Specifically a toddler, during the day, and with responsible parents...
It is most likely legal, but the bar can legally prohibit it. The parent does not have any kind of right to do this.
From the abuse or neglect perspective under which the asker posted the question, I would think the answer would be similar. While it may not fit within the legal definition of abuse or neglect to merely have a toddler on a parent's lap in a bar, when combined with other factors in the case of a parent under suspicion of neglect for alcohol use, it should probably be avoided.
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As an isolated incident It is not illegal to bring a toddler into a bar in Minnesota. However, if it is a pattern of activity, or when factored in with a pattern of other similar activities, it may be used to indicate neglect or abuse which is absolutely illegal. If brought to court on the issue, a judge would look at all the surrounding factors to determine if abuse had occurred.
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