Do babies belong in bars? A recent article in the New York Times discussed the hot topic.
The Union Hall bar in Brooklyn put a ban on strollers, setting off a firestorm from angry motherly patrons. To learn more about the ban, read more.
As a mom, I was slightly offended when I first glanced at the article. But as I read on, I tried to put myself in the position of the baby-less folk. At times mamas are given special treatment — doors are opened for our strollers, we are invited to skip bathroom lines, and allowed to board airplanes first — so why not let bar hoppers have drinking holes to themselves?
Well, if it's early and the bar is empty, mothers might want to sit down and throw back a brewsky or chardonnay while the kids snack on bar nibbles and scribble with crayons.
Since New York, Los Angeles, and other major metropolitan cities have banned smoking, it makes sense that more parents would feel comfortable bringing their children along for a pint. It seems reasonable to me that a ban could and probably should be implemented after certain hours, say 8 p.m., but until then I think mums and tots should be allowed to come and go.
What do you think of Brooklyn's ban?