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Is a leisurely Saturday part of your weekend plans? Sunday Funday, anyone? Pensacola has some of the finest brunch spots on the Gulf Coast, many of them offering bottomless mimosas to whet your appetite. Gather your girl squad, your significant other or anyone who likes to raise a glass (or two or three). It’s time to toast to the weekend!
Bottomless mimosas weren’t always a staple of the breakfast table (if you can imagine that!). The cocktail, traditionally made with champagne and orange juice, gained popularity over the years at morning wedding receptions and social events. Local restaurants took notice, and now many patrons look for a mimosa special on the menu when choosing where to go for brunch. Well, mimosa lovers, you are in luck because we’ve done the legwork for you.
Here are five places to enjoy bottomless mimosas in Pensacola:
The Fish House
If it is Sunday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., you can bet the $5 bottomless champagne and mimosas and $2 bloody marys are flowing at The Fish House. You can dine indoors or outside on the deck at this bayfront restaurant and watering hole. The Sunday brunch menu features four versions of Eggs Benedict, Cinnamon Raisin French Toast, a classic Monte Cristo, Jack Daniel’s Chicken and Waffles, and more. The Grits à Ya Ya is The Fish House’s signature dish featuring spiced Gulf jumbo shrimp atop a sauté of spinach, Portobello mushrooms, applewood-smoked bacon, garlic, shallots and cream over a heaping bed of smoked Gouda cheese grits. With so many flavorful options, you really can’t go wrong here.
The Grand Marlin
Overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway that separates Gulf Breeze and Pensacola Beach, The Grand Marlin offers indoor and patio seating. They take brunch seriously here, offering live music on most Sundays at the patio’s North Drop Bar. You can have fresh baked pastries and frittatas or indulge in any of several oyster dishes, shrimp cocktail, filet mignon or even lobster tail. Mimosas and house-made bloody marys are $2.50, a Grand Mimosa with Grand Mariner is $6, and there is a MANmosa, made with Pensacola Bay Brewery Li’l Napoleon IPA draft, a splash of orange juice and a shot of orange vodka. If you’re looking for an elegant but lively atmosphere at Pensacola Beach, The Grand Marlin is the place to go.
The Leisure Club
Open the door to the Leisure Club Coffee Bar and Restaurant and you’ll immediately feel like you’ve stepped into a modern, big city café. Its sleek urban design and simple menu make it a memorable stop on the east side of Pensacola not far from the Pensacola International Airport. Brunch and a wide variety of Instagram-worthy coffees are served throughout the week, but a special Bubbles & Brunch menu is available on Saturday and Sunday featuring house mimosas and champagne for $3. You can order Bottomless Mimosas for $6 if you order a Brunch Trio. At $12 per person, Brunch Trios feature three items, which can be shared or enjoyed individually. Choose three from a variety of selections, including Crab Cake with Roasted Red Pepper Remoulade, A Toad-In-The-Hole bagel with poached egg and house made hollandaise, a Garden Frittata, and Biscuits & Rosemary Sausage Gravy. Each Brunch Trio plate is accompanied by your choice of fresh fruit cocktail or home-style potatoes.
George Artisan Bakery & Bistro
On the west side of Downtown Pensacola, George Artisan Bakery & Bistro combines French influences and fresh ingredients for a lovely brunch presentation. Favorite entrees like Shrimp and Grits and Very Berry French Toast are joined on the weekend brunch menu by omelets, salads and sandwiches. For $15, you can have a pitcher of mimosas made with sparkling wine and your choice of orange, pineapple or grapefruit juice. Other combinations with sparkling wine are also available on the menu. Try a cucumber mimosa or an apple cider mimosa for something different from the norm. Pastry chef Jordan Hewes has dreamt up some truly decadent desserts and pastries, some available daily and others that can be ordered in advance from the bakery.
O’Riley’s Irish Pub
O’Riley’s Irish Pub Downtown may be best known for its beer selection and pub food, but the mimosas and brunch are good, too. The brunch menu is available Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Catch the hottest sporting events on one of the pub’s many HDTVs, throw darts in the library room or sit outside and enjoy people watching on South Palafox Street. A bottomless mimosa is $5, or $15 without a brunch food order. Popular entrees include the Benedict Ferdinand VII, two soft poached eggs over a blue crab cake atop an English muffin with house made hollandaise, and Chicken & Waffles.
Cheers, friends! Now you’re ready to sip and savor your weekend in Pensacola.