No Booze for You, Baby

Bars are banning Gen-X parents who bring kids, sparking angry debate
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2008 7:07 PM CST
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(Newser) – A mellow Brooklyn watering hole has recently banned an unlikely irritant: babies. Gen-X parents in New York, Philly, and DC are rolling their strollers into bars, the New York Times reports, and response has been vocal, with thirsty young moms and their childless counterparts waging a spirited Web war over babies in bars.

With smoking bans gaining favor around the country, the local tavern has become more kid-friendly, and baby-toting Gen-Xers have taken notice. In New York, some even organize weekly outings with their babies (Tots and Tonic, anyone?), prompting one Brooklyn blog to invoke “the rights of childless adults who don’t want to deal with someone’s loud, crying infant."