Though most of your week is spent under the oppressive notion that drinking before noon is "irresponsible" or "grounds for termination", weekends bring the sweet reprieve of boozy brunches -- and with them, your greatest ally in the fight against morning sobriety: the Bloody Mary. Whether you're in the mood for a classic with celery and olives, looking for some bacon, or are more of a build-your-own kind of guy, you'll find what you're looking for in this lineup of Boston's best Bloody Marys...
Leave it to Tim Maslow and his crew to make one of the most unique Bloodys in the city. Using a farro bonji, Ribelle utilizes a little fermentation magic to impart a bit of flavor to the classic. Akin to soy sauce, the bonji flavor adds depth and makes this rendition a must-try, particularly if you're a miso fan. Or just like saying "bonji".
Russell House Tavern
Their house version is exactly what you'd expect from a Bloody and more; not too heavy on the black pepper or horseradish, and just enough Old Bay -- not to mention a little bit of Irish stout. They don't go too nuts with the garnish here: olive, lemon, and lime. But if you do want to go nuts, there's The Mezcal Mary with a serrano-infused Del Maguey base and a fat pineapple wedge to cut through that heat.
Why settle for just one when you can enjoy a perfectly socially acceptable three? Here comes... Mary and a 3-Way. Local hickory and spiced vodka with a Bloody Mary ice cube and celery stick swizzle. Bacon-infused mezcal (!), tomato, and amaro. Crushed cucumber, vodka, and cilantro. Feel free to pass them around and share. Or not.
Eastern Standard's rendition is pretty… standard, but that doesn't mean it isn't flawlessly executed and delicious -- the gold standard, one might say, if one were continuing to dabble in wordplay. A little spicy, a little citrusy, and a whole lot of classy.
East Coast Grill
This is the most elaborate do-it-yourself Bloody bar in the city -- choose between vodka and tequila and go nuts. There's a rainbow of hot sauces from mild to wild, all sorts of pickled veggies, and a boatload of spices, all at your disposal in your quest to realize your Bloody destiny. Or, talk a friend into doing it for you because you're lazy.
Lone Star Taco Bar
Fittingly celebrated for being one of the city's only seven-day brunch spots, Lone Star's ready and waiting with Bloody Marias every day until 4pm -- spicy tomato juice, house-infused tequila, and just enough pepper. Get it Dallas style for just a dollar more and add a stacked skewer of house-smoked sausage, pickles, and cheese.
Last night must have been nuts… how DID you end up waking up in The Liberty Hotel this morning? Well, don't let yourself leave without a proper breakfast. Clink. has a standout build-your-own Bloody bar complete with every kind of hot sauce and garnish you could fathom, and even a variety of different house-made bases.
Nestled in The Liberty Hotel, CLINK. derives its name from being situated inside a former jail -- that's right, you'll be enjoying seasonal, sustainable, and locally-sourced new American cuisine in view of, next to, or INSIDE actual jail cells. Don't worry, it's been renovated into a much warmer, more comfortable environment, and we're betting the old jail's build-your-own Bloody Mary bar wasn't as good as CLINK.'s, either.
This elegant spot from Strip T's and Momofuku Ssam Bar alum Tim Maslow is slinging gorgeously plated, Italian-inspired dishes -- lamb tartare with sunchokes and egg, for example -- and refreshing 'tails.
Named for the 19th century Harvard furniture dealer that first occupied the building, RHT is a two-floored pub/resto in bustling Harvard Square, brought to you from the owners of Grafton Street/Temple Bar. RHT's slinging a New England-heavy menu of modern American "artisanal fare" and craft beers. Their craft cocktail is also definitely worth checking out.
East Coast Grill showcases chef Jason Heard's love for Southern food and BBQ, as well as cuisines from around the world. Enjoy a hearty selection of ribs and BBQ alongside bites like Asian-style Island Creek oysters, seared tuna tacos, and Creole-style BBQ shrimp.
Lone Star is the result of a collaboration between two dudes from Texas and Southern California, so you can feel pretty confident that they know their way around Mexican food. With a menu influenced by taquerias and markets in Austin, Dallas, and Mazatlan, Lone Star serves up a huge range of tacos, from carnitas and barbacoa to refried beans and huevos rancheros. They also do a killer breakfast menu (breakfast tacos! huevos rancheros!) and have an absolute ton of tequilas ready to pour.
A Comm Ave restaurant with the appearance of a swanky French bistro, the menu of a five-star Italian restaurant, and the attitude of a local pub, Eastern Standard is an unpretentious offering of the finer things in life. The upscale menu touts a winding wine list, a raw bar, seared fishes, steaks, and house-made pasta while the matching interior flaunts a polished mahogany and red velvet motif.