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14 Decadent Bloody Marys to Sip in San Francisco

A bevy of excellent, tomato-based cocktails to cure what ails you

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If brunch has one uniting, iconic dish, it’s the bloody mary. There may be no morning drink more satisfying and revitalizing than the spicy tomato-based vodka cocktail, and every bloody lover has a very specific version they like to imbibe. From the traditional tomato juice with vodka and a stalk of celery to innovative concoctions with full meals as garnishes, here are 14 bloody marys in San Francisco that make for the perfect excuse to drink in the morning.

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Balboa Cafe

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The bloody mary here comes thick and tomato-y, bolstered by multiple types of Tabasco, a rim of celery salt, and a celery stick. Enjoy it at weekend brunch, or come in for some day-drinking with the fancy older crowd that are the restaurant’s main patrons.

Hog Island Oyster Co.

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Sure, Champagne and oysters are perhaps the more classic pairing, but if we can say a kind word for the bloody mary and oyster combo, let us say so here with a simple, “It’s delicious.” It’s a no-brainer to head over to Hog Island for oysters in the Ferry Building, but with it is the long-running bloody mary that has been a crowd favorite, so much so that it’s been spun off into its own mix that they sell by the bottle. At the restaurant, however, enjoy this version mixed with St. George vodka and castelvetrano olives.

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Waterbar

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This may be the most Instagrammable bloody mary in San Francisco. It’s served next to a fantastic view, but it’s not the water you’ll be focusing on. Waterbar has built a deliciously decadent experience atop a traditional bloody Mary foundation, garnishing the drink with a seasoning of Old Bay on the rim, two whole slices of bacon, jumbo shrimp, and greenery in the form of cucumber.

Harry's Bar

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Harry Denton’s first San Francisco bar, Harry’s Bar, remains a Fillmore Street institution after nearly 40 years. So it only makes sense that it continues to feature all the great classic cocktails, including the esteemed bloody mary, as part of its brunch menu. The bar does know the power of providing options, so customers can choose between a classic vodka or a tequila version to anchor the bar’s house mix, finished off with the requisite accoutrements.

Hi Dive Bar

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Drinking a bloody mary before a Giants game at Hi Dive is a classic move. They make their own horseradish-heavy tomato mixture, which is served with a heavy dose of vodka and classic olive and citrus garnish. Enjoy the view, and get to know your neighbors at this legendary San Francisco dive bar.

Bluestem Restaurant & Market

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For a bloody mary that defies all reason, Bluestem has a curious (and unique) version over in SoMa with the Cioppino Cocktail. Rather than the typical, bright tomato-red version we’re all used to, Bluestem clarifies its main ingredient into “salted tomato water” before mixing it with a blend of mezcal and tequila. Tack on some lime for acidity, honey, serrano pepper, grapefruit syrup, and clam juice (yes, clam juice) you may ask yourself, is this still a bloody mary? It’s perhaps debatable, but you probably won’t care while you sip one.

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Sweet Maple

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If you’re not attached to a certain idea of what a bloody mary should be — i.e. only vodka, no other spirits — then Sweet Maple has two soju-based versions to drink alongside your meal. Everything else necessary, including salted rim, olive adornments, and requisite celery, is included.

Eats has its brunch game down, serving breakfast and lunch classics on a daily basis. And with that includes a variety of mimosas as well as Eats’s bloody mary riff: a spicy version made with soju and hot sauce, and topped with pickles, lemon, celery, and olives. If you love the drink enough to take it home with you, Eats has thought of that as well, offering a 32-oz. bloody mary kit to continue brunch from home.

Zuni Café

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Zuni is made for day-drinking: Awash in sunlight from the huge windows, it feels like time stands still as diners eat roast chicken for two and drink white wine at lunch. But, though the wine list beckons, forget not the balsamic bloody mary: tomato juice and vodka seasoned with six-year-old balsamic, Tabasco, salt, pepper, and spicy pepper-onion relish.

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Zeitgeist

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A great place to get a hangover, Zeitgeist is also a great place to cure one. Drink a bloody mary on the outside patio starting daily at 2 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. on the weekend. It’s a classic in all ways, especially in its ability to revive a weary partier.

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The Ramp

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This Mission Bay brunch hotspot — and former bait shop — serves up a classic spicy bloody mary with generous servings of celery and limes alongside a bay view that can’t be beat. Catching Giants games here also comes highly recommended, if you can’t get into the actual baseball stadium down the road.

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Chezchez

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Chezchez cheekily gives its permission to imbibe in bloody marys any time of day, offering six variations on the drink, including a non-alcoholic version, for those who prefer their tomato juice fancy, but not tipsy. Each bloody mary comes with its own unique take on the classic, from the spirit — there’s an aquavit version, as well as a sherry or tequila version — to the accoutrement that accompanies the drink. Pick wisely, or pick them all, you have Eater SF’s permission to do either.

A blood Mary from Chezchez Tiago Russo

Harvey's

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There are seven different versions of bloody mary on the menu at Harveys, the Castro watering hole dedicated to the legacy of gay rights icon Harvey Milk, and each one of them is excellent. The Bloody Mary Lou Retton is a savory flavor bomb made with house-infused garlic and chili vodka (“A perfect 10!”), and the Bloody Mary Wilson is mixed with citrusy lemon vodka. There’s no reason to pick a favorite: order them all.

Foreign Cinema

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Foreign Cinema has one of the dreamiest brunches in town, with tons of natural light, cold oysters, and its very special madras bloody mary. In line with the restaurant’s wide-ranging use of spices from all over the world, this mary combines tomato juice, lime, sherry vinegar, South Indian curry, and sumac for a flavorful morning beverage.

