Wednesday, September 21, 2016

5 Reasons To Visit Backwater Jack's This Weekend

Although the first day of fall is quickly approaching, the fun hasn't stopped here at Backwater Jack's! The best waterfront bar and grill at the Lake of the Ozarks has lots of outdoor seating and a beautiful view of the Lake, and there are still plenty of warm, sunny days to enjoy it! Before the weather gets chilly, head on over to Backwater Jack's and enjoy the best frozen drinks at the Lake of the Ozarks. Check out these other reasons why you need get to Backwater Jack's this weekend:

1. Traditional Favorites with a Twist

From grilled pork loin and snow crab clusters to spicy buffalo chicken sandwich and fillet of grouper Backwater Jack's has something for everyone. The best restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks uniquely combines the styles and ingredients of South Florida and the Caribbean with traditional favorites of the midwest. Com try our coastal cuisine with a midwest flair this weekend!

2. The Best Live Music at the Lake of the Ozarks

During the summer, Backwater Jack's has live music SIX nights a week. This weekend is the last weekend of live music for the season. You will not want to miss it! National, regional and local bands come to the best waterfront bar at the Lake of the Ozarks to perform for you Wednesday to Monday from May through September. Check out our website at to see who's coming to Backwater Jack's the rest of the month. 

3. The View

If you are looking for a restaurant with the best view of the Lake of the Ozarks, then look no further. On nice sunny days, the outside dining area is the place to be! However, our inside seating also has beautiful views of the Lake. There are windows that open up and overlook the Lake. No matter where you chose to sit, you will be able to overlook the Lake of the Ozarks. 

4. Lake of the Ozarks' Favorite Frozen Drinks

Backwater Jack's is famous for Rum Runners and Pains. Enjoy these frozen favorites before it gets too chilly. The weather is still nice through the weekend, so now is the time to enjoy the best frozen drinks at the Lake of the Ozarks. However, if you prefer your drinks over ice, we have a specialty drink menu that features boat drinks, such as Lazy Lemonades and Lake Water, and party shots like Jager Bombs and Vegas Bombs. 

5. Family Atmosphere

Now that we are past Labor Day Weekend the Lake area has slowed down a bit. After enjoying a relaxing day out on the water with the family, come on over to Backwater Jack's and enjoy dinner. Enjoy the view of the Lake, great live music from local, regional and national bands and delicious food. There is something for everyone at Backwater Jack's!

Gotta Get Back To Backwater Jack's

With the season coming to a close, now is the time to visit Lake of the Ozarks' favorite waterfront bar and grill. Enjoy the last few weeks of the warm weather by coming to Backwater Jack's. Visit us in Osage Beach or by water at the 17.5 MM. 

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Monday, September 12, 2016

2016 Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest Passport Stops

It's Bikefest week here at Lake of the Ozarks! Backwater Jack's is excited to be a part of this exciting event. The best waterfront bar at the Lake of the Ozarks is a passport stop this year, so you can enjoy some of the best drinks at the Lake and possibly win a brand new Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Backwater Jack's has all the details on the 10th annual Bikefest, so you don't miss any of it!

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2016 Bikefest Passport

Every year, hundreds of biker enthusiasts cruise the Lake of the Ozarks in search of stamps to collect in their passport for their chance to win a brand new Harley-Davidson motorcycle and this year is no different! For the 2016 Lake Bikefest Passport Give-Away, you could win a brand new 2015 Harley-Davidson Street Bob. So how do you win your new ride?

2015 Harley-Davidson Street Bob, Amber Whisky
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Rules & Regulations

1. Participants are required to register with complete name, address, email, birthdate and phone number on return page of the Passport. An optional $20 donation for entry.

2. A participant may complete multiple passports. Participants may enter and receive stamps from any of the passport stop locations. 

3. One stamp is received at each passport stop location. All passport stop locations must be stamped for the passport to be considered complete and approved for the drawing. 

4. After all passport stop locations are stamped the passport must be turned in at the Lake of the Ozarks Harley-Davidson Dealership at the "Official Passport Booth." Completed passports will be accepted during these hours:

Thursday, Sept. 15 from Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 16 from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17 from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 18 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Passport Stops

There are 24 biker-friendly bars, restaurants and other local venues that make up the passport stops. Backwater Jack's is excited to be a passport stop this year. To see the complete list of all participating locations visit After all the stops have been visited and your passport is filled up with stamps, visit the "Official Passport Booth" at the Harley-Davidson Dealership by 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 18 to turn in your filled passport. The drawing for the 2015 Harley-Davidson Street Bob will be around 3:00 p.m. 

