The most important meal of the day may be breakfast, but the most important part of brunch is the cocktails. After a tiresome work week, few things satisfy like a good ol’ fashioned boozy brunch over the weekend. Day drinking has always been a popular sport, but with Houston restaurants stepping up their beverage programs with creative craft cocktails and dynamic drinks, it has never been a better time to add booze to your morning. From expertly built mimosas and spiked coffee to tea-based bevs, there is a spirited drink for everyone.
Below, check out Houstonia’s picks of the city’s top places to booze while you brunch.
1. The Annie
Located on posh Post Oak Blvd., the Annie is a standout among Houston restaurants and it specifically shines during weekend brunch when picture perfect cocktails star alongside brunch must-haves. The Bloody Annie is a spin on the classic, made with house-infused vodka, while the Morning After, crafted with power greens and gin, serves as a hangover cure. For big spenders, there is the mimosa bottle service which arrives with a bottle of prosecco and fresh squeezed orange, watermelon and grapefruit juices.
1800 Post Oak Blvd. Ste. 6170 Houston, TX 77056 713-804-1800
Bludorn’s brunch service is every bit as buzzy as dinner and is made even livelier with supreme morning cocktails. Try Bludorn’s bloody quencher, a take on a classic bloody Mary made with tequila and smoked cinnamon. The “Breakfast Punch” is earthy and smooth, crafted with Chinese breakfast tea, gin, lemon and tangerine marmalade, and serves as a cool refresher with the classic French omelet or steak and eggs with romesco sauce.
807 Taft St. Houston, TX 77019 713-999-0146
This Montrose hot spot takes Sunday Funday up a notch, allowing guests to enjoy their boozy breakfast drinks as a cocktail, or even better, shoot them as a shot. The decadent Churro del Diablo drink is creamy with RumChata, aged rum and Irish cream, then finished off with a cinnamon-sugar rim, while the espresso-based Good Morning Vietnam and Wake the Dead cocktails are just as boozy. Can’t make up your mind? Choose the flight and sample all three.
520 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77006 832-409-5785
With a vibrant splash of pink décor and gold finishes, Bloom & Bee is one of the most attractive restaurants in the city, and so it is fitting that it boasts beautiful brunch cocktails to match. The fragrant rosé sangria packs a sweet punch from sparkling rosé, St. Germain elderflower liqueur and fresh berries, and the sparkling Paloma is twice the fun, pairing tequila, grapefruit and blood orange juice with prosecco.
1600 W Loop S Houston, TX 77027 346-227-5139
At this lively bar and patio, weekend brunch is a festive occasion and one where imaginative breakfast plates like the huevos rancheros pizza should be paired with a tajin-rimmed cocktail. There are plenty of frozens, from the margarita of the day to the vodka and rum-based popsicle coined the Pop-ichulo. Don’t care for day drinking? Here, free-spirited choices like house-made apple-lemongrass soda and café de olla are just as tasty.
5802 Fulton St. Houston, TX 77009 713-842-7188
Looking to caffeinate while you booze? At Hungry’s, cappuccinos and lattes can be pepped up with Godiva chocolate liqueur, Kahlua or Bailey’s Irish cream. Mimosas are more fun too, as guests have the option to pair their bubbly with orange, strawberry, raspberry or grapefruit juice. Have them by the glass or the carafe, or for a full sampling, go for the flight. Here, all fruit juices are squeezed fresh in-house.
2356 Rice Blvd. Houston, TX 77005 713-523-8652
The fact that Dish Society offers brunch daily beginning at 8 am is reason enough to raise a glass. Along with a number of original craft cocktails, there is a full mimosa menu, boasting the classic sparkling cocktail by the glass or carafe and with a variety of juices, plus the option to have it frozen – just ask for the Fro-Mosa.
The city is peppered with places to enjoy a true Mexican breakfast, but few impress like the original Ninfa’s, in part because its fabulous cocktail menu. In lieu of a traditional mimosa, try the guava mimosa, made simply with fresh guava purée and sparkling wine. The Bloody Maria, is the restaurant’s fiery take on a classic bloody Mary, and the Horchata Boracha made with toasted rice milk is delightful with a short stack or the Blue Maseca Pecan Waffle.
2704 Navigation Blvd. Houston, TX 77003 713-228-1175
During weekend brunch at Bistro Menil, popular brunch cocktails like Italian red sangria and blood orange mimosa can be had by the ¼, half or full carafe, resulting in perfectly shareable servings. Plenty of other mouthwatering choices are available too — there is the Adult Mocha, spiked with Irish cream, the Coconut Republic with coconut sake and ginger beer and the champagne-fueled Negroni.
1513 W. Alabama St. Houston, TX 77006 713-904-3537