With a remarkable food scene comes great brunch options, and Northern Virginia is gaining national attention for its good eats. Whether you’re in Federal City, Arlington, Del Ray, or Alexandria, there are plenty of options for breakfast food and bottomless drinks. From tequilerias to oyster bars, bistros to Irish pubs, here are the best boozy brunches in Northern Virginia.
Twisted Vines Bottleshop & Bistro
Bistro, American, $$$
mimosas | © PROJoe Shlabotnik/flickr
Nothing says brunch like bottomless mimosas, and this place has them every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There’s a full brunch menu with classics like french toast and huevos rancheros, as well as more eclectic options like pork belly breakfast sandwich and crab cake benedict.
Restaurant, American, $$$
Signature brunch cocktails and sangria are offered, but it’s the build your own Bloody Marys for $2.22 each that’s the really good deal. On top of that, there are bottomless small plates like breakfast dishes, beignets, flatbreads, and more for only $25. It also is in an artsy scene, with murals, paintings, drawings, and photographs to admire at every turn.
Hank’s Oyster Bar
Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
Oysters | Courtesy of Destination Halifax
There are three of these in D.C. and one in Alexandria, and the people of Northern Virginia couldn’t be happier. If you’re looking for a seafood-esque brunch, this is the place for you. Start off with sake oyster shooters, then get the smoked rainbow trout hash, smoked salmon Reuben, or oyster po’ boy. For drinks, choose from a variety of bloody’s made with your choice of spirit, including peppered gin, lager beer, or pickled vodka. Hank’s bubbles (champagne) include flavors like mango nectar and basil syrup.
Restaurant, Belgian, French, $$$
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For a high-end modern establishment, Brabo’s
Sunday deal of a champagne magnum and carafe of juice for just $40 isn’t too bad. There are also the options of what they call “brunch-tails,” which include fantastically unusual cocktails like Mexican Coffee, L’eggo my Eggo, and Brunch Punch. They’re known for their superb Belgian-French fare, including mini-waffles that include ingredients like fried chicken, kimchi, roasted pineapple, and seasonal compote.
Restaurant, Australian, $$$
Oz offers Australian cuisine unlike any other in the DC area. With bottomless brunch dishes, penny mimosas, 50 cent beer, and $2 Bloody Marys, you’d be hard-pushed to find a better deal for your boozy brunch. It might not be named after the land of Oz, but this Arlington institution is just as magical.
Courtesy of Oz
Junction Bakery & Bistro
Bistro, American, $$$
This is a charming local favorite to head to on a Saturday/Sunday morning (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). They have the essential cocktails like the Bloody Mary, mimosa, and rosé served with many healthy options like cold quinoa bowl, country squash cakes, and the kim chee, with a roasted pork shoulder, egg, and housemade kimchi. They also have a variety of “toasts” (think more elaborate versions of avocado toast) and pastries.
Restaurant, American, $$$
This is Southern charm at its finest: handmade food with local ingredients and big, beautifully crafted drinks. They serve 10 oz mimosas and 20 oz “Queen” Bloody Marys, which are topped with your own appetizer of pimento cheese-stuffed olives, grilled shrimp, apple cider bacon, celery, green bean, pickled jalapeño, and cherry tomato. Can’t make it on the weekend? Lucky for you, Tupelo Honey serves brunch seven days a week.
Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
Delicious Iberian tapas at Pessic │ Courtesy of Pessic
What does $2 Sangria scream? A perfect Spanish brunch
, right here in Arlington and in other locations as well. It’s definitely worth noting that they also have Mimosas and Bloody Marys for only $2, too. They also have a $22 deal that gives you an option of any three tapas. Some possibilities include mussels with chorizo, lamb meatballs with manchego cheese, and seared octopus.
Restaurant, Greek, $$$
With renowned chief Mike Isabella on board, this is a wonderful option for modern yet coastal-classic Greek meals
that involve delectable ingredients like dill and feta biscuits, yogurt hollandaise, sultana chutney, and spit-roasted chicken for brunch. There’s also a $35 all-you-can-eat brunch menu, 25 cent Mimosas, and $3 Hardywood Pils.
Bar, American, $$$
Cocktails | © Jez Timms / Unsplash
This is the place to go if you want to watch Sunday football at brunch. There are many TVs to choose from to stare at for hours while you guzzle down $2 drinks. It also has been hailed as having both “Virginia’s Best Breakfast Pizza” and “The World’s Best Tater Tots”.
Daniel O' Connell's
Restaurant, Irish, $$$
Sangrita, the Bloody Mary mix, is key to a good vampiro | © Achim Schleuning/WikiCommons
This is an Irish pub so you know they’ve got great drink deals along with excellent classic food. The Mimosas, bellinis, and Bloody Mary’s are only $3. Have them alongside favorites such as smoked salmon croissant, corned beef hash skillet, and a full Irish breakfast. If you go on Sunday from 1:30–3 p.m. you’ll also catch a live jazz performance.