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Family-Friendly Drinking Establishments Are Gaining Popularity

More and more people are taking their babies to bars with them, and it's not as outrageous a trend as you might think.

One of the most daunting things about becoming a parent is the thought of your social life disappearing entirely. Your little one is about to become your entire life, and in a lot of ways, that's a good thing. However, up until his or her arrival, you might have been a social butterfly. No matter how hard you try, that is going to change when you become a parent.

You don't have to say goodbye to your social life entirely, though. Nor will you be confined to the four walls of your home, not if you don't want to be. Heading to a local bar or pub with your baby in a stroller is no longer a social taboo. In fact, it is being welcomed in more and more places as we venture deeper into the 21st century.

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Stephanie Plante recently wrote about her own experience in a family-friendly pub for Vox. She detailed how there were more strollers in the establishment than she could possibly count, and that her own father was horrified at the idea of taking children "out drinking." That's not what this is, though. It's responsible parents doing responsible drinking.

Many people, like the father mentioned above, probably picture a dingy, not very well-lit bar or club when they think of a drinking establishment. That is no longer the case, or at least not where parents are taking their children, we hope. Breweries and taphouses are the order of the day. Places people can drink alcohol during the day and are there for the quality of the beverages, not the quantity of them.

Some bars and breweries even have designated areas for children, such as play areas or sandboxes. Bars are no longer an escape for adults, but somewhere for them to socialize even if they have children. The stigma of taking babies to bars being a bad thing is quickly fading away as the culture surrounding drinking alcohol changes. Personally, we are all for it.

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