Derek and I love good food and drinks, but not all places with good food and drinks love when we show up with three kids.

That’s why, when we heard about The Public House‘s Family Happy Hour on Saturdays from 4-7, we had to stop in.

The Public House is a bar in kind of a seedy area of town.

The part of town where you regularly see prostitutes and homeless people wandering around. The part of town next to the Greyhound bus station. The part of town that’s pretty close to our house, really.

The bar itself is very cool. Sleek. Clean. Contemporary. There is a requisite dude with dreadlocks and a nude painting behind the bar.

Kate pronounced the painting “inappropriate” and a lively family discussion on the merits of nude art followed.

She did enjoy her free, homemade lime soda.

Derek and I ordered Firewater IPAs ($3), which were deliciously hoppy. Sophia asked if they were “hot.” We also ordered a bunch of food.

From left to right, truffled popcorn ($3), Israeli couscous ($6.50), Grilled artichokes ($2.50), Blackberry Farm Brebis Cheese with a smoked onion spread ($4), and beet pesto ($4).


The kiddos enjoyed running around in a mostly-empty bar during a kid-sanctioned happy hour. They finished off with a sweet hug.

We’ll be back, and next time we’re bringing more friends who also think yummy food and drinks, and kids, shouldn’t be mutually exclusive.