Reader: Give Stapleton parents a break and understand they need a beer

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Station 26 is in the heart of family-friendly Stapleton.
There are some standard hot topics in the restaurant industry: What constitutes good service, what's a fair tip -- and when and where are kids welcome? Last week -- just in time for the holidays -- we posted a list of ten great craft-beer patios to try this summer, and the mention of one particular spot, Station 26, spilled over into a sticky discussion this week. Station 26 is smack-dab in the middle of the Stapleton neighborhood, and so attracts many families. But this is not the only area where parents are hungry for a spot they can go with their kids....and still sample an adult beverage.

See also: Reader says Stapletonians have nearly ruined Station 26

Says Pucklife:

Kids do ruin everything. Restaurants, breweries, airplane flights, schools, animals, public restrooms, churches, I could go on... So give Stapletonians a break and understand that they need a beer without having to pay for childcare. In honor of this post, I am going to Station 26 this weekend. I am bringing all my children with me and they are loud. But I always welcome parenting advice from people who don't have children. They are so much wiser on the subject than experienced parents.
Parents: If you want to take the family out and have a beer, where do you go? Where do you go when you leave the kids at home? And non-parents: What are the places you avoid if you don't want to see other people's children?

We're working on a list of family-friendly spots; all suggestions welcome. Post them below.


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7045 E. 38th Ave., Denver, CO

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39 comments
stranmansky
stranmansky

"Station 26 is smack-dab in the middle of the Stapleton neighborhood" 


Um, no it's not. That's why it's called "North Park Hill" and not "Stapleton."

Tamara Munroe
Tamara Munroe

What is annoying is when the parents drink and let their kids run around screaming for hours. Its not the kids, it's the parents.

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

"In honor of this post, I am going to Station 26 this weekend. I am bringing all my children with me and they are loud. But I always welcome parenting advice from people who don't have children. They are so much wiser on the subject than experienced parents."  

Good and experienced parents always take their children to public places and let them run wild and be loud, discipline be damned.  It's great knowing that there are parents who take their children barhopping with them, showing them how a real good close-knit family should live.  Good for you, Pucklife.  The planet needs more "good" parents like you.

Dan Ruisi
Dan Ruisi

Using kids as revenge is sick. Besides that, you are doing the opposite of supporting a small business; filling seats with Shirley Temples instead of Bloody Marys. I have an idea: Take your kid to an R rate movie! That seems to be all the rage too.

Chris Jacques
Chris Jacques

I like your kids. I like a beer. I like it when your kids don't interfere with my beer. The world does not revolve around your kids, or around my beer. Please keep kids from running around screaming like banshees or climbing onto my table. I will keep my beer on my table, out of your kids' reach, and my tone of voice down, particularly when I'm using the f-word. Fair enough?

Joni Watkins
Joni Watkins

I second that about Lowry Beer Garden. Total nightmare.

Alex Wolff
Alex Wolff

Supervise your children. End of story. There is no problem with bringing your kids along, but don't be that asshole who turns his head back and finds his child with a cigarette butt in her mouth. Sort your fucking lives out, people.

dericbrunken
dericbrunken

Don't take your kid to the fking bar. Nobody appreciates it, and we all want you to leave.

John Paul Rojas
John Paul Rojas

It's about parenting. Kids don't belong in bar settings. Period. I'm an adult and I want to act like an adult and have adult conversations. It's ok to be separated from your kids for a few hours. Stop raising needy as kids with separation issues who chat function with out mommy and daddy.

edmonds15cards
edmonds15cards

How are these parents getting their kids home after having a few beers?

mleeharris
mleeharris

The only thing worse than unruly kids are these self-acclaimed beer experts who spend all their time lounging about breweries acting like they're somehow superior to everyone else in the world because they drink 'real' beer. Here's a fun fact about beer you yuppie dickbags: walk into any brewery outside of this country and you'll see families with kids, the elderly, the young, the professional, and the more often than not drunk. All together. Drinking beer socially and responsibly. It's about community, you twats. It's not a fucking clubhouse for hipsters with their ironic beards and trucker caps who feel the need to defend the fact that they yell and scream profanities at the bar. If you're acting like a drunken fucking moron, you have less right to sit at that bar than my three year old daughter. Many of those guys making that beer for you have families. They have kids. And they probably enjoy the fact that people love their establishment enough that they feel comfortable bringing their family there.


You hate kids so much? How about YOU sit at home, drink your PBR and Coors, and watch all the ESPN you want until you finally die alone and sad because you're a miserable cunt and no one has ever loved you.

