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Boston's Best Boozy Brunches, According to Restaurant Industry Folks

For Breakfast Week, Boston bartenders and chefs reveal their favorite boozy brunches in town.

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For Breakfast Week, Boston bartenders and chefs reveal their favorite boozy brunches in town. (Before jumping in, let's observe a moment of silence for the recently departed East Coast Grill, whose bloody mary bar got an honorable mention from many of the industry folks surveyed for this map.)

This is the third installment of the Breakfast Week Q&A collection.

Note: Map points are listed in alphabetical order, not ranked.

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75 on Liberty Wharf

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"Great bloody marys." —Olivier Senoussaoui, executive chef of Precinct Kitchen + Bar

75 on Liberty Wharf offers the classics with brunch — a bloody mary bar as well as mimosas. Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

75 on Liberty Wharf's bloody mary mix/Facebook

Ashmont Grill

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“I love the Ashmont Grill’s different twists on bloody marys. Their bloody gazpacho is my favorite. I don’t always think ‘refreshing’ when I think of bloody marys, but this one is." —Colleen Cameron, general manager of Aquitaine (Dedham)

Aside from five bloody mary options, Ashmont Grill also serves two mimosas, a punch (pitchers available), and a variety of other light and fruity cocktails during brunch hours, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Here's the brunch drink list.

Ashmont Grill's bloody mary/Facebook

Bar Boulud

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"I don't really like the taste of many alcoholic drinks. Bar Boulud offers great mocktails." —Carla Pallotta, co-owner/co-chef of Nebo Cucina & Enoteca

The restaurant's current brunch mocktail is the Virgin Batida ($10) — pineapple, lemon, passionfruit, and coconut. On the boozy side, there's a classic bloody mary and La Fleur Belle Vigne — pavan, raspberry, and sparkling rosé. Brunch is served from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays (with jazz on Sundays).

Bar Boulud's Virgin Batida/Provided

Barcelona Wine Bar (Brookline)

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"Barcelona Brookline is my spot for brunch." —Jeff Williams, executive chef of Chopps American Bar and Grill

As the name suggests, Barcelona pays particular attention to wine (and sherry), but there's also a bloody mary bar.

Barcelona Wine Bar's bloody mary bar/Instagram

Brewer's Fork

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"Love their amazing beer list." Joshua Smith, chef/owner of Moody's Delicatessen and The Backroom

Rachel Klein, chef/owner of the forthcoming RFK Kitchen, also named Brewer's Fork as a spot with great brunch booze.

Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. As Smith notes, beer is the focus with plenty of intriguing options, but there are cocktails and wine too.

Brewer's Fork's kimchi-infused vodka and pickled vegetables/Instagram

Clink at The Liberty Hotel

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"I love the bloody mary station." —Sam Treadway, co-owner and bar manager of Journeyman, Backbar, Ames Street Deli, and Study

Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The Make Your Own Bloody Mary bar rings in at $13 each (add a couple dollars for fancier vodkas) and includes more than 20 ingredients. There are also a few other morning-friendly cocktails available, including a pomegranate mimosa and a tequila sunrise.

Clink's bloody mary station/Instagram

"A glass of lambrusco over hangover pizza at Coppa." —Matt Jennings, chef/owner of Townsman

Brunch is served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. In addition to a large wine selection, Coppa serves some cocktails, beers, and fancy sodas.

Coppa's Il Bacio (grapefruit vodka, Santa Maria Amonte, spiced simple, Kina)/Instagram

Deep Ellum

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"Depending on my mood, I can go either to Deep Ellum in Allston or dress it up a bit at the Oak Room in the Park Plaza. Both spots make some incredible cocktails!" —Salvatore Boscarino, co-owner of Pier 6

Deep Ellum serves brunch seven days a week — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. Booze options include a killer beer list and loads of cocktails, including several Manhattan variations.

