I'm in upstate NY and it's so frustrating that NY or at least the dumb restaurants I seem to go to allow kids to sit at the bar or worse yet in the past, I've even seen babies in diapers plopped up on the edge of a bar while the parents are waiting for a table.
Last night we went out for a drink in a restaurant (Grey Gelding, Saratoga NY) and the parents had moved several bar stools away to make room for their stroller and then the Mother was holding a 2 week old baby as she was feeding it from several bottles that she had lined up on the bar.
I think in MA where I grew up State laws forbid kids to sit in the bar stools or hang out in the bar area.
But in New York when we want to just sit at the bar and wind down with a drink and maybe eat dinner at the bar, many times we wind up sitting next to some little kid.
I don't dislike kids, I just dislike seeing rude parents letting them sit at the bar especially after 8 or 9 PM. Seems vacation spots like Saratoga as an example . . parents figure it's OK to annoy everyone by letting their kids run around the restaurant or sit on the bar stools???
So does your state allow children to saddle up at the bars