Mel Ćurković
Mel Ćurković

I've been to this place a few times because I live nearby in Stapleton, and I have never heard anybody cussing or being outta line at Station 26. It's a great place, with pretty good beer, and they also have different food trucks around for a good meal, and the fact that the children are present is kind of unavoidable because Stapleton is the universe's capital of all babies.... and small dogs for that matter. The only time I saw something that was completely outta line was some douchebag father hanging out with two small kids and openly smoking a joint. The kid situation is far worse at the Lowry Beer garden.

Janet Hanley
Janet Hanley

If you're drunk at 10 am anywhere, I call you a lush.

Eric Driskell
Eric Driskell

If you do not have the respect for others to watch/control your kids or control your mouth in public then stay home.

Bryan Harrold
Bryan Harrold

Leave your kids at home, or drink at home... When I'm cussing and screaming vulgar sentiments at a bar and you get mad cause your kids are there, not my fault... And if I'm drunk on a playground at 10am, I call that a bar...

Tara de Leeuw-Mcdonough
Tara de Leeuw-Mcdonough

I often bring my preschooler and toddler to Coda Brewing. We bring snacks and a few toys and they play red-light-green light or collect rocks on the patio. We're usually there during the 3-7pm time frame. We order dinner from Cedar Creek Pub and as soon as they start melting down, we bike home. I've taken them to Dry Dock under the same circumstances as well. And it seems that either there are lots of other kids to hang out with or we get really dirty looks from people. Also I believe it was Westword that reported that Odd 13 Brewing would have a playground. I'm not sure if this happened as I haven't been up there yet, but I would throw money at a brewery that had a playground. :-)

Joni Watkins
Joni Watkins

No problem with kids at breweries, but definitely under close supervision. Most times I've encountered well behaved kiddos at Station 26, but occasionally you'll find that guy who thinks it's ok to let his kid run wild while he ties one on with buddies. That's just poor parenting.

Matt Baca
Matt Baca

Parents who try to sanitize the world for their kids are jackasses. I cuss like a sailor. Teaching kids when it's appropriate to cuss is smarter than declaring large chucks of words out of bounds.

A Chris Heismann
A Chris Heismann

What I find worse than loud, unruly, annoying, misbehaving children are parents who do nothing about said children. If a parent is at least trying to keep their kid(s) under control, I'll give them a lot of slack. It's the ones who lean back, laugh and excuse the annoying behavior with an "what can I do, kids will be kids" without trying to do anything that torque me off. Try to be a parent, and try to keep your kid(s) under control, and I'll shrug their behavior off. That's because I know it's a difficult task to deal with a kid, especially day in and day out, and/or if the child has a condition like autism. But let your kid(s) run around out of control without lifting a finger to stop them, and you might find me telling you and your kid(s) off.

Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

Matt Baca, it's as simple as I don't want to get the dirty looks from parents when I don't watch my filthy fucking mouth. I also don't want to trip over the brats who are running around like it's a playground.

Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

Fuck that. If you want a beer around your kids, buy some at the store. If you want to drink in public, leave the kids at home. A brew house is no place for a child.

Matt Baca
Matt Baca

I always love when dipshits go on and on about annoying kids are. As if they weren't annoying kids who grew into annoying adults. Sure it's aggravating sitting next to a family who doesn't discipline an unruly kid, but that's not the child's fault, it's the parents' fault. Families have every right to have a meal and a beer as mouthy 20-somethings. The types of jackasses who complain about a baby crying must never stop bitching about every other function of living in a city, ie dogs barking, horns blaring, phones ringing... I'm sure you'd find silence and solitude in the country, or a coffin.

MarkThompson
MarkThompson

It's not bringing them to the bar that's the offense really, it's letting them run rampant unsupervised while smugly using "kids will be kids" as an excuse. 

Danelle Conn
Danelle Conn

I frequent illegal Pete's and there are always parents bringing in their kids

Naomi Wolinsky
Naomi Wolinsky

So we can take our children to a public bar, where we are drinking, but a Girl Scout is not allowed to sell her cookies outside a dispensary. Hmmm...

BSquared5280
BSquared5280

I think the key point here is "behaved" children. I have kids myself, and cant stand when parents bring their children to any establishment and let them run rampant. Bring something for them to do, keep them in check and all is good. No reason parents with behaved and polite children cant enjoy a drink on the patio during the summer as well.

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

The Whittier and the Abbey are "family friendly".

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

You're also two-faced.

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