Back Door Lounge

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Perched on a bluff high above the scenic Illinois River Valley is this laid-back bar. The Back Door Lounge is the perfect place to enjoy lunch, dinner, small plates or late-night snacks after a long day outdoors. Order your favorite cocktail or try one of our handcrafted beers, made just for us by Leinenkugel and Tangled Roots. Local performers take the stage every weekend with no cover charge. 

Not Just
a Bar

Craft Beer & Cocktails

Cody Road Maple Bourbon Old Fashioned

Try one of our signature craft beers in the Back Door Lounge. Starved Rock Signature Ale, made just for us by Leinenkugel, is a cross between an English-style amber ale and a pale ale. Our other specialty is Lodge Lager which was released in June of 2018 by Tangled Roots Brewing in Ottawa, IL. Its summery citrus notes are perfectly balanced out by a light base of earthy hops. Starved Rock Lodge is proud of our local partnerships with August Hill Winery (Utica, IL), Mississippi River Distilling (LeClaire, IA) and Whiskey Acres Distilling (DeKalb, IL).

A Little Something for Everyone

The Back Door Lounge offers a full-service menu of favorites such as our Gorgonzola Nachos and wings smothered in our famous Buffaque sauce. Try our Strawberry Pecan Salad, topped with candied pecans or indulge in our specialty Fried Chicken. Ask your server about our daily specials!

Menus & Hours

Live Music

Every Friday from 8-11pm

There’s no better way to relax on the weekend than with great, live music at Starved Rock Lodge. Talented, local artists bring a variety of rock, country and acoustic favorites every Friday night from 8-11pm with no cover charge. Music moves outdoors to the Veranda for the summer months.


Other Dining Options

  • Lodge Restaurant

    Enjoy delectable, signature dishes in a historic setting

  • The Veranda

    Al fresco dining and handcrafted drinks with a panoramic view

Trailheads Snacks

Take a break from the hiking trails for a quick bite to eat

The Starved Rock Café

Grab a cup of coffee, a sandwich or sweet treat

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