I'd appreciate some advice on the drinking laws in the USA.
This summer we're planning to be in various parts of the USA. Certainly New York and Los Angeles and perhaps Las Vegas and/or Portland. We'll be bringing my stepdaughter with us. She is 16.
In the UK she's allowed into pubs at the landlord's discretion as long as she only drinks soft drinks. In restaurants she is (I think) allowed to drink wine with a meal (well, no-one ever seems to object). In many European countries we find similar (or even more lax) laws.
Now, I'm well aware that in most US states the legal drinking age is 21 so I'm not planning on trying to buy her drinks in bars or restaurants, but I'd like to know how much it will impact our trip just having her with us. Will bars allow her in if she sits with us and drinks soft drinks? Does it vary from bar to bar? Or state to state? Will we need to carefully plan which bars to visit?
Any advice appreciated.