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46 Boozy Brunches: A hood-by-hood guide

Published On 05/14/2014 Published On 05/14/2014
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In Houston, we like our brunches like we like our Friday nights, booze-filled and full of regret. Well, maybe not so much the last part. But yes to the booze! With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the best ways you can drink at brunch on the cheap, broken down hood by hood because you clearly aren't traveling very far given the shape you're in. Did we miss a favorite spot of yours? Let us know in the comments...

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Batanga
908 Congress St
The Deal: Get $3 glasses and $12 pitchers of sangria or mimosas from 11am to 3pm on weekends, along with half-price bottles of wine all day long on Sundays.

El Big Bad
419 Travis St
The Deal: $20 bottomless mimosas (regular or blood orange) and drink specials on killer cocktails like the beef-jerky-and-tequila-infused Bloody Maria, 11am-3pm on Sundays.

Hearsay Gastro Lounge
218 Travis St
The Deal: $12 bottomless mimosas and live music on Sundays until 2pm.

MKT Bar
1001 Austin St
The Deal: $20 carafes of orange and pomegranate mimosas, or upgrade to $22 carafes of white sangria on weekends from 10am to 3pm (live music starts on Sundays at noon).

Ninfa’s on Navigation
2704 Navigation Blvd
The Deal: Pitchers of booze-filled "Ninfaritas" are just $19.99 during weekend brunch hours (10am to 2pm).

The Grove
1611 Lamar St
The Deal: $11 bottomless mimosas from 11am to 3pm.

Latin Bites

Harvest Organic Grille
1810 Fountain View Dr
The Deal: On Sundays from 11am ‘til 3pm, enjoy $5 bottomless mimosas or $5/glass Bloody Marys alongside an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet ($25).

Latin Bites
5709 Woodway Dr
The Deal: $12 bottomless mimosas on weekends from 11am to 3pm.

RDG + Bar Annie
1800 Post Oak Blvd
The Deal: On Sundays from 11am to 2pm, take down $9 bottomless mimosas.

White Oak Kitchen + Drinks
5011 Westheimer Rd
The Deal: $12 and $16 carafes of mimosas and sangrias (respectively) on Sundays from 8am to 3pm. Enjoy $17 carafes of brunch punch and sangria in addition to $15 mimosa carafes on Saturdays.

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Hobbit Cafe
2243 Richmond Ave
The Deal: $3.50 mimosas, bellinis, & Bloody Marys on weekends from 10am to 2pm.

Phil & Derek’s
2811 Bammel Ln
The Deal: Their $24 Sunday brunch buffet will get you a “never-ending” mimosa alongside omelettes, crepes, and Southern classics like wings & waffles, fried catfish, and smothered pork chops.

Saint Genevieve
2800 Kirby Dr 
The Deal: Make reservations for one of Saint G’s three swanky brunch seatings at 11am, 1pm, or 3pm (and the latter two will have a DJ, because of course). Find $10 loaded mimosa carafes, a $9 build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, or a $6 plate of "Adult Milk & Cookies", complete with Kahlua-spiked milk.

Tiny Boxwood’s
3614 W Alabama St
The Deal: $13 bottomless mimosas (and a damn fine patio) on Saturdays from 8am to 3pm and Sundays 9am to 2pm.

Cyclone Anaya's

Cyclone Anaya’s
1710 Durham Dr
The Deal: Saturday and Sunday until 3pm get $10.50 bottomless mimosas and poinsettas with 1-cent refills.

CRISP
2220 Bevis St
The Deal: On weekends from 10am to 3pm, wash down breakfast pizzas and short rib hash with $2.50 mimosas and poinsettias or $5 red and white sangrias and sake Bloody Marys.

Down House
1801 Yale St
The Deal: It’s in a dry area, so you’ll need a club card to drink (don’t worry, it’s free). But that can’t stop you from downing $21 mimosa carafes, $4 Micheladas, and $9 "Big Ol’ Bloodys", which have a chicken wing and a beer backer.

Kraftsmen Cafe
611 W 22nd St
The Deal: Bring your own bubbly to enjoy with breakfast from 8am to 3pm on weekends. They’ll pop it and serve it with a carafe of fresh squeezed OJ for $9 (plus a $1 fee per glass).

Pub Fiction

Blackfinn American Grille
1910 Bagby St
The Deal: $1 mimosas and Midtown’s largest build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, featuring local mixes, hot sauces, and all the fixin’s. Name your vodka and away you go (pricing starts at $8) -- every Sat & Sun from 11am to 3pm.

