Brunch isn’t the same without bloody marys, and some of Boston’s best restaurants offer delicious versions of the flavorful, tomato-based cocktail. Whether you want to make your own bloody mary and spice it up with hot sauce and horseradish at a do-it-yourself bar or sip specialty blends of this cocktail at local restaurants, the following spots have house-made bloody marys that will start your morning off right. For delicious brunch offerings, convenient locations and affordable pricing, review the options below.
76 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113
Right in the North End, locals and visitors head to Caffe Nuovo for breakfast and brunch. The hot spot features a menu of American and Italian favorites. While dining on lobster eggs benedict, steak and eggs, waffles, pancakes and omelets, choose between mimosas and bloody marys for $10 each to complement your morning meal. Caffe Nuovo uses Three Olives Tomato Vodka with its own house-made mix, incorporating just the right amount of horseradish, tomato juice and spices to boot. It’s garnished with olives, pepperoncini, lemon wedges and celery, served with everyone’s favorite, lip-licking salt-and-pepper rim.
Stephanie’s on Newbury
190 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116
Before a day of shopping on Newbury Street, dine al fresco and people watch from the patio at Stephanie’s on Newbury. Diners feast on soups, sandwiches, salads or brunch specials like the breakfast quesadilla, crab cake benedict or the pulled pork scramble. But what guests really appreciate is Stephanie’s Famous Bloody Marys. Featuring vodka, tomato juice, a secret spice mix, celery and a seasoned Old Bay rim for $11, it is a flavorful drink to sip with your meal. There is also a Badger Bloody Mary offered made with Absolut Peppar, tomato juice, secret spice mix, served with a short beer chaser and rimmed with Old Bay for $15. This is the spicier option and each sip will likely be followed by a refresher from your water glass.
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Tavern on the Water
1 8th St, Pier 6
Charlestown, MA 02129
Have your bloody mary while enjoying the Boston skyline and water views at Tavern on the Water in Charlestown. Its make-your-own bloody mary bar is available Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Personalize your drink and start off by choosing your vodka, which ranges in price from $8.50 to $10.50. Use the house-made tomato juice mix and pick how much horseradish, hot sauce, cayenne pepper and other spices to feature in your cocktail. Garnish your veggie delight with celery, carrots and olives as you dine on dishes from the brunch or lunch menus. Don’t think you have all of the right components? Make a trip back to the bar to add just what you need.
North Street Grille
229 North St
Boston, MA 02113
Surrounded by restaurants in the North End, North Street Grille stands out because of its burgers, brunch and bloody marys. There may be a wait to dine at this cozy eatery, but it will be worth it for the omelets, French toast and other breakfast favorites. Bartenders serve up tall, ice-cold glasses of spicy bloody marys, available for $10, using tomato vodka and house-made mix, along with celery, lime and lemon wedges. The tomato vodka is the overarching component in this blend and creates the perfect subtle cool-off to the often throat-burning feeling vodka tends to unleash.
21 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108
In Beacon Hill, minutes from downtown Boston, Scollay Square offers brunch with $4 mimosas as well as bloody marys on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Diners can order up classic brunch selections like omelets and blueberry-stuffed French toast alongside a drink from Scollay’s make-your-own bloody mary bar. Depending on which vodka you choose, the cost is $6.75 for Fris vodka up to $10.75 for Ultimat vodka. Then you can create the perfect bloody mary recipe for yourself using one of the 20 hot sauces, house-made bloody mary mix, tomato juice and spices. Garnish your drink with veggies including celery, carrots, asparagus, olives and even pickles. In fact, have a salad for breakfast and load up your drink with all of the fresh garnishes provided.
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