Tender sliced skirt steak topped along with dropped eggs drizzled with hollandaise sauce is not the only thing that should drag you out of bed for Sunday brunches anymore. Over the past five years, liquid brunches have gained immense popularity, spreading like wildfire through our countries most posh cities. Starting in Vegas and making the journey to its east coast counterpart and likely suspect, New York City, the nightclub-turned-dayclub party has taken Sunday Funday from bloodys and mimosas to Bottle Rockets and champagne showers. But we live in Boston – an old town village with a heavy foodie and mixology precedent. Could we possibly have room for this booze-inspired hangover cure on a Sunday morning?
GEM debuted its Brunch Club liquid day party in 2012 and has both promised and delivered a trendy and liberating alternative to your Grandparent’s post-church country club brunch affair. The oversized Bottle Rocket cocktails come complete with an entire bottle of champagne and sparklers light up the entire venue as servers parade through with bottles among bottles of booze. Looking for something even flashier than a cocktail served on fire? Grab a 15-liter bottle of Veuve-Cliquot available for Bostonians of the brahmin status.
Avid nightlife enthusiasts can now see brunch as merely an extension to Saturday night. We have to be out of the bars at 2 AM giving us roughly 4 more hours of post party. Take a nap around 6 AM and stumble over to this Downtown Crossing location around noon. Don’t fret, they give you some time to enjoy your meal and nurse your hangover. But as you finish up your mimosas and colossal waffles, the lounge seamlessly turns into a full-on nightclub as staff pull down the shades and the DJ begins to spin. The infiltration of the music in your ears and sparkler-topped champagne bottles parading around the lounge gives you a chance to re-live all of last night’s shenanigans. There’s even a full-sized bunny mascot partying about with a CO2 cannon to really transport you into a total Wonderland-type world.
Sunday Funday, Day Party, Saturday Night Round 2. Call it what you want. Boston has surpassed the standards of it predecessors’ liquid brunches and will continue to do so as long as GEM delivers its legendary Brunch Club.
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