Boozy Brunches: A Guide

After a long week of class or work, you deserve to sleep until 11am and then indulge in a decadent brunch with friends. And if said brunch happens to include a refreshing mimosa or a biting Bloody Mary? Even better.

When you’re ready to sit back and sip the afternoon away, take your pick of these boozy brunch spots around Ann Arbor. 

Avalon Café + Kitchen

Served: 8am-3pm, Daily.

You can’t get breakfast beers just anywhere, so we have to brag about Avalon Café + Kitchen. Their menu features 10 different brews, all sourced from local spots like Jolly Pumpkin and North Peak. (That’s in addition to Avalon’s sweeter sips, like the Summer Sangria and the Count Dracula Cold Brew.) And in terms of food, you’ll find everything from breakfast sandwiches and bowls to dark chocolate pancakes. 

120 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor. 734-263-2996. avalonbreads.net/pages/avalon-ann-arbor.

Hours: 8am-3pm, Monday-Sunday.

Bobcat Bonnie’s 

Served: 10am-3:30pm, Saturday & Sunday.

Photo courtesy of Bobcat Bonnie’s. | Sideshow Strawberry Lemonade + Mimosa

Your tastebuds will never be the same after a trip to Bobcat Bonnie’s. Their brunch menu is packed with signature cocktails, like the Sideshow Strawberry Lemonade and the Purple Talon. (Think New Amsterdam peach, triple sec, and desert pear served in an actual goblet.) They also offer a Cereal Shooter Flight, just in case you want a taste of Cap’n Crunch or Lucky Charms with your entrée. 

200 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. 734-879-0663. bobcatbonnies.com.

Hours: 12pm-10pm, Monday-Wednesday; 12pm-11pm, Thursday-Friday; 10am-11pm, Saturday; 10am-8pm, Sunday.

Café Zola 

Served: 8am-10pm, Daily.

Bring on the crepes and bellinis. Café Zola is our favorite European-inspired spot that serves brunch all day long. You can take your pick of crepes, omelets, frittatas, and more, then wash everything down with one of their many signature cocktails. For a true taste of France, we highly recommend the Kir Royale. 

112 W Washington St, Ann Arbor. 734-769-2020. cafezola.com.

Hours: 8am-10pm, Sunday-Thursday. 8am-11pm, Friday-Saturday.

First Watch

Served: 7am-2:30pm, Daily.

Photo courtesy of First Watch. | Morning Meditation Fresh Juice

It’s official: First Watch is coming to Ann Arbor this fall. Here, you’ll find fresh brunch plates like avocado toast, multigrain pancakes, and farmhouse hash, plus a few signature cocktails. (We’re already eyeing the Morning Glory and Pomegranate Sunrise.) Their drink menu also includes staples like the Million Dollar Bloody Mary and Classic Mimosa. 

3059 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor. firstwatch.com.

Hours: 7am-2:30pm, Monday-Sunday. 

Opening: Mid-September. 

HopCat

Served: 11am-3pm, Saturday & Sunday.

If you’re in the mood for a hearty brunch, then you need to visit HopCat. Their Hangover Skillet and Salted Caramel Chicken & Waffles will keep you full for hours on end and might even help you recover from last night’s shenanigans. Of course, if that doesn’t work, you can always go for the hair of the dog and order a $5 mimosa or Bloody Mary.

311 Maynard St, Ann Arbor. 734-436-2875. hopcat.com/ann-arbor.

Hours: 11am-11pm, Sunday-Wednesday; 11am-12am, Thursday-Saturday.

Salt Springs Brewery

Served: 11:30am-2:45pm, Saturday & Sunday.

Photo courtesy of Salt Springs Brewery. | A space with beauty and soul.

Brunch with an incredible atmosphere? Yes, please. Housed inside a historic church– complete with vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows— Salt Springs Brewery offers a truly one-of-a-kind dining experience. Here, you can sink your teeth into steak and eggs, corned beef hash, or the Brewhouse Eggs Benny, then sip on a craft mimosa. (Or treat yourself to the White Peach or Red Citrus Sangria.) 

117 S Ann Arbor St, Saline. 734-295-9191. saltspringsbrewery.com.

Hours: 11:30am-8:30pm, Tuesday-Wednesday; 11:30am-9:30pm, Thursday-Saturday; 11:30am-8pm, Sunday.

The Jagged Fork

Served: 8am-3pm, Daily.

If you have a sweet tooth, then you’ll love brunch at The Jagged Fork. Their menu features decadent cinnamon swirl pancakes, s’mores French toast, strawberry waffles, and banana nutella crepes, as well as more savory fare like omelets and skillets. And, of course, you can pair any dish with a breakfast cocktail or mimosa. 

411 S Main St, Ann Arbor. 734-929-2402. thejaggedfork.com/ann-arbor.

Hours: 8am-3pm, Monday-Sunday.

Vinology

Served: 10am-3pm, Saturday & Sunday.

Photo courtesy of Vinology. | Stoneground Corn & Cheddar Waffle

For a more upscale brunch experience, book a table at Vinology. This chic restaurant and bar boasts a traditional menu complete with eggs benedicts, Parisian omelets, and their special Stoneground Corn & Cheddar Waffle. Best of all? Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, and Aperol Spritz are always available.

110 S Main St, Ann Arbor. 734-222-9841. vinologya2.com.

Hours: 4pm-10pm, Monday-Thursday; 4pm-11pm, Friday-Saturday; 10am-3pm, Sunday.

Zingerman’s Roadhouse

Served: 9am-2pm, Saturday & Sunday.

Photo courtesy of Zingerman’s Roadhouse. | Sophie’s Song

Zingerman’s Roadhouse never disappoints. Their entrees are made with quality local ingredients and capture the essence of home cooking. (Need more proof? Try the Corned Beef and Hash or the Eggs Benedict With Newsom’s Country Ham Over Biscuits.) You can also choose from a variety of seasonal cocktails like Sophie’s Song, which supports the Neutral Zone and the development of young artists. 

2501 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor. 734-663-3663. zingermansroadhouse.com.

Hours: 8am-9pm, Monday-Thursday; 8am-10pm, Friday; 9am-10pm, Saturday; 9am-9pm, Sunday.

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