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.
Barrio offers up a flavorful spin on Mexican, Cuban and South American cuisine. Its patio is the perfect setting to sip a selection from their extensive list of tequilas and mezcals. Daily tapas specials make this DeMun hotspot particularly great for happy hour.
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 Delmar Boulevard below.
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 and Ramon Cuffie‘s delicious dishes.
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!)
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 busy traffic on Kingshighway. On cooler nights, the outdoor firepit is the prime spot for cozy conversation.
On South Grand, Rooster’s patio is often filled to capacity with brunchers or lunchers chatting beneath vibrant yellow umbrellas, eating crepes, slingers or burgers. Owner Dave Bailey is modifying its floorplan to make way for a new, co-located barbecue joint Knockout, opening in September. Its menu will include both meaty and vegetarian barbecue dishes from around the globe.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. in Midtown
The courtyard at UCBC’s Brewery & Biergarten on Washington Avenue in Midtown feels like an oasis, as if it could belong in a Bavarian village or behind a cool California bungalow. In the warmer months, the outdoor space contains rows and rows of picnic tables shaded by umbrellas to accommodate the crowds. Grab a brew at the bar and peruse the beer-friendly menu, including UCBC’s signature warm pretzels, salads and sandwiches on locally made bread.
Sasha’s on Shaw
Sasha’s Shaw location recently revamped its 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 the unbeatable late-night drink and small bites happy hour. Choose from several 4 Hands cans at $2.50 each 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, on a Central West End property that also includes a gift shop, Holliday. 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 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. The menu is full of Mexican street food favorites that pair perfectly with the lineup of innovative margarita flavors such as blackberry-thyme and lavender-chili.
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 the humorous animal table-markers to the board game-plastered bathroom. Open every day until 4 p.m., the cozy brick patio is filled with coffee-lovers conversing or conducting work meetings over a Mudslinger or the daily hash.
Thurman’s in Shaw
Thurman’s is named after the quiet residential street on which it huddles in the Shaw neighborhood. The 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. The Mexican street food menu extends to brunch on Sundays, featuring classic dishes such as huevos rancheros and chilaquiles.
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 the 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 specials 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.
Editor’s note: This article updates the original version, published on June 4, 2018. As a bonus, our writer Christina Wood has added three additional patios we love in Soulard, Webster Groves and Benton Park.
John D. McGurk’s
With Guiness on tap and dishes like bangers and mash and corned beef and cabbage on the menu, John D. McGurk’s is celebrating all that Irish culture has to offer. Its 15,000-square-foot garden is a beautiful green space complete with fountains and three outdoor bars. A mainstay of Soulard for more than 40 years, McGurk’s elevates Irish pub fare and is a great place for a date night or special celebration.
Revamped and relaunched in 2018, The Boathouse brings a new menu and a live concert series to the center of Forest Park. For dinner, try the bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin or barbecue grilled salmon fillet and watch the ducks skim across the lake as the sun sets. Or stop for brunch before renting a paddle boat. The Boathouse is even pup friendly—it has a special food menu just for dogs.
The Frisco Barroom
The Frisco Barroom’s tavern and gathering space perfectly marries vintage saloon style with sleek modern sensibility. Outside the main building, which once served as the general store to the Old Orchard Station in Webster Groves, soft-glowing strand lights bring warm ambiance to the spacious patios and rooftop deck. This is a great particularly great spot for fans of bluegrass to listen to live music most Thursday through Saturday nights while enjoying contemporary takes on classic American food.
Featured image courtesy of Patrick Tomasso.