8 Great Boozy Brunches In Seattle

Because you know you’re going to have more than two mimosas.

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Seattle is not really the kind of city where brunch is synonymous with a full-fledged DJ dance party, bottle sparklers, or Bloody Marys garnished with $60 worth of produce and a whole pig. But that doesn't mean that we don’t want to get dressed up on a Sunday and have a few mimosas before noon for an unhinged meal. A boozy brunch here means finding the right balance of decent food and lots to drink with an ambiance that’s fun, but not headache-inducing. Relax and sip away your weekend afternoons at these places.

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Every other Sunday, this Caribbean-inspired spot in Madison Valley holds a $20 ticketed drag brunch hosted by the inimitable Jane Don’t. Food isn’t included in the price, but you can order a tasty breakfast that involves fried chicken and beignets and coffee whiskey-spiked negronis, while partying with three sequined queens. 

When there’s a tableside cart involved, interest multiplies—it’s a scientific fact, we’re pretty sure. And the mimosa cart at this always-packed Mexican restaurant on Capitol Hill is a fun addition to the serious breakfast plates you’ll eat, like crisp roja-sauced chilaquiles and braised beef with melty potatoes. Loaded with bottles of chilled bubbles and carafes of various juices, the whole cart schtick provides enough party vibes as is appropriate for a Sunday. And when the meal’s over, there’s a second cart with hot chocolate stirred to order and sweet pastries like cream-filled churros and mini princess-pink conchas.

Just steps away from the Othello Light Rail station sits this relaxed New Mexican restaurant that’s perfect for an impromptu get-together with friends. Hatch chiles find their way into pretty much everything, including the potent Bloody Marys, available as a red and green chili “Xmas” pairing. If spice isn’t your thing, go ahead and order a flight of mimosas for the table or a refreshing green tea-infused margarita as you lounge in a roomy booth or on the patio, get one of the restaurant’s ridiculously plump breakfast burritos, and let the day breeze on by.

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This Fremont diner’s Dreamgirls Drag Brunch is probably the most difficult Seattle drag show to get into—booking well over a month in advance is necessary. But the hype is deserved. You’ll be hanging out in the Xanadu-meets-Jurassic-Park patio while Jell-O shots are passed around alongside strawberry watermelon margaritas served in disco balls. And don’t forget about the salted caramel macchiato French toast battered in cornflakes and topped with coffee whipped cream—which is now exclusively how we want to ingest all caffeine. 

While the food at Lost Lake is pretty mediocre, there is one boozy brunch thing they do well—quantity. The mimosa pitcher is truly an entire bottle of champagne dumped into a large vessel with a smidge of orange juice—and there’s a mule pitcher with vodka, lemon, and strawberry puree. They also do weekday happy hours from 7-8am that should appeal to early risers who want to drink like they’ve got the first flight out of Sea-Tac. 

This funky little Beacon Hill bistro and sparkling wine bar—complete with art deco wallpaper and all-around sophistication—is where boozy brunch goes to grow the f*ck up. You can have hash browns topped with caviar, eggs benedict topped with braised duck, and blanc de blanc topped with absolutely nothing. And yeah, mimosas are available here too, only the Champagne is just too good to contaminate it with orange juice.

There’s something about being on Terra Plata’s rooftop garden that makes brunch a little more exciting, whether it’s the elevation or the kicked-up breeze. At this Spanish-leaning spot on Capitol Hill, you should exercise your brunch rights during summertime only. Refreshing mimosa drinks feature cava, which is a heck of a lot better than the cheap stuff you’ll find elsewhere. The manchego biscuits alone are worth a trip, and it’s wildly easy to book an outdoor table for a group.

This Queen Anne cafe has one of the largest patios in town, with astro turf carpeting, fire pits, contact-free ordering, and a lineup of refreshing mimosas served in pint glasses. Folks looking for a raucous time will need to bring their own party energy, as the music is played at a low volume in the mornings, and the sparse crowd is practically still asleep. But that has its advantages—you could easily bust in with two dozen friends rearing to wash down waffles and breakfast burritos with pineapple passionfruit-diluted bubbles with little notice.

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