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)
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