First off, I want to start by saying I don’t promote drinking and driving, and especially not if you have your children with you! But if you drink responsibly and have a designated driver, breweries have become a great place for families to enjoy time together.
In the past few years, Charleston’s beer and brewery scene has grown considerably with new breweries popping up all the time. Many of these breweries have outdoor spaces, games, and a laid-back more industrial feel, which makes them more kid-friendly then going to a restaurant even. Several breweries even have designated spaces for children to play and hold events geared towards families.
My husband, being the craft beer aficionado that he is, has brought our family to many of the breweries around town, so I felt inclined to share what I have learned are some of the most kid-friendly breweries in Charleston.
Kid-friendly breweries around Charleston
When I think of family-friendly breweries in Charleston, Two Bloke’s is one of the first places that pops to mind. Two Bloke’s is located in Mount Pleasant in a large industrial-style space and even has a nook in the front just for kids with lots of toys and books.
“I like that they have a designated kids area with a chalkboard, toys, and best of all, lots of books. It’s also somewhat contained which is great for little kids. There are board games for all ages, so older kids can play, too,” said Mount Pleasant mom Kristin Cassi.
I love the separate area for kids to hang out so they will stay entertained but also so the adults who go without kids can sit AWAY from the kids’ area and enjoy their brew peacefully.
Two Bloke’s has even had special events just for kids such as storytime. “They often host the Itinerarate Literate mobile book store. They have had story hours for little ones and have yoga most Sunday mornings, which is great for older kids,” said Cassi.
Two Bloke’s often has food trucks to grab an easy lunch or dinner while you are there. “It’s in the same building as an indoor soccer academy and a dance school, so it’s such a great spot for families to unwind for a bit after those activities,” said Cassi.
Another one of my favorite breweries for the delicious beer, food, and awesome outdoor space is Commonhouse Aleworks located in the hip Park Circle area of North Charleston. Commonhouse has one of Charleston’s most popular chef’s Brannon Florie as a staple at the brewery, so you can enjoy his food any day of the week. They also have a kids menu with the staples: cheeseburger, chicken tenders, and grilled cheese for the kids as well as lots of good options for adults. Commonhouse has a really nice outdoor grassy area where they often play live music and have regular Sunday brunch with bluegrass music.
Located next to the super popular and family-friendly space The Workshop in Charleston’s upper King area, Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co is a fun spot for all ages. The beer is delicious, and the menu is great too, or you can order a beer from Edmund’s Oast and then grab food at one of The Workshop’s rotating restaurants. There is a big astroturf “grassy” area out front that is always a hit with the kids. They host lots of events throughout the year that are family-friendly such as the Night Market Bazaar, yoga, and other pop-up food events. Most evenings and weekends you will find Charleston families enjoying Edmund’s Oast Brewery and The Workshop space, especially during their special events.
Ghost Monkey is located on a quiet street off Longpoint Road in Mt. Pleasant and is one of our favorite breweries to bring the kids. In the front of the brewery, they have a fenced parking lot area with picnic tables and ride-on toys for kids where they will often have a food truck and live music. Inside there is a Nintendo with games, a pool table, and board games. Ghost Monkey has a relaxed atmosphere, and the outdoor area is key for kids to be able to run around and play while parents enjoy a beer.
“We love the outdoor area a Ghost Monkey for kids and now that my twin boys are older, they have fun playing the Nintendo games inside as well. We also just love Ghost Monkey in general because it’s a super chill atmosphere, great beer selection, and easy parking,” said Mount Pleasant mom Felecia Wermuth.
Ghost Monkey also donates tip money to a different local charity each month. I love supporting businesses that give back to our community and if I can enjoy a tasty beer with my family while doing so, that is a win-win in my book!
Located in the heart of West Ashley, Frothy Beard is a popular place for local Charleston residents and visitors alike. They have an active calendar of events that are mostly geared towards adults such as trivia, yoga, sip and paint art events, and ladies’ night, but the atmosphere is welcoming to both kids and adults. Frothy Beard also has a designated play area for kids as well as a Nintendo for kids (and nostalgic adults!) to use.
“Frothy beard is near the bowling alley Ashley Lanes so we will sometimes go after going bowling with the kids. They have a little play nook under the stairs for kids as well as old school Nintendo games,” said local mom Rebecca Stephenson.
Other Charleston Breweries to Check Out
There are several other great breweries around town that friends told me about while writing this article. I have yet to check them out personally, but I wanted to include them. I will definitely be checking these out with my families soon!
- Indigo Reef Brewing Co on Daniel Island
- Low Tide Brewing on Johns Island
- Holy City Brewing in North Charleston