Taste The Best Beer and Enjoy The Best Kid-Friendly Breweries all in One City

Family friendly brewery might sound like an oxymoron but luckily it’s not in Kalamazoo! Thanks to a growing trend, there are now more places than ever for families to dine out and enjoy a brew.

Kalamazoo is filled with not only restaurants that welcome children into their establishments but also several that make it entertaining for kids. 

We’ve compiled a list of seven of our top choices for “brews and babies.” These places, at a minimum, have kid’s menus. However, you’ll find that many of them have way more to enjoy. 

The breweries listed are my family’s go-to joints and I can personally attest to their greatness and family-oriented atmosphere. 

We’ve compiled a list and would love for you to comment below if we’ve missed any of your favorite spots! Make sure to tell us what makes your brewery a great choice for families.

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These Kalamazoo Area Breweries Make Your Family Feel Like Their Family

Grab your half-pints and head to the Heart of Downtown Kalamazoo

HopCat Kalamazoo |300 E. Water Street | is one of our favorites for the whole family to grab a bite. Our kids love the french fries and I love that the staff treats us like family. They have a dedicated kids menu adorably called HotKittens menu with the kid staples: Mac and cheese, burger, quesadilla, and delicious chicken tenders. 

HopCat has an impressive range of beer including microbrews, ciders, and domestics. If you haven’t tried their fries, I highly recommend you schedule your trip today.

Bell’s Eccentric Cafe |355 E. Kalamazoo Avenue| has the coolest nature-based outdoor area around. My kids love running around and pretending to perform on the stage, and playing corn hole. 

Their menu has its own kid section with kid-approved eats like sliders, Mac and cheese, grilled cheese (or as my daughter calls it a “grumble cheese”) hot dog, and quesadilla. I recommend adding a scoop of Plainwell ice cream for dessert. Plainwell ice cream is my favorite. 

Check out Bell’s concert schedule for their outdoor concerts as some are family-friendly and entertaining for all ages.

Old Dog Tavern |402 East Kalamazoo Avenue| is the best weekend brunch spot for a brew when you have kiddos. While your kids rock out to music, you can enjoy their Bloody Mary bar or mimosa flight specials.  The atmosphere there is one of a kind. It feels like hanging out at an old friend’s house. You’ll want to go back every week.

Tantalize Your Taste Buds at Kalamazoo Area Breweries

One Well Brewing |4213 Portage Street, Kalamazoo| has an impressive selection of brews on tap along with pre-packaged beer for purchase. Their allergy-friendly menu aims to please and tastes delicious. The creatively-named kid menu items are sure to please even the pickiest eaters.

One Well Brewing prides themselves on creating a visually pleasing atmosphere while placing an emphasis on sustainability. I love that using reclaimed and recycled materials is part of their mission statement. 

This brewery restaurant will take you back to simpler times. Their dining room is filled with arcade games for the older kids and a kid corner with various toddler toys. You’ll find a jumbo Connect Four game, blocks, chalk, and other age-appropriate toys. 

Bonus: if you’re a board game lover like myself, you will love their wide selection of games to play and enjoy while you sip your favorite IPA.

Boy and Dad playing pinball at restaurant Kalamazoo

Latitude 42 |7842 Portage Road, Portage and 6101 West Main Street, Kalamazoo| takes my award for the most kid-friendly brewery. You will notice the attention to creating a space for everyone.

At both locations, they have a large indoor kid play area with a kitchen, play food, and chalk. If you’re like me and enjoy having a sip while enjoying the fresh air, you can rest easy in knowing your kids are having safe fun as well. 

The Portage location outside patio offers fun elements for the whole family. Enjoy Giant Jenga, shuffleboard, playhouses, and plentiful seating with fire pits. The Oshtemo location has outdoor chalkboards, mini picnic tables, and a playhouse. 

The kid’s menu earns high marks. I get overly giddy when my daughter can’t finish her french fries and mac and cheese. Each kid’s menu item comes with a dessert choice of fresh fruit or a dirt and worms ice cream treat

Kids Play Area - Latitude 42 restaurant Kalamazoo

Presidential Brewing Company |8302 Portage Road, Portage| is one of my favorite places to grab an IPA with or without my kids. I love that they make it easy to bring the family with kid favorite staples on their kid’s menu adorably named “future presidents”. Each kid’s entree comes with a drink, chips, applesauce, and a cookie.  

The open picnic-style seating is spacious. Grab a spot by the designated kid’s area – with a large chalkboard and kitchen play area. Tip: kids will devour an order of Scott’s Tots.

girl drawing on chalkboard family friendly restaurant

Texas Corners Brewing Company |6970 Texas Drive, Kalamazoouses locally sourced ingredients to bring you a farm to table feel. They are a laid back family-owned company and their staff goes above and beyond with great kindness and service. You will feel right at home and your kids will love their menu featuring all the classic kid-approved meals.

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