PDX with kids.

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by Rutager, Jan 23, 2013.

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  1. Rutager

    Rutager Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2010 Canada (BC)

    I'm visiting Portland with my family this weekend and looking for suggestions, restaurants mainly, that are kid friendly and have an interesting beer list. I'll have a little time alone to hit some favorites from my last visit like Cascade Barrel House and Apex, but a couple more spots that have nice beers where the whole family can have a meal would be great ...for me. :wink:
     
  2. DimensionX

    DimensionX Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2010 Oregon

    Hub on powell has a playground area. Beer list isn't that interesting though.

    5th Quadrant/Lompoc on Ne Williams is kid friendly but I don't know if they have toys or anything. They usually have at least one barrel aged beer on lately and the food is decent.

    Deschutes has crayons and stuff.

    HOTD is fine with it but I would probably stick to lunch or weekdays.
     
  3. Rutager

    Rutager Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2010 Canada (BC)

    That's fantastic that HOTD is okay with kids!! We'll go for lunch right when they open one day for sure.

    I was thinking HUB would be about the only place for dinner that would work, my wife loved the place the one time we visited because of all the families there. You're right, not the most interesting, but still good beer. (Man, that statement belongs in the "First world problems" thread)

    Nice to know Deschutes and 5th Quadrant is an option too.

    Thanks for the advice! :sunglasses:
     
  4. kscaldef

    kscaldef Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2010 Oregon

    Honestly, most places in Portland are kid friendly, and you don't have to go a beer-centric place to get good beer.

    Laurelwood, the Hophouses, and Green Dragon could be added to the list.

    What part of town will you be in?
     
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  5. honkduh

    honkduh Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2011 Oregon

    Saraveza before 9pm
    Breakside
     
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  6. Boozecamel

    Boozecamel Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2011 Canada (BC)

    I have seen alot of families at the Raccoon Lodge (older Cascade location with a lesser selection), same with the Laurelwood. Mellow Mushroom is worth a family visit on a Monday.
     
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  7. Colloby

    Colloby Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2009 Arizona

    Hopworks Bike Bar is very kid friendly - we couldn't move for them when we visited last weekend. Green Dragon is also kid friendly with a large selection of board games to keep them amused. To be honest, I can't think of any good brewpubs in Portland where I haven't seen kids being accommodated
     
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  8. Kopfschuss

    Kopfschuss Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2009 Oregon

    Went to Upright once and a couple there had their kids in the tasting room.
     
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  9. kscaldef

    kscaldef Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2010 Oregon

    I'm not sure I could really recommend it as "kid-friendly", though.
     
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  10. Kopfschuss

    Kopfschuss Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2009 Oregon

    I don't have kids myself, so maybe my "kid friendly" is different from someone who has kids. I can see where they might not be too entertained, except perhaps when they have live music.
     
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  11. RedMedicine

    RedMedicine Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2005 Oregon

    Just make sure you plan or call ahead for the places that prohibit minors after a certain time, so you allow enough time. I've seen and heard a few places remind parties with kids and/or babies every few minutes up to that time that they have to leave when the clock strikes whatever. Some places will insist you leave no matter how far along you are in your meal/beers.
     
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  12. Rutager

    Rutager Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2010 Canada (BC)

    Awesome stuff, thanks so much guys.
     
  13. guajolote

    guajolote Maven (1,325) Sep 12, 2008 Oregon

    I'm pretty sure you can take kids to Grain & Gristle and Hop & Vine. Good beer lists at those places. Just not sure they have anything kid-friendly on their menus.
     
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  14. OregonHopmonster

    OregonHopmonster Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 Oregon

    Kids are fine at the Cascade Barrel House, though you will probably have a hard time finding something they will want to eat. I have taken my son to Upright a couple of times and it was fine as well. Just make sure you bring something to entertain them, or they have Racko if the kids are the right age. Deschutes has a good kids menu. Green Dragon just recently started enforcing no kids on the "bar" side after 4:00pm. The "restaurant" side does not fit many people. The places my 10 year old actually enjoys are Breakside, 5th Quadrant, HUB (Powell location- the Bikebar can be very loud because of the relatively small space and all hard surfaces), and Lucky Lab. He also loves the meat platter at HotD! Even Belmont Station is ok as long as it is fairly early- they have tater tots and lots of interesting British candy. While we have a kid, even my wife and I get annoyed at the overabundance of rug rats at Laurelwood.

