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This week we gave you one of our most important guides yet, the 12 Hours of Day Drinking guide. We definitely recommend you use it liberally until it’s too cold to even fathom sitting outside and drinking (because you’re too busy sitting inside and drinking), but when it comes to these kind of things, where you start is way more important than where you end. While you may start your day drinking adventures sipping chic cocktails, after 12 hours you’re going to be too drunk to tell a beer from a shot. That’s totally fine, but trust me when I say you do not want to start off your 12 hours with some boring ass mimosas. You want something better than that. You (probably) DESERVE something better than that. We’re here to help you start everything off on the right foot, so here are five brunches with the best (read: most interesting) drink selections.

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BIRCH & BARLEY

I am in love with Birch & Barley. I want to eat there for the rest of my life and that is not an exaggeration. Everything I’ve had there has been over the top excellent and the atmosphere is off the walls. When it comes to brunch, they don’t have a large cocktail menu, but it’s already far more interesting then most places. Yes, they have a mimosa, but skip that and grab either the brunch punch (Jim Beam Kentucky Fire, Svedka, velvet falernum, honey, grapefruit juice, and lemon juice) or follow my lead and jump headfirst into the Corpse Reviver, which is packed with gin, cocchi americano, triple sec, lemon, and pernod. Buuuut, this is Birch & Barley we’re  talking about, you don’t need to get any cocktails when you can have BEER. So do it. Start your day off with a beer. A fantastic beer.

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BAR PILAR

Yes, this is another place where you can start your day off with a beer. Look, there is nothing wrong with skipping the OJ and going straight for Left Hand’s Nitro Milk Stout, but if you’re craving something different, Bar Pilar can help you there too. The Ruffled Shirt has Saint Germain (every drink should have Saint Germain), bitters, and bubbly or you could go for John Daly’s Worst Enemy which is served with rye, lemon juice, black chai tea, soda. Or you could get something completely different. It’s your life.

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ROOM 11

Room 11 may be one of the cutest bars around. It feels way more like a cafe then a place where you can get wasted early on a Sunday. Now, their brunch cocktail menu is small, but it certainly packs a punch. I would thoroughly recommend going with the Devil In Mexico because it sounds insanely good even though it has tequila in it and as everyone knows tequila is the devils drink. It’s a mixture of tequila (gross), mezcal (yay!), elderflower (yesss), grapfruit, lime, and house made chili bitters. I don’t like tequila but that sounds incredible. I guess you could get wine if you really wanted, but let’s be real, you know you want to start your day off with some mezcal.

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EAT THE RICH

You might have noticed that I love Corpse Reviver’s and you should certainly get that while you’re munching on oysters (oysters are totally breakfast food), but you should definitely aim for a Death in the Afternoon. 1. It was the cocktail Hemingway invented and if you drop that fun fact then all of your friends will definitely think you’re cool and 2. It has the best possible name for a cocktail and you will feel very cool ordering it. 3. It’s way more interesting than your average brunch cocktail and it still has champagne. What more could you ask for?

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B TOO

Okay, so for me the main draw to B Too is that you can eat moules frites for breakfast and nothing sounds better than that, however, they have a pretty large list of brunch cocktails. While many of them are your garden variety mimosas and bloody mary’s they also have some very cool twists on the originals. Like the Sparkling Purple Basil with, you guessed it, infused purple basil and cava. I have no idea what purple basil is but sign me up. If you’re a coffee or tea drinker, then make sure to grab one of their hot cocktails like the Belgian Coffee or the Mexican Latte. Either way, you’re going to be drunk and filled with french fries, so you really can’t lose.

 

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