Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Backbar at Scape is Ready for Spring

Posted By on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 7:00 AM

The dining area at Backbar. | Nancy Stiles
  • The dining area at Backbar. | Nancy Stiles

Scape (48 Maryland Plaza; 314-361-7227) is a well-known Central West End hot spot for dinner, but it's easy to forget there's an outdoor lounge, too. The bistro has been prepping its patio for spring and is even upgrading it with two 72-inch flat screens to watch all those Cards games. We got a sneak peek before the upcoming opening on Thursday, April 24.

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Looking in the Scape dining room. | Nancy Stiles
  • Looking in the Scape dining room. | Nancy Stiles

You'll be able to enjoy dinner at the Backbar at Scape, but you don't have to. People can come in directly from Maryland or York avenues and sit beneath the lights and ivy-covered walls. There's a separate lounge area with a bar and hightop tables, complete with four taps and about a dozen local beers by the bottle. There's a special menu of seven appetizers, but diners won't be turned down if they want to order from the regular Scape menu.

Scape hoped to open the Backbar this week, but thanks to the unseasonably cold weather, it looks like it'll be next week instead. Every Wednesday you can watch the Cardinals on the flat-screens, with specials like Cardinals sangria.

Check out more photos of the Backbar. The grand opening party is Thursday, April 24, at 6 p.m. The Funky Butt Brass band will be playing, plus there will be sangria and Schlafly specials all night.

Backbar is a secluded spot in the Central West End. | Nancy Stiles
  • Backbar is a secluded spot in the Central West End. | Nancy Stiles
The street entrance. | Nancy Stiles
  • The street entrance. | Nancy Stiles
Two 72-inch flat screens will adorn the walls of ivy. | Nancy Stiles
  • Two 72-inch flat screens will adorn the walls of ivy. | Nancy Stiles
Looking into the bar and lounge area. | Nancy Stiles
  • Looking into the bar and lounge area. | Nancy Stiles

Gut Check is always hungry for tips and feedback. E-mail the author at nancy.stiles@riverfronttimes.com or follow her on Twitter.


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