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Best kid-friendly bars in New York City

Sometimes mommy just needs a cocktail. These kid-friendly bars in NYC let you throw one back with the kids in tow (judgment-free)

Just because you're now responsible for a tiny human being doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun. There are quite a few kid-friendly bars in NYC that will welcome your whole family without raised eyebrows—just make sure to stop by one of their favorite neighborhood playgrounds beforehand to minimize squirming. Some of these watering holes even double as family restaurants so you can grab some grub for the kids while sipping that beer or cocktail. There's yet another reason why NYC is the best place to raise kids!

**Please bear in mind that children are not welcome to sit at the bar itself, but at tables within the bar space.

Kid-friendly bars in NYC

Soda Bar

Back in the 1930s, Soda Bar was a favorite local ice cream parlor– since then, it’s been transformed into a favorite local bar with cheap beer on draft and classic pub fare like juicy burgers, fish & chips and BLTs. You’ll find a unique crowd of indie 20-somethings and stroller-pushers, so you’ll be in good company. A gorgeous outdoor deck for dining, vintage posters and comfy couches make this the perfect place to kick back for a beer before it’s time for your kiddo’s naptime (and yours). 629 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn (718-230-8393, yelp.com/biz/soda-bar-brooklyn)

Brooklyn Brewery

Reason #134 we love Brooklyn Brewery: They don't just love us, they love our kids too! If you book a Small Batch Brewery Tour, kids can join for free if they're under two– and it's just a $10 ticket if they're older (which includes a souvenir glass filled with craft soda or water). If you hit up a regular brewery tour and your kids are getting hungry, you can even order pizza to be delivered. We may never leave. 79 N. 11th St, Brooklyn (718-486-7422, brooklynbrewery.com)

The Bailey Pub & Brasseries

Bring the bairns to mingle with the single-malt sipping Wall Street crowd at this fancy tavern. Kids are welcome to sit anywhere, though you'll likely want to snag a quieter seat away from the traditional wooden bar. The red-leather banquettes are comfy and remarkably spillproof. Ask for a highchair and then order up a cocktail for yourself (for our money, the Champagne Sangria, $12, counts as juice!), while junior chooses pub fare from the $8 kids menu. Burgers, bangers, grilled cheese and pigs in a blanket (those are mini kobe beef franks, thank you very much!) all come with a scoop of ice cream for dessert.52 Williams St (212-245-2337, thebaileynyc.com)

Franklin Park

With its 15-table outdoor space, Franklin Park is the perfect spot for an al fresco drink (or two). Beers rotate seasonally and if the kids are bored there's always the photo booth, Pop-A-Shot basketball or skee ball to keep them entertained. 618 St. Johns Pl, Brooklyn (718-975-0196, franklinparkbrooklyn.com)

Der Schwarze Kölner

Fort Greene’s favorite German restaurant and bar Der Schwarze Kölner offers craft beer and pretzels, foosball, indoor-outdoor dining space and every kind of bratwurst you can imagine. Two pointers: it's cash only and there are no kids allowed in after 9pm. 710 Fulton St, Brooklyn (347-841-4495, dsk-brooklyn.com)

Brother Jimmy's

This Southern-inflected watering hole can get rowdy in the evening, but head to one of the six city locations for drinks in the early afternoon and you're golden. Coloring pages, plastic cups with straws and lids and tasty kids' menu options will keep the tots happy while parents take advantage of top-notch barbecue lunch specials and specialty cocktails. Look out for family-friendly events like the "Brunch Baby, Brunch" series in the summer. 116 E 16th St (212-673-6465, brotherjimmys.com)

Mission Dolores

Judging by the bar’s extensive kids-rule section on their website, we’ll go ahead and say this is a popular place for moms and dads with little ones. While you’re sipping on one of the bar’s new brews (they rotate regularly), be sure to check out the back patio and board games. With 20 draft lines and one hand-pump cask you’ll find it hard to leave, but don’t hang around too long…kids must be out of the bar by 6pm, no exceptions. 249 4th Ave between Carroll and President Sts, Brooklyn (347-457-5606, missiondolores.com)

Gowanus Grove

Formerly BKLYN Yard, Gowanus Grove sports a really outdoorsy backyard vibe and offers burgers, Mexican food and cups of sangria for the adults. The huge outdoor space attached to the bar offers seating in the form of picnic tables for families. On weekends, you'll find film screenings, live comedy and dance parties! 400 Carroll St, Brooklyn (yelp.com/biz/gowanus-grove-brooklyn)

Ear Inn

You can bring kids to this old-timey bar, but the folks at Ear Inn probably wouldn't want us to tell you that. The cozy and delightfully divey bar is always busy with warehouse workers and union guys rubbing shoulders with musicians and Soho media types, but if you stop in for lunch or early dinner (aim for 6pm) you get to enjoy tasty pub fare such as burgers, dumplings, pasta and spicy shrimp, before things get too boisterous. The tables are small, but kids can doodle on the paper tablecloth with crayons while you soak up the atmosphere at this landmark registered hostelry. Built in the late 18th century, the Ear Inn's door was just five feet from banks of the Hudson River at the time. Parent tip: Nab a table as far as possible from the restrooms, they can smell rather, erm, authentic. 326 Spring St (212-226-9060, earinn.com)

Habana Outpost

Habana Outpost offers traditional Mexican and Cuban food alongside cocktails and beer. Kids can hang out at Habana any time, and the bar/restaurant’s traditional cuisine will keep ‘em stuffed while you sip a delicious drink. Habana loves families so much that they host free craft classes several times a month. During the classes, kids can make things like bottle cap magnets, nature collages and flower crowns. 757 Fulton Street, Brooklyn (718-858-9500, habanaoutpost.com)


With its long tables and giant projection screen, this epic beer hall is a perfect place to hang with the whole brood and knock back a few beers. Picky eaters are no problem—there are four different food vendors to choose from (including Asia Dog, Ramen Burger and Pizza Moto Slice Shop) so everyone is sure to find something they like. Beer drinkers have their pick of an array of drafts, bottles and cans from breweries as close to home as Brooklyn and as far–flung as Japan. 899 Bergen St, Brooklyn (718-857-2337, bergn.com)

New York Beer Company

There was a time when taking your kid to a bar in Times Square would have Child Protective Services knocking at your door. At this bar, not-so-much. You'll find the environs at this huge New York–themed sports bar to be way more wholesome than, say, the nearby McDonalds. Here you'll find a post-work, pre-show crowd who mostly hang out at the ginormous bar and grab pub fare such as sandwiches, salads, pasta and burgers. The substantial $10 kids menu comes with juice or soda and offers generous portions of quesadillas, hot dogs, fish and chips and pizza. Thirsty parents will find a wide selection of craft brews, beer flights and even growlers—if it's been a really tough day. Happily, there are are plenty of tucked-away alcoves that are perfect for downing a beer and corralling your brood away from the hubbub when the bar is busy. 321 W 44th St (212-245-2337, nybeercompany.com)

Backyard Restaurant and Bar

Perfect for brunching, Backyard Restaurant and Bar offers everything from French Toast Casserole to Bourbon Pulled Pork, and they also have a great craft beer selection and original cocktails (not to mention an award-winning wine list). Surprise: they also have an awesome backyard space. In collaboration with wellness, pregnancy and baby expert group Baby Caravan, Backyard now hosts “Half Pint with Your Half Pint: A Happy Hour for New Mothers” the first Tuesday of every month from 3pm to 5pm. 388 5th Ave, Brooklyn (347-227-8018, backyardbrooklyn.com)