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Readers’ Choice 2015: Best Patio – John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub and Garden

Saturday, July 25th, 2015



John D. McGurk’s in Soulard has an outdoor patio with room enough for multiple Irish family reunions (yep, it’s a big ’un). Featuring a mix of canopied bar seating and more intimate tables surrounded by a lush romantic garden, the Old World-inspired courtyard can get raucous in the summer, yet there are plenty of nooks and crannies to steal a quiet moment. We suggest parking yourself out back around the tinkling fountain under the dappled shade of trees as you start Leopold Bloom-ing your way through the selection of Irish and craft beer and pub-style nibbles that will take you straight to the Emerald Isle.

-photo by Carmen Troesser

Drink This Weekend Edition: 3 porch pounders to drink all spring

Thursday, May 7th, 2015





Everybody likes a porch. Call it what you will: a stoop, a patio, a small deck, it’s a place where we grill, drink some wine and talk the hours away. Not every bottle of wine makes for a perfect porch pounder though. There are rules, people.

Rule No. 1: The wine must be affordable – no more than $15 a bottle.
Rule No. 2: The wines must be easy to drink. Folks should want another glass.
Rule No. 3: The wines must be served cold and ready to drink right out of the bottle.

Now that we’ve established ground rules, here are three perfect porch-pounding wines for every palate. Grab a bottle, call some friends and hit the porch.

1. St. Louis has received an influx of very good French white wine in the last few months. In spring and summer, I love the tang and grass notes of sauvignon blanc, but you have to be careful with this grape. It can be aggressive in some wines. Chateau Mayne Pargade Bordeaux Blanc is made with both Sémillon and sauvignon blanc grapes to give this highly drinkable wine more texture. It’s widely available around town, and Claymont Wines & Spirits sells it for a steal at $10.

2. Ubiquitous rosé is always wonderful this time of year. While they can be a bit sweet, southern France produces a fine selection of dry rosés. Languedoc Pic Saint Loup from Chateau La Roque is crisp, balanced and clean with watermelon and citrus notes, yet it has enough body and mineral to stand up to grilled food. You can grab a bottle at Lukas Wines & Spirits in Ellisville for $13.

3. Finally, few porch pounders can compete against a chilled red wine. The Lapierre family makes the wine for just such an occasion: Raisins Gaulois. Brilliant, bright red fruit and a hint of earth with just a touch of pepper make this perfect for outdoor sipping, and it is designed to be served chilled. A solid everyday wine like this can easily be found at a reasonable price; The Wine and Cheese Place regularly sells it for $13.



The Scoop: Clayton debuts pop-up sidewalk seating with parklets

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015




Clayton’s first foray into pop-up sidewalk seating was recently unveiled in front of Barcelona Tapas. It’s called a parklet and the public space seating can seat up to 14 people, as reported by St. Louis Magazine. The expandable patio measures 6.6-by-18 feet, about the size of two parallel parking spots.

“This is the king of the parklet pilot program,” said George Ertle, assistant to the city manager in Clayton. “We’ll see if it’s an idea worth pursuing.”

Ertle said the parklet idea came from committee meetings for Clayton’s Strategic Planning Process, dubbed “C the Future.” Frank Schmitz, owner of Barcelona Tapas, said he had seen parklets popping up in his travels to various cities over the past three years, prompting him to bring up the idea while serving on the committee.

Designed by Tao+Lee Associates and built by Pinnacle Contracting for Clayton, the project cost about $30,000. The parklet is made of pine wood sideboards, a galvanized steel ramp for the walkway from the street to the portable street seating, and Trex composite decking for the flooring, that will stay cool when it’s hot outside.

“It’s a public space, but the city allows Barcelona Tapas to use it,” Schmitz said, noting that people can enjoy the parklet with or without ordering from the restaurant. He said the tiny addition to the alfresco seating on North Central Avenue has been well-received, with people eating, socializing and relaxing.

The lighter traffic flow on North Central Avenue and its narrow sidewalks make it a good spot to test the parklet prototype, Ertle said, adding that several nearby restaurants have expressed interest in using them as well.

“They’re aimed at being both business and resident friendly. Parklets absolutely enhance a restaurant or shop,” Schmitz said. “But it’s a learning process for everyone. It’s a big question of how these will be financed in the future.”

6 St. Louis Patios to Welcome Spring

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Patio season has officially arrived, and after a brutal winter, we’re ready eat, drink and play al fresco. Last year, you named Vin de Set‘s stunning rooftop spot your favorite patio during the 2013 Readers Choice Awards. Here, a view of what you’ll see this weekend, plus your 5 other top picks:


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