Cook + Collins
2416 Brazos St
The Deal: Gulp down unlimited mimosas ($12), sangrias ($18), and bellinis ($21) during weekend brunch. 10:30am to 3pm on Saturdays; 9:30am to 4pm on Sundays.

Cyclone Anaya’s
309 Gray St
The Deal: On weekends ‘til 3pm, get bottomless mimosas for $10.50 + 1 cent for each glass after that. Pro tip: the place gets packed, so get there bright and early or order your first mimosa at the bar to get a head start on the action.

Gloria’s
2616 Louisiana St
The Deal: Wash down Mexican classics with $1 regular mimosas, $2 pomegranate or mango mimosas, and $4 Micheladas on weekends from 11am to 3pm.

Majorca Bistro & Tapas
207 Gray St
The Deal: On Sundays from 11am ‘til 5pm, gorge on bottomless mimosas ($9.95) and a full tropical and Mediterranean brunch buffet ($19.95). Regular menu available as well.

Pub Fiction
2303 Smith St
The Deal: Buy breakfast and add on a 16oz Bloody or mimosa for $3 on weekends from 10:30am to 2pm. Or get $10 mimosa carafes and $5 sangrias ‘til 8pm Saturday and all day Sunday.

Rosemont Social Club

Baba Yega
2607 Grant St
The Deal: This $23 Sunday brunch buffet, complete with an omelette station and waffle bar, comes with $12 carafes or $3 glasses of mimosas and bellinis.

Berryhill Baja Grill
3407 Montrose Blvd
The Deal: On Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-3pm, take down $10 bottomless mimosas when you purchase breakfast. The patio party really picks up when the DJ comes on at 1pm (Sundays only).

Eleven XI
607 W Gray St
The Deal: On Sundays from 11am to 3pm, live music and $16 to $20 pitchers of top-notch mimosas, margaritas, and Bloody Marys keep this patio packed. Champagne bottle service with juice assortments starts at $26.

Lowbrow
1601 W Main St
The Deal: $2 mimosas and $6 Bloodys, along with brunch specials like grilled cheese eggs-in-a-hole and deep-fried omelettes on weekends from 10am-2pm.

Rosemont Social Club
910 Westheimer Rd
The Deal: On Sundays from noon to 5pm, head to the rooftop for "Sunday Social" brunch specials, including $3 mimosas, frozen lemonades, and Three Olive Vodka cocktails. Bloodys and bellinis are just $4, and the DJ gets started at 1pm.

Royal Oak Bar & Grill
1318 Westheimer Rd
The Deal: On Sat. & Sun. from 11am to 4pm, $7 boozy pitchers and $4 stiff-as-hell Bloody Marys keep the weekend alive. Go after 1pm to catch the DJ.

Triniti
2815 S Shepherd Dr
The Deal: Treat yourself to a five-course brunch tasting menu, including bottomless mimosas, for $35. If you prefer to order a la carte, pitchers are just $12. Weekend brunch hours are 11am to 3pm.

Union Kitchen

Benjy’s
2424 Dunstan Rd
The Deal: Take down $17 carafes of white peach or blood orange mimosas on weekends from 11am to 3pm.

Berryhill Baja Grill
5110 Buffalo Speedway
The Deal: $3 mimosas. All day. Every day.

The Buffalo Grille
4080 Bissonnet St
The Deal: Get all-day breakfast and $12 ½-liter mimosa carafes on weekends starting at 8am.

Seco’s Latin Cuisine
2536 Nottingham St
The Deal: On Sundays from 10am to 3pm, $9.99 endless mimosas will help wash down the all-you-can eat brunch buffet ($16.99).

Union Kitchen
4057 Bellaire Blvd
The Deal: Pound $15 mimosa carafes, $7 build-your-own Bloodys (or tequila-infused Bloody Marias), or manly $6 BeerMosas on weekends from 10am to 2pm.

The Local Pour

Churrascos
2055 Westheimer Rd
The Deal: Tack $12 on to this extravagant brunch buffet ($29) for allllll the Bloodys, margaritas, screwdrivers, mojitos & mimosas. Available weekends from 10:30am to 3pm.

Local Pour
1952 W Gray St
The Deal: 99-cent flavored mimosas go down easy alongside St. Arnold’s-infused waffles and eggs Benny. As does a build-your-own Bloody bar, which features Texas vodka. Get it all on Sundays from 10am to 3pm.

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Benjy’s
5922 Washington Ave
The Deal: Knock down $17 carafes of white peach or blood orange mimosas on weekends from 11am to 3pm.

