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A number of parents have mentioned a not-past-sundown rule, which makes sense for a lot of reasons, chief among them that any bar will be less crowded (and less full of drunk people) if you leave before happy hour. "Brunch on weekends is fine, but otherwise there should really be a 4 or 5 p.m. cutoff," said the Prospect Heights bartender.
Plus, there are plenty of places that are willing to accommodate earlier in the day, like Fort Greene's Der Schwarze Kölner, which actually hosts a "Babies and Beer" playgroup on certain weekday afternoons. If it works with your schedule, this is pretty much the ideal scenario.