After a long summer day at work, turning on the scorching oven might sound like torture. Spend a night in utopia by ecaping one of St. Louis’ best restaurant patios for flowing drinks, piquant provisions and good company.

Amigo’s Cantina

-Built approximately six feet off the ground, the Amigo’s Cantina deck gets a nice breeze and has a roof to protect from rain.

-Amigo’s uses fresh lime juice, agave nectar and only top-shelf tequila for its hand-shaken margaritas.

Café Eau at The Chase Park Plaza

-Café Eau has the recipe for a great summer evening: a stunning sunset, dinner by the pool, extensive dinner menu, specialty drinks and live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Il Bel Lago

-Away from the busy street, surrounded by green shrubbery and trees, with a large fountain and Italian music playing in the background, owner Carmelo Gabriele says the patio at Il Bel Lago is like a little escape to Tuscany.

Café Napoli

-Manager Gale O’Leary says that in addition to the famous veal chops and sea bass entrees and patio’s warm ambiance, guests flock to Café Napoli to see and be seen.

-The restaurant just added 10 new cocktails to its drink menu, including grapefruit, cucumber and espresso martinis.

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