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Bikefest Entertainment

In addition to the Passport Bike Give-Away, there will be tons of other fun stuff to do during the 2016 Bikefest week. Over 200 bars and restaurants, over 50 live music and entertainment shows, tons of bike builders, bike shows, scenic rides, bike auction and vendor areas. Check out what is happening at Backwater Jack's during Bikefest:

Thursday, Sept. 15 - Johnny G & the AllStars 
Friday, Sept. 16 - The Surge
Saturday, Sept. 17 - Double D (12:30 - 4:30) & MisLedd
Sunday, Sept. 18 - London Strangers 

2016 Lake Bikefest!

Lake of the Ozarks' favorite waterfront bar is excited to be a part of Bikefest! Cruise on by Backwater Jack's collect your stamp and enjoy some delicious food and some of the best frozen drinks at the Lake of the Ozarks. Don't forget about our awesome deals we have during the week, which includes Raw Deal Thursdays and beer, mimosas and Bloody Mary specials on Sunday. We hope to see you soon at Backwater Jack's

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

What Our Customers Are Saying About Backwater Jack's

It has been a great summer season here at Lake of the Ozarks' favorite waterfront bar. We want to thank our customers for making it the best season yet! Before summer ends, we wanted to share some reviews from this year:

"We actually only had drinks and appetizers at this fun lakeside bar. They were so good we went 3 different times. If you like oysters on half shell they have good ones and half price on Thursdays" ~ MoparMan52 Westphalia, IN

"Now this was a great place! The breaded Grouper fingers with raspberry sauce and the jalapeƱo poppers were fantastic! The poppers were huge! The kids had a blast feeding the giant buffalo carp and ducks. (Bring lots of quarters for the fish food machine). Oh, and the live music was great and this was on a Tuesday night." ~ tcgeffert Cedar Falls, IA

"Great restaurant and overall best dive bar water location, place to eat, entertainment at the lake. Great access by both boat and car. But be sure to put your parking brake on in the parking lot! No better place to be. My wife and I are about twenty-five years older than most everyone else here. But we love it." ~ StevEW0nder 

"Great food and service...they have remodeled and there seems to be so much more room...really had good service with MacKayla..had stuffed mushrooms...delicious!! And shared a grilled chicken sandwich with cheese and bacon...also delicious...would recommend if you have never been there...or go back if it has been a while.." ~ Kim L.

"My wife and I have been visiting Backwater Jack's weekly for Crabby Ol Mondays for all but one week since May thus far in 2016. We come by boat and get an appetizer of crab rangoon and a pound of snow crab each trip. I usually have a Dr. Pepper while my wife has the Pain in the "back side", drink special. ****TripAdvisor won't publish a review with anything close to profanity, lol****. The drinks wet our whistle while we wait for the crab. 

There are four crab rangoon in the appetizer order, they're deep fried and pretty good size. They come with what I believe is an apricot dipping sauce. They're cheesy and a great start to our meal. 

Next, we hit the pound of Snow Crab. Since we've been going, a pound has usually included two clusters of either four or five legs, some with the claw, some without. They come in a bucket with a shell cracker and a small serving of drawn butter. We eat a lot of shellfish both in the U.S. and Belize and my wife prefers crab because it's sweeter and more tender than lobster. It takes time to dig out all the crab meat, including all the meat in the soft shell thigh area, but it's worth the work. I think it's a pretty good deal at $12.99 a pound prepared and brought to your table. We have a great time there every Monday and I highly recommend Crabby Ol Mondays at Backwater Jack's. Come on down and look for an old salt digging away at his crab legs." ~ Dennis H.

"Our food was awesome! Especially the Colossal Cheese Rangoon appetizer! I will be fondly remembering the specialty frozen drinks that are half Rum Runner/half Pina Colada! We greatly appreciated the awesome service given to our party of 17! Thanks, Backwater Jacks!" ~ jjstrohl Corona del Mar, CA

Thanks For Making This A Great Season!

Thank you to everyone who came out to Backwater Jack's this summer. However, the season isn't over for us just yet! Throughout the month of September, we will have live music FIVE nights a week. End the season with a bang and come to the best waterfront bar at the Lake of the Ozarks

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Best Live Entertainment at the Lake of the Ozarks

The best live entertainment at the Lake of the Ozarks is at Backwater Jack's! Summer is coming to an end, however, we are still bringing you live music FIVE nights a week. End your summer with the rockin' live entertainment, delicious food and some of the best frozen drinks at the Lake of the Ozarks. Check out who's coming to Backwater Jack's this September:

Thursday, September 1 - TBD

Friday, September 2 - Phat Mike & the Bartenders

Saturday, September 3 - The London Strangers (12:30 - 4:30 p.m.) & The Surge (6:00 - 10:00 p.m.) 

