Back Door Lounge & Veranda

The Back Door Lounge is located just beyond Elements Restaurant. Enter the “Back Door” from the northeast side of the Veranda and don’t miss the amazing view outside the door!  Perched on a bluff high above the scenic Illinois River Valley is this laid-back destination we call the 19th canyon (like the 19th hole on a golf course)!

We’re open daily and our menu has a wide variety of choices for appetizers, lunch (ask about our creative specials for lunch and dinner). Our friendly staff is happy to bring you your favorite drink.  Our guest’s favorite appetizer has to be our Gorgonzola Nachos. And, the most requested craft beer:  a pint of Starved Rock Signature Ale (made just for us by Leinenkugel).  If you’re a wine lover, try a Starved Rock Wine (Chardonnay, White Zin, Merlot & Cab). Celebrating a special occasion? Try Starved Rock Bubbly for your toast!  Relax and enjoy music inside The Back Door Lounge every Friday from 8-11 pm. Check the latest sports scores and news updates while your here. Our Veranda Parties and outdoor dining will return with warm weather (kick off planned for  Memorial Day weekend).

Menus & Hours



Open Daily for lunch and dinner!

Monday – Thursday
Bar:  11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Food Service: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Friday & Saturday
Bar: 11:00 am to 12:00 am / Midnight
Food Service 11:00 am to  9:00 pm
Bar: 10:30 am to 11:00 pm
Food Service: 10:30 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday Brunch is available from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm


Click HERE to see our St. Patty’s Day Drink Specials!

Music in the Back Door Lounge (Fridays 8-11 pm)


Music in the Back Door Lounge
Meet your friends or relax during your stay with music in the Back Door Lounge every Friday from 8-11 pm. Enjoy Starved Rock Signature Ale and some Gorgonzola Nachos. Or, stop by after dinner at Elements and we’ll make your favorite hot coffee or specialty drink. We also have great desserts! Join us for our ROCK STAR singing contest! Finals are this Thursday (Feb. 26) at 7 pm. 

Winter Music Schedule:   ALL FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC runs from 8-11 pm.
March 27th:  Steve Cerqua – Classic Blues

 April 3rd:  Jeff Manfredini – Laid back Acoustic music for everyone
April 10th:  Time Gleason – Newer Country & Originals
April 17th:  Double Dave Trio – Classic Rock
April 24th:  Steve Sharp – Newer Rock & Originals
Veranda Parties start Memorial Day Weekend. Join us for the fun when we take it outside on the Veranda. Outdoor dining mixed with great music and an amazing view of the scenic Illinois River Valley is a combination you must try this summer! See you there! Music kicks off at 8 pm and runs until 11 pm. Here’s the Friday line-up:

May 22 The Steve Sharp Band (Classic Rock and Originals)
May 29 Brian & Mark (Classic & Newer Rock Variety)

June 5   Aduki Quintet  Smooth Jazz
June 12   Last Call    Classic and New Rock
June 16   Country Showdown Singing  Competition (7pm)
June 19   Barflys Dance to all your favorite Rock Music
June 23   Country Showdown Singing Competition (7pm)
June 26   The Cody Calkins Band Country Favorites and Originals
June 30   Country Showdown Singing Competition

July 3   Second Chance       Classic Rock
July 7   Country Showdown Singing Competition
July 10   Jimmy Buffet Night with The Steve Sharp Band
July 14   Country Showdown Singing Competition Finals
July  17  3 Day Weekend  Journey, Heart & Classic Rock
July 24   Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel  Great R & B
July 31    Victor Raul Band   Newer Rock & Pop Music

August 6   Country Showdown State Final

August 7   Bagshot Row    British Invasion
August 14 Rodeo Drive   Country for Everyone
August 21   Road Angel     Dance the night away to Classic Rock
August  28  Mr. Meyers    Caribbean Reggae




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