Deep Ellum's bloody mary/Instagram

Eastern Standard

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"Eastern Standard has the best booze options for brunch." —Jason Maynard, executive chef at Mistral

Eastern Standard has a lengthy and well-loved cocktail list at all hours.

Eastern Standard's bloody mary/Facebook

Fairsted Kitchen

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"They have a great bar manager, and their brunch cocktails are very innovative." —David Danforth, beverage director at The Quarry

Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and the brunch cocktail selection includes Missy's Coupe (rosemary-infused amaretto, rye, orange juice, bitters), Foxy Brown Fizz (Allen's, vodka, cream, ginger, egg white), White Russians, and more.

Some of Fairsted's brunch cocktails/Instagram

Highland Kitchen

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"I judge a brunch place on its bloody mary, and Highland kitchen has the perfect recipe. There's no better garnish than a dilly bean for a bloody." —Adrienne Mosier, chef de cuisine at Deuxave

Howard Haywood, executive chef of Olde Magoun's Saloon, also praised Highland Kitchen's brunch booze.

Highland Kitchen's brunch cocktails include a Hemingway Daiquiri (rum, maraschino liqueur, lime, grapefruit juice), Mexican hot chocolate (Patron XO, chili), Pimento (Gosling's rum, allspice dram, spicy house-made ginger beer), and more. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Highland Kitchen's Biggie Mimosa and Kentucky Cold Brew/Instagram

Lone Star Taco Bar

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"Usually I end up at several places when my friends and I go out for brunch… but I always order a bloody mary. Lone Star Taco Bar in Allston has a really cool bloody maria (they are a tequila bar) that you can get with a skewer of house-smoked sausage, pickles, and cheese. It’s the kind of joint you go to after you have hit at least two white-tablecloth brunches…" —Nick Deutmeyer, chef de cuisine at Post 390

Brunch is served until 4 p.m. every day, and there are a few special cocktails, including the aforementioned bloody maria (order it "Dallas-style" to get the sausage skewer), the Breakfast Margarita (tequila, St. Germain, lime, grapefruit), and La Luna Rosa (mezcal, grapefruit liqueur, lemon, grapefruit juice, Peychaud's bitters, sparkling rosé).

Lone Star's La Luna Rosa/Instagram

MET Back Bay

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"MET Back Bay’s Crafty Marys menu is unbelievable." —Robert Tobin, chef of Aura and TAMO Bistro & Bar at the Seaport Hotel

Brunch is served 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

A bloody mary at MET Back Bay/Official Site

OAK Long Bar + Kitchen

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"I'm a Scotch drinker, and they have a great list." —Christine Pallotta, co-owner/co-chef of Nebo Cucina & Enoteca

"Depending on my mood, I can go either Deep Ellum in Allston or dress it up a bit at the Oak Room. Both spots make some incredible cocktails!" —Salvatore Boscarino, co-owner of Pier 6

OAK's brunch cocktails include B.I.I.C. (Block Island Iced Coffee), made of vanilla vodka, hazelnut, and coffee brandy, and Windy City Mary, which includes rye, steak sauce, bacon, and a steak seasoning rim. Brunch is served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

A glass of bourbon at OAK Long Bar + Kitchen/Instagram

Puritan & Co.

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"Puritan and Co. has a great cocktail list for brunch. I enjoy their spiked apple cider with cognac." —Justin Shoults, executive chef of BRINE

Puritan & Co.'s Sunday brunch offers mimosas and bloody marys by the pitcher.

Puritan & Co.'s mimosa and bloody mary/Instagram

State Park

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"Every day is a good day for a well-made Old Fashioned. State Park rules." —Andy Husbands, chef/owner of The Smoke Shop (coming soon), Tremont 647, and Sister Sorel

State Park's special brunch booze offerings include the Milwaukee Bloody Mary ($10) and the Biggie Mimosa ($10), but the full beverage menu is also available during brunch.

