22 Chill Patios to Visit This Weekend

St. Louis is home to many, many delightful patios — and yes, that's something we've covered time and again. (See this list, and this one, and this one, and !) But let's face it: You can't always get a seat at Bar Italia or Scape, and sometimes even the vast garden at McGurk's doesn't have a free table. When the weather has everyone dreaming of dining al fresco, you may want to try one of these under-the-radar patios instead. Some of these places have only recently opened (or reopened); others are simply a bit more off-the-beaten track. Either way, they're worth a try when the weather is hot and the rest of the city is patiently standing line, waiting for a table at Vin de Set. -- with contributions from Cheryl Baehr, Evan Sult and Sarah Fenske

St. Louis is home to many, many delightful patios — and yes, that's something we've covered time and again. (See this list, and this one, and this one, and !) But let's face it: You can't always get a seat at Bar Italia or Scape, and sometimes even the vast garden at McGurk's doesn't have a free table. When the weather has everyone dreaming of dining al fresco, you may want to try one of these under-the-radar patios instead. Some of these places have only recently opened (or reopened); others are simply a bit more off-the-beaten track. Either way, they're worth a try when the weather is hot and the rest of the city is patiently standing line, waiting for a table at Vin de Set. -- with contributions from Cheryl Baehr, Evan Sult and Sarah Fenske

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Boathouse
(6101 Government Dr., 314-367-3423)
OK, so this is not an easy restaurant to get into, but we'd be remiss not to mention it since it's a newcomer (or at least a vastly improved oldcomer, with an all-new menu as of this spring). Sugarfire Catering has taken over Forest Park's venerable Boathouse, and with that, added not one but two outside bars and a menu you'll actually want to eat. Best of all: You can catch a kayak or a canoe right from its dock.
Photo courtesy of Cheryl Baehr

Boathouse


(6101 Government Dr., 314-367-3423)
OK, so this is not an easy restaurant to get into, but we'd be remiss not to mention it since it's a newcomer (or at least a vastly improved oldcomer, with an all-new menu as of this spring). Sugarfire Catering has taken over Forest Park's venerable Boathouse, and with that, added not one but two outside bars and a menu you'll actually want to eat. Best of all: You can catch a kayak or a canoe right from its dock.

Photo courtesy of Cheryl Baehr
Earthbound Beer
(2724 Cherokee St.; 314-769-9576)
It's been 100 years since the building at 2724 Cherokee was last a brewery, but the new incarnation honors the original Cherokee Brewery by digging out the saggy parking lot next door and replacing it with a glorious sunken beer garden. The flowers planted on the walls are just starting to come in for the first time, and you can see traces of the old brewery's original footprint literally all around you. Toast the summer, toast each other and toast the rich history of St. Louis brewery architecture!
Photo courtesy of Jeff Siddons

Earthbound Beer


(2724 Cherokee St.; 314-769-9576)
It's been 100 years since the building at 2724 Cherokee was last a brewery, but the new incarnation honors the original Cherokee Brewery by digging out the saggy parking lot next door and replacing it with a glorious sunken beer garden. The flowers planted on the walls are just starting to come in for the first time, and you can see traces of the old brewery's original footprint literally all around you. Toast the summer, toast each other and toast the rich history of St. Louis brewery architecture!

Photo courtesy of Jeff Siddons
The Dark Room
(3610 Grandel Sq.; 314-776-9550)
The Dark Room isn't just a great place to get a bite before a show at the Fox or Powell Hall — this eatery inside the Grandel Theater is also one of the few places in Grand Center where you can eat and drink outside. Best of all, the patio offers an additional 35 seats beyond the ones inside, sure to come in handy during that pre-show rush.
Photo courtesy of The Dark Room

The Dark Room


(3610 Grandel Sq.; 314-776-9550)
The Dark Room isn't just a great place to get a bite before a show at the Fox or Powell Hall — this eatery inside the Grandel Theater is also one of the few places in Grand Center where you can eat and drink outside. Best of all, the patio offers an additional 35 seats beyond the ones inside, sure to come in handy during that pre-show rush.

Photo courtesy of The Dark Room
Clementine's Naughty and Nice Creamery
(730 De Mun Ave., Clayton; 314-858-6100)
The original Clementine's in Lafayette Square is tiny, with just a handful of tables inside and in a small patio area behind a high wall. But its De Mun outpost features a sizable area with sidewalk seating and a great view of the park across the street. Enjoying one of Tamara Keefe's ultra-rich creations from this sweet cafe setting has to be one of St. Louis greatest summertime pleasures.
Photo courtesy of Sarah Fenske