    The only beer places I can think of that flat out do not allow kids are Apex, Baileys, Roscoes, Gigantic, and Horse Brass.
     
  15. kscaldef

    kscaldef Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2010 Oregon

    Hummus! All kids love hummus, right? The sandwiches are pretty kid friendly too, I would think. That said, the Barrel House is not my favorite place to eat and it's pricy for what it is.

    This probably depends critically on the age and temperament of your kid, as well as how busy it is. There's not much seating down there.

    I've taken my daughter to the Horse Brass. She loves the fish & chips. I'm not sure if they changed recently or if it's a matter of what time you're there.

    Which brings up a good cautionary point for the OP: the rules about what time minors are allowed in various establishments (or various parts of establishments) in Portland are extremely arbitrary. I've never been able to find any actual explanation of what the relevant OLCC regs are.
     
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  16. OregonHopmonster

    OregonHopmonster Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 Oregon

    Yeah, before Don passed he said he would start allowing kids once they were required to be smoke-free. That said I know of at least one bartender there that said he would quit if they started allowing kids so I am guessing they are still not the friendliest towards the littler ones.
     
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  17. Rutager

    Rutager Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2010 Canada (BC)

    Great info guys. It's so good to know we can stop in for a snack or meal at most of these places. I don't think I'd feel all that comfortable taking the kids anywhere that doesn't have a kids menu in the evening. Not that worried about ruining a drinking atmosphere during daylight hours though, especially since my kids are pretty good ...usually.

    Thanks again for all the help, it's going to be a great trip. I can already taste that Reggie Deluxe. :slight_smile:
     
  18. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2005 Oregon

    A sign appeared on the door a week or two ago saying something like, "Due to misbehaving parents, we can no longer allow minors." Apparently folks took to thinking it was Laurelwood and let their kids run rampant, so they ended their experiment with allowing kids. I'm not sure if it's permanent, but it's probably best to call them before showing up with a child in tow.

    First, the OLCC determines whether drinking or eating is the predominant activity at an establishment. If there's little to no food (like APEX), the establishment can't allow minors at all. If it's a place like Applebee's, they'll receive a couple of signs; one for the dining room stating "minors allowed from ___ to ___ for the purposes of consuming food", and one for the actual bar area stating, "No minors allowed in this portion of the premises."

    AFAIK, if an establishment receives one of the "minors allowed" signs, they get to choose what hours go in the blank spots. It's been 6 years since we opened the bar and received our official "minor posting" sign, so my memory may be off, but I don't recall them giving us any set rules. We filled in the blanks with "from OPEN to 7pm", figuring that it would give people enough time to grab a bite, while clearing out the place early enough for those who want to drink in a child-free environment later in the evening.
     
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  19. HuskyinPDX

    HuskyinPDX Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2011 Washington

    Deschutes, HotD, Cascade, Hub, Laurelwood, Alameda. In that order.
    Some places that I would clasify as resturants do not allow minors. My wife and I quickly found this out a few years ago when we strolled in with a 6 week old. I was shocked to learn that places like HotD, which are more brewery than resturant, allowed minors.
     
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  20. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    My boys are 15 and 13. They like going to Deschutes, but my wife and I would like to try something different. We're headed down to PDX for the weekend. Based on the comments above, it seems like we can take the boys with us to most places, excluding Apex, Bailey's, and Brass Horse.

    We don't need a place to be "kid friendly" --- meaning we don't need kid menus, crayons, etc. But of the beer-centric places, whats' going to have the best food to lure my boys away from Deschutes?
     
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