Parents deserve a pint more than anyone, so bring the family to one of these kid-friendly breweries throughout San Diego

Parents deserve a little something for themselves, particularly amid a summer spent corralling kids. If you’re looking for something stronger than a leftover juice box, chill out this summer with a trip to one of these kid-friendly breweries that welcome families. Most offer food options and some even have dog-friendly patios. If you’re craving a pint, you can’t go wrong with the selections that top this list. After all, San Diego is the craft beer capital of California and breweries across the city invite you to enjoy a superb ale with your half-pints. Let’s toast to these family-friendly brew spots!

Pure Project

Pure Project Balboa Park is an upscale taproom located conveniently adjacent to the world-famous Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo in the bustling Bankers Hill neighborhood. Filled with smiling faces, cold beer, reclaimed Torrey Pine, plants at every turn, and unmistakable Pure Project vibes, this location ticks all the boxes. Not to mention the 1000 sq. ft. sun-drenched outdoor patio with cozy furniture, west-facing views, and a cool breeze coming up off San Diego Bay.

This taproom features 20 taps from 2 sides of the unique bar. This location also features a full selection of merchandise, beer to go (bottles/cans), and crowlers on demand.

Click here for info on each Pure Project location in San Diego, all of which have outdoor dining areas, are kid and family-friendly, and are located in Balboa Park, Carlsbad, and Miramar.


Culture Brewing Company

Located in the arts district of Solana Beach this brewery is great for kids, dogs, and general people-watching. This is a local's favorite spot and there are seats on the back patio where food trucks rotate daily. Enjoy the IPAs, seltzers, or ales all crafted in-house.

111 S. Cedros
Solana Beach, CA

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Bay City Brewing Co.

Bay City Brewing Company, one of the fastest-growing breweries in the U.S., is opening a new location this month in San Diego's East Village. Located in one of the city's oldest buildings, this brewery features a restaurant, taproom, outdoor patio, and rooftop event space. There's a spacious rooftop bar––a 4,735 square foot indoor-outdoor space with plenty of seating, fire pits, a video wall, games, and downtown views. You'll love the craft beers on tap––a seasonal selection of Bay City's finest ales, including favorites like 72 and Hoppy, Bay City IPA, Jucci Gang, and more. Order food from the delicious menu featuring specialty pizzas, wings, fresh salads, and breadsticks. The front patio is dog and kid-friendly.

627 Eighth Ave.
San Diego, CA

Duck Foot Brewing

You'll love the gluten-free beer, your kids will love the card and board games, and the cute little dog wandering around the brewery. Food is not served regularly but check their website for special events, including food trucks and live music.

8920 Kenamar Dr. Suite #210
San Diego, CA 

Mission Brewery

The award-winning Mission Brewery prides itself on being a family-friendly environment that extends a warm welcome to kids. Located in the old Wonderbread factory in the East Village, this gem is located one block from Petco Park. The interior boasts high ceilings and a ton of open space with plenty of tables available for families. Mission Brewery is also dog-friendly, so you can bring your furry family member to enjoy the outing. They host fun events yearly, including their "bring your dog night." Mission Brewery also provides activities for kids, including board games, coloring kits, and arcade games. 

Insider Tip: Mission Brewery doesn't have a menu or kitchen for food in-house, but you're welcome to bring outside food to pair with your beer.

1441 L St.
San Diego, CA

My Yard Live

My Yard Live is an indoor/outdoor family-style restaurant that is part kids park, part upscale beer garden. The brewery features live entertainment, a treehouse for kiddos, a playground with stump jumpers and a log climb-through, lawn games, air hockey, an 80's combo arcade, and entertainment for the whole crew. Even Fido is welcome on the scene, reminiscent of a fantasy backyard oasis.

My Yard Live offers an array of beer styles via their 10 BBL brewery system, including West Coast IPAs, Amber, American Brown Ale, Dry Irish Stout, and a Belgian Dubbel. In addition, they offer a variety of light drinking beers ideal for enjoying music in SoCal weather, including Saisons, Pilsners, and Blondes.

288 Rancheros Dr.
San Marcos, CA

Bagby Beer Company

Hit up this laid-back brewery with indoor-outdoor rooms that allow plenty of space for the tots, and little ones will even have their own cute green picnic tables. Food-wise, half-pints like the mac n' cheese, and grown-ups enjoy fish tacos, and there are also vegan food options. The beer flight is always an excellent way to taste the different brews. Beer-lovers and foodies alike will relish a visit to this Oceanside eatery, as their dishes are crafted in a nearly all-from-scratch kitchen with locally sourced ingredients. There are plenty of rotating craft beers to choose from, and each pairs perfectly with the suggested dishes on the menu.

601 S. Coast Hwy.
Oceanside, CA

619 Spirits Distillery & Tasting Room, North Park 

619 Spirits, founded by San Diego local Nick Apostolopoulos, is one of only a handful of distillers operating in the city of San Diego. The 4,200 square-foot distillery and tasting room has taken up residence in San Diego’s North Park neighborhood and features 619’s line-up of award-winning vodkas and a full food and cocktail menu. Housing a custom-made two-column 1,000L still along with a dog-friendly outdoor patio, the tasting room is for all ages and has board games along with Connect 4. 619 has a menu just for dogs and is currently working on a kids menu.

