Best Brunch Bars

We’re big fans of sipping cocktails in the afternoon, but why wait? Mid-morning eye-openers pair perfectly with hearty dishes like omelets, French toast and waffles. Luckily, brunch is just as much a specialty as mixology at these bars across the country.

15 Romolo, San Francisco, 415 398 1359:

You can order $4 glasses of punch at this acclaimed North Beach establishment’s aptly named weekend Punch Drunk Brunch. But as you enjoy a crispy chicken biscuit layered with a fried egg, green chile and arugula-walnut pesto, you might also consider having the Breakfast of Champions #2, an interesting combination of manzanilla sherry, house-made banana cordial, nocino, maple syrup and a coffee tincture.
What to Drink: Punch

Circa 33, Portland, Ore., 503 477 7682:

Ten-dollar carafes of Mimosas flow at this Prohibition era-inspired joint in Southeast Portland. While waiting for your brioche French toast slathered in Oregon berry compote, you can snack on the house-smoked bacon and house-pickled veggies (you can choose either, or both) that accompany The Dilemma, Circa 33’s savory Bloody Mary.
What to Drink: The Dilemma (vodka, house-made Bloody Mary mix, Trumer Pils beer, house-smoked bacon, house-pickled vegetables)

Clover Club, New York, 718 855 7939:

People from all five boroughs come to Julie Reiner’s famed watering hole (pictured above) in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, for its delicious tipples. But chef Gil Calderon also serves a gourmet breakfast menu featuring a hanger-steak-and-poached-egg English muffin sandwich and buckwheat pancakes topped with sweetened sheep’s milk ricotta and blood orange-maple syrup.
What to Drink: Maria Sin Sangre (cherry tomatoes, basil, silver tequila, medium dry sherry, lemon juice)

Deep Ellum, Boston, 617 787 2337:

Have a day off? This Allston-neighborhood spot serves brunch seven days a week. Grab a perch on the deck and tuck into a plate of duck-confit hash with braised Swiss chard or French toast made with Portuguese sweet bread. The cocktail list includes classics as well as newfangled creations.
What to Drink: Black Market (Death’s Door Gin, Dolin Sweet Vermouth, lemon, black tea bitters)

The Passenger, Washington, D.C., 202 393 0220:

Don’t worry about getting up early; the low-key Sunday brunch at this Mount Vernon Square watering hole doesn’t kick off until 2 PM. Late risers are rewarded with scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese tucked between crispy waffles and bowls of kimchi with pork belly. As for hair-of-the-dog libations, there are many excellent options from owners (and brothers) Tom and Derek Brown.
What to Drink: South 75 (Champagne, gin, grapefruit juice)

Looking for more great watering holes? Check out our bar guide for the best bars in the world.

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  • joe posted 5 years ago

    In my little corner of the world, the last Sunday of the month is dedicated to Roosevelts at Seven. This Ale House and eatery located in McAllen TX. boasts over 35 beers on tap and as many in bottle (so you can always find the hair of the dog that bit you) as well as a great wine list. $2 mamosas flow freely and the spread is four star. If you find youself in DEEP south Texas on the last Sunday of the month( or any time) I highly recomend it.

  • EAber posted 5 years ago

    When are you going to do something on North Carolina, like the Triangle? We're known for our food, and obviously drinks abound around here as well. I was remiss the other day after doing a NC search on your website only to find absolutely nothing. Ever get down this way?... don't know what you're missing.

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