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Best Bar to Take the Kids To 


Every college town has that comfortably boisterous pizza-and-beer joint where friendly students serve pub food and a rotating menu of good handcrafted beers. Jupiter is one of those, and you can also add it to the long, long list of "only in Berkeley" phenomena for its world-class distinction of having creating a loophole of child-tolerance. Most nights, the live music (mostly jazz, of all persuasions) is geared toward nonbreeders who don't turn into pumpkins at 8 p.m. Sunday evenings, though, Jupiter is the kid-friendliest watering hole this side of Willie Wonka's Chocolate River. Don't get the wrong impression; they don't offer crayons or dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets, and you might have to put down your delicious Red Spot Ale to go shoo the kiddies away from the fire-spewing fountain. But patient servers dodge toddlers with acrobatic precision, and the weekly Americana Unplugged series features free, foot-stomping bluegrass at 5 p.m., early enough to get everyone fed, partied out, and home to bed on time. Tables fill up fast, so get there early.
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