Back Door Lounge & Veranda

The Back Door Lounge is located on the north side of Starved Rock Lodge overlooking Starved Rock. It is a great place to grab a bite to eat, enjoy a cold Signature Ale and have great conversations catching up with friends.  Our Veranda is truly a beautiful spot to sit and relax and spend some time with family and friends.  It is a place to escape and unwind, sip on a cocktail and enjoy the beauty of Starved Rock and the Illinois River.  Outdoor dining is available on the Veranda (weather permitting). Here, you’ll find the BEST VIEW around! Our grill opens at 5:00  p.m. on Friday, 11 am on Saturdays and Sundays.  Plus, live music is offered every Friday and Saturday night from 8-11 pm.

Join us on the Veranda when we host the State Finals of the Country Showdown on Thursday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m., so come early for the best seats. Grill opens at 5:00 p.m.

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.

Menus & Hours


Open Daily for lunch and dinner!

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 on the Veranda (outside the Back Door Lounge)

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Relax in the Back Door Lounge.  Our guest’s favorite appetizer is Gorgonzola Nachos with a pint of Starved Rock Signature Ale. The entertainment on our Veranda is awesome and so are the sunsets. Outdoor dining makes it a winning combination of fun!

Join us for Music with a View on the Veranda every Friday & Saturday night (8-11 pm)

Click here for a printable schedule. Grill open at 5 pm on Fridays, 11 am on Saturday & Sunday

July 25th  Jimmy Buffet Night – The Steve Sharp Band TONIGHT! 
July 26th  Gas Road Riot – 50’s, 60’s Rock with a Twist
August 1st   Mary & The Troublemakers-50’s, 60’s & More
August 2nd  Acoustic Music for All Ages
*August 6th Winedown Wednesday with The Wes Hausken Trio (6-8 pm)
August 8th  Mike Milligan and  Steam Shovel – Fantastic R & B
August 9th  Tommy & The Nitecaps – R & B Trio
August 15th Sons of the New Amish – 70’s, 80’s & 90’s & Originals
August 16th Acoustic Music for All Ages
August 22nd The Cody Calkins Band – Country Originals & Covers
August 21 – Country Showdown STATE FINALS!! 7pm
August 23rd Rick Delphi – Acoustic Music for all Ages
August 29th Mr. Myers -  Caribbean Rock
August 30th Steve Cerqua  – Acoustic Blues Hits
September 28: Keg Tapping & Oktoberfest Music (3 pm / Veranda)

Join us for these FUN upcoming events in 2014!

winedown wed graphic 2014 Winedown Wednesdays:  August 6 from 6-8:00 p.m. on the Veranda! Take advantage of this fun, mid-week chance to relax, 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.





























Join us on THURSDAY-AUGUST 21 when we host the STATE FINALS of the Country Showdown! The grill opens at 5 pm, Showdown starts at 7 pm.  This event is sponsored by: Starved Rock Lodge, WALLS 102, Euclid Beverage, MillerCoors, Dr. Ed Monroe and the City of LaSalle. The winner of our local competition is Tim Gleason of Yorkville! Congratulations!! Come and cheer him on to a win!



LEINENKUGEL DINNER GRAPHIC 2014 Leinenkugel Dinner: Friday, November 7, 2014  DINNER SOLD OUT. 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.

Wine Down Wednesday


Relax  and unwind in the middle of the  week when you attend Wine Down Wednesday on our Veranda. Enjoy light appetizers, wine tasting and light jazz music provided some of the wonderfully talented Wes Hausken Trio.
Wine Down Wednesday runs from 6:00-8:00 pm on August 6, 2014.

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