Not far from the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis is a great patio restaurant
Just a quick trip over the Jefferson Barracks bridge is tiny, quaint Columbia , Illinois. The shots shown in this collection is one of the more unheralded spots to eat and bowl if you want. While at first passing this place by due to its low profile, the Columbia City Saloon is the bar restaurant in front of a first class bowling alley.
The red canvas awning covers a large first class heated and ceiling fan cooled outdoor patio.
By the way, live entertainment every night at 9 pm with Thursdays starting at 6 pm, so it gets crowded here that night. Beer on Wednesdays only is 50 cents a glass or 2.50 a pitcher and it is real cold too. The bowling alley and Saloon sits way back from Illinois highway 3 (across from their Columbia Middle school) behind a strip mall. You won't see it from the highway. Its not too far from the Mississippi river JB bridge, so don't drive southbound past the town tree nursery on the right or you've gone way too far. Just look for the only McDonalds on the right going south on 3 and the large strip mall is there with the bowling alley behind that. You're not going to get lost.
If you are looking for that local flavor to your trip and want to get into semi-rural Illinois, come to Columbia, especially their only bowling alley/restaurant. You will like the prices and the patio dining as well. Plus, the friendliest servers too!