Food & Drink

20 Boozy Brunches in San Diego

Sara Norris Published On 07/30/2014 Published On 07/30/2014
Boozy Brunches SD
Sara Norris

Everyone knows San Diego loves a good brunch almost as much as it loves a good burrito. We've also been known to enjoy a drink or two or three or... how many was that again? Therefore, it stands to reason that when you combine brunch with sweet (sometimes endless!) deals on booze, you've found our formula to true happiness. Here are 20 places, broken down by neighborhood, where you can get the most out of your brunch drinking dollars.

100 Wines Kitchen

100 Wines
1027 University Ave
The Deal: If you think you can’t get anything good for a dollar anymore, then you are needlessly pessimistic. Juicy Mimosas at 100 Wines are made with your choice of orange, cranberry, pomegranate, or grapefruit juice for just a buck between 10am and 2pm on Sundays. 

Salt & Cleaver
3805 5th Ave 
The Deal: Pair your sausages with $12 bottomless mimosas. Take your pick of flavors like blueberry sage, blood orange, passion fruit, and cantaloupe.

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Sessions Public
4204 Voltaire St
The Deal: Saturday from noon-3pm and Sunday from 10am-3pm, bottomless mimosas are $10 when you order an entrée or $5 individually. Make your own Bloody for only $5, or stick with something simple like craft beers for $3.

Sandbar Grill

Draft
3105 Ocean Front Walk
The Deal: Have brunch by the beach at Draft from 9am-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. House Bloody Marys and micheladas are $10 and local shandies made with Saint Archer Blonde Ale, Mexican Sprite, and lime are $5.

Sandbar
718 Ventura Pl
The Deal: Big Ass Bloodys, with a skewer full of meats, cheeses, and French toast, are $12, Champagne bottles are $15 (served with a carafe of orange juice or watermelon juice), and watermelon mimosas are $6.

Bailiwick

Bailiwick
756 5th Ave
The Deal: Bailiwick has bottomless mimosas for $20 and several $5 gin and vodka cocktails like the Paparazzi, Spring Fling, and Charlie Horse.

Grant Grill
326 Broadway
The Deal: Indulge yourself in the build-your-own waffle bar Sundays from 9am-2pm. Try any combination of three or four waffle varieties and 20-25 sweet and savory toppings for $26. You’re going to need something to wash down all those waffles, so you might as well add unlimited sparkling wine to your brunch for only $5 more.

Taste & Thirst
715 4th Ave
The Deal: Brunch isn’t just for weekends at Taste & Thirst. Everyday until 2pm, get $3 mimosas, $15 Champagne bottles, and single Bloody Marys for $4 -- or make them doubles for $6.

Herringbone

Herringbone
7837 Herschel Ave
The Deal: On Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-2pm, you can get a single mimosa for $9 or bottomless mimosas for $12. This should not be a complicated decision.

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Queenstown Public House
1557 Columbia St
The Deal: Saturday and Sunday from 9am-2pm, carafes of mimosas or sangria are $35. Choose from three different flavors of mimosa and four different kinds of sangria.

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Silver Fox
1833 Garnet Ave
The Deal: For the early birds, or for those still going strong from the night before, Silver Fox has $2 Bloody Marys and $2 screwdrivers from 6-10am on Sundays.

Duck Dive
4650 Mission Blvd
The Deal: Absolut Bloody Buddies served in a Mason jar are just $3 and bottomless mimosas are $15.

PB Cantina
1466 Garnet Ave
The Deal: Brunch items like breakfast tacos and the Morning After Burger are served every day until 2pm, but Friday-Sunday you can get bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys for $9.95 until 3pm. If you can drag yourself out of bed on Saturday and Sunday before 11:30am, you can also get the Sunrise Special -- two eggs, pancakes, bacon, and home fries for $4.50.

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Small Bar
4628 Park Blvd
The Deal: From 10am-2pm on Saturdays and Sundays, all brunch menu items come with your choice of a French 75, mimosa, michelada, Bloody Mary, or draft beer. 

Bootlegger
804 Market St
The Deal: Bottomless mimosas are flowing until 3pm for just $12.95 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Bub’s at the Ballpark
715 J St
The Deal: From 10am-2pm on Saturday and Sunday, they have a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar with more than 50 condiments and five different kinds of salts for rimming your glass -- including crushed Cheetos. They also have a mimosa bar with four different juices and and a fruit skewer for your drink. Both are just $8 each.

West Coast Tavern

Lips
3036 El Cajon Blvd
The Deal: $17.95 lets you choose from their brunch menu and your order comes with unlimited Bloody Marys, mimosas, or Champagne, OR you can add unlimited Smirnoff frozen cosmos for $8.50. Don’t forget, there’s a $5 cover on Sundays.

West Coast Tavern
2895 University Ave
The Deal: Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm, West Coast Tavern has a large list of brunch cocktails for every budget. Hangover cures like the Vitamin C, made from Champagne and Red Bull, start at $4. If that won’t cut it, a maple Old Fashioned made with maple bourbon and bacon is $10 and pitchers of cocktails like their mule start at $20.

Alchemy

Alchemy
1503 30th St
The Deal: Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm, bottomless Bellinis are only $8, local draft pints are $3, and they have four different kinds of Bloody Marys for $6. Ride your bike to brunch because cyclists get 15% off their tab.

The Pearl Hotel

The Pearl
1410 Rosecrans St
The Deal: For $22.50 you can pick a food item from their brunch menu and (almost) bottomless mimosas are included until 2pm.

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1. 100 Wines Hillcrest 1027 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103 (Hillcrest)

Mediterranean cuisine with lots of good wine pairings.

