Are you torn between visiting your favorite bar or getting outside for some summer fun and games? Here’s good news: you don’t have to choose. St. Louis bars offer beer gardens, bocce ball courts, sand volleyball and more, so you and your friends can enjoy your favorite games and your favorite watering holes at the same time. Here are a few STL faves.
Milo’s Bocce Garden
5201 Wilson Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 776-0468

The Hill is the STL’s fave neighborhood for Italian food. So why not taste a little more Italian life by stopping in at Milo’s for some bocce ball? Bocce is pronounced bow-chee (not botch-ee) and is a very popular game among Italians. The courts at Milo’s are often in use for tournaments and leagues, which gives you the chance to see the game played well. But if they’re free, the bartender can give you a set of rules and you are welcome to play on your own. You can also enjoy a cold beer, some wings, an antipasto plate, or a variety of other foods and snacks while you’re at Milo’s.

3503 Roger Place
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 771-2040

With a name like Friendly’s, it’s got to be fun, right? This sports bar has been one of St. Louis’s favorite places to play for years, and their outdoor games are a highlight. Washers, air hockey, and cornhole (bean bag toss) are traditional favorites. The air hockey game glows in the dark, bringing a bit of psychedelic 70s fun to the party. Some of the TVs even turn to face outdoors, so you can watch the game and play a game at the same time.

4204 Brewery
4204 West Main St.
Belleville, IL 62223
(618) 416-7261

The Illinois suburbs’ official entry in the microbrewery craze is 4204 Brewery, a large restaurant and brew pub near Lindenwood College in Belleville. The owners have just unveiled a new enclosed courtyard, which features a beer garden, horseshoe pits, space to play cornhole, a bocce court, and even a children’s play area. The new space will be home base for the brewery’s many events and tasting nights. The restaurant, which is known for prime rib and Sunday brunch, is very proud of its new outdoor space.

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The Royale
3132 S. Kingshighway
St. Louis, MO 63139
(314) 772-3600

The Royale’s courtyard, where seating is gathered around outdoor fire pits, is one of the STLs favorite outdoor spaces. Carry out a fresh juice cocktail from the bar or grab some handmade snacks and join in a nice, relaxed game of washers. If you’re not familiar with the game, it’s similar to horseshoes. Players stand in one pit and throw washers toward a cup in the opposite pit, scoring points for landing in (or nearest to) the cup. The Royale courtyard is a great place to relax on a warm St. Louis evening.

Bar 101
1724 S. Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 621-5400

Bar 101 boasts the largest patio and bar in St. Louis. The location, right at Third and Lafayette in Soulard, is right between Anheuser-Busch Brewery and Busch Stadium so it’s perfect for happy hour or as a stop on a night out in Soulard. But the real draw here is the four sand volleyball courts where you can feel like a beach bum even when you’re landlocked in the Lou. Volleyball leagues and tournaments are running during all the warm months of the year, and indoors you can relax with a beer and watch sports on one of the many screens.

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