3015 Lincoln Ave.
San Diego, CA

Belching Beaver Tavern & Grill

Pair unique craft beer choices with a relaxed outdoor patio that's family (and dog!) friendly and you have a date night with your whole pack. Half-pints can chow down on food like chicken strips and then run around playing hide and seek. Grown-ups have over 60 craft beer options and grub choices like giant pretzels, fish tacos, and veggie flatbread. Even more, you'll find cornhole and bocce ball.

302 E. Broadway
Vista, CA

Viewpoint Brewing

Is this a dream? Nope, it's real. Brew with the crew on the San Dieguito Lagoon. First, there is a full-service menu with fabulous food items like beer-battered shrimp and truffle fries. Secondly, the view of the water is great, and you'll find an outdoor grass area with corn hole and cool swings to sit on. Even more, the beer choice is optimal with 20 taps. We recommend the "Raccoon in the Lagoon."

2201 San Dieguito Dr., Suite D
Del Mar, CA

Legacy Brewing Tap & Kitchen

You can bring your kiddos to this local brewery in Miramar and find a relaxing vibe and games to play. Try the beer flight or Guava beer with the delicious food. From the Philly cheesesteak sandwich and soft pretzels to the pork belly fries. 

7060 Miramar Rd.
San Diego, CA

Mother Earth Brew Co.

We know the name is Mother Earth, but Dads also dig the flavored brews here. Known for their adventurous beers like vanilla cream and peanut butter and a laid-back atmosphere, we give two thumbs up to this local pub. There are large tables and open space for the littles. When it’s time to eat, patrons order from the pizza place or Mexican spot next door.

206 Main St.
Vista, CA 92084

Alesmith Brewery

A large open room with an industrial-modern vibe, beer barrel tables, and a play area with chalkboard, books, and crayons make this craft brewery full of fun. Dogs are allowed at the outside picnic tables too! Food trucks rotate to serve the whole crew. You'll find super service and a cool Tony Gwynn museum to check out.

9990 AleSmith Ct.
San Diego, CA

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

Rock one of the two local Stone Brewery locations this summer. Head out to Escondido for a natural feel with large boulders, ponds, and plenty of greenery. Or reserve at the centrally located Liberty Station bistro with an urban feel, bocce ball courts, and a spacious patio. Either way, the whole crew is welcome.

1999 Citracado Pkwy.
Escondido, CA

Liberty Station
2816 Historic Decatur Rd., #116‎
San Diego, CA


Plan 9 Alehouse

If you like pub food with an expansive craft brew selection, then Plan 9 Alehouse is your brewery. You'll find great bar food from vegetarian chili to coffee-encrusted steak bites. The kiddo's corner has a chalkboard, table, chairs, and toys. They up the cool factor with beer cap inlaid wood tables, mood lighting, and an industrial vibe.

155 E. Grand Ave.
Escondido, CA

Second Chance Beer Company

Second Chance Beer Company is a brewpub that supports local animal rescue organizations. Test your throwing arm playing corn hole or your stacking skills at the jumbo Jenga game. Then, quench that thirst with a craft brew from this pub's large selection. Here you'll find games, events, and rotating food trucks the whole clan will love. Keep in mind: No minors are allowed after 8 p.m.

Carmel Mountain Ranch
15378 Avenue of Science, #222
San Diego, CA

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Ballast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen

If you’re near Little Italy, this brewery and eatery is a perfect pit stop. Sit outside, and littles will get an up-close view of the belly of the planes coming in for a landing. Dads will love the large craft brew selection and the good-sized food portions, like blue cheese crispy duck nachos or a bar burger with truffle oil fries. Littles can dive into pretzel bites or a sizeable lemon-glazed sugar cookie. This family-friendly brewery has quick service (you order at the bar) to boot.

Good to know: Due to its prime location in Little Italy, this brewery is usually packed, so be prepared to wait for a table, which is seated on a first-come, first-served basis.

2215 India St.
San Diego, CA

Nate's Garden Grill

What better location than the City Farm Nursery? This brewery-grill is the perfect place for good eats and craft brew. Dads will love the beer choices from twenty-one featured taps and three nitro taps to bottles and home-brewed sodas. The crew will dig the local organic seasonal food, and (yes!) there’s a menu for the kiddos too. When done eating, there’s a small playground and animals next door.

3120 Euclid Ave.
San Diego, CA

Pizza Port

If you are looking for a brewpub made with families in mind, this is your spot. It’s loud and fun with yummy pizza and craft beer. The atmosphere is laid-back, with surfboards hanging from the ceiling, picnic-style seating, and pinball machines for the kiddos to play. Your clan can sit inside or out. Hang out at the beach or park, then head to Pizza Port for growlers and grub.

135 N. Hwy 101
Solana Beach, CA

Station Tavern

Want pub food with your craft brew? You can devour a burger full of toppings, garlic french fries, and craft beer. Local favorite labels like Station 'Pail' Ale and Swamis IPA make this a fave lunch spot, and outside picnic tables and cool kids' play area will make it a day to remember.

2204 Fern St.
San Diego, CA

Additional reporting by Nikki Walsh & Beth Shea




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