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Old 08-20-2019, 08:49 AM
 
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Hi folks,

Strange question but I as you may know from previous posts we are moving into the Morris County area in the next couple of months. We have a 2.5 year old daughter. Back home, bringing her into bars for lunch/dinner time is completely normal and acceptable as long as they are off the premises before 7pm (which of course she would be given her age!).

Ive spent quite a bit of time in Portland OR and I remember the rules being very strict on minors entering bars and as a result, if you traveled there with children and wanted a nice pub lunch or something it was almost impossible to do.

My wife and I enjoy eating out a lot, particularly late afternoon at the weekends. What's the rule/accepted policy for bringing young children into bars or other places for some food?
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Old 08-20-2019, 09:32 AM
 
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I have never heard of minors being excluded from bars/restaurants that serve liquor if they are accompanied by their parents.
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Old 08-20-2019, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Union City, NJ
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It’s quite the norm at least in places like Jersey City and Hoboken. I was at Biergarten in Hoboken for lunch just this past weekend and there were plenty of people there with young children. I don’t think you’ll have an issue with that in NJ during earlier hours.
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Old 08-20-2019, 09:48 AM
 
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7pm is early! Dinner for us is at the earliest at 7:30pm. Ive never heard any laws that accompanied children are not allowed in bars, unless you are trying to bring in a 17 year old into a nightclub at 1am you should be okay.
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Old 08-20-2019, 10:07 AM
 
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It's no problem at all. I bring my kids to places like TGI Friday's and Applebees and often they seat us at a table in the bar area.
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Old 08-20-2019, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I brought my daughter to a bar all the time from the time she was a baby until she was about eight years old. As awful as that sounds, lol, it was because my exh's friend owned a bar that he and his brother ran, and between the two of them they had 11 kids. The bar owner bought the place when he was only 23, and the whole circle of friends of the bar owner were parents with young kids. On Sunday afternoons, the dining area side of the bar would be full of kids for a time, all having French fries and hot dogs or burgers, then the moms would take the kids homes and our husbands would stay and watch football and call their books and lose the rent money. Good times, good times.

But we also took her out to eat at other places that had a bar, and it was never a problem. As a matter of fact, our favorite steak place started serving dinner at 4:30, so we would go around then so it wasn't busy and she learned how to order her own food and behave in a restaurant.
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Old 08-20-2019, 02:35 PM
 
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The bar/tavern/restaurant owner can set their own rules however it is not prohibited by state law. It could be prohibited by local law.
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Old 08-20-2019, 03:22 PM
 
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I've only ever seen people told not to let their kids sit at the bar, I've never seen a family kicked out or refused service at a bar around lunch or dinner for having minors or babies. It doesn't mean it doesn't happen, but I haven't seen it happen.
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Old 08-20-2019, 03:43 PM
 
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I used to go with my dad to his local bar. I was put on a stool, given a bag of peanuts and a bottle of pepsi and told to behave. I sat at the far corner of the bar taking it all in until he had his fill and a few games of pool. The bartender was a nice man and just said, hey kid if you see a cop walk in slide off the stool and get in that seat over there. So I guess I was not supposed to be sitting at the bar but it was a fun place for a kid. I even got to drive the truck home a few times. It was the sort of place you bought a suit or a shotgun out of the trunk of the same guys car. No indoor restrooms either.
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Old 08-20-2019, 07:58 PM
 
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Hi folks,

Strange question but I as you may know from previous posts we are moving into the Morris County area in the next couple of months. We have a 2.5 year old daughter. Back home, bringing her into bars for lunch/dinner time is completely normal and acceptable as long as they are off the premises before 7pm (which of course she would be given her age!).

Ive spent quite a bit of time in Portland OR and I remember the rules being very strict on minors entering bars and as a result, if you traveled there with children and wanted a nice pub lunch or something it was almost impossible to do.

My wife and I enjoy eating out a lot, particularly late afternoon at the weekends. What's the rule/accepted policy for bringing young children into bars or other places for some food?
I do think you can bring them to most places, however I will say my friends show discretion when choosing which places to bring their young kids.

Typically, they won't bring them to fancy sushi restaurants where they're going to run nuts and there's like couples on dates, etc.

Sometimes they will, but they do use discretion.
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