If the only time you use the word pint lately is when you’re referring to the size of your baby, it might be time to grab a drink. But there’s no need for junior to miss out on all the fun! Los Angeles has plenty of places to bring that tiny tot without sacrificing a great time. Read on for seven great spots for parched parents to enjoy some adult time in a family-friendly atmosphere.
Pitfire Artisan Pizza
12924 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90066
Pitfire Artisan Pizza might not be as entertaining to children as a pizza joint with a giant singing mouse and ball pit, but kids still love it. The noise level is generally loud enough to cover squeals and shouts, and an outside patio provides a nice place for kids to stretch their legs. While parents drink sangria and dig into artisan wood-fired pizzas like the burrata pie, little ones munch on kid-sized pizzas, mini mac & cheese, and organic soft serve ice cream. Everything on the menu is made of fresh and local ingredients, providing a nice rotation of seasonal dishes. For even more saucy fun, join one of their pizza making days, or plan a pizza making party!
Golden Road Brewing
5410 W San Fernando Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
The pub at Golden Road Brewing is so family-friendly, it’s impossible for parents not to feel like a kid again. Attached to the brewery in the big yellow building, the pub features four indoor and outdoor seating areas, and an artificial turf area where kids can run amok playing games like foosball, cornhole, and giant Connect 4. With 20 revolving taps and an impressive menu that includes many vegan options (don’t miss the giant pub pretzel), you’re guaranteed to leave with a full stomach. Even though the pub gets packed with families on the weekends, service is quick and friendly, much to the appreciation of parents with squirrely tots.
327 Latigo Canyon Rd.
Malibu, CA 90265
If Pinterest were a restaurant, it would be Malibu Cafe. Wooden benches, colorful umbrellas, and chandeliers hanging from the trees create an outdoor dining experience that is both rustic and elegant. This hidden gem is not only one of the most beautiful dining locations in LA, it’s also extremely family-friendly. Bean bag toss, billiards, and table tennis are just some of the ways kids are kept busy while mom and dad enjoy a “Farm Fresh” cocktail or glass of wine from their impressive list. As if that weren’t enough entertainment for the whole family, paddle boats are also available to putt around in the nearby lake.
Rock & Brews
143 Main St
El Segundo, CA
For a family-friendly rock and roll experience, head to Rock & Brews, where they’re serving up a bevy of international and local brews in a fun and rocking atmosphere. Two seating options allow families to sit either inside, surrounded by televisions and rock memorabilia, or outside on picnic benches under large umbrellas. Adults enjoy quality American comfort food, while children get their own Li’l Rockers menu, featuring classic kid favorites like hamburgers, pizza, grilled chicken kabobs, and grilled cheese. Once finished, children can run around in a special play area for little rockers five and under (available at most locations). Four-legged fur children are also welcome in the patio area, and are offered not only bowls of fresh water, but their own menu.
2141 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Located in a retrofitted, 100-year old Vaudeville theater, this Echo Park eatery may initially seem more upscale hipster than family-friendly – but who says it can’t be both? The menu is made up of many tasty vegan dishes like their popular buffalo cauliflower, as well as super meaty eats like the Whitson Burger that’s topped with bacon and short ribs. Mohawk Bend prides itself on using local, thoughtfully sourced ingredients in their entrees as well as drinks, which are also distinctly Californian. With 72 taps of craft beer, 6 wine taps, and an array of artisanal spirits, thirsty moms and dads have plenty of options. Parents particularly enjoy sipping suds in the laid-back atmosphere of their weekend brunch (9:30am – 3:00pm), while kids keep busy with coloring books, sticker activities, and their very own Marley Meal.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Friday evenings at LACMA are fun for the whole family. Start your trip at the Boone Children’s Gallery where kids can learn the art of East Asian brush painting until 5:00pm. A weekly jazz concert starts at 6:00pm, giving you plenty of time to grab a bite to eat at Ray’s & Stark Bar located at the Grand Entrance. The farm-to-table eatery offers seasonal food and drinks, including a California-centric wine list, and artisan beers and spirits. For a more casual dining experience, pre-order a picnic basket and bottle of wine online from the restaurant, and pick it up before the concert starts.
Bob Morris’ Paradise Cove Beach Cafe
28128 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu, CA 90265
In 1996 Bob Morris decided he wanted to open a cafe in Paradise Cove where he had spent his childhood to give his newly born son a similar beach upbringing. Using everything he’d learned from opening many other successful restaurants, Morris created the ultimate California beach dining experience at his Paradise Cove Beach Cafe. Diners can sit inside in comfy booths, or stick their toes in the sand outside in the patio area. Located right on the beach, there’s plenty of room to roam for the little ones. The menu is extensive, and a full bar offers parents fun fruity adult beverages like watermelon daiquiris served in a watermelon, and ice cream “Cocoladas” served in a coconut. A $30 minimum purchase gets you 4 hours of parking for $6 (otherwise beach parking is $40).
Article by Kellie Fell