State Park's Milwaukee Bloody Mary/Provided

Stephanie's On Newbury

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"I like a lot of [brunch booze options around Boston], but if I had to narrow it down I would say the old classic Stephanie’s on Newbury; the 'build-your-own bloody mary' where you fill out your ingredients on a clipboard is ingenious." —Kerem Benyamini, beverage director at Rowes Wharf Bar & Rowes Wharf Sea Grille at Boston Harbor Hotel

Stephanie's brunch cocktails include an Executive Mimosa (champagne, Grey Goose l'Orange vodka, cointreau, orange juice) and Royale (champagne and cassis).

Stephanie's bloody mary/Facebook

The Draft Bar & Grille

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"I don't drink with brunch; I eat while day drinking — it just happens to start at 10 in the morning. There is no place I'd rather be on a sunny Sunday than the patio at the Draft in Allston. It's unpretentious and kind of surprising some of the cocktails they rock out." —Kyle Crusius, chef de cuisine of The Chubby Chickpea

The Draft's brunch cocktails include Banana Milkshake (vanilla vodka, Crème de Banana, butterscotch, milk, cinnamon) and Bronzed Russian (whipped cream vodka, espresso, tequila, milk).

A grapefruit beer at The Draft/Yelp

The Friendly Toast

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"The Friendly Toast in Kendall Square has awesome options." —Ashley Santos, sous chef at Trade

There are a variety of "bloodies and bubblies," as well as boozy coffee drinks.

The Friendly Toast's bloody mary/Instagram

The Gallows

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"I love a good bloody mary, and The Gallows always has a ton of great choices. Plus, I love how you can get a Brass Monkey." —Josh Turka, executive chef of The Salty Pig

The Gallows' brunch offerings also include Orange Glow From Space — house-infused orange vodka, lime, simple, egg white, and cream. Brunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

The Gallows' bloody marys/Facebook

The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

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"I had some really good brunch cocktails at Kirkland Tap & Trotter last time I was in." —Mike Wyatt, general manager and beverage director of Ward 8

Kirkland serves brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the weekends. Booze options include the Oaxaca Fresca (Mescal Vida, St. Germain, orange juice, cave) and the Green Chile Michelada (house-made green chile sauce, lime, Bohemia lager).

A bloody mary at The Kirkland Tap & Trotter/Facebook

Tremont 647

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"Brunch cocktails are always a fan favorite, so restaurants and bars need to make sure their game is on point. A restaurant that kills it for booze at brunch is Tremont 647. It’s just so much fun there." —Matthew Barre, executive chef of The Tap Trailhouse

"Tremont 647’s pajama brunch is fun." —Brian Poe, chef/owner of Bukowski Tavern (Cambridge), Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake, and The Tip Tap Room

Mimosas and bellinis by the carafe, as well as cocktails like Death in the Afternoon (absinthe, prosecco, lemon twist) and Tremont Tang (house-infused papaya vodka, pineapple juice, Tang rim).

Tremont 647's bloody mary/Facebook

Tres Gatos

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"I'm kind of a lightweight, but I really like the grapefruit elderflower mimosa at Tres Gatos in JP." —Marga Raffucci, executive chef of Sorellina

New to the menu, there's also another mimosa made of blood orange, Combier Pamplemousse, lemongrass simple, and cava.

Tres Gatos' grapefruit elderflower mimosa/Provided

Trina's Starlite Lounge

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"My favorite place to have brunch is Trina's Starlight Lounge's industry brunch on Mondays. I'll meet a friend who works 9 to 5, and together we'll put away a healthy amount of Campari. Then he'll go back to work, and I'll go nap." —Ines Santos, general manager of The Salty Pig

"It's impossible to beat the Monday brunch at Trina's." —Sam Treadway, co-owner and bar manager of Journeyman, Backbar, Ames Street Deli, and Study

"I think Trina's industry brunch is an eggcellent way to go." —Brian Poe, chef/owner of Bukowski Tavern (Cambridge), Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake, and The Tip Tap Room