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2. Salt & Cleaver 3805 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103 (Hillcrest)

This sausage spot is slinging weiners served any way you like them, or (for those on the "protected" menu), exactly the way the chef intended them. Add to that some badass features like chain-link fences and wrought iron everywhere, and you've got yourself a sausage that's going to be hard to miss.

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3. Sessions Public 4204 Voltaire St, San Diego, CA 92107 (Point Loma)

Because they think it's twisted how you used to feed Alka-Seltzer to all those innocent seagulls during your free period, the studs of suds over at Sessions Public are giving you a chance to wax nostalgic on the only school-age thing likely worse than cramming birds' mouths full of effervescent antacid: the food.

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4. Draft 3105 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA 92109

This Pacific Beach spot has approximately 70 beers on tap and over 50 bottles of beer, making Draft a great place to kick back on your way home from the beach. While you're sipping, try some snacks from the menu, which is comprised of sharing plates, like mustard dusted pretzel bites; grilled items, like the bison burger with poblano pepper and cumin mayonnaise; greens, like the seared ahi salad; and sweets, like key lime pie. Draft’s boardwalk patio is a picturesque spot to grab a breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner bite with an oceanfront view, but if you want to catch the game, you’ll want to head inside to watch on one of the flat-screens.

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5. Sandbar 718 Ventura Pl, San Diego, CA 92109

Located right on scenic Ventura Beach, Sandbar offers award-winning tacos, along with a selection of tasty burgers and seafood and 66 high-end tequilas and mezcals -- including its own hand-selected barrel of tequila from Herradura Tequila distillery in Guadalajara, Mexico. Best of all, you can imbibe with a view of the sunset over the Pacific.

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6. Bailiwick 756 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

Bailiwick means a particular area of skill or expertise, and this venue specializes in providing a completely out-of-the-box experience that doesn't fall into any one category. The flexibility of this place ensures that whether you're just ordering cocktails or picking out something from the Southern-inspired food menu, you're able to put together a unique night for yourself and your buds.

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7. Grant Grill 326 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

Great service and solid American cuisine are standards at the Grant Grill -- don't miss out on their Sunday brunch, where you can get into a build-your-own waffle bar and some of their delicious Bloody Marys.

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8. Taste and Thirst 715 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Gaslamp Quarter)

With enough drink and food deals to keep your head spinning, Taste and Thirst is a great sports bar destination if you want a lot of something good.

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9. Herringbone 7837 Herschel Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037 (La Jolla)

Ready to crush your Hunger Games even more intensely than Peeta crushes on Katniss, Herringbone is the fifth fabric-named piece of chef Brian Malarkey & James Brennan's restaurant puzzle (perhaps you recall Searsucker & Burlap & Gingham & Garbardine). Set in La Jolla, Malarkey tapped Top Chef alum Amanda Baumgarten to create a menu of "Ocean Bazaar" cuisine in a vintage warehouse now set up to give off a beach (ware)house vibe thanks to sea & sand artifacts, and six 100yr-old olive trees w/ twisted trunks and gnarled limbs, as Gnarls limbs would've been a little Crazy.

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10. Queenstown Public House 1557 Columbia St, San Diego, CA 92101 (Little Italy)

Queenstown Public House, from the New Zealander team behind Bareback Grill, is a totally vintage burger joint that looks like your grandma's house touched down in Little Italy.

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11. The Silver Fox 1833 Garnet ave, San Diego, CA 92109 (Pacific Beach)

Pool tables, darts, a leopard-print carpet, and good, cheap drinks define this no-nonsense dive. The Fox plays host to a varied crowd, but always keeps up a friendly, neighborhood vibe.

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12. Duck Dive 4650 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109 (San Diego)

Duck Dive is an American Gastropub knocking it out of the park in two categories: gourmet food and drinks that include micro-brews and speciality cocktails.

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13. Pacific Beach Cantina 1466 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109 (Pacific Beach)

An oceanside bar and sports pub serving up killer margaritas, PB Cantina's a San Diego go-to spot for Mexican food and a good old-fashioned DOUBLE happy hour.

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14. Small Bar 4628 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116 (University Heights)

Small Bar may be somewhat... small, but it's still able to cram in a bunch of delicious and loaded Bloody Marys, Moscow Mules, and a huge rotation of craft beers on tap -- they've also got a full-service food menu that includes a delicious Southern-style brunch.

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15. Bootlegger 804 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101 (East Village)

Combining the mystery of a speakeasy with the familiar comforts of home, Bootlegger offers a unique environment in which to enjoy its multitude of offerings. From the expansive food menu to the broad assortment of cocktails and beer, this place proves that not all marriages require compromise.

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16. Bub's at the Ballpark 715 J St, San Diego, CA 92101 (East Village)

With its close proximity to Petco Park, Bub's is a perfect spot to booze or dine before, during, or after a Padres game (so, any time). With numerous televisions and a basketball hoop to show off your razor-sharp (or boozily dull) free throw shot, it's a spot any thirsty sports fan can appreciate.

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17. Lips 3036 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104 (North Park)

Aside from the raucous shows, Lips has a fantastic brunch where you can hook up a $17.95 prix fixe with unlimited Bloody Marys, mimosas, or Champagne, OR you can add unlimited Smirnoff frozen cosmos for $8.50.

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18. West Coast Tavern 2895 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104 (North Park)

Get their lamb sliders or chicken and waffles to soak up all that booze so you can feel like you in the morning.

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19. Alchemy 1503 30th St, South Park, CA 92102 (South Park)

This resto's globally inspired menu keeps things fresh and interesting, with items like fried chicken & waffles, quinoa hush puppies, and a Sweaty Caesar (Bloody Mary with Thai chili-infused vodka, clamato, and spices).

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20. The Pearl 1410 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92106

The Pearl is a hotel and lounge in San Diego with a sweet pool area.

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