If you want to “exercise your liver” with some adult beverages but not reduce the size of your wallet, you may be looking for all-you-can-drink specials. Technically, all you can drink is illegal, but the loophole is for designated times, such as events or for a short period of time during brunch (most are two hours). There are several places in the city to enjoy a delicious brunch with your favorite breakfast juice-infused adult beverages, plus a few upcoming events like beer week or beer fests to get your drink on. Moderation is key, of course, to a happy, healthy life. So be sure to stay hydrated and have a designated driver.
1708 Lombard St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Brick offers up a bottomless brunch with all-you-can-drink mimosas, bloody marys and sangria for two hours for $20. You can also order other drinks by the glass. A simple selection of breakfast items like omelets, French toast, frittatas and other typical breakfast items are available on the menu. Brick also serves up one mean lamb burger, which is well received by patrons.
428 N. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Maybe you’re looking for a non-alcoholic all-you-can-drink special — hey, someone has to drive! It’s brunch all day, every day at Café Lift. With bottomless coffee, OJ and juice, plus make-your-own mimosas (it’s BYOB), this Fairmount spot has something for everyone. Plus, Café Lift serves some truly delicious brunch creations. Try the french toast made with challah bread and the huevos rancheros.
Gettysburg Brew Fest
Seminary Ridge Museum
111 Seminary Ridge
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Date: Aug. 23, 2014
Meet up with local brewers and take in a bit of history while you enjoy high-quality brews. There are unlimited beer samples from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $40, and that includes craft beers and hard cider. Designated drivers pay $15 for the fest, and all can enjoy views of the battlefields. Educationally speaking, you can also take in the Seminary Ridge Museum. Plus, the sound of Taps will be played by one of the country’s best bugle players, Jari Villianueva.
Red Owl Tavern
433 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in Old City, you can enjoy bottomless bellinis or a champagne bucket for $16 with purchase of an entree. The bellinis at Red Owl are made with your choice of numerous fruit purees, such as mango, peach/pear, blood orange and strawberry, as well as a few others. Here, the brunch menu includes typical fare like omelets, smoked salmon and Belgian waffles, as well as not-so-common fare such as Kobe hot dogs, smoked trout and the Red Owl Tavern omelet, which is made with prosciutto, arugula, goat cheese, asparagus and black truffle vinaigrette.
1229 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Valanni serves up delicious fare, and for the all-you-can-drink lovers, there are pitchers of bloody Marys for $20. Or you can build your own mimosas with a carafe of OJ for the table and the champagne of your choice. Add $5 for additional pureed fruit choices such as blood orange, raspberry or white peach. There are numerous options on the menu sectioned by sweet or savory, as well as the typical sandwich and soup fare. Valanni customers love the rum bananas, the baked brie with cranberries and the Oreo beignets.
Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here Examiner.com.