I distinctly remember bringing my one-month-old daughter to Confluence Brewing and honestly getting zero dirty looks. One of the many reasons I love Des Moines is that there are plenty of family-friendly restaurants and bars. Parents can enjoy an adult beverage in public without shame.
One of the bravest mom things I’ve ever done is take my 2-week old son out with my 4-year-old daughter to a Drake basketball game, while also recovering from a c-section. I thrive on human interaction, and I needed to get out and see my Bulldog people.
Other parents get it, but I also don’t exactly care what other parents thought. That being said, we do seek out restaurants that will make the juggling act of two kids a bit easier for us. I reached out to some fellow warrior moms to bring you a list of kid-friendly places in Des Moines where you can enjoy a drink (and feed the kids, too).
5 Family-Friendly Bars in Des Moines
The Hall, Valley Junction in West Des Moines
The Hall is a great place for a big family gathering. There are tons of food and drink options to satisfy the unique tastes of any family member. In the summer the outdoor beer garden is a great spot for families.
Confluence Brewing, 1235 Thomas Beck Road, Des Moines
Confluence Brewing has plenty of space to spread out, a mountain of board games, and when the weather is nice, a gorgeous patio off the bike trails. Not to mention, the smell of delicious beer being brewed. The spacious venue and tasty beer are what keeps us coming back with our kids. One modification I suggest is that they add a changing table in the bathrooms.
Smash Park, 6625 Coachlight Drive, West Des Moines
This place is HUGE! There are so many fun things to do at Smash Park including pickleball, cornhole, shuffleboard, bocce ball, ping pong, foosball, arcade games, board games, and more! Some areas are for 21 and over only, but there are plenty of spaces to hunker down with your family and have some fun. In addition to a full bar, there is a lot of delicious food.
Jethro’s BBQ, Various Locations
We love taking our kids and extended family to any Jethro’s location in the metro. There is consistency in the menus, coloring for the kids, and a lot of TVs to distract the babies. Being locally owned, we always know that a college game will be on a TV to watch while keeping the kids entertained.
Uptown Garage Brewing, Ankeny
I haven’t been to Uptown Garage Brewing yet, but other moms told me there is ton of outdoor space for bags and free play, and they also have an area with toys for kids and board games for the big kids.