"I'm not a huge drinker, although I have been to Trina's Starlite Lounge for their industry brunch on Mondays, and they have some cool brunch cocktails. Also, try their chicken and waffles and house-made pop tarts…to die for!" —Shayne Nunes, executive chef of Foundry on Elm and Saloon

"I think Trina's has the best brunch cocktails. Killer bloody with a pickle, and all the other drinks are fun to drink." —Greg Reeves, chef/co-owner of Viale

"Our friends over at Trina's Starlite Lounge. High Life tastes best when had at Trina's brunch." —Jonathan Kopacz, executive chef of Brass Union

"Trina’s has the best booze options for brunch." —Daniel Bojorquez, chef/owner of La Brasa

"Hands down Trina’s Starlite Lounge. Nobody parties like they do on Mondays." —Patrick Campbell, executive chef of Cafe ArtScience

"I rarely make it out for brunch, as I am always working brunch, but Trina’s is always fun." —Matt Foley, executive chef of The Merchant

"When I'm off, Trina's Starlite Lounge is my go-to brunch. They have a great industry brunch on Mondays, and their hot buttered bourbon cocktail served with chocolate-dipped bacon is excellent." —Greg Jordan, executive chef of The Quarry

"I don't brunch often, but when I do, it's at Starlite. There's nothing better than big girl mimosas (with mango puree in a pint glass), fernet, and Fireball to wash it down, and a bucket of Miller High Life ponies to end it all before deciding where to go for dinner." —Ashley Santos, sous chef at Trade

Trina's was also named by Coda general manager Angela Lamb, Parsnip general manager Kevin Murphy, and Salvatore's (Theatre District) general manager Gregory Weinstock.

Brunch is served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays.

Throne of Lies brunch cocktail (Seymour's Coffee Liqueur, Allspice Dram, mint syrup, coffee, whipped cream, nutmeg)/Instagram

Ward 8

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"My favorite boozy brunch is Ward 8. It’s in my neighborhood, and they have a great milk punch and Italian greyhound." —Dante de Magistris, chef/owner of Restaurant Dante, Il Casale Cucina Italiana, and Il Casale Cucina Campana

Carla Gomes, owner of Terramia, Antico Forno, and Cobblestone, also named Ward 8 as one of the best options for a boozy brunch.

Brunch booze options include an eight-person portion of punch ($90), an Aperol Spritz, milk punch, and other classics. Served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Ward 8's punch/Instagram

75 on Liberty Wharf

75 on Liberty Wharf's bloody mary mix/Facebook

"Great bloody marys." —Olivier Senoussaoui, executive chef of Precinct Kitchen + Bar

75 on Liberty Wharf offers the classics with brunch — a bloody mary bar as well as mimosas. Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

75 on Liberty Wharf's bloody mary mix/Facebook

Ashmont Grill

Ashmont Grill's bloody mary/Facebook

“I love the Ashmont Grill’s different twists on bloody marys. Their bloody gazpacho is my favorite. I don’t always think ‘refreshing’ when I think of bloody marys, but this one is." —Colleen Cameron, general manager of Aquitaine (Dedham)

Aside from five bloody mary options, Ashmont Grill also serves two mimosas, a punch (pitchers available), and a variety of other light and fruity cocktails during brunch hours, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Here's the brunch drink list.

Ashmont Grill's bloody mary/Facebook

Bar Boulud

Bar Boulud's Virgin Batida/Provided

"I don't really like the taste of many alcoholic drinks. Bar Boulud offers great mocktails." —Carla Pallotta, co-owner/co-chef of Nebo Cucina & Enoteca

The restaurant's current brunch mocktail is the Virgin Batida ($10) — pineapple, lemon, passionfruit, and coconut. On the boozy side, there's a classic bloody mary and La Fleur Belle Vigne — pavan, raspberry, and sparkling rosé. Brunch is served from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays (with jazz on Sundays).

Bar Boulud's Virgin Batida/Provided

Barcelona Wine Bar (Brookline)