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O'Byrne's: Babies and beer aren't mutually exclusive

Ever since you had a baby do you miss having a pint at the pub with your friends? You’d be surprised at how many of the city’s licensed establishments allow children!

One of our favourite local pubs is O’Byrne’s on Whyte Ave. You won’t find any high chairs or children’s menus here, but they do allow minors until 9pm so they won’t turn you away if you have a little one in tow. The pub’s interior includes lots of little “snugs” (little mini-rooms with a few tables) which allows visitors with children to keep somewhat separate from other pub patrons – a feature that both parties surely appreciate.

We like to visit O’Byrne’s on Mondays: It’s probably their quietest day so we never have trouble finding a table, and as a bonus they have cheap chicken wings on Monday nights. Yum! They’ve also got a daily happy hour from 4pm-8pm so you can also get a very affordable pint to go with your wings. 

Stroller-friendly? Not really
High Chairs? No
Location: 10616 82 Ave.
Learn more: Visit the O’Byrne’s website and follow them on Facebook.

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Reader Comments (4)

I love this post! My family & I will definitely be partaking in a wing night sometime soon. Do you know of some other establishments that allow children? Brewster's is the only one that comes to mind for me. Thanks!
October 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary Lou
This brings up painful memories of Dadeos. My favourite restaurant turned bar in Edmonton. Back in my child free 20s my husband (then boyfriend) and I would walk from our home near Whyte Ave to Dadeos for PoBoy sandwiches and jalapeƱo jam with biscuits. Then the city banned smoking in restaurants, so Dadeos decided to become a bar, not allow minors and keep their smokers. It soon became a smokers paradise and we stopped going. We moved out of Edmonton for a few years, meanwhile the city changed their smoking laws again and banned smoking in bars too. I moved back to Edmonton, new baby in tow and arranged to meet a friend at Dadeos for lunch my first week home. As soon as I walked in with my 2 month old baby the server rushed over to inform me I needed to leave. No minors. :( My heart still hurts. I guess it's a win for people who like to smoke and do not like kids.
October 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Really?! People are craving alcohol so much that they'd bring their kids to a bar? Maybe finding a kid friendly pub shouldn't be their biggest concern
October 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaulina
Mary Lou - We also like to go to Sugarbowl, which has less of the cozy pub atmosphere but has a huge beer selection. And they even have high chairs! We tend to stick close to home (Garneau) so I'm not sure about other places.

Sarah - I feel your pain on the Dadeo's restriction but as a formerly-childless person I kinda understand that some people want a childfree dining experience. They are very upfront about it (big sign on the door) and you can always get takeout if you're craving their yummy food.

Paulina - I'm not recommending people go out and get sloshed with their children, or that they make visiting a pub a daily event! But as an attachment parent who took my son pretty much everywhere with me during the first year of his life it was nice to have the opportunity to occasionally (like, maybe once a month!) go out and enjoy *one* beer and some pub food. That hardly seems reckless to me.
October 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

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