A side of bacon and a perfectly timed cup of coffee enhance any brunch, but the right beverage choice can also have the power to take your experience to the next level. When you're searching for something a little stronger to accompany your late-morning feasting session, these nine spots deliver boozy brunches that boast make-your-own mimosa bars, craft brunch cocktails and a Bloody Mary fit for a Queen. Bottoms up! This boozy brunch roundup is brought to you by Lauren Levine, a freelance writer and co-host of the wildly entertaining (and helpful) dating podcast, The Margarita Confessionals. Keep up with Lauren on her blog, Life with Lauren, and on Twitter at @lifewithlauren1.
For brunch with a view, The Peculiar Rabbit in Plaza Midwood is the perfect pick. Besides hangover-erasing fare, The Peculiar Rabbit boasts a wide range of delicious beverages when a little hair of the dog is necessary. Sip on cocktails like peach sangria, a Midwood Mule or a Bloody Mary on their rooftop or patio and instantly feel revived. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 10a–3p.
Situated in a cozy home-turned-restaurant on East Boulevard, 300 East provides the perfect setting to catch up with friends over plenty of food. Dive into out-of-this-world eggs benedict, breakfast pizza that’s big enough to share (with a fried egg ready to devour right in the middle) and French toast and Belgian waffles that define decadent. 300 East also knows the value of a full mimosa glass as you chow down!
5Church offers up the works for a complete brunch spread on both Saturdays and Sundays. Choose from hearty dishes like steak and eggs, burgers or sandwiches. You can also find traditional omelet and waffle offerings. Pair your choice with your favorite beverage. A mojito, perhaps? Or maybe a Bellini is more your style. Hey, life is short, why not do both?
If your brunch experience is about both quality and quantity, Vivace is your new favorite spot. Do it the “Vivace Way” for $25 and get two courses, a dessert and a mimosa and Bloody Mary bar. If you can’t decide which poison you’d like to pick, you can switch back and forth, no problem. Grab a table outside on the patio and take in the view, or enjoy the elegant, upscale décor indoors. Vivace also offers an extensive gluten-free menu.
When you need brunch with an attitude, Little Spoon does not disappoint. This Selwyn Avenue spot is about as un-stuffy as it gets, while still providing an atmosphere that’s elegant enough to wow out-of-town guests. Ready for the unexpected twist? You’ll find an infusion of 90s and early 2000s rap in the mix when you arrive. Look for lyrical references on the menu, on the website and drifting through the speakers. Wash your chicken biscuit (a must-order) down with craft cocktails like the Antidote, Screw Monday or Queen Mary.
Tupelo Honey is the place for classic Southern fare. Tupelo delivers Southern staples like shrimp and grits, sweet potato pancakes and breakfast biscuits, or if you’d prefer to keep it simple go for an omelet or egg dish. Pair your dish of choice with a spicy Bloody Mary, a mimosa or go big with the Queen Mary, a golden 20oz. spin on the Bloody Mary served in a pitcher and decked out in full glory (complete with Jalapeño-Poblano-infused moonshine).
Plaza Midwood’s Bistro La Bon offers an elegant Saturday brunch spread featuring signature dishes with an unexpected flavor twist. Try an open-faced breakfast sandwich with roast beef, onion and egg. Work your way through their signature omelet, featuring apricot jam, cream cheese and a potato cake. You’ll also find a fully stocked bar with pre-5 o’clock favorites like mimosas, Bellinis and Irish coffee.
An underrated player in the Sunday brunch game, Red Rocks Café (with locations in South Park tucked in the Strawberry Hill Shopping Center and Birkdale Village) is home to hearty choices like steak and eggs, several kinds of eggs benedict, and heavenly crepes topped with strawberries and whipped cream. Bloody Marys and mimosas are $6.50. They’ve also got a beer list featuring favorite area breweries like OMB, Sugar Creek and Unknown.
This Uptown spot is the perfect selection when you want to sample a little bit of everything. Chow down on small plates like the so-chic-right-now avocado toast, cheese plates, lobster benedict or white chocolate French toast. Don’t trust anyone else to fill your mimosa with the perfect OJ to champagne ratio? Take advantage of their build-your-own mimosa bar. It’s like Build-A-Bear for adults.