Top 10 breweries for babies, ranked

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Have a baby and still thirsty for local beer and community? We’ve evaluated the top 10 baby-friendly breweries in Charlotte.

There’s no doubt, breweries are the new public spaces in our city. Babies and toddlers are all over the Charlotte brewery scene.

[Agenda story: The #1 beer at each of Charlotte’s 18 breweries]

OK, here are the top 10 breweries for babies and toddlers, ranked…

#10 Catawba

Beautiful, large indoor taproom on a super hot day. This newbie Charlotte brewery just cracked the top 10 and I expect it to increase its baby offerings once management realizes Charlotte’s baby brewery visitor volume.

Inside, their taproom spans 10,000 square feet, complete with two different bars. via Facebook

  • High chairs? No
  • Changing tables? Yes, and a family bathroom
  • Free WiFi? Yes
  • Kid food? Yes — a variety of food trucks. They rotate, but there’s usually at least one that serves hot dogs/hamburgers. They also sell juices and kid-friendly beverages.
  • Kid activities? Long biergarten tables, outside patio that kids run around on. 
  • Note: Catawba has only been open for a month — they’re still in the process of adding things. Look out for a new game area and outdoor mulch space with cornhole and picnic tables.
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday, 3- 10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 12- 11 p.m.; Sunday, 12- 8 p.m.

#9 Lenny Boy

Will your toddler like kombucha? There’s only one way to find out…


Lenny Boy’s taproom is spacious, but you’ll also love their cozy outdoor space.

  • High chairs? No
  • Changing tables? Not yet — it’s on their list
  • Free WiFi? Yes
  • Kid food? Yes, and non-alcoholic kombucha
  • Kid activities? Large outside area with cornhole, board games, and kid-friendly events.
  • Hours: Wednesday-Thursday 4- 9 p.m.; Friday, 3-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 12- 7 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday, Closed

#8 Sycamore

Given the popularity of Sycamore, going during peak hours is brutal for parents. That said, you can’t beat a morning Countryside IPA when they throw their Saturday breakfast events that start at 9 a.m. — my 2-year-old son and I have been to several of these breakfast events and then we’ll walk the Rail Trail afterward (which he loves).


  • High chairs? No
  • Changing tables? No
  • Free WiFi? No
  • Kid food? Yes, Papi Queso food truck serves grilled cheeses out of their kitchen Monday-Friday. Gyro Twins serves on Saturdays, and Tin Kitchen on Sundays.
  • Kid activities? Large outdoor space, picnic tables, card games, and Jenga. Live music on the weekends. Sycamore is also the host of Food Truck Friday, which is kid-friendly.
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 12- 11 p.m.; Sunday, 12- 10 p.m.

#7 Birdsong

Birdsong’s outdoor beautiful outdoor space is a favorite of babies and dogs. Oh, and toddlers love free peanuts.


Additionally, if you’re looking for a birthday space, Birdsong’s private event space is the perfect size. via Facebook

  • High Chairs? No
  • Changing tables? Yes
  • Free WiFi? No
  • Kid freebies? Free locally roasted peanuts from Houston’s Peanuts.
  • Kid food? Yes, and apple juice.
  • Kid activities? Variety of board games and card games, along with cornhole and TV on the patio. Good outdoor space for hanging out.
  • Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 3- 10 p.m.; Saturday, 12- 10 p.m.; Sunday, 12- 8 p.m.; Monday, Closed

#6 Sugar Creek

Sugar Creek’s clip-on-table high chairs are an unforgettable asset for parents.


In addition to this taproom, Sugar Creek also recently debuted a new patio space. Via Facebook

  • High chairs? Yes
  • Changing tables? Yes, only in women’s room
  • Free WiFi? Yes
  • Kid freebies? Coloring
  • Kid food? Yes
  • Kid activities? Board games, sidewalk chalk, giantJengaa
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday, 4- 10 p.m.; Friday, 2- 11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 12- 8 p.m.

#5 Blue Blaze

Can’t beat the free snacks here. Pretzels, trail mix, and s’mores for moms, dads, and kiddos.


  • High chairs? Yes
  • Changing tables? Yes, in both restrooms
  • Free WiFi? Yes
  • Kid freebies? Complimentary snacks, including s’mores ingredients
  • Kid food? Yes, as well as Honest Kids juice and other non-alcoholic beverages
  • Kid activities? Lots of games, and an outdoor area where kids can run around
  • Hours: Monday & Wednesday, 4- 10 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 12- 11 p.m.; Sunday, 12- 9 p.m.; Tuesday, closed

#4 Legion

Beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces that provide the perfect mix of toddler freedom and gated restraint. Legion board games also provide parents a little extra peace and quiet as they sip their Juicy Jay.


  • High chairs? Yes
  • Changing tables? Yes
  • Free WiFi? Yes
  • Kid food? Roots is their in-house caterer and serves hot dogs, soft pretzels, and cookies.
  • Kid activities? In the taproom there’s a big shelf of board games like Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders, along with card games and giant Jenga. There’s also a small outside space with sidewalk chalk, shuffleboard, and a pinball machine.
  • Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 2- 10 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 2- 11 p.m.; Saturday, 12- 11 p.m.; Sunday, 12- 8 p.m.

#3 Free Range Brewing

With non-alcoholic drinks and a designated kids area (even though the space is much smaller than other taprooms), Free Range’s design is very inclusive. This NoDa brewery has a true “neighborhood” feel.

  • High chairs? Yes
  • Changing tables? Yes
  • Free WiFi? Yes
  • Kid Food? No kids menu, but their menu works for kids. They also created their own non-alcoholic drink sort of like kombucha, but lighter and easier on the acidity.
  • Kid activities? Large kids area with books, toys, board games, art supplies, and large chalkboard.
  • Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 5- 11 p.m.; Saturday, 12-11 p.m.; Sunday, 12- 7 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday, closed

#2 NoDa Brewing Company

Owners Suzie and Todd are all about community and you can tell from their thoughtful space design and event programming.


NoDa patio via Facebook

  • High chairs? Yes
  • Changing tables? Yes — in both restrooms
  • Free WiFi? Yes
  • Kid freebies? Complimentary organic juice boxes
  • Kid food? The Tin Kitchen food truck there everyday has a kids menu.
  • Kid activities? Games, chalk, and a large outdoor space with a patio and astroturf.
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday, 4- 9 p.m.; Friday, 4- 10 p.m.; Saturday, 12- 10 p.m.; Sunday, 12- 7 p.m.

#1 Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

OMB is crawling with babies. If Vegas were to provide an over/under line, it’d be at 50 babies/toddlers on any given Saturday afternoon.


  • High chairs? Yes
  • Changing tables? Yes
  • Free WiFi? Yes
  • Kid freebies? Coloring
  • Kid food? Kids menu with hot dog, grilled cheese, ham and cheese sandwich. Also have milk, soda, and lemonade.
  • Kid activities? Rows of picnic tables and wide open spaces of grass for kids to run around in. They also have cornhole, but some kids are just fine playing with rocks in the biergarten. It opens at 11 a.m., 7 days a week, so you can go before nap time.
  • Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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