Clementine's Naughty and Nice Creamery


(730 De Mun Ave., Clayton; 314-858-6100)
The original Clementine's in Lafayette Square is tiny, with just a handful of tables inside and in a small patio area behind a high wall. But its De Mun outpost features a sizable area with sidewalk seating and a great view of the park across the street. Enjoying one of Tamara Keefe's ultra-rich creations from this sweet cafe setting has to be one of St. Louis greatest summertime pleasures.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Fenske
Tropical Liqueurs
(4014 Manchester Ave.; 314-899-9404)
St. Louis one and only Tropical Liqueurs location opened in the Grove this spring after uprooting from Soulard — and its sizable new environs seem like a huge upgrade (and we're not just saying that because the neighbors are so much more welcoming). In the very back of the building is a large, fully enclosed patio that feels very New Orleans — the perfect place to enjoy Trops' slushies and food from Guerrilla Street Food.
Photo courtesy of Sarah Fenske

Tropical Liqueurs


(4014 Manchester Ave.; 314-899-9404)
St. Louis one and only Tropical Liqueurs location opened in the Grove this spring after uprooting from Soulard — and its sizable new environs seem like a huge upgrade (and we're not just saying that because the neighbors are so much more welcoming). In the very back of the building is a large, fully enclosed patio that feels very New Orleans — the perfect place to enjoy Trops' slushies and food from Guerrilla Street Food.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Fenske
Hendel's Market Café & Piano Bar 
(559 St. Denis St.; 314-837-2304)
Located in an old general store that was founded after the close of the Civil War, Hendel's Market Cafe has all of the charm you'd expect from Florissant's historic district. This quaint, tree-lined patio is like a cozy getaway, unquestionably the best place in north county for enjoying an outdoor meal or a glass of wine.
Photo courtesy of the Riverfront Times

Hendel's Market Café & Piano Bar


(559 St. Denis St.; 314-837-2304)
Located in an old general store that was founded after the close of the Civil War, Hendel's Market Cafe has all of the charm you'd expect from Florissant's historic district. This quaint, tree-lined patio is like a cozy getaway, unquestionably the best place in north county for enjoying an outdoor meal or a glass of wine.

Photo courtesy of the Riverfront Times
River's Edge Social
(6997 Chippewa St.; 314-659-8756)
Aurel Bardho's restaurant may sit on a busy stretch of Chippewa, but its patio is shielded from the street by both landscaping and a little elevation, giving it a nicely secluded feel. There are both covered and uncovered portions so diners can choose how much sunlight they prefer.
Photo courtesy of Sarah Fenske

River's Edge Social


(6997 Chippewa St.; 314-659-8756)
Aurel Bardho's restaurant may sit on a busy stretch of Chippewa, but its patio is shielded from the street by both landscaping and a little elevation, giving it a nicely secluded feel. There are both covered and uncovered portions so diners can choose how much sunlight they prefer.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Fenske
Wellspent Brewing Co.
(2917 Olive St.; 314-328-0505)
Kyle and Angela Kohlmorgen don't just want Wellspent Brewing Co., their new Midtown brewery and tap room, to be a beer lover's mecca; they also want it to be a fun place for the whole family. Hence the board games in shelves along one wall — and the child-size picnic table in the midst of the adult ones on the patio. Sheltered by brick walls on two sides, Wellspent's patio is surprisingly chill for its proximity to Olive. On a warm-weather day, it's a great place to try this new brewery's yeast-driven beers.
Photo courtesy of Sarah Fenske

Wellspent Brewing Co.


(2917 Olive St.; 314-328-0505)
Kyle and Angela Kohlmorgen don't just want Wellspent Brewing Co., their new Midtown brewery and tap room, to be a beer lover's mecca; they also want it to be a fun place for the whole family. Hence the board games in shelves along one wall — and the child-size picnic table in the midst of the adult ones on the patio. Sheltered by brick walls on two sides, Wellspent's patio is surprisingly chill for its proximity to Olive. On a warm-weather day, it's a great place to try this new brewery's yeast-driven beers.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Fenske
Bloom Cafe
(5200 Oakland Ave; 314-652-5666)
This newcomer near the St. Louis Science Center doesn't just offer good, casual food: It also labors for a good cause, with a job training program aimed at people with disabilities. The cafe is open for breakfast and lunch every day but Sunday, with a sizable patio perfect for strollers.
Photo courtesy of Taylor Vinson

Bloom Cafe


(5200 Oakland Ave; 314-652-5666)
This newcomer near the St. Louis Science Center doesn't just offer good, casual food: It also labors for a good cause, with a job training program aimed at people with disabilities. The cafe is open for breakfast and lunch every day but Sunday, with a sizable patio perfect for strollers.

Photo courtesy of Taylor Vinson
Barrio
(740 De Mun Ave., Clayton; 314-725-0332)
Previously De Mun Oyster Bar, the big corner space in the heart of DeMun has been transformed to Barrio, a stylish Mexican-inspired spot with great cocktails. The patio here flows out of the French doors facing the street, making for a singularly lovely place for brunch or happy hour.
Photo courtesy of Cheryl Baehr

Barrio


(740 De Mun Ave., Clayton; 314-725-0332)
Previously De Mun Oyster Bar, the big corner space in the heart of DeMun has been transformed to Barrio, a stylish Mexican-inspired spot with great cocktails. The patio here flows out of the French doors facing the street, making for a singularly lovely place for brunch or happy hour.

Photo courtesy of Cheryl Baehr