15 Patios to Hit in St. Louis This Summer
Patio weather is here to stay in St. Louis for the foreseeable future. To celebrate, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite courtyard hangouts in the city, including cafés, restaurants, neighborhood bars and spots to groove to live music under the stars.
From the owner and chef behind Demun Oyster Bar, Barrio has arrived in Demun equipped with a flavorful spin on Mexican, Cuban and South-American cuisine. Barrio replaced the well-loved seafood spot in April, with a fresh emphasis on community dining and socializing. Their patio is the perfect setting to sip on a selection from their extensive list of tequilas and mezcals.
Drive or stroll by Herbie’s bustling patio in Clayton on a summer afternoon, and you may be inspired to take a detour for a glass of rosé or a cold beer. The environment feels elegant yet comfortable, and the bounty of seating invites large groups of friends or coworkers to congregate and enjoy the fresh air.
Brasserie and Taste by Niche
Gerard Craft’s neighboring restaurants in the Central West End are each outfitted with patio seating in which to enjoy their distinct yet equally stylish and tasty menus. Beignets during brunch at Brasserie are a must. Head to Taste for faultless small plates and discounted classic cocktails during happy hour (pro tip: the deal runs all day on Sunday and Monday!).
St. Louis Rooftop Terrace Bar at Moonrise Hotel
Late nights on the roof of Moonrise Hotel in the Delmar Loop are a summer staple. Beneath the boutique hotel’s signature full moon effigy, the sprawling patio features comfy couches that foster mingling, a fully stocked outdoor bar and a cinematic view of the Loop below.
The Royale is a well-rounded South City mainstay for refreshing cocktails, local beer, and tasty food. Tucked away from the street, the picturesque courtyard offers a respite from the bustling Tower Grove neighborhood.
On South Grand, Rooster’s patio is often filled to capacity with brunchers or lunchers chatting beneath vibrant umbrellas. Their picnic bench-style seating feels homey and casual. Try any of their signature Bloody Mary’s, like the Bloody Samurai made with Wasabi.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. in Midtown
The courtyard at UCBC’s Midtown Brewery & Biergarten on Washington feels like an oasis, as if it could belong to an Italian villa or a California bungalow. In the warmer months, the vast outdoor space contains rows and rows of picnic tables shaded by umbrellas to accommodate the crowds. Grab a brew at the bar and peruse their extensive menu, including UCBC’s signature warm pretzels, salads and sandwiches on locally made bread.
Sasha’s on Shaw
Sasha’s Shaw location recently revamped their quaint patio, complete with new patio furniture and much more of it. On any given night of the week, you can find Sasha’s buzzing with locals taking advantage of their unbeatable late-night happy hour. Choose from several $2.50 4 Hands cans or half-price glasses of wine and make some new acquaintances.
Café Osage at Bowood Farms
Sheltered from the street by fern fronds and flowerpots, the patio at Café Osage sets an impressive standard for ambiance. The café connects to Bowood Farms, a plant nursery and home-and-lifestyle store hybrid with its own kitty-in-residence. The café’s breakfast and lunch menu highlights fresh, seasonal ingredients for lighter options to reflect the green surroundings.
Atomic Cowboy’s patio in the Grove neighborhood is a prolific destination for everything from Sunday brunch to happy hour to live music and DJ sets late into the night. Take a breather from the packed dance floor and make some new friends in the courtyard on weekends (or during their new Motown Monday events).
The Mud House
The patio at The Mud House on Cherokee Street is a natural pick for an early coffee and pastry or a heartier brunch or lunch. The environment is bursting with character, from their humorous animal table-markers to the board-game-plastered bathroom. Open every day until 4 p.m., you’ll find the cozy brick patio filled with coffee-lovers conversing or conducting work meetings over a Mudslinger or the daily hash.
Thurman’s jazz bar is another Shaw neighborhood staple, named after the quiet residential street on which it huddles. Their covered patio outside features picnic table-style seating and, on evenings with live music, provides a breezy spot to enjoy the effervescent guitar wafting from inside.
Wild Flower Restaurant & Catering
We’d find any excuse to linger on the patio outside Wild Flower in the Central West End. On weekend mornings, you’ll find parties of family and friends lounging in the sun, sipping mimosas and enjoying the restaurant’s vegetable-forward brunch dishes. The lively area provides a fun backdrop for an elevated lunch date or romantic dinner.
Katie’s Pizza and Pasta
Katie’s Pizza and Pasta caters to all our hot-weather cravings, like their fluffy yet paper-thin crust topped with summer-squash blossoms, paired with a glass of white wine and a classic Caprese salad. The patio at the Rock Hill location feels lively and romantic, strung with warm-toned bulbs and peppered with plants. Venture to try items from the special’s menu, which highlights seasonal ingredients like asparagus or a highly specific mushroom.
Just blocks from Benton Park, Venice Café appears more like an art piece than a bar. Every inch of Venice’s three floors, including the outdoor patio, has been papered and enameled and encrusted with found objects, mosaic, sculptures, flags, Christmas lights, neon signs, and multi-hued lanterns. The cash-only venue also crams its calendar with live music nearly every night of the month.