BRC Gastropub
519 Shepherd Drive
The Deal: On weekends from 10am to about 2:30pm, get $10 pitchers of mimosa and sangria.

Federal American Grill
510 Shepherd Dr
The Deal: Get $15 bottomless mimosas on Saturdays & Sundays ‘til 3pm. Special bonus: on Sundays you can booze it up an hour earlier, starting at 10am.

J. Black’s Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge
110 S Heights Blvd
The Deal: Gulp down $2 glasses and $10 carafes of mimosa or hit up the $5 build-your-own-bloody bar featuring Deep Eddy Vodka on weekends from 11am to 4pm.

Max’s Wine Dive
4720 Washington Ave
The Deal: This place even does Friday brunch because they’re cool like that. Get your fix of fried chicken and Ahampagne on Friday & Saturday from 10am-3pm and Sunday ‘til 4pm. An entire bottle and two 5oz carafes of fresh squeezed OJ or grapefruit juice starts at $24.99.

TQLA
4601 Washington Ave
The Deal: Quench your thirst with $3 to $4 Bloody Marys (made with tequila or vodka) and $13 carafes of blood orange, hibiscus, or regular mimosas. Sundays from 11am to 3pm.

Berryhill Baja Grill

Berryhill Baja Grill
9595 Six Pines Dr
The Deal: Get $3 mimosas along with all-day breakfast on Sundays.

Cru Wine Bar
9595 Six Pines Dr #650
The Deal: Fresh-squeezed OJ and vintage Champagne makes these $9 bottomless mimosas some of the best in the city.

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1. Batanga 908 Congress Ave, Houston, TX 77002 (Downtown)

Batanga is known for getting Spanish cuisine and cocktails done the right way -- an array of delicious tapas, sangrias, and a dynamite fish taco will make sure you leave satisfied.

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2. Hearsay Gastro Lounge 218 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002 (Downtown)

Hearsay, right off Market Square, has your hookup for live music, a solid collection of drafts, and a fulfilling menu of classics, with everything from a surf and turf to mac and cheese to brisket sandwiches.

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3. MKT BAR 1001 Austin St, Houston, TX 77010 (Downtown)

Live music, pizza, brunch, booze -- there aren't many desirable things in this world that MKT bar doesn't have. Creative takes on American (read: Southern) staples like crispy chicken and waffles, braised lamb tacos, and ground chuck cheeseburgers will have you stuffed, but you'll make the room for a couple drafts from the Lone Star state or a bottle of something sparkling.

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4. Ninfa's on Navigation 2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003 (East End)

The fajitas at the original Tex-Mex outpost on Navigation earn their cook the title of Mexican fare experts. Alongside the fajitas, staples like mole enchiladas, Oaxacan-style pork tamales, and jalapeño-stuffed Shrimp Diablo (not to mention the head-sized frozen margaritas) take some serious culinary chops, which means these dishes go far above and beyond Houston's other Tex-Mex eateries.

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5. Latin Bites 5709 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77057 (Uptown)

Latin Bites brings vibrant Peruvian cuisine to Woodway Dr, including beautifully presented desserts, delicious ceviches, and even a killer weekend brunch with bottomless mimosas.

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6. White Oak Kitchen + Drinks 5011 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056 (Uptown)

Located in the Galleria as part of the Westin, White Oak is known for having a delicious brunch -- enjoy their much-loved eggs Benedict alongside $12 and $16 carafes of mimosas and sangrias on Sundays, or $17 carafes of brunch punch and sangria on Saturdays.

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7. Phil & Derek's 2811 Bammel Ln, Houston, TX 77098

Phil and Derek's is home to live music seven days a week, and one of the classiest buffets you'll ever embarrassingly over-serve yourself from. Hit up the $24 Sunday brunch for some quality live jazz music, bottomless mimosas, omelets, crepes, and Southern classics like wings & waffles, fried catfish, and smothered pork chops.

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8. Saint Genevieve 2800 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098 (River Oaks)

This Upper Kirby joint is a unique place, where you'll see everything from a classy brunch with dressed-up patrons to a rowdy happy hour capped with DJs spinning house music.

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9. Cyclone Anaya's 1710 Durham Dr, Houston, TX 77007 (The Greater Heights)

With a huge menu and daily rotating specials, Cyclone Anaya's is out to satisfy your every craving for Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. Make sure you try at least one of their giant, super-strong margaritas, and check them out on Saturday and Sunday afternoons for $10.50 mimosas and poinsettas (Champagne, orange liqueur, and cranberry juice) with one-cent refills until 3pm.

