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?
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!