Clinton Hill’s Hot Bird Bans Children

Clinton Hill's Hot Bird Bans Children
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While banning children from adult establishments isn’t exactly novel (Windsor Terrace’s Greenwood Park did it back in 2012), a statement is still being made. Child bans punish parents for their decision to have kids and they’ll always come with their share of controversy.

Even so, another Brooklyn establishment has joined in on the anti-kid party. Hot Bird, a popular bar in Clinton Hill, has put their foot down on underage visitors.

According to the Post, the ban took effect in the last week or so and news began making the rounds when an intrepid mother arrived to find a sign bearing the message: “Children are not allowed.” She was pretty quickly kicked out of the bar along with her 15-month-old child.

When reached for comment, a bartender at Hot Bird told the Post, “There was a time when there were too many people bringing small children here. It became an issue. So we put up the sign.”

In a 2008 Times article on the subject, it was reported that “neither New York state nor city law forbids minors in bars,” but it seems like there’s an unofficial rule that bars can draw the line where they please in the same way a concert venue can promote 18+ or 21+ shows according to the kind of crowd they want to attract. 

Whatever the case, we’re sure that Clinton Hill parents will figure out some kind of alternative.

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    • In my experience, for every well behaved child in a bar, there are three or four that are screaming, crying, running around like it’s a playground. As always, it’s not the kids that are the problem. It’s the majority of parents that don’t respect the other patrons enough to keep their kids actions at a reasonable level. If a bar wants to cultivate a specific atmosphere for it’s patrons then I believe it should be able to do so.

  1. Was going to questions that same statement: child bans do no punish parents, they simply ask that parents leave their kids at home. In my book, you’re a better parent by not bringing your kid to a bar, both for the sake of the child and the other patrons.

  2. Child bans DO NOT punish parents. Its keeps inconsiderate and clueless parents out of the establishment who 3 out of 4 times do not control their screaming brats.

  3. Parents shouldn’t be bringing children to bars anyways. I spent my childhood being dragged to the bar by my parents and I hated it. Bring them for a picnic or to a playground instead.

  4. let’s define child. A baby under a year is hardly a threat to another patron (perhaps other than their self image). A toddler is another thing. I’ve got one and there is no question, that unsupervised they can be annoying to other patrons.

    When new parents have a baby and there just coming back out into the world after a self-imposed exile, it’s only natural they would want to bring the baby to their old stomping grounds. To both pretend that their life hasn’t changed and also to show off something they’re very very proud of.

    Granted it’s Brooklyn so they’re almost as many bars as there are babies. I am sure the jilted hot bird parents can find someplace else to have fun. But let’s be honest it’s not like they were taking their kids to McSorley’s. It is hot bird. Which is something like a restaurant/bar/giant open space that happens to serve kid friendly food and happened to serve beer.

  5. If you’re looking for peace, quiet, and a lack of annoying people, then a bar is not the best place. I’ve been annoyed far more by douchbag adults who theoretically are able to control themselves than out of control kiddies.


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