5 boozy brunch drinks worth waking up for in Philly
Drank too much while bar hopping your way through the City of Brotherly Love? Cure your hangover and get your day back on track with a little hair o' the dog at Philadelphia's best bruncheries. The weekend brunch and booze scene is so good, it's worth rolling out of bed and putting on real pants for.
1. Bloody Jerry's at Jerry's Bar
Formerly a corner bar in the once-sketchy Northern Liberties neighborhood, Jerry's Bar was gutted and transformed into a fancy gastropub when the neighborhood was revitalized—keeping only the name from its dive-y past. The bomb brunch features hangover-fighting favorites like Biscuits & Gravy and Steak & Eggs. But the real reason to visit? Bang up Bloody Marys.
The seafood-topped Bloody Jerry starts with an Old Bay salt rimmed glass and adds housemade mary mix and vodka before topping it with a veritable skewered garden: tomato, pepper, olive, lime and a jumbo shrimp on top. Not a seafood fan? Order up a Bloody Buffalo, featuring vodka-filled Bloody Mary mix paired with hot sauce, blue cheese stuffed olives and beef jerky.
2. The Hotel Lobby at Heritage
No coffee, no talkie. If that's your motto, head to Heritage in Northern Liberties for a Hotel Lobby, cold brewed coffee spiked with whiskey and Ezra Brooks Bourbon Cream. Prefer to save some cash? $4 Mimosas and $5 Bloody Marys are on—All. Day. Long.
For eats, taste an only-in-Pennsylvania a dish concocted by the local Amish folks: scrapple. Hate it or love it, this fried mixture of pork, cornmeal, and spices like thyme and black pepper is a must-try when in Philly.
3. Good Day Sunshine at Silk City
Get elevated brunch fare every day of the week at this diner/outdoor beer garden/nightclub. Mix up your typical Mimosa/Bloody Mary game and try their 10 different brunch cocktails, like the aptly named Good Day Sunshine. Guaranteed to put you in a cheery mood, this drink combines Aperol, dry gin, grapefruit juice and bitters with a splash of sparkly Cava. For a dose of Vitamin D, dine in spring and summer in the massive garden surrounded by mural artwork and eclectic, colorful tables and chairs.
4. Rise and Shine Rita at Continental Mid-town
Even if the food sucked, you'd probably eat here anyway thanks to the hip lounge-y vibe and sprawling rooftop deck. Luckily, the food and cocktails are tops too, and this restaurant is a fave in the trendy (read: expensive) Rittenhouse Square neighborhood.
Soak up last night's mistakes with the sweet apple compote-topped Crunchy Brioche French Toast, or keep it savory with a hearty Breakfast Quesadilla. Wash it all down with the ultimate eye-opener: the Rise and Shine Rita. Who says you can't have tequila for breakfast? This morning take on a margarita pairs Sauza with chile syrup and grapefruit to wake you up right.
5. Bottomless Mimosas and Bellinis at Moshulu
You're on a boat! This 100-plus-year-old tall ship is permanently docked on Philadelphia's Delaware River and serves up one fancy riverside brunch. Keep the booze flowing throughout the three-course affair with $14 All-you-can-drink Bloody Marys, Mimosas and Bellinis.
Whether you keep it classy with a Mimosa, spice it up with a Bloody Mary, or get buzzed with a coffee cocktail, don't miss waking up for these boozy Philly brunches.
Jenny Willden is a freelance writer and the editor of Outdoor Sports Guide magazine. A Philadelphia transplant by way of Salt Lake City, she loves adventuring in the mountains and searching for the city's best happy hours.