Gone are the days when taking your children to breweries was taboo! Now it’s not unusual to see just as many kids as adults enjoying a beautiful afternoon at a brewery. Many places in town even encourage families to bring children with their kid-friendly games, spaces, and snacks. Here is a look at the best places in Winston-Salem to enjoy a beer when you have kids in tow!
When the weather is nice, the outdoor patio at Incendiary is the place to be. Bikes and scooters take over the wide-open space that was once a coal pit for Bailey Power Plant, and patrons can shuttle between Incendiary for beer and Cuigino Forno for pizza and gelato. Bonus feature for parents: the vast patio space is almost entirely enclosed, so kids can’t escape easily. The only downside to Incendiary is that parking can be tricky, but the beer and pizza make it worth the walk. Claim one of the outdoor picnic tables for your crew, and don’t forget to bring a scooter or chalk!
A large fenced-in outdoor space surrounded by an urban garden make “the Pub” an easy pick for families. Al fresco picnics are encouraged around the multiple picnic tables, and you’ll frequently see kids and dogs running around. The rotating locally-focused beer selection is top-notch.
With plenty of space for kids to wiggle both inside and out, Campus Gas offers games and toys the entire family can enjoy with their beverages. They have a wide beer selection, though Bull City Ciderworks is featured on tap since both ventures share the same owners. Unlike the other spots listed, Campus Gas is also a restaurant; the menu currently consists of hot dogs, hamburgers, and tots – food that appeals to the kid in everyone. And if you need extra incentive for the kids, they also serve milkshakes (but not check when, because it’s not every day)!
Great beer and family-friendly seating areas make Wise Man a popular choice for Saturday afternoon beer drinkers. They have a fenced-in patio, wide tables, and a laid back vibe. And now that Industry Hill is becoming a bigger thing, we expect more events and restaurants will continue to pop up nearby.
The big windows roll up to make the space feel more welcoming, and they offer a variety of games for patrons to enjoy. When the weather is nice, Fiddlin’ Fish is the perfect spot for a beer before strolling Trade Street and letting the kids run through the Artivity park just 2 blocks away.
If you stop by Joymongers on a Friday at 5 o’clock, you are guaranteed to see at least a couple of tables occupied by parents and a plethora of kids. With mostly inside seating, Joymongers is big enough to allow kids to move around without bumping into others. Pro-tip: bring dinner for your gang and bribe them into good behavior with the promise of gelato (from Café Gelato just down the street) when you leave.
Please note that due to COVID restrictions, not all of these places may be allowing people under 21 at this time. Please confirm with the individual establishment before going!