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Open Daily For Indoor Dining & Outdoor Dining

Sun – Thurs 11am-11p with kitchen closing at 10pm.

Fri-Sat 11am-1am with kitchen open until 9:45p. Late night menu served until 11p.

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Home of the Big Bad Wolf Burger- Voted ‘Northern Michigan’s Best Burger’

Step inside the Back Door Saloon and enjoy a hometown bar and restaurant with beautiful views of Houghton Lake. The Back Door Saloon has been a part of Houghton Lake history since the 1930s and in June 2015 it was purchased by Colin and Emily Quiney. Colin grew up in Houghton lake and has a love for the town, the lake and people. Operating the bar as manager is Jennifer Benson. Jen makes the BEST Bloody Mary & enjoys meeting new people and chatting with the regulars.

In effort to bring our bar back to being the best place for food and drinks in Houghton Lake, improvements & updates have been made to the interior, deck, and bathrooms. We have installed a beautiful new wood bar top, a garage door with indoor/outdoor seating and several rustic-themed fixtures. Large new windows facing the lake offer unobstructed views of Houghton Lake while you dine from anywhere in the bar. Or when the weather permits you can chill out on our “pontoon” deck with a cocktail. We also have many flat screen televisions to watch all your favorite sports events. We are famous for our burgers, steaks, ribs, sandwiches and appetizers from our full menu. Our famous Big Bad Wolf Burger was recently featured on 9 & 10 News & voted “Northern Michigan’s Best Burger”! Can you conquer it or will it blow you away?

Back Door Saloon Northern Michigan's Best Burger

And we not only serve you good food and drinks but also the best entertainment in town. Join us with your family and friends for the best live music, DJ music, Karaoke Nights and other fun parties. We promise you the best services and the best entertainment when you visit us!

We also have a great selection of draft, bottled beer, various liquors & happy hour from 2-6pm Monday-Friday. Follow us on Facebook to keep up with food & drink specials as well as our events and live entertainment schedule.