Keg stands and dive bars may be a distant memory (and if they aren’t, you are officially our hero) but parenthood doesn’t mean you have to abandon your love of throwing back a brewski or your love of a craft beer. And great news for us, Los Angeles is having a moment when it comes to some of the coolest beer spots that are not just kid-friendly, but go above and beyond to cater to families. Scroll through for the best spots in town to grab a growler with the whole family any day of the week, both day or night.
photo: L.H. via Yelp
Ballast Point Long Beach
Besides the breathtaking ocean views, there’s one other thing that draws beer lovers out to Ballast Point in Long Beach and that’s the insane selection of craft brews on tap. Play it safe with an IPA or go bold with a sour. Can’t decide? Dive into a beer flight to find a new favorite.
What Families Will Love: The food of course. The menu of burgers, dogs, smothered fries and other yummy plates and appetizers are enough to fulfill even the pickiest of eaters. There are also loads of high chairs and plenty of room to roam around.
110 N Marina Dr.
This spot might be a haven for Silverlake and Echo Park hipsters, but it’s also a great spot for sipping some serious suds. Their draft choices are in constant rotation so you’ll always have something new to try. And as long as you dine in before the late night crowd starts to pour in, this place is totally kid-friendly with tons of healthy options—everything is vegan unless otherwise noted. Try the Marley Kids Meal (as in Bob Marley) which comes with a bright salad, cheese pizza and fries.
What Families Will Love: Feel like a parent without feeling like you had to give up your favorite day-drinking spot. Mohawk Bend delivers that no-fuss, freedom of time and quaffable beer like none other.
2141 W Sunset Blvd.
photo: Christina Montoya Fiedler
EB’s Beer and Wine
There’s a reason EB’s Beer and Wine remains a staple at the Original Farmer’s Market. It’s a low key destination where you can grab a drink and plop down at one of the many tables and choose from a variety of food from around the world. With options from local food stalls like The Banana Leaf, The French Crepe Company, Charlie’s Coffee Shop and more, it’s a picky eater’s heaven since no one has to eat at the same place as everyone else.
What Families Will Love: Since the atmosphere is super casual, bring some board games and stay for a while, or show up on an evening during the weekend to soak in some live music. It’s also pet-friendly so you can bring your fur babies too as long as they are on a leash.
6333 W 3rd St #175g
Sixth and La Brea
If you haven’t tried the food, or the beer, at Sixth and La Brea, you’re missing out. This latest La Brea Ave. restaurant comes from the owners of Mohawk Bend (see above) and serves up classic bar food along with some decidedly local fare like Korean fried chicken and loaded rice bowl. Not only is this place a restaurant, but it’s also a fully functioning brewery with seven working barrels that turn out brews for their 16 rotating taps. Now that’s something.
What Families Will Love: Kids suddenly having a meltdown? No problem. Grab a couple crowlers (a takeaway beer-in-a-can option that gets filled and sealed on the premises). Continue drinking at home!
600 S La Brea Ave.
Speaking of take-home options: Let’s discuss growlers shall we? If you can’t stop for long because the kids just can’t hang, fear not. Karl Strauss will fill up a growler of your favorite beer for your at-home consumption. Bring it back and you can repeat the process all over again.
If you do get a chance to stay, their menu is as vast as it is tasty. And if you can’t decide on one beer, try a flight. Your helpful hostess will help you choose beers that are right for your palate, all while keeping your kiddos supplied with crayons and paper. It’ a win, win (for everyone).
600 Wilshire Blvd. STE 100
Beer and video games. Need we say more? This Echo Park hot spot is kid-friendly until 8 p.m. every day of the week where you can button mash dozen of old school video games and partake in dozens of brews from the tap, bottles or cans. And leave your bag of quarters at home — a card system allows you to play video games until your heart’s content. The card keeps track of everything for you. We love anything from the Japanese fusion menu, especially the fried tofu balls and the five spice apple fritters.
What Families Will Love: Hand step stools make video games reachable for shorties so you can pass along your love of gaming to the next generation.
1391 Sunset Blvd.
photo: Mickey H. via Yelp
A haven for busy families who are looking for a bite to eat, a cold beer, and a place where the kids can be themselves (loud and messy) without anyone batting an eye, Golden Road is the spot to try. It’s always packed and the clientele ranges the t-ball crowd to 20-something birthday parties. Try the giant pretzels with pimento dipping sauce or the fried avocado sandwich.
