Childfree Places — from Restaurants to Events — and the Site You Need to Bookmark Today

childfree places the site you need to bookmark today

Last spring, I wrote about my frustration with a new bar/restaurant near my house. You can read the post in full here but basically, there were many children dining inside said bar. At first, I couldn’t wrap my head around it. Then, I flipped my menu over and realized there was a kid’s menu on the back. That’s right, a kids menu at a bar. Where oh where are the adult-friendly restaurants? You can imagine my glee when I noticed I had a new Instagram follower with a brand new website featuring childfree restaurants, events, and more. I had a chance to talk with the founders of this incredible new site and welcome them to the interwebs (one day, I’ll stop using that term) Anyway, here’s some more information on childfree places — from restaurants to events — and the site you need to bookmark…today!

Can you tell the rinky-DINK life readers a little bit about who you are?

Thank you for the opportunity to chat with you! We are Sarah and Randall, a 30-something childfree couple living in Canada.

Why did you decide to create a website and why now in particular?

cfplaces.com
click image to visit cfplaces.com

The idea for cfplaces.com hit us a few times before we finally acted on it. It seemed that every time we traveled outside of our local area we struggled to find places that didn’t allow minors. Whether it was to eat, drink, or have some fun, our searches always came up short. We felt that other resources online were either incomplete or limited in information.

With cfplaces.com, we want people to be able to take ownership of their favorite childfree places, sort of like a local guide welcoming other childfree people to their neighborhood.

We love craft beer and pubs, and it’s becoming rare to find a quiet pub that isn’t overflowing with bored children acting up! In our own city, we know where we can go to be certain that it’s adults only.

When we travel, on the other hand, we’re lost. Many places don’t list whether they’re child-friendly or not on their websites. Yelp only indicates if it’s “good for kids” and isn’t really searchable when looking for “No”, which also doesn’t mean they aren’t allowed.Too often we find ourselves either having a crappy time because we misjudged what looked like an adult place, or stuck with nightclubs and loud party bars! Wasting our time trying to find the sort of place we enjoy is a terrible way to spend our vacations.

Who can participate in adding childfree-friendly places to your site?

Anyone [from anywhere — Canada, USA, and beyond!] is welcome to add listings and rate their favorite places on cfplaces.com!

What kinds of childfree places can members add?

We’re looking for restaurants, pubs, hotels, resorts, and events that can help anyone find a refuge from kids. No more frantic web searching “Adults Only” in every city you visit, hoping that the results you find aren’t sketchy.

Do you think there’s a need for more adult-only restaurants?

There is a need for more childfree places, sort of Adult Safe Zones. Even parents want to get away from kids sometimes, but fewer places are putting up that “No Minors” sign. It seems like more and more parents want their kids to be welcome everywhere, even places where it really isn’t appropriate.

A bar or a brewery is not typically a place for a kid, but we are frequently seeing traditionally “adults only” establishments changing their rules based on pressure from that type of parent.

Very true! What is your goal for your site?

We hope that cfplaces.com will help childfree people enjoy their time spent out of the house, whether it’s close to home, working abroad or on a big vacation. Maybe it will even help some parents who also want to be away from children sometimes!

Thank you, Sarah and Randall!

This site was so needed. It’s no small undertaking for Sarah and Randall, I’m sure, but the benefits to the childfree community will be innumerable.

I had a chance to add a childfree restaurant to the site and found it incredibly user-friendly — especially if the place you’re adding has a Facebook page! If you know of any places that are specifically for the childfree, please visit cfplaces.com and add away!

You can also follow CF Places on Instagram here.

Let me know in the comments section below what you think about this new site!

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  1. Reply

    Thank you for sharing our site, Brittany!
    I can’t wait to see the interesting places that people will add.
    It might even inspire us to go on a fact-finding vacation to check some of them out!!

    1. You’re so very welcome, Sarah! It was great chatting with you and I’m loving your site!

    • Wendi
    • January 30, 2018
    Reply

    Thank you! Unless it is a full on college bar there are no childfree places in our town. It’s juat as frustrating going to a college bar as it is going to a “family friendly” pub -loud children of all ages.

    I’m curious to see if any towns in my area are listed. This will be incredibly helpful!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Wendi. I’m so excited about Sarah and Randall’s site as well!

    • Lisa
    • January 31, 2018
    Reply

    Wow, what an awesome site Sarah and Randall have started up! This is the type of resource that is definitely lacking out there, which I am sure many childfree people will really appreciate!

    1. I’m so excited about their site! I hope restaurants start realizing how successful childfree dining can be.

    • spiffi
    • January 31, 2018
    Reply

    There is a restaurant in town that I like to go to. There is the restaurant section, and the bar area – I *really* wish they would just keep children on the bigger restaurant side. The number of times I come in to the bar area and there’s a family with 3 or 4 children in the bar area – when the restaurant is virtually empty – just…go over there so I can eat my lunch in peace?

    I will definitely be checking out the site and IF I find any places that are child-free – I will add them!

    1. Thank you for your comment, Spiffi! It’s really frustrating, isn’t it? The newish bar new us has hightop booths and the bar area probably takes up a good 3/4 of the whole space. And yet, there’s a children’s menu??? I just don’t understand! I hope more restaurants recognize the need for childfree dining.

    2. Reply

      I feel your pain. If there’s a lounge or bar area already in place, why not leave it for adults only instead of having the whole restaurant side unused? Seems like a smart business decision even.

      We’ve visited countless places like this – they look the part on the outside and then you go in and it’s more kids than adults. I’ve even seen children no older than 6 seated AT the bar. But they are “supervised” though so it’s ok… I’m genuinely confused by it all.

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