Back Door Lounge

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Perched on a bluff high above the scenic Illinois River Valley is this laid-back bar. Try one of our seasonal cocktails or enjoy a craft beer, made just for us by Leinenkugel and Tangled Roots Brewery. Lunch and dinner are served daily.

Not Just
a Bar

Hours (Food Service)

  • Monday- Thursday



  • Friday & Saturday

    11:00AM- 9:00PM


  • Sunday

    10:30AM- 9:00PM

  • Grill & Bar Menu

    Outdoor Dining with a great view (Seasonal). Grill & Bar Menu on the weekends.



Bar Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday: 11:00AM – 11:00PM*
Friday & Saturday: 11:00AM – 12:00AM*
Sunday: 11:00AM – 11:00PM* (12:00AM if there is a wedding)
*Food service ends at 9 pm Sunday- Thursday
*Food service ends at 9 pm Friday- Saturday

Enjoy one of our seasonal cocktails.

Each season, we create a variety of cocktails that will warm you up or help you cool off after a hike.


Live Music

Live music returns on the Veranda Memorial Day weekend 2024.

Other Dining Options

  • Lodge Restaurant

    Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.

  • The Veranda

    Outdoor dining (11am-9pm, seasonal & weather permitting)

Trailheads Snacks

Open daily from 10:00AM to 5:00PM

The Starved Rock Café

Serving breakfast, lunch, snacks and sweet treats. Souvenirs, beer and wine also available.

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