Let’s face it, if you’ve been microwaving oats all week, you want your blowout weekend breakfast to be a good one, and lately your staple eggs benny just hasn’t been enough. You know what it’s missing? Booze.
It doesn’t matter if it’s hair of the dog from a big Friday night, or a simple upgrade from your latte to an espresso martini, you deserve a boozy breakfast every once in a while. Luckily for your indecisive-Saturday-morning-self, we’ve put together a list of our favourite brunch and lunch cocktail venues. Booze appétit.
DARLING & CO | PADDINGTON
Want a way to up your fruit intake and get your boozy brunch fix at the same time? Darling & Co’s Bottomless Bellini Sundays make for a delicious morning treat that most definitely still fits into your diet plan (…right?). For $39pp, you can pair any Bellini option (start with vanilla and white peach, because fruit intake) with one of three menu options, including new season asparagus risotto with goats curd and lemon.
THE LOW ROAD | WINDSOR
They’ll shriek at you, but they’ll also make you a damn good savoury French toast, so we’re willing to forgive them. Eggy, delicious toast smothered in truffled mushrooms, parmesan, herbs and greens – add bacon if you’re feeling extra salty. Neck a breakfast tinnie, Bloody Mary or try the mysterious Wake Up Sheeple. What’s in it? No one knows….
Billykart West End | West End
For a dish that is truly representative of your personality, you can’t look past the eggs bender from Billykart. Crispy potato waffle, charred mustard greens, hot smoked salmon, poached eggs and horseradish hollandaise. If that doesn’t wake you up, pair it with a Henry’s Mimosa – spicy tomato juice and Young Henry’s natural lager, so wrong it’s right. You’ll be up and kickin’ in no time.
RIVERBAR & KITCHEN | CBD
You’ll want to stay for more than one glass of boozy breakfast beverages at Riverbar & Kitchen, with river views as good looking as the plate of cured salmon, crispy polenta, asparagus, poached eggs and sorrel. Desperately seeking hydration? This is why the good lord invented cocktail jugs including lychee mojitos and Byron punch.
MALT PIER | NEWSTEAD
Anyone with a specific ‘breakfast cocktails’ menu has our vote. Choose from three refreshing beverages, or order all three and select a designated driver! Enjoy the Pier breakfast martini, the classic Bloody Mary, or a rich and spicy espresso martini with spiced rum for an extra morning kick.
NANA & DA’S | KEDRON
Ever taking care of their patrons, Nana & Da proclaim their hot breakfast and Bloody Mary combination to be the best hangover cure in Brisbane. Celery and tomato sound restorative enough to us, but combine it with a whole lot of bacon and you’ll be hangover free in no time.
CANVAS | WOOLLOONGABBA
We’re not normally ones to turn down a steaming hot flat white, but when we can upgrade to an espresso martini, well, that’s a no brainer. With an array of brunch cocktails on the weekend brunch menu, eggs your way has never been so exciting.
SUMMER HOUSE | KANGAROO POINT
If it’s simplicity you’re after, the Summer House champagne and watermelon bellini will not fail you, but if you’re looking for a kicker of a morning cure, there is no wrong choice between the mimosa and their fallen coconut cocktail, with coconut rum, vodka, pineapple juice, lime & fresh coconut water (look at you being all healthy with that coconut water). Order the lamb kofta with poached eggs, minted yogurt and flatbread and you’ll be ready to take on the day!
HARVEY’S BAR AND BISTRO | FORTITUDE VALLEY
Specializing in the art of breakfast, is it really a surprise that Harvey’s knows exactly how to perfect a Saturday morning meal? Start the weekend with a strawberry southside (it sounds similar enough to a strawberry smoothie, so you shouldn’t feel guilty) or save a dark and stormy mojito for a rainy day.
KETTLE AND TIN | PADDINGTON
With four varieties of Bloody Mary’s to choose from, prepare to see red. There’s also a mimosa and espresso martini on the menu, and all pair delightfully with your chicken and waffles for the perfect hair of the dog. If you’re not a tomato fan, kombucha can be infused with a shot of gin for an extra morning kick.
BLOCKHOUSE COFFEE & EATS | Nundah
Did someone say bottomless mimosas? Head down to Blockhouse on Saturday or Sunday to indulge in an endless supply of nature’s best hangover cure. When champagne is served with orange juice, it qualifies as both a serve of fruit and a wholesome breakfast drink, so you can have as many as you like. It’s science.
REMY’S | PADDINGTON
Feeling seedy? Remys has got you girl. Fix those shakes and devour a plate of deluxe waffles with espresso butterscotch cream, ice cream, candied bacon, banana (potassium, right?) and throw back an espresso martini – NOW you’re buzzing. If you’re needing some #health, bulk up on vitamins with field mushrooms, avo, haloumi and poached eggs on sourdough – with a Bloody Mary of course.
With the guidance of this list, start your Brisbane breakfast the right way: with a fork in one hand and an alcoholic beverage in the other.
Words by Nicole Portacha and Emma Callaghan – the gourmands who believe that Bloody Mary’s are basically a tomato smoothie.