Babies in Bars

You had a baby. It happens. Despite consensus among suburbanites, you're not obligated to shed every aspect of your former self. In New York, at least, you can maintain some semblance of a social life. Just tote your wee one along with you to the pub. There, in addition to spending quality time together, you can teach your child important life lessons--like how to squat above a toilet seat. Check out five bars where pushing a stroller inside is welcomed. (Photo: Devin and his daddy at Abilene)

Updated: August 07, 2009

Tots and Tonic

Floyd Ny

131 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Forget the infamous stroller backlash at its brother, Union Hall. Here you won't be bothered while reliving your pre-parenthood days. During happy hour (Mon-Fri, 5pm-7pm) you can relax and have a beer before taking the opportunity to wow your kid with your prowess on the bocce ball court.

The Room

144 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

This beer and wine spot feels like the apartment you wish you could afford--all the more reason to frequent it with your family. Tenders are tolerant of couples with kids, so long as they go before the place gets too crowded.

Tea Lounge

837 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Park Slope's strollerati mix with hipster laptop tappers here, and everyone enjoys a kindly priced cup of coffee or bottled beer. In fact, some say the pickup mood lingering in the air partly explains the prevalence of under-employed creative types with children in the area.


442 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

It's tough to tell what the larger draw is to local couples looking for an end-of-day drink: The homey atmosphere or daily $4 drafts from 5pm to 7pm. Whatever the case, babies are as welcome and buxom babes.