A recent Thrillist article announced that New York City may start allowing restaurants and bars to sell alcohol before noon on Sunday. Nestled in our Los Angeles cocoon – which allows alcohol sales at 6 a.m. any day of the week – we realized that across the country there may be an epidemic – cities that do not support boozy brunches before noon! The monstrosity! So we did a little research and found out exactly what time renters in 10 cities across America can start enjoying a refreshing mimosa on Sundays. We even put together this handy chart:
Beginning at 11 a.m., Austin residents can start keeping it weird with a side of Bloody Mary just before noon. Standard brunch time, but doesn’t leave much room for a breakfast beverage. Brunch suggestions are Juniper in East Cesar Chavez and Juliet Ristorante in Barton Springs.
Bostonians can start pouring the bubbly at 10 a.m. Try The Breakfast Club in Allston-Brighton and Grasshopper Cafe in Charlestown.
Citizens of this Southern town have a few morning hours to relax before popping a cold one. But Charlotte residents can start cooling off with a beverage at noon – just when the sun is hot enough to warrant an ice-cold drink. Head to Little Spoon in Myers Park or The Asbury in Uptown.
Starting at 11 a.m., Chicagoans can make their way to their favorite boozy brunch spot. We’ve heard good things about Batters & Berries and Yolk (both BYOB!!!)
Now we’re talkin’. In Denver, drinks start flowing at 7 a.m. They don’t waste much time, and we like that. (Curve ball! Denver bars and restaurants can serve beer starting at 5 a.m. on Sundays.) Hit brunch early at places like Devil’s Food in Wash Park or Snooze (pretty much everywhere).
A full hour behind their capital-city neighbors, Houston renters have to twiddle their thumbs all morning long – boozin’ can’t start until noon on Sundays. However we’ll give this humid town a pass – they allow specific Sunday Brunch restaurants to serve alcohol with meals starting at 10 a.m. Make your Sunday reservations at acclaimed spots like Backstreet Cafe in River Oaks or Down House in Heights.
Here in the City of Angels, drinks start flowing before the sun’s up – at 6 a.m. sharp. Gives us time to pregame for those early-morning football games (thanks, East Coast). Get your brunch on at Laurel Hardware in West Hollywood and Sonoma Wine Garden in Santa Monica.
They’ll let you drink ’till 3 a.m., but don’t expect to be served a mimosas before 10 a.m. on Sundays. Once the doors open, get into Tavern in Midtown or Loveless Cafe in West Nashville.
Philly will keep you waiting until 11 a.m. on Sundays to cure your hangover with the hair o’ the dog. That being said, this city likes to keep you on your toes. Here are some exceptions to the 11 a.m. rule:
– Sunday Brunch: At certain restaurants, alcoholic beverages may be served with meals beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday.
– Airport: At Philadelphia International Airport, alcoholic beverages may be served beginning at 7 a.m. on Sunday.
– St. Patrick’s Day: When St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday, alcoholic beverages may be served beginning at 7 a.m.
Got all the rules straight? Try out Talula’s Garden in Washington Square West or Miles Table in South Street.
Now Phoenix is a city we Angelenos can keep up with. Starting at 6 a.m. and running until 2, Phoenix residents have all day to enjoy their beverage of choice. Start your Sunday at The Gladly in Biltmore or The Welcome Diner Downtown.
Now that you’re up-to-date on acceptable boozey brunch times in cities all over the U.S., see what pads are available next to some of the hottest restaurants in your city.