Sunday, September 4 - Phat Mike & the Bartenders (6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.)

Monday, September 5 - James Clay

Thursday, September 8 - Sweet Trouble

Friday, September 9 - Big John & the 39th st. Band

Saturday, September 10 - Phat Mike & the Bartenders

Sunday, September 11 - TBD

Thursday, September 15 - Johnny G & the AllStars

Friday, September 16 - The Surge

Saturday, September 17 - Double D (12:30 - 4:30 p.m.) & MisLedd (6:00 - 10:00 p.m.)

Sunday, September 18 - London Strangers

Thursday, September 22 - MisLedd

Friday, September 23 - Algoa Boys

Saturday, September 24 - TBD

Friday, September 30 - TBD

Although summer is coming to an end, that doesn't mean the fun has to stop! Come on out to the best waterfront bar at the Lake of the Ozarks for live music, mouthwatering entrees and great drinks! At Backwater Jack's we are famous for our Rum Runners and Pains, so don't leave without trying one for yourself. In addition to our live music, we also offer some of the best deals at the Lake of the Ozarks. From Sunday through Thursday, we have deals on everything from our delicious crab and oysters to wine and tequila. Lake of the Ozarks' favorite waterfront bar is closing down the summer season with a bang! 

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The 2016 Shootout Poker Run Is This Friday!

Summer is not over yet! Although school has started in many parts of the state, there are still a few more weeks of exciting, summer fun left to be had, including the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout. If you are wanting to raise money for a great cause and have fun, then head on out to the best waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks for the Lake of the Ozarks for the annual poker run coming up this Friday.

The 2016 Shootout Poker Run - Friday, August 26

The Shootout Poker Run is one of our favorite annual events and Backwater Jack's is excited to be a part of it once again. Start your day with breakfast at Franky & Louie's and then hit the water for a day filled with fun, sunshine and of course, poker! 

The Run Down

Participants will explore the Lake of the Ozarks and stop at various locations to pick up a poker card for a total of eight cards. You get to pick your best five cards to submit as your official poker hand to win various prizes. Last year's prizes totaled $4,500. If you complete all 8 stops, you can be entered into a drawing for a $300 gas card from Pirates point and a YETI cooler from WIA Marine Insurance. 

Poker Stops

Franky & Louie's 
Backwater Jack's
Red Head Yacht Club
Big Dick's Halfway Inn
Nautifish Rum Bar
Larry's On The Lake
Paradise Restaurant and Bar
Captain Ron's Bar & Grill


Payouts will be awarded to the following hands:
1st place
2nd place
3rd place
worst hand (must have 5 cards!)


Join us for the auction and registration party on Thursday, August 25 from 4 - 9 p.m. at Performance Boat Center. 
Registration is $300 and the Captin/First Mate entry fee includes: 

One hand of Poker
Breakfast for two at Franky & Louie's
Two shirts
Two BBQ Dinners at Captain Ron's (6 p.m.)
One captain's bag
One Poker Run DVD

Additional hands and other items will be available for purchase throughout the poker run. 

Celebrate The Shootout Poker Run with Backwater Jack's

If you think you have what it takes to win, don't forget to sign up for the annual Shootout Poker Run. You can register online or during the event on Thursday, August 25 at Performance Boat Center. Lake of the Ozarks' favorite waterfront bar is excited to be a part of this fun, charity event. Proceeds from the event will go to support local firefighters and charities. No matter how you choose to participate, Backwater Jack's has something for everyone. If you aren't participating in the poker run, you can still come on by the best restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks to enjoy delicious food and amazing frozen drinks. You gotta get back to Backwater Jack's. 

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Celebrate National Rum Day At Backwater Jack's

It's National Rum Day! Here at the Lake of the Ozarks' favorite waterfront bar and grill we love our rum. The best way to enjoy a beautiful day at the Lake is to kick back and enjoy the view with a Rum Runner. Luckily, you can do both at Backwater Jack's! To celebrate National Rum Day, we have gathered five fun facts about rum. We also included some of our favorite drinks made with rum that you can get at the best waterfront bar at the Lake of the Ozarks:

Five Fun Facts About Rum!

- The oldest known bottle of rum is The Harewood Rum 1780. it is believed to have been distilled in 1780 in Barbados. Fifty-nine bottles were discovered in the basement of the Harewood House in Leeds, UK. 

- The largest rum tasting event involved 786 participants who tasted five different aged rums. The event lasted three and a half hours and was held in Columbia. 

- The most expensive bottle of rum goes to a 1940s bottle of J. Wray & Nephew. There are only four known bottles left. It reportedly costs $54,000 for one bottle. 

