the A**, Pina Coladas, and freshly muddled Mohitos. We also serve an amazing Cajun Bloody Mary, carry an extensive selection of wines, and feature many different ice-cold beers, both on tap and in bottles. 

Then next time you're in the mood for a refreshing drink, an incredible lake view, and amazing food, head on over to our Lake of the Ozarks Cajun restaurant. We'll take great care of you! 

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Appetizers So Amazing You're Going to Want to Try Them All!

The first section you'll come across on the Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina menu titled "Starters" is full of amazing dishes that will definitely catch your attention. (Keep reading past them though, because the rest of the menu is just as awe-inspiring!) 

The appetizers at our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront restaurant & bar are the perfect beginning to any meal and make a wonderful midday snack. As a matter of fact, the portions are large enough that you may be able to make a meal out of one of these! Here's a peek at the delicious dishes we're talking about. 

Smoked Wings
Our house-smoked wings are served original, extra hot, garlic parmesan, or barbecue in orders of 10 or 20. 

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

Creole Quesadilla
A bountiful blend of Andouille sausage, crawfish, and shrimp with pepper jack cheese and sauteed peppers & onions. 

Pork Nachos
Slow-smoked pulled pork, Turbodog cheese sauce, and red beans piled high on corn tortilla chips and topped with lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, and jalapenos. Available as a full order or half order.  

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 salsa and sour cream. 

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

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 crabmeat cakes rolled in seasoned breadcrumbs and topped with shrimp in our seafood cream sauce. 

Big Easy Shrimp
Large gulf shrimp sauteed in butter, white wine, and garlic with lemon, rosemary, and Cajun seasonings. 

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

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

Sweet Coconut Shrimp
Large gulf shrimp breaded in a sweet Frosted Flake and coconut breading and served with our house-made sweet raspberry sauce. 

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

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

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

Now that you know how you're going to start your meal of the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks, it's time to move on to the rest of the menu. Stop by Shorty Pants Lounge soon and get a look (and a taste) of the many amazing dishes we've got in store for you. You'll never leave hungry, but you'll always leave anxious to come back for more!    

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Friday, April 5, 2019

2019 Lake of the Ozarks Events You Don't Want To Miss

Spring in the lake area is just the beginning of a season full of fun on the water! Sure, there are lots of cool things to do and see year-round, but summertime takes the excitement up a notch. 

Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina realizes that many of you come from out of town, so it's important to know dates for the best events ahead of time. That way, you can be sure to snag one of our lakefront vacation house rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks before they're all booked up. 

Currently, we do have a lot of dates filled, but there are a few here and there that are still available. You can check availability online for the Red House and the White House from our website. Here's a look at some of the most popular lake events. Find a few you like (most likely all of them!) and head on over to our website to see if those dates are still open for you. Weekends always fill up quickly, but don't forget, weekdays at the Lake of the Ozarks are pretty awesome too! 

April 12-14
LOMDA Spring In-Water Boat Show
Dog Days Bar & Grill
The Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association (LOMDA) will fill the docks at our sister restaurant, Dog Days Bar & Grill, with the newest watercraft for the 2019 season. They always promise "More dealers, more boats, more brands, more vendors, and more fun!" You can get an up close and personal look at fun "toys" to take out on the water, and on land, there will be booths set up featuring all the accessories you could possibly need for being a boat owner.  

April 27-28
Spring Big Bass Bash
Lake of the Ozarks State Park
This huge fishing tournament is aimed at the amateur angler, offering prize payouts totaling over $250,000, with $100,000 going to the winner! Unlike most fishing tournaments where prizes are based on total weight of all catches, in this competition, it only takes 1 fisherman just 1 big bass to win it all. 

May 3-5
31st Annual Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals
Bagnell Dam Strip
All makes, models, and years of show vehicles will take over the historic Bagnell Dam Strip for this massive show and legendary weekend. The entire area is closed to traffic during show hours so you can wander and wonder at the magnificent cars, trucks, and motorcycles on display. Some say it's like being on the movie set of American Graffiti! 

May 4
22nd Annual Spring Harbor Hop
This annual poker run on the water is a great way to kick off the boating season. There are over 40 participating locations to visit all over the lake area (including yours truly, Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina!) Visit at least 7 stops, picking up a card at each one to complete a poker hand for prizes. When you stay in our Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental, you can fill up at Short Pants Marina in the morning, "hop" all day, then pick up your final card at Shorty Pants Lounge & enjoy the rest of your evening with us.

May 5
4th Annual Homegrown Festival
Dog Days Bar & Grill
The decks and pool area will be lined with Missouri's own breweries and wineries offering tastings. The stage will be filled with an excellent variety of local musicians. This event is free and the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon after a very event-filled weekend.

May 24-27: Memorial Day Weekend

May 30-June 2
Lake Race
The Lake Race Invitational Power Boat Racing is presented by Performance Boat Center. This year the race has been moved to Camden on the Lake rather than it's past location near the Bagnell Dam Strip. It's an event that attracts the fastest and most powerful boats in the world to compete on the Lake of the Ozarks.  

July 4-7: 4th of July Weekend

July 20
Dog Days Bar & Grill
This lakeside concert is the lake area's largest family boating event. The cove will be packed full of boaters enjoying the concert stage facing the lake, and the restaurant & bar will be packed full of people enjoying the music as well. This year's concert lineup includes: 
  • Dirt Road Addiction
  • Chris Weaver
  • Dope Ass Sneakers
  • Machine Gun Symphony

August 24-25
31st Annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout
The top powerboat racers and off-shore racing power boats from across the country will do their best to beat the clock for the best times. This is the largest unsanctioned boat race in the Midwest with more than 100 racers and 100,000 spectators! Proceeds benefit Lake Area Rescue Teams and many other local charitable organizations. All kinds of fun activities will be going on all over the area during the week leading up to the big race weekend too.

That is more than enough to get your summer plans started, but don't forget, soon after all of those annual events at the Lake of the Ozarks, fall will bring us another Harbor Hop, the Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest, and more! (It's not too early to book the Red House of or the Glass House for those dates right now!) 

No matter whether you are traveling from afar or live right here in town, hopefully, you'll get to attend many of these exciting events and swing by Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina while you're at it. We'll keep the fun going for you even after the events are over.    

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