Bottomless brunch. A world where day drinking is encouraged and sipping on cocktails at midday over a plate-full of hash browns with your girlfriends is totally okay.
Oh, how I’ve missed it.
For some it might seem excessive and maybe even a little unnecessary, but for me, bottomless brunch is a rite of passage. Especially for the generation who are as obsessed with taking pictures of their food as they are eating it.
Bottomless brunch is amusing, unpredictable and outrageously hilarious, and it’s just about the only thing Millennials and Gen Z’s can seem to agree on.
Now, bottomless brunch doesn’t just have to mean copious amounts of watered-down cocktails or cheap Prosecco – I’ve been to bottomless brunches that include all-you-can-eat pancakes, bottomless milkshakes and even a pile-it-on Bloody Mary stations (that was a good ‘un).
It’s also not just about your food and drink order, it’s about that giddiness you feel once you realise that you’re sat in a restaurant surrounded by screeching groups of friends having the absolute time of their lives. You know, that overwhelming sense of community shared with a bunch of strangers. And those insanely fun memories you're making that’ll probably last forever.
Yep, there’s way more to it than just avocado on toast and booze.
Bottomless brunches have become such a huge part of British culture, that clubs, bars and restaurants are getting increasingly creative with their offerings.
Nowadays there’s themed brunches from 90s pop to Beyoncé, drag performances to West End cabaret. There’s even a rooftop bar in London that puts on games like shuffleboard while offering free-flowing pizza and beer.
Just last year, I went to a Mexican-themed bottomless brunch which had a watermelon margarita fountain (the cocktail was literally dispensed from a hollowed-out watermelon) complete with mouth-watering sharing plates – taco platters, charred corn ribs, sticky cauli wings and more. It was INSANE!
Bringing back memories yet?
But no boozy brunch occurs without a few hiccups along the way. We’re talking everything from arriving astonishingly late to eating way too fast, wearing 6-inch heels to almost forgetting it’s daylight outside. These are all totally reasonable (but avoidable) mishaps, which is why we’ve come up with a set of top tips for perfecting the bottomless brunch experience. You could call them the ‘unspoken rules’ of boozy brunchin’.
Thank us later…
Rule no. 1: Do not, and I repeat – do NOT, make plans for afterwards.
This is a no-go zone, you’d practically be setting yourself up for failure. We’ve all been there with good intentions of going out clubbing afterwards, or meeting up with your other half for dinner, but let’s face it, you won’t.
My friend once arranged a date with a guy she met off Tinder for after our bottomless brunch. And let’s just say things didn’t exactly go to plan…(he ended up on a date with all four us).
Rule no. 2: Arrive on time – because bottomless brunch hosts are ruthless.
The max time you’re often allocated is two hours – and even then, it’s usually just 90 minutes. You’ll need to plan this cautiously, because, whatever happens, you can’t turn up late to brunch.
Calculate your timings and try and arrive 5-10 minutes early. You’ll want to make the most out of your dedicated time slot.
Rule no. 3: Be polite, manners cost absolutely nothing!
People. Get. Wild. And that’s no surprise considering. But come on, just because you’re probably dancing on the table listening to a fierce drag act, doesn’t mean you have to be rude, right?
Spare a thought for the waiting staff who have an entire weekend dedicated to searching for dwindling glasses of fizz. Not fun.
Rule no. 4: Stay hydrated, seriously.
This goes without saying, but kids - drink some water. It’s easy to forget to drink anything asides from you’re chosen booze. But keep that glass of water topped up, too.
Rule no. 5: Choose your food wisely.
I hate to say it, but your typical brunch meals – salmon and scrambled eggs and eggs benedict – are not what you eat at a bottomless brunch.
The beauty of bottomless brunches is that you can eat anything from pizza to burgers, piles of pancakes to beautiful waffles.
If you have to pre-order, think like someone with a glass of fizz in their hand.
Rule no. 6: Don't forget the time!
Take into consideration that it’ll be daylight when you’re leaving, and you’ll most likely be in the wild walking side-by-side with people doing their weekend shopping.
This is where I’d 100% advise against wearing heels, unless you’re an absolute pro at walking in them. Trainers are the official uniform for bottomless brunchin’ IMO.
Rule no. 7: Have FUN.
Most importantly, enjoy yourself. Bottomless brunches are a whale of a time, and they’re the perfect excuse for catching up with friends.
Plus, what’s not to love about an all-eating, all-singing and all-proseccoing event?
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