Balboa Cafe

The bloody mary here comes thick and tomato-y, bolstered by multiple types of Tabasco, a rim of celery salt, and a celery stick. Enjoy it at weekend brunch, or come in for some day-drinking with the fancy older crowd that are the restaurant’s main patrons.

Hog Island Oyster Co.

Remy Anthes

Sure, Champagne and oysters are perhaps the more classic pairing, but if we can say a kind word for the bloody mary and oyster combo, let us say so here with a simple, “It’s delicious.” It’s a no-brainer to head over to Hog Island for oysters in the Ferry Building, but with it is the long-running bloody mary that has been a crowd favorite, so much so that it’s been spun off into its own mix that they sell by the bottle. At the restaurant, however, enjoy this version mixed with St. George vodka and castelvetrano olives.

Remy Anthes

Waterbar

This may be the most Instagrammable bloody mary in San Francisco. It’s served next to a fantastic view, but it’s not the water you’ll be focusing on. Waterbar has built a deliciously decadent experience atop a traditional bloody Mary foundation, garnishing the drink with a seasoning of Old Bay on the rim, two whole slices of bacon, jumbo shrimp, and greenery in the form of cucumber.

Harry's Bar

Harry Denton’s first San Francisco bar, Harry’s Bar, remains a Fillmore Street institution after nearly 40 years. So it only makes sense that it continues to feature all the great classic cocktails, including the esteemed bloody mary, as part of its brunch menu. The bar does know the power of providing options, so customers can choose between a classic vodka or a tequila version to anchor the bar’s house mix, finished off with the requisite accoutrements.

Hi Dive Bar

Drinking a bloody mary before a Giants game at Hi Dive is a classic move. They make their own horseradish-heavy tomato mixture, which is served with a heavy dose of vodka and classic olive and citrus garnish. Enjoy the view, and get to know your neighbors at this legendary San Francisco dive bar.

Bluestem Restaurant & Market

Kelly Puleio

For a bloody mary that defies all reason, Bluestem has a curious (and unique) version over in SoMa with the Cioppino Cocktail. Rather than the typical, bright tomato-red version we’re all used to, Bluestem clarifies its main ingredient into “salted tomato water” before mixing it with a blend of mezcal and tequila. Tack on some lime for acidity, honey, serrano pepper, grapefruit syrup, and clam juice (yes, clam juice) you may ask yourself, is this still a bloody mary? It’s perhaps debatable, but you probably won’t care while you sip one.

Kelly Puleio

Sweet Maple

If you’re not attached to a certain idea of what a bloody mary should be — i.e. only vodka, no other spirits — then Sweet Maple has two soju-based versions to drink alongside your meal. Everything else necessary, including salted rim, olive adornments, and requisite celery, is included.

Eats

Eats has its brunch game down, serving breakfast and lunch classics on a daily basis. And with that includes a variety of mimosas as well as Eats’s bloody mary riff: a spicy version made with soju and hot sauce, and topped with pickles, lemon, celery, and olives. If you love the drink enough to take it home with you, Eats has thought of that as well, offering a 32-oz. bloody mary kit to continue brunch from home.

Zuni Café

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Zuni is made for day-drinking: Awash in sunlight from the huge windows, it feels like time stands still as diners eat roast chicken for two and drink white wine at lunch. But, though the wine list beckons, forget not the balsamic bloody mary: tomato juice and vodka seasoned with six-year-old balsamic, Tabasco, salt, pepper, and spicy pepper-onion relish.

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Zeitgeist

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Zeitgeist

A great place to get a hangover, Zeitgeist is also a great place to cure one. Drink a bloody mary on the outside patio starting daily at 2 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. on the weekend. It’s a classic in all ways, especially in its ability to revive a weary partier.

Zeitgeist
Zeitgeist, bloody mary, san francisco
Zeitgeist

The Ramp

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This Mission Bay brunch hotspot — and former bait shop — serves up a classic spicy bloody mary with generous servings of celery and limes alongside a bay view that can’t be beat. Catching Giants games here also comes highly recommended, if you can’t get into the actual baseball stadium down the road.

The Ramp The Ramp

Chezchez

A blood Mary from Chezchez Tiago Russo

Chezchez cheekily gives its permission to imbibe in bloody marys any time of day, offering six variations on the drink, including a non-alcoholic version, for those who prefer their tomato juice fancy, but not tipsy. Each bloody mary comes with its own unique take on the classic, from the spirit — there’s an aquavit version, as well as a sherry or tequila version — to the accoutrement that accompanies the drink. Pick wisely, or pick them all, you have Eater SF’s permission to do either.

A blood Mary from Chezchez Tiago Russo

Harvey's

There are seven different versions of bloody mary on the menu at Harveys, the Castro watering hole dedicated to the legacy of gay rights icon Harvey Milk, and each one of them is excellent. The Bloody Mary Lou Retton is a savory flavor bomb made with house-infused garlic and chili vodka (“A perfect 10!”), and the Bloody Mary Wilson is mixed with citrusy lemon vodka. There’s no reason to pick a favorite: order them all.

Foreign Cinema

Foreign Cinema has one of the dreamiest brunches in town, with tons of natural light, cold oysters, and its very special madras bloody mary. In line with the restaurant’s wide-ranging use of spices from all over the world, this mary combines tomato juice, lime, sherry vinegar, South Indian curry, and sumac for a flavorful morning beverage.

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