8 St. Louis Rooftop Bars for Prime Patio Weather
We’re crossing our fingers that the most aggressive heat of the St. Louis summer has passed and we can welcome prime patio weather. Since last summer, there have been a number of rooftop bars added to our city, leaving us with a variety of choices. Not only do they serve up a stiff cocktail and fantastic views, they all offer tasty bites, entrees and desserts. Best of all, these eight rooftop bars are scattered throughout various neighborhoods of St. Louis, so everyone can enjoy.
1. Angad Rainbow Terrace
Open as of last April, the Angad Rainbow Terrace (A.R.T.) at the Angad Arts Hotel offers incredible views of the downtown skyline from Grand Center. Order a cocktail from the elaborate menu created by beverage director Meredith Barry or small plates and snacks from the hotel’s restaurant, Grand Tavern by David Burke. A.R.T. is open from 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and from 11:30 a.m.- 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Happy hour is from 2-6 p.m. daily, offering guests happy hour libations and bites ranging from $5-$15, including CBD options.
2. Cinder House
Cinder House, Gerard Craft’s latest project, is one of the swankiest rooftops in town. The restaurant and patio opened last August, and the buzz hasn’t let up since. The menu is inspired by Craft’s childhood nanny, Dia, who made him the savory Brazilian food of her homeland. Perched on the eighth floor of the Four Seasons Hotel, the outdoor bar and dining areas provide guests with sweeping views of the Mississippi River and Downtown area. Visit in the evening to watch the sun set over the city, or enjoy Sunday brunch (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) with an assortment of wood-fired grilled meats as well as a Boteo (bar) menu during lunch hours (11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily) and on the rooftop from 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
3. Vin de Set
Vin de Set is a luxurious rooftop French bistro on Chouteau Avenue. Its open-air deck overlooks the tree-shaded streets of Lafayette Square, with the Downtown skyline in the distance. The restaurant, part of the multi-concept restaurant group from Paul and Wendy Hamilton, offers a well-known Sunday brunch from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. complete with a bloody Mary bar and prime rib station—and each guest receives a complimentary mimosa. Restaurant hours are Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 5 p.m.-12 a.m. and Sunday 5-10 p.m.
4. The Last Rooftop
The city’s newest boutique hotel, The Last Hotel, recently opened Downtown after much anticipation. The historic building on Washington Avenue was originally home to the International Shoe Company, and the hotel takes its name from the form used in making shoes, called a last. The menu at The Last Rooftop comes from executive chef Evy Swoboda, previously of Pastaria, and offers locally sourced ingredients in dishes like flatbread pizzas and handmade pastas. The rooftop is open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-12 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
5. Rooftop Garden Bar at the Moonrise Hotel
The Rooftop Garden Bar sits at the top of the Moonrise Hotel in the Delmar Loop. This funky establishment offers a new perspective of the skyline from below the world’s largest rotating man-made moon. Sit in the sunlight to soak up the rays or find shelter in the indoor/outdoor Twilight Room bar. During summer hours, the bar is open from Sunday-Friday from 5 p.m.-2:45 a.m. and from 3 p.m.- 2:45 p.m. on summertime Saturdays.
6. The Bellwether
A sister restaurant to the acclaimed Polite Society in Lafayette Square, The Bellwether opened in June in the old City Hospital Power Plant Building. The menu is highly seasonal and includes contemporary American small plates, pastas, entrees and cocktails. Indoors, the space is decorated elegantly, with Moroccan lamps that hang from the ceiling and lush purple curtains that drape over windows. Outdoors, the west-facing patio offers gorgeous sunset views. The restaurant opens daily at 4:30 p.m., closing at 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and at 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
7. Three Sixty
Located at the top of the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, Three Sixty has been open since 2011. The menu from chef Rick Kazmer, previously of Cleveland-Heath in Edwardsville, includes a variety of tacos, sandwiches, pizzas, salads, small plates and desserts. Brunch is also available from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Three Sixty is open Monday-Thursday from 4 p.m.-1 a.m., Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. and Sunday from 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
8. Form Skybar
This past March, Form Skybar opened atop Hotel Saint Louis, offering scenic views of the Downtown area. The space is lit by a number of chandeliers and sleek, modern seating along the windows, giving guests a view of the city. The menu from executive chef Matt Birkenmeier pays homage to the diversity of St. Louis, including tacos inspired by Cherokee Street, cevapi inspired by the Bevo Mill area and more. Visit Form Skybar Tuesday-Thursday from 4 p.m.-12 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
Featured image courtesy of Moonrise Hotel.