Family-Friendly Beer Gardens and Breweries on Long Island
Sometimes, even the most dedicated parents need a break. Craft beer has become increasingly popular in the past decade, prompting a surge in the opening of local breweries, gastropubs and restaurants. These family-friendly breweries and restaurants are a great compromise. Parents can wind down without having to find a babysitter, and kids can have fun in an exciting, new atmosphere.
At these charming establishments, parents can enjoy a regular beer offering or a seasonal specialty. If wine is your drink of choice, however, don't miss our guide to kid-friendly wineries on the East End.
Kid-Friendly Breweries and Beer Gardens in Nassau County
BrewSA — Freeport
BrewSA is a fun stop on your family's journey along Freeport's Miracle mile. While the only food served is pretzels, its location makes it convenient to grab some grub elsewhere. BrewSA is all about the beer. As you grab a drink, kids can enjoy playing a life-size game of Connect Four. BrewSA is also committed to helping the community with 25 percent of all profits donated to veterans groups.
EGP Oceanside offers plenty of entertainment options for children.
EGP Oceanside — Oceanside
EGP Oceanside makes it easy to dine with the family while enjoying some brews. It offers a kids menu as well as indoor and outdoor patio seating. It also has seasonal events catered to kids, including an autumn pumpkin patch. As for alcohol, this gastropub offers more than 20 craft beers on tap, featuring both local and national craft brews. For parents and caretakers who aren't a fan of beer, EGP also offers cocktails and wine. On its food menu, you will find an array of burgers, sandwiches and salads.
The giant pretzels at Plattdeutsche Park are a fun treat for kids.
Plattdeutsche Park — Franklin Square
Best of Long Island named Plattdeutsche Park its best German restaurant in 2018. While you can visit the restaurant any day of the week, it truly comes alive Fridays through Sundays, when its outdoor beer hall opens. The hall features live music, both German and modern, as well as special events throughout the year. Kids will love its huge 10-inch pretzel. The beer selection, which includes both German and local craft beers, is less expansive than other options, and the atmosphere is well worth a trip. You and your family will feel as if you've been transported to a biergarten in Munich.
Prost Grill & Garten — Rockville Centre
German cuisine and beer are the specialties at Prost Grill & Garten. Its food menu includes traditional German dishes such as wienerschnitzel, goulash, and hackbraten. It also offers burgers and grilled cheese for those with less adventurous palates. Its beer selection is a mix of imported German beers on tap and bottled, as well as craft brews. Wine is an option as well.
Kid-Friendly Breweries and Beer Gardens in Suffolk County
Enjoy a challenging game of foosball at Blue Point Brewing in Patchogue.
Blue Point Brewing Company — Patchogue
Located in the heart of Patchogue, just off Main Street, is Blue Point Brewery, known to be both kid- and dog-friendly. It is also known for brewing accessible beers. In 2019, Blue Point moved to a new state-of-the-art location on Main Street in Patchogue, just a short walk from the original brewery. It features a gastropub with a full menu, a foosball table and more.
Great South Bay Brewery — Bay Shore
Great South Bay Brewery in Bay Shore has a large taproom, with food trucks on rotation each day. The front room features darts and cornhole, while the back is a more intimate space with couches and a smaller bar. The brewery also has party rental space; a unique alternative to many other venues for birthdays, baby showers and more.
Harbor Head Brewing Company — Northport
Right on Northport's Main Street, Harbor Head Brewing Company is a convenient stop during a shopping trip. Similar to other breweries, it does not serve food, but there is plenty to choose from along Main Street. It also has a large outdoor space for the family to enjoy while you sip your beer. Hours vary based on season, so check its website for the most updated information.
Port Jeff Brewing Company — Port Jefferson
Port Jeff Brewing Company is tucked off of Main Street at the end of a small shopping center. The tasting room is small, but there is an outdoor deck area to enjoy your brews. It makes for a great trip during nice weather, with an ice cream shop for little ones just across from the brewery. Adventurous? Consider a ferry trip to Bridgeport. Tasting room hours vary, so check its website or call before heading out.
Kid-Friendly Breweries and Beer Gardens on LI's East End
Riverhead Ciderhouse — Calverton
Situated at the western end of Long Island Wine Country, Riverhead Ciderhouse boasts 8,000 square feet of warehouse-like space. Indoor entertainment includes board games, local musicians and two dueling, self-playing pianos. Garage bay doors open to the beer garden out back that has tables with umbrellas and gazebos. Oversized lawn games and other fun stuff is available for some friendly family competition. In the winter it also sets up outdoor igloos. Its cider is brewed from on-farm, orchard-grown apples. The cafe serves up gourmet pizzas, apple cider donuts, sandwiches, and other seasonal fares, using mostly locally sourced ingredients. There's even a swag store on site to score some apple-licious items.
Families can rent a private space at Jamesport Farm Brewery. Photo by the author
Jamesport Farm Brewery — Riverhead
Jamesport Farm Brewery is located on a 43-acre farm, which grows the hops, barley, and wheat used in its beers. Depending on the day, different activities are available such as table-top jenga, Connect 4, or cornhole. Snacks are available daily, but a food truck with heartier options is available on weekends in the summer and fall.
Long Island Farm Brewery — Manorville
Located in a former potato barn right next to Waterdrinker Farm, LIFB gets to be part of all of Waterdrinker's summer and fall fun festivities, including sunflower season, pumpkin festivals, and more. The adjacent family farm adventure include 15 acres of climbing, jumping, bouncing, and riding fun. Plus, you can even play a round of mini golf. LIFB serves up craft beer, wine, and cider, plus nonalcoholic root beer, kombucha, green tea, and more.
Peconic County Brewing — Riverhead
This long, narrow 2,000 square-foot brew house stretches from Main Street to the Peconic Riverfront in the heart of downtown Riverhead and is a perfect way to end a trip to the Long Island Aquarium. A modern, industrial vibe flows throughout with hi-top bar seating indoors and expansive deck seating outdoors, overlooking the picturesque Peconic River. Colorful underwater-themed artwork is sprawled across the walls and an antique diver suit is on display. The kitchen serves up gourmet pub food and small plates.
Unless noted, photos are courtesy of the breweries. A version of this post was published in 2019. It was updated in September 2021.