On nice days, having a beer and pretzel served to you while enjoying an outside patio is a sweet combination. A beer garden is often thought of in German terms, “bier garten,” but is really any cozy outdoor eating spot of a bar or restaurant. Step outside for some fresh air and fresh brew at the most favorite local beer gardens. Enjoy a taste of Germany right here in the Midwest with a beer on an outside patio. Meet up with a friend, or kick back alone in the quiet outdoor freshness of these top beer gardens in St. Louis.
International Tap House
1711 S. 9th St. St. Louis, MO 63104 (314) 621-4333 www.internationaltaphouse.com
Discover a plethora of brews to choose from the 44 drafts on hand along with hundreds of botted varieties. Locally referred to as iTAP, this place is your go-to hot spot after a morning of shopping at Soulard Market or before any Cardinals’ ballgame. The Soulard location has a nice beer garden that is fenced in and, depending on the season, is adorned with beautiful flowers and bright colors of live plants. Come for fun events held out on the patio throughout the cool of spring and fall as well as any summer night.
The Bauernhof At Grant’s Farm
10501 Gravois Rd. St. Louis, MO 63123 (314) 843-1700 www.grantsfarm.com
One of the favorite attractions in the area, which visitors to St. Louis enjoy with the entire family, is Grant’s Farm. Tucked away inside Grant’s Farm is The Bauernhof, which is a courtyard surrounded by a beautiful carriage house museum and stables that house a few Clydesdale horses. It’s officially called The Bauernhof, but locals know it as free Anheuser-Busch beer tasting for guests 21 years of age or older in a beautiful outdoor courtyard beer garden hospitality room. Grab your free sample, and then join your family for lunch.
McGurk’s Public House
108 S. Main St. O’Fallon, MO 63366 (636) 978-9640 www.mcgurkspublichouse.com
Meet friends and neighbors, or just come in for some great food and a beer out on the patio at this Irish Pub with a corner neighborhood bar kind of feel. The O’Fallon location is inside one of the oldest buildings in the city, dating back to the 1800s. Walk through the historic building, past the walnut bar, and into the beer garden patio where you will be welcome to enjoy an iced-cold Guinness or a variety of local brews. The outdoor patio is cozy with a beautiful garden setting and fairly well secluded as a refreshing escape from the otherwise rushed and stressful world.
Blue’s City Deli
2438 McNair Ave. St. Louis, MO 63104 (314) 773-8225 www.bluescitydeli.com
When a warehouse worker went for his dream to open a sandwich shop that featured walls filled with St. Louis Blues hockey and music history, the locals responded favorably. When the doors open at 11 a.m. each day, the lines have already begun to form. The owner, then rose to the occasion to offer more seating and now offers a wood-smoked pizzeria in the neighboring garage with a shared beer garden style patio between the sandwich shop and pizzeria. Come and enjoy live music and draft or 12 ounce bottles of domestic beers.