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Kids in Bars

I recently read about a couple who, while waiting for their table in a restaurant, were allowed to sit at the bar, but thanks to Victorian style child ‘safety’ laws, their five and seven year old kids had to stand against the back wall two feet from the bar.  Kids weren’t allowed to sit at bars in that state.  You know, because safety.  



On our last two trips to New Mexico, we’ve had similar experiences.  On our most recent trip, seven year-old No. One and I were told we couldn’t be seated at the bar even though they served food there, even though we were in a restaurant., because the state of New Mexico has deemed it Wrong.  The trip before that a waitress warned us away from the high-top tables.  Once again, it was for safety’s sake.  On our current trip to DC, the kid vaulted onto a bar-stool, so yeah, I guess she can handle it.

Clearly I think kids should be allowed in bars.  I think it builds both social and real-world skills.  Bars are just one more place they will have already been before they get ready to head out on their own as grownups.  Enough telling you what I think though.  Let me show you.

We were in Wyoming last summer for the total eclipse of 2017.  The little town we stayed in had a single restaurant that doubled as the local bar.  The staff was stretched thin because of the eclipse crowd, (all 20 or so of us, like I said it's a small town), so to get water refills at the restaurant, you had to go to the bar. 6 y.o. No. One headed over to the bar side of the establishment, bellied up, and asked for water. About a minute after she’d left, we heard folks laughing, but thought nothing of it. When she returned, the kid reported that a fellow patron asked her if she was buying the next round, to which she’d replied that she had no money because her pants had no pockets.

Just after she’d told her story, a waitress stopped by to ask us if it was OK if a gentleman at the bar bought all the kids, (4 year-old No. Two and 2 year-old No. Three were also with us), a round of ice cream.  We said of course, and to put a round of drinks for the bar on us, (it was a small bar). A great time was had by all.

We would have missed all the fun if the kid wasn’t allowed at the bar.

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