- Rum was thought to fight off scurvy and was given to sailors in the British Army mixed with lime and other citrus fruit. However, it was the citrus that fought off scurvy, not the rum. 

- Captain Morgan, the infamous pirate who sailed the seas in the early 17th century, didn't drink rum. In fact, most pirates didn't! They often drank Spanish wine, as it was easy to plunder. Rum wasn't the drink of choice for pirates until the late 17th and early 18th century when it became more popular with the rise of the West Indian rum trade. 

Celebrate National Rum Day with These Delicious Drinks

Try these Backwater Jack's drinks and shots all made with your favorite liquor... rum!

Frozen Concoctions

Rum Runner - You'll be running for more... or at least trying too!
Pain in the A** - The best of both worlds 1/2 Pina Colada and 1/2 Rum Runner.
Strawberry Daiquiri - As delicious as a walk on the beach. A blend of Light Rum and Strawberry Puree.


Need an extra kick in your frozen? Add a floater! Some of our rum favorites:
Cruzan 151, Cruzan Coconut Rum, Cruzan Rum Flavors, Malibu Coconut Rum & Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

Boat Drinks

Cheese Cake - Just like the real things! Cruzan Vanilla Rum with cranberry & pineapple juices.
Hawaiian Dream - ABSOLUT Vodka, Cruzan Pineapple Rum, DeKuyper Blue Curacao & topped with pineapple juice.
Cherry Tart - Cruzan Black Cherry Rum & lemonade.
Lake Water - Cruzan Coconut Rum, DeKuyper Blue Curacao and pineapple juice.
Power Punch - Three Olives Berry Vodka, Malibu Coconut Rum, pineapple juice & a splash of cranberry juice.

Party Shots

B-zooka Joe - Limon Rum & Red Bull with Rose's Grenadine.
The Vegas Bomb - Whisky, Peachtree Schnapps, Coconut Rum, pineapple juice & Red Bull.
Beach Bomb - Red Bull Yellow Edition with Malibu Coconut Rum and a splash of pineapple juice.

Rum Runners and Lake Views at Backwater Jack's

At the Lake of the Ozarks' best waterfront bar, we're famous for Rum Runners and Pain in the A**! Come on out and try one for yourself. Backwater Jack's is open at 11:00 a.m., seven days a week. Visit us by water at the 17.5 MM, or by land in Osage Beach. There's delicious food, great drinks, live music and good times to be had! 

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Celebrate Family Fun Month with Backwater Jack's!

It’s Family Fun Month – and the best waterfront bar and grill is the perfect place to celebrate. With live music and some of the best food at the Lake, Backwater Jack’s has everything you need for a fun day with the family. Gather up the kids and head on over! Here are three ways to celebrate Family Fun Month at Lake of the Ozarks’ best restaurant.

1. Awesome Food

It’s not a family function without some delicious food. When you bring the party to Backwater Jack’s, all you need to worry about is having fun with the family. Let us do the hard work! We have an expansive menu that’s filled with delicious options the whole family will love. We also have a menu that is kid approved!

Kids Menu

Bubba Burger
Bubba Burger with Cheese
Chicken Strips
Grilled Cheese
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Corn Dogs
Mac & Cheese


It’s a special occasion – so splurge a little! We have a delicious dessert menu that will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth.

New York Style Cheesecake – Creamy cheese inside, flaky baked crust outside. Topped with strawberries and chocolate.

Key Lime Pie – a luscious tropical blend of sweet and tart.

Jack’s Shortcake  Our homemade sweet shortcake topped with ice cream, strawberries and whipped cream.

2. The Best Live Music

We proudly have the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks! Dancing is a great way to make some memories with your kids, siblings, parents and everyone else in your family. We have live music six nights a week, so come on by and dance the night away.

3. Boating with the Family

If you are spending the day out on the water, swing on by Backwater Jack’s and grab some lunch or dinner. With our new renovation, we now have more docks to fit everyone. Boating is the one of the best ways to spend time with family at the Lake of the Ozarks, and the best place to grab a bite to eat and cool off is at Backwater Jack’s! If you are coming by land, cool off inside with beautiful views of the lake or end the day hanging out with the whole family on the deck.

Bring the Whole Family to Backwater Jack’s

Spending time with those you love a Lake of the Ozarks’ family-friendly restaurant is the best way to celebrate Family Fun Month. Backwater Jack’s is open daily at 11 a.m. and has live music Wednesday – Monday. Whether you are coming to celebrate family fun month or you are just wanting a delicious meal, we’re sure you’ll have a great time at Backwater Jack’s!

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