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10. CRISP 2220 Bevis St, Houston, TX 77008 (The Greater Heights)

CRISP is a great spot to relax and enjoy a full meal, or even just a few drinks after work -- they've got a giant patio which occasionally has a live band, a creative pizza menu with exciting choices like the Cluck You BBQ (Beer can chicken, smoked Gouda, pickled jalapeños, grilled red onion, and Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce), and extensive lists of beer and wine to compliment their huge bar.

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11. Cook & Collins 2416 Brazos St Ste C, Houston, TX 77006 (Midtown)

With a clean, rustic interior (plus an upstairs portion that opens up as a patio), Cook & Collins has a very inviting atmosphere, in which you'll find a small but well-thought-out list of draft beers, a solid wine list, and a delicious brunch menu with hearty offerings like the BBQ Breakfast (pork belly, root beer BBQ, mac and cheese, blackberry muffin, cinnamon crumble). Don't forget to try one of their specialty Bloody Marys either, with Tito's, bacon, poached shrimp, pickled green tomato, bleu cheese-stuffed olive, celery, and a special blend of spices.

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12. Majorca Bistro & Tapas 207A Gray St, Houston, TX 77002 (Midtown)

Majorca Bistro & Tapas is a renaissance man of a restaurant: if you're not there to dance to the DJs or live Flamenco, enjoy a bunch of wine and delicious tapas, or follow up a few tasty chicken empanadas with some relaxing hookah, maybe you'll be there for the brunch, which you can pair with bottomless mimosas for just under $10.

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13. Pub Fiction 2303 Smith St, Houston, TX 77006 (Midtown)

Whether you're looking to catch some live music or dance to a DJ, enjoy something from a menu full of savory, satisfying choices (fried pickles, tacos and quesadillas, half-pound burgers), or catch the game and drink $6.50 domestic pitchers at happy hour, Pub Fiction will gladly meet your needs.

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14. Baba Yega 2607 Grant St, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

Baba Yega is the place to go to enjoy everything from rainbow trout or yellow fin tuna, to 1/2-pound grilled burgers, to healthy vegetarian cuisine. They've got a sunny front patio, airy interior, and a (seemingly) secret garden out back, all of which make for a great setting to enjoy their Sunday brunch buffet, with $12 carafes or $3 glasses of mimosas and bellinis.

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15. Royal Oak Bar & Grill 1318 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

Royal Oak Bar & Grill has cheap drinks, a great rotating happy hour including $3 Texas drafts or half off top-shelf whiskeys, and a sweet brunch with $7 boozy pitchers and $4 stiff-as-hell Bloody Marys.

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16. Triniti 2815 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77098 (Montrose)

Triniti has a seasonally rotating menu of "Third Coast French" cuisine -- beautifully plated dishes made with top-quality ingredients, like their baby lamb, with heirloom greens, yogurt, English pea gnocchi, apple, and peanuts. Be prepared to spend a little bit of money on dinner here, or, get yourself a nice sunny seat out front on the weekends, and enjoy their five-course brunch tasting menu, including bottomless mimosas, for $35.

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17. Union Kitchen 4057 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77025

The Union Kitchen on Bellaire has a relaxed dining space, lined with string lights and open to the outdoors on either side, that's perfect for enjoying some of their small plates and something from their extensive wine menu. Come for brunch on weekends from 10am-2pm and treat yourself to $7 build-your-own Bloodys or $6 Beermosas.

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18. Local Pour 1952 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019 (Houston)

With 45+ beers on tap (including rotating seasonals), and about the same number in bottles, Local Pour will keep your brew curiosity piqued for quite some time. Soak up all those suds with charcuterie, beer-steamed mussels, and tacos.

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19. Benjy's 5922 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007 (Washington)

One of two locations in Houston, the Washington Ave iteration of this hip eatery that serves the business lunch and happy hour types alike. The happy hour crowd is enjoying their specials every day from 4-7pm, with the likes of $3 beers, $5 mixed drinks, and $6 plates that range from crispy Brussels sprouts to their Bistro Burger.

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20. TQLA 4601 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77024 (Washington)

TQLA is great for taking down some tacos, enchiladas, tortas, and other manner of Tex-Mex classics -- even better are the margarita flights, tequila ON TAP, and the happy hour specials, which give you $3 Mexican brews and half-price appetizers.

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21. Cru Wine Bar 9595 Six Pines Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380 (The Woodlands)

Whether you're looking for a classy lunch or dinner, or just want to park it on the patio with $9 bottomless mimosas and do some people watching -- if you've come to Cru, you've made the right decision.

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