If a round of Bloody Marys and plates heaping with French toast and eggs Benedict is the picture of your ideal weekend, get yourself to one of the many Phoenix restaurants where cocktails and brunch are literally next level.
From southern-inspired sips to tropical teasers to classic cocktails, it’s bottoms-up at these boozy brunch spots.
Sip and nosh the way all well-heeled Southern belles and gents do by brunching at Southern Rail, located at The Newton in uptown Phoenix.
Offered Saturdays and Sundays, the weekend brunch menu puts a Southern twist on American classics such as the fried green tomato Benedict, and bread pudding French toast. For the full Southern experience, you can’t go wrong with the shrimp ’n super creamy grits, smoked chicken and grilled Andouille gumbo ya ya, or a traditional po-boy.
Wash it down with a Nola milk punch (made with brandy, bourbon, milk, honey and vanilla) or a Creole lemonade (served in a Mason jar and made with rum, vodka, tequila, lemonade and hot sauce), and you’ll have Georgia on your mind all day long.
300 W Camelback Road, Phoenix 85013
Tucked in the Biltmore area’s swanky Camby hotel, Artizen is as cool and hip as you’d expect from a place where tongue-in-cheek art melds with modern and elegant design.
Specializing in classic American cuisine, brunch offerings lean toward the familiar, but with an elevated approach, from the blackberry bacon waffles, to the strawberry shortcake crepes.
But if it’s the drinks you’re after, the cocktail menu—courtesy of the drink slingers at hotel bar, The Bees Knees—delivers. Try the Blush Beauty (suze, lemon, cranberry, grapefruit bitters), Lulu’s Whimsy (vodka, lemon, orgeat syrup, soda), or the Under the Desert Sun (gin, ginger liqueur, lemon, simple syrup, orange bitters).
2401 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix 85016
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At this central Phoenix mainstay, island delights are served in retro style, making Hula’s one of the more unique brunch spots in town. The menu is filled with tropical takes on favorite brunch offerings, from the ahi or island eggs Benedict, to the Loco Moco, a Hawaiian specialty featuring a burger patty served with rice covered in brown mushroom gravy and sunny-side up eggs. Even such sides as Portuguese sausage, fried Spam, and the apple and plantain compote will make you feel like you’re brunching on an island paradise.
Cocktails—served in tiki glassware, of course—are inspired by the iconic Trader Vic’s and feature such signature drinks as Hula’s Mai Tai, Hula’s Hurricane and the Tropical Itch.
4700 N Central Ave, Phoenix 85012
The brunch set can now officially rejoice. Mora Italian, celebrated chef Scott Conant’s latest restaurant open in north central Phoenix, is now open for brunch on weekends. The formerly dinner-only restaurant now serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, giving you double the chance to savor Conant’s Italian takes on brunch favorites.
Try the French toast with blackberry stufato, goat milk crema and almonds; the egg sandwich with prosciutto cotto, heirloom tomato and provolone; or Conant’s signature pasta al pomodoro.
The cocktail menu is all Italian, with such sips as the rosé snowcone (rosé Provencal, grapefruit, pink peppercorn tincture), sangria a la Mora (blackberry, house sage brandy, passion fruit, table wine) and the negroni brutta (gin, Bruto Americano, vermouth).
5651 N 7th St, Phoenix 85014
You can’t get anymore “brunch” than at Ocotillo, central Phoenix’s lovely oasis with sprawling grassy areas, shaded outdoor patio and stand-alone coffee bar with walk-up service bar giving patrons an up-close view of the brewing magic. The substantial brunch menu offers everything from sweet and savory items, to fresh salads and vegetables—all made with local ingredients.
Treat yourself to the blue corn pancakes, breakfast pork flautas or the smoked brisket served over Parmesan polenta with a fried egg, crispy onions, gremolata and brisket jus. Then share the cocktail love with a round of pitchers of white or red sangria. We’ll drink to that!
3243 N 3rd St, Phoenix 85012