Back Door Lounge & Veranda

BDL FEB 2014The Back Door Lounge is located off of Elements Restaurant and the Veranda at Starved Rock Lodge. The atmosphere is casual and fun! Our new menu has some great options including Avocado Fries and  Gorgonzola Nachos. Catch the latest sports scores while you’re there or step outside and take in the view from the Veranda.  Outdoor dining is available in warm weather. 

If you like Craft Beer, try Starved Rock Signature Ale (made just for us by Leinenkugel) or ask the bartender for one of our other seasonal beers. If you’re a wine lover, try a Starved Rock Wine (Chardonnay, White Zin, Merlot & Cab). Celebrating a special occasion? If so, try Starved Rock Bubbly for your toast! Our friendly bartenders are happy to make your favorite cocktail, so stop by and relax! Check out our creative, daily lunch specials.

Live music on the Veranda (and outdoor dining, too) will start up again in mid-to-late-May, when warmer weather returns to Illinois! See our  Music Schedule below.

Menus & Hours


Monday – Thursday
Bar 11Am-11PM
Food Service 11AM – 9PM
Friday & Saturday
Bar 11AM – 12AM
Food Service 11AM – 9PM
Bar 11AM-11PM
Food Service 10:30AM – 9PM

(Sunday Brunch is available from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm)

Music in the Back Door Lounge


Join us every Friday night for live, laid-back music in the Back Door Lounge from 8-11 pm. There’s no cover charge and it’s a great place to meet for dinner & drinks. Try our Gorgonzola Nachos with a pint of Starved Rock Signature Ale. Here’s the Line-up:
April 18:  Brian & Mark – Alternative & Classic Rock
April 25:  Tommy & The Nitecaps – R & B

May 2:  John Baize – Today’s Country
May 9:Steve Cerqua – R & B
May 16:  Jeff Manfredini – Laid-back Acoustic music for everyone


We’re movin’ outside as soon as the weather gets warm!

May 23rd  The Barflys  Classic & Newer Rock

May 30th   The Steve Sharp Band-Rock Classics and Originals

*June 4th  Winedown Wednesday with The Wes Hausken Trio

June 6th  The Lizzie Neal Band-Powerful Blues that Rock

June 13th  Rodeo Drive-Classic Rock, Country & Blues

June 20th   The Fingers Band-Rock & Funk Dance Music

June 27th  Bagshot Row-50’s, 60’s and British Invasion

*July 2nd  Winedown Wednesday with The Wes Hausken Trio

July 4th  Brothers Rage-Alternative & Classic Pop Music

July 11th  Second Chance Band  Classic Rock, Country & Blues

July 18th  3-Day Weekend-Classic & Current Rock

July 25th  Jimmy Buffet Night – The Steve Sharp Band

August 1st  Mary & The Troublemakers-50’s, 60’s & More

*August 6th  Winedown Wednesday with The Wes Hausken Trio

August 8th  Mike Milligan and  Steam Shovel-Fantastic R & B

August 15th  Sons of the New Amish-70’s, 80’s & 90’s & Originals

August 22nd  The Cody Calkins Band-Country Originals & Covers

August 29th  Mr. Myers  Caribbean Rock

September 28th  Annual Oktoberfest Keg Tapping located on the Veranda 3pm Music

*Winedown Wednesdays are from 6-8 pm.

Join us for these FUN upcoming events in 2014!


Sunday, May 4, 2014
Stop by Starved Rock Lodge’s East parking lot and have your motorcycle blessed by local clergy in one of two ceremonies.  The blessings remind us that life is a journey and we need to ask for God’s protection.  A great kick-off for biking season!  Open to the public.  For more information please call 815-220-7386.






winedown wed graphic 2014

Winedown Wednesdays
June 4, July 2 and August 6
6-8:00 p.m.

Take advantage of this fun, mid-week chance to relax on the Veranda, try some wine, enjoy a few appetizers and listen to some great music by the Wes Hausken Trio.  All of this takes place on a bluff overlooking the scenic Illinois River Valley and historic Starved Rock. Sunset watching is included at no extra charge! Stay for dinner and take in the beauty in every direction.





Showdown33rd Annual Country Showdown
Tuesday nights (7 pm, Grill opens: 5 pm)
June 1o-July 15, 2014

The 2014 WALLS 102 Country Showdown starts Tuesday night, June 10, 2014 and continues every Tuesday night  through July 15, at Starved Rock Lodge. One lucky contestant will win $1,000 cash, and advance to the state competition. Showdown finals will be held at 7 p.m. on July 16.Registration is underway. Click HERE for an entry form. All entry forms are due back by the close of business on Friday, May 30. Entry forms may be dropped off or mailed to 3905 Progress Blvd., Peru, IL., faxed to 815-224-2066 or e-mailed to





Leinenkugel Dinner:
Friday, November 7, 2014
Leinenkugel Pub Crawl:
Saturday, November 8, 2014

One of the beer-lover’s favorite events of the year is our annual Leinenkugel Dinner at Starved Rock Lodge. This event sells out early, so don’t delay. The appetizers, entrees and desserts are all made with different types of Leinenkugel beers. Our culinary team, lead by Chef Bear, creates unique recipes which bring our guests back year after year.  One of the best parts of the evening is hearing what’s new from a member of the Leinenkugel family. Plus, there are great prizes for some lucky Leine lovers! Call (815) 220-7386.



We value the opinions of our guests!

Here’s what a few of them had to say:

“Server (Jennifer) was very kind and brought water for my pet. She made sure that our being here was special. Thanks!” Rich & Phyllis (Itasca, IL) Sept. 2013

“Great food, great service, awesome view!!!”

“Ben is a wonderful bartender. He’s very helpful! Great service, very accommodating.” Sept. 2013

“Luke was very courteous and attentive. Excellent service.” Sept. 2013″

“Jennifer took care of my special requests and I am most grateful!” Elizabeth (Chicago, IL) Sept. 2013

“Best place I’ve been to–food was great and so was Jenny.” Terry (Loves Park, IL) Sept. 2013

“Tracy was a pleasure. Very polite and friendly.” Sept. 2013

“So nice!! Destiny was great!” Sept. 2013

“Brenda was our server. Great experience.” Joyce (Evergreen Park, IL) Sept. 2013

“Excellent” Diane (Geneseo, IL) Sept. 2013


Signature Ale

We have our own special beer and it’s called Starved Rock Signature Ale. Produced by Leinenkugel Breweries, the hand-crafted beer is a cross between an English-style amber ale and a pale ale. It’s fresh and it’s on tap.

“You can’t buy it in a store,” said Food and Beverage Manager, Andrea Yeruski, “You can only get this at Starved Rock’s Back Door Lounge.” The last time we counted, Starved Rock sold 7,582 pints of Signature Ale! And that number doesn’t include the kegs which were featured at over 80% of our wedding receptions. At our Leinenkugel Dinner, both John and Dick Leinenkugel were our special guests. They talked about this special craft beer and how it is made for Starved Rock.
Click here to read an article from Northwest Quarterly Magazine.

Want to be Heard?

Got Talent? Want to be heard? If you are a vocalist …or in a band that’s perfect for entertaining on the Veranda, please send your promo package to the address below.

Contact Information
Andrea Yeruski, Food & Beverage Manager (Back Door Lounge & Veranda)
Starved Rock Lodge
P.O. Box 570
Utica, IL 61373