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The Backbar at Scape.

Photo by Nancy Stiles

The Backbar at Scape.

St. Louis loves its sports almost as much as it loves eating and drinking outside. But every once in awhile The Big Game falls on what was supposed to be Date Night, and you can't be carried away by the nuances of your amuse bouche when you're checking the score on your phone every six minutes. That night is the perfect one to head to Scape's back patio. The space is dominated by a wall lush with enough greenery and columns to make a university blush (never mind it's actually concealing a parking garage). Cozy chairs and loveseats provide an intimate experience, while white lights zig-zag overhead and are woven through topiaries. Better still, the game's always within eyeshot: There are three large flat-screen televisions on that sprawling green wall and a fourth behind the outdoor bar. Scape's excellent food is upscale and seasonal, but it's not all kale and crab cakes: Pork ribs, a filet burger and mac & cheese also reside on the menu. 48 Maryland Plaza, St. Louis, 63108. 314-361-7227,

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