Bottomless brunch satisfies a very specific desire. Not necessarily one of class, rather exuberance and recklessness. Before you start drinking like you’re doing an impersonation of how people reacted to Y2K, you’ll need a few things before you go. Like money, for example, as well as a sense of limitless potential, and no other plans for the day (so you can take a nap at 3pm). Whatever your drunk brunch requires, we want you to know that we support you.
We also want you to know that most of the food served during bottomless brunch is not very good. But that’s really not why you’re here. (There are, of course, exceptions. And you’ll find some of them below.) So whether you want to drink enough to mildly worry your relatives or just swirl a Bloody Mary with the comfort of knowing that you can have as many as you want - we’ve got 18 places for you and your friends.
When we think “bottomless brunch,” Hub 51 immediately comes to mind. It’s the type of large, crowded River North restaurant we expect to offer unlimited mimosas with their eggs. The good news is that the food is generally pretty good, and this place manages to be loud and fun without being a total sh*tshow. Order things like cinnamon roll pancakes or breakfast tacos, and be prepared to take a long booze-fueled nap later.
The Deal: Bottomless mimosas and bellinis $25.
Unlike a lot of River North spots (see above), Centennial is a pub that looks like the hull of a Colonial ship. So it might not sound like a likely destination for your boozy weekend brunch, but the bar food here is pretty good. Plus, we appreciate that even grizzled sea captains want porchetta benedicts and mimosas. Anyways, all that orange juice must be great for fighting off scurvy.
The Deal: Bottomless mimosas or bottomless beermosas $20.
Portsmith is a seafood-focused spot in the Dana Hotel and it also happens to have pretty great food. In fact, the only bad thing about this place is that it’s not good for groups. The awkward space is mainly filled with tiny two-tops that barely fit more than one dish. So we like coming here for an intimate brunch that involves catching up with a friend over a lot of alcohol. And fortunately, oysters and champagne flutes are pretty small.
The Deal: Bottomless mimosas $20.
If you like themes, consider Paradise Park - a trailer park-themed (yes, seriously) pizza place in Wicker Park. The astro-turfed space is decorated with flamingo lawn ornaments, swing sets, a Winnebago, and a neon sign that says “Trailer Park Queen.” Before thinking too hard about whether you want to hang out at a place like that all day, they make it pretty appealing with bottomless bloodys and mimosas, and satisfying brunch food like breakfast pizzas and calzones. Plus, the patio is completely covered during the winter, allowing you to live out your downstate mobile home dreams year-round.
The Deal: Bottomless mimosas & Bloody Marys $30.
Dinner at Mad Social in the West Loop is usually pretty disappointing. But unlike your unemployed brother, this place occasionally manages to pull things together, even if it’s just briefly - like during weekend brunch, when the food is just fine. Just be prepared to drink a lot in a relatively short period of time - there’s a two-hour limit. So, order the short rib benedict and plan on bringing some wigs to rotate out if you want to stay longer.
The Deal: Bottomless mimosas & Bloody Marys (2 hour limit) $25.
The Dawson in River West has a lot going for it. It’s a big two-story space with a huge patio that’s great for big groups, and serves decent food. And it’s conveniently right by the Grand Blue Line stop, even though drinking affordable “brunch punch” all afternoon will inevitably lead to treating yourself to an Uber Black home. As far as the food goes, you can get dishes like chilaquiles, chicken-fried lobster, or a $20 bacon flight. But come here mainly for drinks, and to sit outside under some string lights with friends.
The Deal: Bottomless mimosas and brunch punch $25.
You have a 90-minute time limit to drink as many mimosas as you want at Rooh, an upscale Indian restaurant in the West Loop. Even better, this place has one of the most interesting brunch menus around, with some very good food. You’ll find dishes like paneer bhurji (an egg scramble), masala jackfruit tacos, and pancakes with salted jaggery (a type of sugar) ice cream. The large space has two levels and each has a different feel - the downstairs bar area is busy and loud (for you and your drunk friends), while the upstairs is nicer and filled with comfortable velvet booths (for you and your drunk parents).
The Deal: Bottomless mimosas (whole table has to participate, 90 min limit) $25.
We only ever go to this Italian restaurant in Lakeview for two reasons: the fantastic patio and the bottomless brunch. Just be aware, Zia’s is always crowded, even with the two-hour table limit. And because it’s filled with everyone from families with kids, to couples, to bachelorette parties, hanging out here feels a lot like being at a wedding reception. The kind where everyone is trying to drink as much booze as possible before the open bar ends.
