Houston's Top 10 Family-Friendly Bars

As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeehouse or live-music venue is fair game.

Jake's Philly Steaks & Sports Bar
Hey you! Yeah, you. The one dragging that sticky little creature by the hand, looking bedraggled and in major need of a drink. We have a bar list for you.

And you won't even have to pawn your spawn off on a sitter. All these bars are spawn-friendly, and some of them even have sandboxes to negate the stick.

Sure, Jake's sells a mad decent Philly cheese, but you know what else they sell? Beer, and lots of it. This place is as much of a sports bar as it is a Philly mill, so if your kid is driving you insane, pull him along to Jake's with the promise of more sugar.

You'll get a break and some much needed alcohol, and Buster can run around annoying the other patrons for a bit. None of the staff will even side-eye you for it. No promises on the patrons though. You're on your own with them.

2944 Chimney Rock, 713-781-1962, jakesphillys.com

Brew is the key word in this equation; you can grab a refreshing adult beverage and your kid can grab a root brew, or whatever it is the under-21 crowd is drinking these days. And you won't be alone: plenty of Pearland parents flock to this place to escape the constant kid-badgering that comes with weekend boredom. You can also guarantee that whatever game is being broadcast will be on, so you won't even have to choose between football, beer, and your sanity. For once, anyway.

9721 Broadway, Pearland, 713-436-3927, centercourtpb.com

Not only can you drag along your little offspring at The Goose's Acre, but your offspring can drag along their little dog to keep them entertained while you drink away the pain on the patio. Hurray!

The Goose's Acre may be one heck of a drive for the inner-loopers, but you'll be patting yourself on the back for this bar decision once you're chillin' out by the water with no whining child glued to your leg. They'll be too busy feeding their food to the dog to bother.

21 Waterway Ave., 281-466-1502, thegoosesacre.com

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Location Info

Jake's Philly Steaks

2944 Chimney Rock, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Goose's Acre Bistro & Irish Pub

21 Waterway Ave., Spring, TX

Category: Music

Cedar Creek

1034 W. 20th, Houston, TX

Category: Music


3422 N. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Backyard Grill

9453 Jones Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Stadia Sports Grill

22762 Westheimer Parkway, Katy, TX

Category: Music

Texas Borders Bar & Grill

19910 Park Row, Katy, TX

Category: Restaurant

BlackJack's Bar & Grill

16103 W. Little York, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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There's great family places all over town.  They're called Chili's and Applebee's.  Keep children out of actual bars, it makes you look like trash.

Jessica Helms
Jessica Helms

Wooooow....talk about responsible parenting. SMH.

Mon Ica
Mon Ica

You can take "children of the corn" to moon tower inn & petrol station as well.


Too many if these are in the burbs. And u can't believe you didn't include Nataches!

Andy Gerard
Andy Gerard

If you can't afford a babysitter , then you can't afford ........

John D Vrbanac
John D Vrbanac

Or, a list of bars for those without kids to avoid


I practically grew up in bars and not these brightly-lit with sandboxes things y'all are calling bars. My parents loved cocktails and there was really no place to leave me, so I got to go too. I think I started out on a blanket under the table somewhere and as I grew up, I learned to enjoy a coke with a cherries, orange slices, little umbrellas, etc. I listened to the jukebox and played pinball and stayed quiet. It doesn't seem to have hurt me too much -- I rarely drink, but if I do it'll be in a bar. 

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