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

Menus & Hours

  • Lunch

    Monday-Friday from 11:00AM-5:00PM (Bar menu on weekends)


  • Dinner

    Sunday-Thursday: 5:00- 10:00PM (Food service ends at 8:00PM)
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00-11:00PM (Food service ends at 9:00PM)


  • Grill & Bar Menu

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



Bar Hours of Operation
Sunday – Thursday: 11:00AM – 11:00PM*
Friday & Saturday: 11:00AM – 12:00AM*
*Food service ends at 9 pm

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 Events

Our largest crowd of the competition cheered for their favorite as the four finalists performed three times each. The vocalist’s first selection was a song from this decade (2020 to 2022). That was followed by a “freestyle performance” they arranged with original lyrics provided to them a week ago.  Each finished with a third song of their choice. When the judges’ scores and audience votes were tallied, Raul Contreras was both the Jessica Strauch State Farm Fan Favorite and the grand prize winner.  Contreras, performing for the first time in Rock Star, earned $500 as the champion and another $100 as the final Fan Favorite.

Savanna Sondgeroth finished second in the year’s competition and wins $250.  T.J. Martin gets $150 for third.  Fourth place finisher Larry Kohr received a $50 Starved Rock Lodge gift card.  The evening started with a special surprise performance from our most recent winner (2020) Sherri Lynn aka “Gypsy Queen”, and ended appropriately with the winner, Raul, on stage surrounded by his fans.

On behalf of Starved Rock Lodge, Starved Rock Media and Euclid Beverage, thank you to our judges, Eric Mills, Serena Rogers and Kevin Kramer, and to everyone who came out to support all our talented performers.

Other Dining Options

  • Lodge Restaurant

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

  • The Veranda

    Outdoor dining (11am-8pm, seasonal & weather permitting)

Trailheads Snacks

Open Saturday and Sunday from 10:00AM to 4:00PM

The Starved Rock Café

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

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