Sometimes the only beverage we can handle after drinking buckets of water is a frosty brew. Lucky for us, D.C. has a booming beer scene, with plenty of kid-friendly places to enjoy a cold one (without the need to hire a babysitter). Cheers, Mamas and Papas!

Dacha Beer Garden

Set in a little townhouse a block from the Shaw metro, Dacha is part swim up bar, part diamond in the rough. Kiddos can hang at the picnic tables flanked by a giant mural, while the grown-ups pop over to the walk up bar and try to figure out whether they want mead, cider, or an impressive selection of Deutschland authentic beers to drink from “Das Boot.” We’re not lying, they really do come in a boot glass, so make sure the kids have their favorite sippy cups so they don’t get jealous. There’s no formal kitchen here, but you’re welcome to bring outside food. Note: The toilets here are of the portable variety, but regulars swear they are the cleanest outdoor bathrooms ever.

1600 7th St., NW (Shaw U.)

Do you have a favorite family-friendly beer garden, brewery or ale house. Give us the lowdown in the comments section below. 

—Hilary Riedemann and Ayren Jackson-Cannady