On a recent weekend afternoon, Rodney, a 27-year-old Bushwick resident, stopped by the bar Union Pool in Williamsburg. He planned to partake in Sunday Funday — a popular pastime in which millennials get day-drunk before heading into the workweek.
But when he showed up, he found more than a dozen little kids — ranging from toddlers to elementary schoolers — running around the bar and outdoor patio. For Rodney, the crowd was an immediate buzzkill.
‘I felt slightly uneasy You’re put in an awkward position of little kids running up to your table.’
“I felt slightly uneasy,” says Rodney, a consultant who asked to withhold his last name for professional reasons. “You’re put in an awkward position of little kids running up to your table … [I’d like to tell parents,] ‘I wanna tell your kids to sit down, but those are your children.’”
With soaring rent prices that have turned the trendiest parts of Brooklyn into a haven for families — many of them parented by the very people who used to day-drink in public — more bars are attracting little kids.
“When I first moved to New York 11 years ago, I had band practice in Williamsburg, and bars there [attracted] people in their 20s,” Heath Fradkoff, the 39-year-old founder of Ward 6 Marketing, tells The Post. “Now you’ve got condos and a lot of young families living there — it’s changing the bar dynamic.”
Fradkoff, who’s based in Brooklyn’s Columbia Street waterfront district, regularly brings his 1-year-old son, Hugh, to bars such as the Douglass in Boerum Hill while he’s catching up with friends.
“We usually bring him during daylight hours,” he said, adding that he’s never noticed anyone being annoyed by Hugh’s presence. “And if he starts getting disruptively fussy we’re out the door … Nobody is doing body shots with a toddler.”
“Bartenders are usually the most friendly to children and they always go above and beyond,” said Elders, founder of toddler dining service Nibble and Squeak, which hosts fancy food events for tots and their parents. “They offer cherry garnishes and give cups of olives to kids … They’re very intuitive.”
But Williamsburg parent Evan Saffer, 39, thinks there are better ways to spend time with…