kids in a bar/restaurant

Rosie - posted on 02/02/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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would you take your children to a restaurant that is mostly a bar, that sells food?

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Amie - posted on 07/15/2011

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Hope - posted on 07/15/2011

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No. I cannot say that I would take my baby to a bar that sells food. Infants still are developing their hearing levels and loud noises can do a lot of damage to young ones' ears. Also the issue of over-stimulation for babies brought into bars/restaurant bars is sickening. I was in a very loud restaurant with some gal palls, and I saw a infant trying to sleep, while the parents were eating and yell-talking to eachother. The child did baby-signs of "stop hands" and the parent had no idea of what was happening to the baby. I wanted to tell the parents that the atmosphere was too loud for their baby and they should have chosen another place to eat for that reason or get the baby some ear muffs.

Charlie - posted on 02/07/2010

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Yes , in fact its one of our fave places to eat , everyone is super friendly and all the waitresses and bar staff come racing out to say hi to Coop , we walk in and everyone yells COOPER !!! He loves the attention too not to mention the outdoor playground and dady can relax with a beer and we can all enjoy great food , EVERYONE is happy .

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If it's an establishment that offers a kids menu and is more like a sports bar/restaurant, then there's no big deal. If it is a strictly a booze & bar hang out place then kids have no business there.

Sarah - posted on 02/07/2010

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I literally spent practically every sunday afternoon down the pub!
So long as there were other kids there to play with, i quite enjoyed it!
We've taken our girls to the pub occasionally, we usually only bother in the summer tho when we can sit outside. We always go to one with a play area too.
Wish the pubs back in my day had the sort of outdoor play areas they have now!! The pub we used to go to just had an ancient rusty old climbing frame that was probably more dangerous than it was fun! :)

Lindsay - posted on 02/06/2010

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LOL Joy....I was thinking Chuck E Cheese when I opened this thread! But honestly, I can't think of any restuarants around here that are "sit down" and don't have a bar. And I'm fine taking my kids any of those places. The places that I would think are unsuitable, does have age limits and they wouldn't be able to get in anyhow.



On a side note, Cooper frequently requests Hooters! =)

JL - posted on 02/06/2010

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I think it depends on where and when. Otherwise I don't see the issue especially since most restaurants have bars and are family freindly. I mean crap most Chuck E Cheese's now sell beer to adults.

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I've taken my kids to the bar I used to work at........on Saturday, during the day, when Auntie Christina is working.
I probably wouldn't have stayed if it was busy, but it's usually not on Saturdays until later in the afternoon.
I think it all depends on where and when you're taking them, but I don't see it as an issue.

Tawny - posted on 02/06/2010

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I do not see it a problem. There are too many restaurants that have bars in them. I personally don't sit in the bar section I sit in the restaurant area. Look at Applebees, Chilis, Red Robin, and many more restaurant/bar places.

Cathelijn - posted on 02/06/2010

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Ofcourse it depends on the place no one should be taking their kids to a bar with loud music and lots of rowdy drunk people.
I live in London (UK) and there are lots of pubs around and we usually go to a pub during the weekend for a bite to eat and we take our daughter with us. We obviously pick a child friendly place and we won't be staying after around 8 pm when people are just there to drink and get drunk...

Amie - posted on 02/06/2010

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It depends on the kind. It's not much of an issue around here, a lot of the family restaurants (even fuddruckers) sells alcohol for the parents. We take our kids to Montana's a lot which is half bar/half restaurant. We never drink when we know we have to drive though so it's really a non issue.



It's pretty obvious to most mom's have the common sense to know to stay away from places that are not suited to kids. It doesn't mean every establishment that has some type of bar should be kept away from though.



Oh and for ones that are "mostly bars but sell food" those have age limits. If it's mostly a bar then guaranteed you'll have to be legal age to even set foot in it.

Michelle - posted on 02/03/2010

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Agree with everyone-- We have a place here called Old Chicago, and while it's supposed to be like.... kind of a sports bar there's also a small dining room as well, and around here it's a normal family place to go. Lots of places like that around here are like that, in fact it's pretty rare to find an actual sit-down, nicer restaurant (I'm not talking about like I-Hop here) that doesn't have a fairly significantly sized bar.

Plus it all depends on how wasted you're going to be at the end of the night lol

Nikki - posted on 02/02/2010

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I was a bartender for many years at Bar & Grills and I served alot of families, we have kids menus and lots of tvs, so yes I would take my son there, it depends on the place itself, I dont think Id take him to a dive, but a chain yeah

Kate CP - posted on 02/02/2010

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Yea, I guess so. Depends on the establishment, though. If it's known for being kinda rough then obviously I would pick a different place. :)

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Yes. Where I live it is rare for a restaurant to NOT have a bar. I wouldn't bring her to a full blown bar or night club. But a Bar and Grill type restaurant, yes.

Rosie - posted on 02/02/2010

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i personally have done it and i guess it really depends on the type of restaurant/bar that it is. there is a great little diner/bar in my city that makes great cheeseburgers and i have taken my kids there many a times. it is also a place that i have gone out with some of my friends to have a drink after work. now mind u this was for lunch or dinner and we weren't there after 7 pm when more people go in there to drink, adn it's not like i take them to a place where it's a bar only and we're out to all hours drinking it up with my kids and driving home.

i saw something like this on the internet and people seemed mostly concerned with the fact that kids were bothering them, which is pretty much everybody's gripe when you bring your kids into a regular restaurant. if your kids are well behaved then once again there should be no problem.

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