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The San Francisco Bloody Mary Hit List

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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 as 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 10 Bloody Marys in San Francisco that make for the perfect excuse to drink in the A.M.

As of publication time, some of these restaurants offer seated indoor and outdoor dining. However, their inclusion should not be taken as endorsement for sit-down dining, as there are still safety concerns. Studies indicate that COVID-19 infection rates are lower for outside activities than dining indoors, but the level of risk involved with even outdoor dining is contingent on restaurants and their patrons following strict social distancing, face covering, and other safety guidelines.

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1. Balboa Cafe

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3199 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 921-3944
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The Bloody Mary here comes thick and tomato-y, bolstered by multiple types of Tabasco, a thick 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.

2. Waterbar

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399 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 284-9922
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This may be the most Instagrammable Bloody Mary in San Francisco. It’s served up 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.

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3. Hi Dive Bar

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28 Pier
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 977-0170
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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 SF dive bar.

4. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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398 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 551-1590
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The Bloody Mary at Absinthe is a classic, and does not come draped with bacon or tiny cheeseburgers. It is a very, very good one, however, that deserves not only a spot in this list but a place on your table now that Absinthe is open for uber-pleasant outdoor dining.

5. Zuni Café

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1658 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 552-2522
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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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6. Zeitgeist

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199 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 255-7505
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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 9 a.m. every day of the week. It’s a classic in all ways, especially in its ability to revive a weary partier.

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7. Elixir

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3322, 3200 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 552-1633
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Elixir understands the particular and varied needs of Bloody Mary enthusiasts, which is why it’s essentially created a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Start with a solid foundation of either tomato juice, V8, or Clamato (mixed with vodka of course), Old Bay seasoning on the rim, a dill pickle and a piece of bacon. When it comes to garnish options, Elixir goes big without getting ridiculous: celery, pepperoncini, dill pickle, olives, cocktail onions, and a rotating selection of other pickled items.

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8. The Ramp

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855 Terry A Francois Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 621-2378
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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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9. Harvey's

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500 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 431-4278
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There are seven different versions of Bloody Marys 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.

10. Foreign Cinema

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2534 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 648-7600
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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.

1. Balboa Cafe

3199 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123

The Bloody Mary here comes thick and tomato-y, bolstered by multiple types of Tabasco, a thick 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.

3199 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123

2. Waterbar

399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105
Waterbar Waterbar

This may be the most Instagrammable Bloody Mary in San Francisco. It’s served up 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.

399 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105

3. Hi Dive Bar

28 Pier, San Francisco, CA 94105

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 SF dive bar.

28 Pier
San Francisco, CA 94105

4. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

The Bloody Mary at Absinthe is a classic, and does not come draped with bacon or tiny cheeseburgers. It is a very, very good one, however, that deserves not only a spot in this list but a place on your table now that Absinthe is open for uber-pleasant outdoor dining.

398 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

5. Zuni Café

1658 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Zuni Cafe Zuni Cafe

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.

1658 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102

6. Zeitgeist

199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103
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 9 a.m. every day of the week. It’s a classic in all ways, especially in its ability to revive a weary partier.

199 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103

7. Elixir

3322, 3200 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Elixir Blair Sneddon

Elixir understands the particular and varied needs of Bloody Mary enthusiasts, which is why it’s essentially created a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Start with a solid foundation of either tomato juice, V8, or Clamato (mixed with vodka of course), Old Bay seasoning on the rim, a dill pickle and a piece of bacon. When it comes to garnish options, Elixir goes big without getting ridiculous: celery, pepperoncini, dill pickle, olives, cocktail onions, and a rotating selection of other pickled items.

3322, 3200 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

8. The Ramp

855 Terry A Francois Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94158
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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.

855 Terry A Francois Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94158

9. Harvey's

500 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114

There are seven different versions of Bloody Marys 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.

500 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114

10. Foreign Cinema

2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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.

2534 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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