This is not an article about tying your child to a tree while you relive your college champion flip cup days. Some of my favorite places serve coffee, kombucha, and smoothies. What you will find, are some of the best deals in Atlanta that won’t look twice as you walk in pushing a stroller. Some even have designated play areas for your child while you partake in a delicious libation.
Monday Night Brewing Garage is probably the most child-friendly brewery in America. Designated play areas have everything from a wooden train set to a play kitchen. It leaves no question that you are invited in with children. You must keep your kids close and keep an eye on them but isn’t that just part of your everyday parenting? Monday Night Brewing has fabulous fermented offerings for all beer palates. “Dr. Robot” is a blackberry lemon sour, offered year-round. Its tart fruity flavor is perfect after a hot day of lifeguarding your children. All of Monday Night’s Imperial Stouts are sure to please. The dark beers come with the option of adding a shot of Nitro Cold Brew Coffee for $1. That should provide you with the energy needed to keep up with your children for a few more minutes. An outdoor fire pit gets going during the winter months to add danger and intrigue to any visit. Running parallel is a large completed stretch of the Westside Beltline. If your kids are older, they can go for a bike ride or run laps while you sit and sip. A rotation of local food trucks and caterers make every visit a culinary adventure. Keep an eye on Groupon for occasional deals here.
Whole Foods Midtown. I know this one sounds like I am slipping, but it is one of the best places to sit down and consume the beverages you just selected from their entire stock of liquids. This Whole Foods has a rooftop space, Canopy Court, complete with seating, corn hole, large connect four, Jenga, and tvs. To enjoy this space, you can either shop in the store and bring anything that is not in glass, or simply head upstairs and order off of their well-selected but pricier menu. To get there, take the elevator on the far right (if you are facing the elevators) to the top floor.
In the heart of Midtown, Cafe Lucia is a small but well-stocked cafe with a comfortable living room style sitting area perfect for you to break out the coloring book for the kids while you make your selection. Having a food menu with items like PB&J french toast means even the finickiest of little eaters will be able to find something to stuff in their belly. Located just a few minutes’ walk from Piedmont Park it is a great stop before or after. If you have a thirst for something stronger than a cafe au lait, grab a beer or glass of wine from their long list of offerings. If you find yourself there on a Friday you are in luck . . . $5 cocktails ALL DAY.
While it may not have a children’s nook design to entertain your child, Eventide Brewing has many features that put this brewery on my child-friendly list. First, they are actually friendly here to kids and adults alike. I have never been the only one there rocking a bookbag full of wipes, crayons, and snacks. Having other fathers around helps ease the occasional pang of guilt of being in a brewery with my child. The wide-open spaces, low seating, and board games make this a great place to relax before heading out to dinner or bedtime for the kid. There is also an outdoor space generally occupied by patrons and their dogs.
I am only one man, let me know your favorite places to go out and have a drink with your family. Coffee, beer, cocktail, and smoothie aficionados are all welcome.