The Deal: Bottomless mimosas & Bloody Marys (2 hour limit) $15.
You can count on Bar Roma in Andersonville for a pretty good Italian brunch, with the option to have unlimited “bubbly beverages” for $25. The menu has dishes like frittatas and bucatini carbonara, and the cute space has a lot of wood and distressed furniture. Basically this place will make you feel like you’re in a tasteful spread of Italian Town & Country magazine, which makes it a welcome change from day drinking in a space inspired by DJ Shortstack’s Dead Houseplants & Bong Water Weekly.
The Deal: Unlimited “bubbly beverages” $25.
This busy Spanish spot in Fulton Market is originally from New York. And while the food at Boqueria isn’t very memorable, their sangria is, and overall their brunch deal is pretty great. Ordering requires some strategy - for $42 you get your choice of four tapas, two dishes (like huevos con chorizo and french toast) or one breakfast paella, a dessert, and unlimited mimosas or sangria. It’s a lot of food - so you should probably plan your attack with the group before ending up with 16 papas bravas on the table.
The Deal: “Boozy brunch” includes food and unlimited sangria and mimosas, $42.
Bar Takito has one of the most affordable bottomless deals in the West Loop, with $10 unlimited mimosas. The menu is made up of Mexican/Central American/South American fusion dishes, and includes things like chilaquiles, steak and eggs, and arepa benedicts. Is it awesome food? No. Can you get drunk for $10? Yes.
The Deal: Bottomless mimosas $10.
Great news: Maple and Ash has fantastic food, and you come to this steakhouse in the Gold Coast for an upscale drunk brunch. It’s over-the-top in the best way, with chandeliers, candelabras, and huge velvet booths, and has a carving station, omelette bar, and a Bloody Mary bar. It’s perfect for a celebration, or just because you’re sad you missed the fancy breakfast after your rich friend’s wedding because you were too hungover.
The Deal: Bottomless mimosas or Bloody Mary bar $20.
If you’ve lived in Chicago for any stretch of time, you’ve probably been to El Mariachi in Lakeview. The large back patio is a popular spot for group get-togethers, specifically the ones that involve day drinking. While the OK Mexican food here isn’t going to win any awards (the menu has standards like breakfast burritos and tequila french toast), nothing costs over $10.99. So, honestly, you really can’t afford to not come here.
The Deal: Bottomless mimosas includes entree $25.
The only thing that makes a bottomless brunch feel even more ridiculously excessive is when it comes with a buffet. That’s what you’ll find at The Fremont in River North, along with a DJ, donut wall, and a retractable roof. Basically, when none of your friends can get their sh*t together for long enough to plan a trip to Vegas, this is your next best option.
The Deal: $40 unlimited buffet plus mimosa package and Bloody Mary bar $25.
Park & Field is another place that has a buffet to go along with a $40 drink package of Bloody Marys, mimosas, rosé, and beer. And this place is designed for an outdoor party - it’s gigantic, with lots of tables, bocce courts, Adirondack chairs, multiple fire pits, and a camper-turned-bar. It’s basically like being at a neighborhood block party, but without having to talk to your creepy neighbor.
The Deal: $25 buffet, add limitless Miller High Life, Bloody Marys, rosé, mimosa, and Modelo for $40.
Weekend brunch is one of the few reasons to go to Broadway Cellars, an otherwise unremarkable restaurant in Edgewater. The food here is pretty decent (with things like pancakes and biscuits and gravy) and the drink deal is $10. Just be aware, it’s nearly bottomless - they will cut you off for “obnoxious behavior.” So you might want to think twice before inviting your buddy Chief-O unless he promises to be chill.
The Deal: Bottomless mimosas and bloody marys $10 (mix and match $15) with purchase of an entree.
Angelina is an Italian restaurant that’s been in Lakeview for over 30 years, and the champagne brunch is still going strong. The menu is short and uncomplicated (with dishes like french toast and a frittata) and 10 out of 10 hungover bridesmaids agree: you’re here for the bottomless mimosas.
The Deal: Brunch menu item plus unlimited champagne $25.
We didn’t see this one coming, but this rather quaint French restaurant in the Gold Coast has a pretty affordable ($18.95) mimosa special for brunch. Bistronomic has dishes like eggs benedict and quiche lorraine, and offers a quiet alternative to partying with a bunch of unruly drunks. There’s also a 90-minute limit - so it’s for sophisticated drunks with excellent time management skills.
The Deal: Bottomless mimosas (90 min limit) $18.95.