What Families Will Love: After you eat, head outside to let the kids play corn hole while you finish up the last sips of your craft beer. And heads up trainspotters: This place is right next to the train tracks, so if you have a Thomas loving little on your hands, they’ll love seeing the train pass by during dinner.
5410 W San Fernando Rd.
If you haven’t heard of this hot spot yet, you’ve definitely heard of the brewery behind it. The first, local restaurant from the Firestone Brewery, it’s got the hipster cred and craft brews of a gastropub, with a laid-back sports bar vibe complete with booths (which are made from old fermentation vessels) plus big screens to watch the games. The menu offers a wide selection that includes woodfire pizzas, burgers, and fish and chips, but the kids will especially love the dessert options, like churros and pie, that will give parents plenty of time for a second round.
What Families Will Love: Located just a few blocks from the beach, hit all the trappings of Venice first thing in the morning and then head here when everyone is sufficiently sandy and sunned-out.
3205 Washington Blvd.
photo: Stacie A. via Yelp
Dog Haus Biergarten
Originating in Pasadena, this chain has rapidly expanded across LA for good reason(s): the food is tasty, the beer selection is awesome, and it’s the perfect spot to enjoy it all with kids. From classic corn-dogs to the exotic bacon-wrapped street dog, Dog Haus has a brat selection that will please every palate—including those who prefer their meat vegan as they now serve the Impossible Burger and Beyond Sausage. While the kids slurp down milkshakes with their hot dogs and fries, parents can unwind over a pint from their rotating selection of craft beers on tap.
What Families Will Love: All of the locations serve up the same delicious options, but the shaded, outdoor patio and fun collection of board games make the original Pasadena Biergarten the best for brews with tots. Speaking of which, did we mention they have amazing cheesy tater tots the whole family will want to share?
93 E Green St.
photo: Meghan Rose
They play bean bag toss outside, you relax in or out with a drink—over 24 beers on tap, always rotating. (That’s at the Burbank location; our favorite when you’re with the kids.) And if you’re looking for something more than suds, there are also wines and divine drinks where everything from bitters to tonics is made in house. And the food isn’t an afterthought. It’s local, organic, and sustainable—all the things you’re looking to feed your kids, in a casual and welcoming atmosphere. Superb sourced drinks, and a place where kids love to play (and then clean their plates).
Simmzy’s Pub can be found at the original Manhattan Beach spot, in Long Beach, Burbank, and Venice. Check the website for directions and hours.
photo: Jason H. via Yelp
Rock and Brews El Segundo
See all those kids in soccer uniforms and t-ball jerseys? This is a popular post-game hang for parents. Discover hard to find beers on tap—there’s a list of over 39 draft beers and even more in bottles. Try local favorites like the rotating El Segundo brew or the Eagle Rock Manifesto. Share a pizza or a basket of cooked to order wings with the fam. Kid menu and crayons included.
What Families Will Love: Take in a professional game playing on the big screens while the kids run circles around your table or climb the toddler jungle gym and slide (with an attendant so you don’t have to…well attend it). We told you it was kid-friendly!
143 Main St.
Link n Hops
Atwater Village is known for its laid-back vibe and family-friendly atmosphere and Link n Hops is no different. There are dozens of beers on tap, and they change regularly based on season and availability so there’s always something new to try. Let the kids help you choose brats or bangers from the meat counter, then watch as your dogs are grilled to order.
What Families Will Love: Tons of high chairs, a kid’s menu that pleases everyone, plus a pretty impressive vegan menu—what more could you want?
3111 Glendale Blvd.
If you’re in the mood for some of the juiciest brats, links, and dogs you’ve ever tasted, head to the German-inspired Wurstküche, purveyor of exotic grilled sausages. Be adventurous with a grilled rattlesnake and rabbit link, but get the old-fashioned brats or vegetarian links for the kiddos. With over 24 imported beers on tap, you’ll be able to find something you like, and trying to find that perfect pint is half the fun. The extra crispy Belgian fries with homemade dipping sauces are sure to please everyone. Family style tables are great for crowds.
What Families Will Love: Ask the bartender for a cup of crayons and the kids can make masterpieces on the brown paper covered tables while you wait for food or get lucky enough to enjoy a second round.
DTLA and Venice
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—Shahrzad Warkentin & Christina Fiedler