Does Your City Or Town Equip You With The Necessary Components For A ‘Drunk Brunch?’

Whether you call it ‘drunk brunch’ or ‘boozy brunch,’ you have to admit that getting sauced during the brunch time hour is the best way to spend a Saturday or Sunday. You’ve worked so hard all week, don’t you deserve a break that involves food, alcohol, and passing out by 4pm under a tree? Besides, those drunk text messages aren’t going to send themselves, so you need a vat of mimosas or screwdrivers to help you along the way.

Here in NYC our brunches, nine times out of 10, consist of at least one alcoholic beverage or, in many cases, unlimited ones. As long as you’re standing and can drink, they’re pouring them. It’s a beautiful thing to watch, although your liver may disagree.

Having traveled quite a bit I’ve found that a proper drunk brunch is actually extremely NYC-centric. There aren’t many other places in the world that offer a proper drunk brunch, so when you order a Bloody Mary at 11am, you’re all of sudden the one with a “problem.” Pfft. Why should you have a problem just because your town or city doesn’t celebrate a time honored event?

Having just come from NH for a couple days and having brunch — which is actually “weird” in those parts because people seem to eat breakfast at 9am — I was yet again shocked to find NO alcohol on the menu yesterday. What was this? Where was I? Hell?

Is your town or city down with offering alcohol at brunch or are you living in hell, too?


Photo: Life After Bagels

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    • ch

      Um, yes. I live in New Orleans. The bars never close, liquor licenses are relatively easy to come by, and open containers are legal. It’s rare to go to a place that DOESN’T have a fully stocked bloody mary bar and multiple kinds of mimosas. The bloody marys here are truly an art form. It’s almost more like a salad than a cocktail. NYC’s boozy brunches got nothin’ on New Orleans’.

      • Larissa

        I live in NYC, and last night somebody told me that I seem like I’d really enjoy and do well in New Orleans. Wasn’t sure what that meant, but it seemed like a compliment! You just shed a little light on that comment for me. New Orleans, here I come, just in time for brunch…

    • Kj

      I think that they are common enough here in Toronto. The hellhole restaurant where I used to work offered $3 Caesars (Canadian version of a Bloody Mary) during brunch.

      But anyways, all my friends are “responsible” and “sober” and even my hard partying Mexican boyfriend doesn’t like drinking in the morning so much, so drunk brunch is out of the question unless I want to deal with drunk Kj subtle stinkeye all day long…

      • Amanda Chatel

        Kj, I think it’s time you come for a visit… before I move to New Orleans, since apparently they really know how to do a proper drunk brunch down there.


    • Pants

      Yup, Houston represents, however this city is so everlovin big with such shitty shitty public transport, that most drunbrunches happen in my own home so I don’t wind up behind bars. …Or rather, stranded at a restaurant that wants my drunk ass home because I won’t drive and can’t afford a cab to drive me the 3 states back to my house.

      Sidenote: My friend Amanda is in NYC and is actually CALLED “drunkbrunch.” You two would like each other.

    • Dana G

      Almost all the good breakfast places in Victoria, BC serve morning-cocktails, but more often it’s a hair of the dog thing.

    • Kat

      One of the few things Richmond, VA can do right is brunch. Its a very brunch-centric city. You’d probably get weird looks if you didn’t order alcohol.

    • lizz

      i live in philly, and it is a great city for boozy brunch! the bar down the street from me has a make-your-own bloody mary bar every saturday and sunday with dozens of different hot sauces and their very own jalapeno infused tequila!

    • Breezy

      HAH. I live in the Bible belt, so we have a lot of dry counties and towns. And most of the ones that do sell alcohol don’t serve it on Sundays. At all. Luckily I’m in a college town, so I can still have a boozy brunch. But not in most of the surrounding towns.

    • Amanda Chatel

      I’m glad to see that should I decide to leave NYC, I have a few more options than I originally thought. Thanks, buddies!

      Oh, except for where Breezy lives… Breezy, I am not moving to the Bible Belt!

      • Breezy

        Oh come on! We’ve got a shit ton of trees and umm… sweet tea.

      • Amanda Chatel

        But is it Jeremiah Weed sweet tea? If not, then no sale, Breezy!

    • TB

      Here in Hong Kong, drunk brunches are almost a mandatory weekend experience. This city breeds functioning alcoholics and we are terribly suspicious of people who do not drink.
      A particular Sunday favourite is a “drunk junk” boat trip, which combines midday inebriation with outrageous sunburn. Oh Yeah.

    • Cate

      I live in Chicago and there are brunch places that apparently have entire Bloody Mary bars where you basically create your own Bloody Mary with ridiculous garnishes and stuff. I mean, it’s like a salad bar, only for alcohol. I have never been to such a place because I try not to wake up before one or two in the afternoon (too late for brunch here) and do not like Bloody Marys, but I know they exist.

    • Andrea

      Living in LA, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a brunch menu (or any menu for that matter) that did not have a cocktail list.

    • Sabrina

      Yes, in Seattle, we are all about the alcohol at all points of the day. Saturdays and Sundays are for alcohol, especially the bloody mary drunk brunch. We are also huge, huge fans of the three martini lunch.