Listen, I know that bringing my baby into a bar makes me a pariah. Even when my sweet son was snoozing in his carrier at two months old, I still felt like an undesirable trying to sip a cocktail at some of our city’s outdoor patios. Fortunately, Charleston’s brewery scene is much more family friendly. In fact, some breweries damn near roll out the red carpet for weary parents and their tots. And if you’re like me, that welcome wagon is a godsend. Nothing makes you crave a craft beer like eight hours of diaper duty to the tune of the “Bob The Builder” theme song. So where are the best places to imbibe with your precious babes in tow? Lemme tell ya:
Low Tide Brewing
2863 Maybank Hwy.
Low Tide is the definition of chill. This Johns Island brewery knows that if it wants to make islanders happy, it has to ditch all pretension at the door and they’ve done exactly that. The space has a rotating list of visiting food trucks that pull up at least once a week. Live music plays nearly every weekend, and when the weather is right, they’ll light up the fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs for visitors to lounge away the evening. Kids love their porch swing and since this is such a welcoming spot, your child will likely find playmates to run around in circles with too.
289 Huger St.
If you want to drink in a place that will drown out the shrieks of your vocal little one, look no further than Palmetto Brewery during its Friday Loading Dock series. The enclosed outdoor patio is a great (read: safe) spot to take the kids while you listen to live music from local musicians.
Rusty Bull Brewery
3005 W Montague Ave. Suite 110
Rusty Bull is so enthusiastic about parental imbibing, they promote special events specifically designed for kids. For example, in advance of the solar eclipse, they hosted an eclipse-themed painting class on site just for children. Rebel Taqueria provided dinner for this paints and pints event.
Oak Road Brewery
108 E 3rd N St.
This Summerville spot is so welcoming they not only encourage kids to come but dogs as well. Not to mention the fact that there are games for kids and adults and live music. Bonus: Oak Road shares a space with a coffee shop so you can get your caffeine fix for the drive home.
Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co.
1505 King Street Extension
The newbie on the scene, this place is the ultimate parent-friendly spot. With wood-fired pizzas, a huge line of beers, and what amounts to a Silicon Harbor-inspired play area for your kids right next door to Workshop, you’d be a fool not to drink here. And pro tip: Workshop has a changing table next door in the ladies loo.
Two Blokes Brewing
547 Long Point Road
When a brewery promotes a Half Pint Kids Table, you know you’re gonna be OK popping in with your brood. Two Blokes has Giant Jenga for the adults and for the tykes, a kids size table and chairs, with games, books, and a chalkboard for the little ones. Hell, stay all day.