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  • I usually try to have at least as many as it takes to “break even” on the cost vs. individual drinks.
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    This has occasionally backfired. When the (now-defunct?) unofficial PoPville brunch group went to Mothership for brunch, individual mimosas were $5 (IIRC) and bottomless ones were $15. I ordered the bottomless mimosa… but ended up feeling ready to stop after mimosa #2. I can’t remember whether I ordered a third mimosa and drank only a little of it, or whether I didn’t even attempt a third mimosa. But the upshot was that it would’ve been a better deal if I’d had two à la carte instead.

    • Agreed, I do the same. Bottomless Mimosas are usually on the weaker side, so I tend to go through them fairly quickly. I answered 6, but as in six champagne glasses of mimosa. If it’s served in a wine glass, I’ll have fewer. Funny enough, I can only recall getting really drunk once at brunch.

  • I don’t think I’ve ever done a bottomless brunch. Day drinking doesn’t really appeal to me, nor does drinking a lot while eating. I also think that mimosas and bloody marys don’t compliment food very well.

    • dcgator

      I have, but don’t love it. Count me out for Bottomless.

    • palisades

      Day drinking is fun until it’s 5 or 6 pm and you are sobering up and feel like complete garbage and the sun is super bright and it’s hot and you want to die.

      • palisades

        Moral of the story – don’t stop drinking

      • Exactly. And unlike many DC professionals I don’t get to telecommute, or get every other Friday off, and all my PTO gets saved up for vacations. So when the weekend rolls around I’m trying to get things done and pursue hobbies, not get wasted! I’ll save that for the nights, thankyouverymuch.

  • If you answer is less than 4, you should probably skip the bottomless answer. I take down as many as I can fit in the 2 hour time allocation.

  • Beacon is what’s up. Fantastic buffet and bottomless mimosas. It’s ~$35, but you’re there a couple hours usually, and leave nice and bloated. Well worth it.

  • to much to ever remember

  • Last time I went to El Centro, I might have had 4 or 5 drinks of their margs. Each drink had to be at least 16 ounces and they didn’t hold back on the tequila. Needless to say I could barely walk out of there.

    • oh god! Yeah, my roommate and I did a brunch there last year, I don’t quite recall how we got home but oh boy! Their brunch – food and drink wise – was outstanding!

      • I don’t do brunch often, but its probably one of the better combinations of food (portions were good) and drinks that I’ve had in the city.

  • Ayo! Where my alchis at? Solid fifth – not bad!

    • I’m pretty sure the majority of Washingtonians who brunch would definitely fall on the other side of some CDC recommendation or other for alcohol consumption!

      • Just because a certain level of alcohol consumption is _common_ doesn’t mean it’s actually a good idea healthwise.
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        http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/moderate-binge-drinking
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        My hard-drinking British friends (in my experience, drinking is heavier there than here) are even more in denial about this.

        • Oh, never said it was good! Also, in the UK, there are different guidelines; the current NHS guideline is: “Men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week. Spread your drinking over three days or more if you drink as much as 14 units a week.” So that could be why your friends in the UK disagree (…that and drinking culture in general).

          • I hadn’t compared the two sets of guidelines — I just meant that when the NHS recommendations came out, my British friends saw that they pretty much all qualified as binge drinkers and were like: “But everybody I know drinks like that!!”

      • Not even close. Drunkest cities are all in the upper midwest for the most part.

  • I love a little (occasionally, more than a little) Sunday hair of the dog, but that’s definitely a time I prefer quality over quantity. I’ll take three strong, well-made drinks any day over a pitcher of rotgut, even if it costs a little more.

  • I feel at minimum 3 to break even. Though with most bottomless I feel it’s the serving continusly topping you off so it’s hard to tell.

  • I bartended a bottomless brunch for years. I just want to remind everyone to tip on what they drank on not on the total bill. Meaning if you drank 10+ drinks tip like you’d tip on 10+ drinks. That dollar or two you left as tip on your 12$ bottomless brunch (or how ever much that restaurants bottomless costs) does not equal the amount of work your server did for you.

    • palisades

      Sorry but that’s on the restaurant. If i’m drunk and have a $40 check, I’m not going to sit there and try to calculate the number of drinks I had and what I need to tip. That’s an $8-$10 tip every time.

    • I am going to disagree with you on that (at least for mimosas, but maybe not bloddy’s). Most bottomless places just have people walking around with pitchers refilling mimosas (who may not even be a server). It is no different than getting a water cup filled.

    • If the bartender/server is making each mimosa for me everytime I ask for one, absolutely tip on it. However, most places do it pitcher style so it’s not that much effort to dump some OJ and bubbly together for a table.

    • If everyone tips on the actual cost, but some are drinking more and some drinking less, cost shouldn’t the tip differential net out (assuming the restaurant has chosen a break even price on the special)?
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      I try to tip on the actual price for HH specials, but if the calculations for that are are even moderately complex I just tip a little extra and call if a day. There’s only so much you can expect out of customers.

  • Bonus Friday Question Because I’m Curious, Asking for a Friend.

    There I fixed it for you.

  • saf

    Option not listed – have never done a bottomless brunch, because it doesn’t strike me as a good deal.

    • Whether it is a good deal or not depends on your answer to this question.

    • It depends heavily on how much you drink. Less than 3, bad deal.

      Other options missing: never done it because I don’t like brunch drinks. Bottomless old fashions, I’d be all over it.

      • Anonomnom

        Bottomless Old Fashioneds sounds like something I would absolutely sign up for and be excited, and then not remember till the next day and suddenly have a hatred of all Bourbon…

        • I would only go for bottomless drinks if they were low alcohol, delicious, and not too sugary or salty. Aperol sprtizes, maybe.

      • saf

        Yeah – I would do bottomless sparkling wine, but don’t like orange or tomato juice.

  • I tried bottomless meads at Beuchert’s salon last weekend and I highly recommend it. You have the bonus of bottomless but not the ‘I feel crappy because I drank too many mimosas at brunch’ feeling afterwards.

    Bottomless Old Fashioned drinks sounds great in theory but you’ll be tore up from the floor up guaranteed.

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