Kid-friendly restaurants in LA that serve decent beer are hard to find. These favorite breweries in LA meet all your needs (and your kids) in one, happy place
Keg stands and sake bombs may be a distant memory (and that’s probably a good thing), but being all grown up doesn’t mean you can’t still cut loose and enjoy a pint or two with the kiddos in tow. Fortunately, Los Angeles has plenty of beer gardens and breweries that are fun for the whole family (think board games, kids menus, and more). Find a new favorite place to go the next time you’re craving a craft beer after a day of exploring the best things to do in LA with kids.
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1. Golden Road
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 from the t-ball crowd to 20-something birthday parties. Try the giant pretzels with pimento dipping sauce or the fried avocado sandwich.
After you eat, head outside to let the kids play corn hole, foosball, and more, 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.
2. Firestone Walker Brewing Company
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 wood-fire 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.
Insider Tip: 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.
3. Dog Haus Biergarten
Originating in Pasadena, this chain has rapidly expanded across LA for good reasons: 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 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.
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.
4. Rock and Brews
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 three dozen 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. Bonus: You can watch games playing on the big screens while the kids run circles around your table or climb the toddler jungle gym and slide. We told you it was kid-friendly!
143 Main St.
5. Link n Hops
Atwater Village is known for its laid-back vibe and family-friendly atmosphere and Link n Hops fits right in. 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. Add to that tons of high chairs, a kids' menu that pleases everyone, plus a pretty impressive vegan menu—what more could you want?
6. Button Mash
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 to 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.
1391 Sunset 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.
Insider Tip: 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 & Venice
8. Bar 326
There’s a reason Bar 326 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.
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.
9. Pitfire Pizza
NoHo's popular Pitfire is not technically a brewery but it's got a good beer vibe just the same. Go early on a Fri. evening and it's mostly families dining at the beer garden-style tables. While you nurse your drink, kids can run around playing ping pong and cornhole in the fully enclosed space.
5211 Lankershim Blvd.