Rose Colored Glasses

Park City day-drinking with a side of all-you-can-eat

Weekends are a precious balance of productivity and leisure. There are errands to run, chores to do and a yearning to blow off some steam. One of the most efficient ways to take the edge off is to adopt the mantra of a wise, Hawaiian shirt-clad songster: “It’s five o’clock somewhere.”

As most well-versed in the art of brunch know, booze before noon is capable of reversing hangovers, silencing that nagging voice badgering you about the laundry that needs folding, stopping cases of the Sunday Scaries in their tracks and allowing you to see the world in a more agreeable light.

If you’re planning to brunch in Utah, of course, it can’t be “five o’clock somewhere” until it’s 11:30 a.m. here, since that’s when most restaurants are permitted to begin serving alcohol. While this poses an inconvenience, there is an upside: Your day of drinking is less likely to be followed by regret! Those morning hours that would otherwise be used as a “hair of the dog” jumpstart are better used to catch up on chores, fitness goals or just some much-needed sleep.

But once it’s half past 11, that stress buster in liquid form is bellowing my name. In my backyard of Park City, there are a few places I like to go for boozy brunches. I like to slip on those rosé colored glasses at Bartolo’s (1241 Center Drive, Ste. L100, Park City, 435-604-0608, BartolosPC.com) with a glass of dry rosé—or a mimosa or Bellini—paired with Ricotta Toast topped with balsamic blueberries and a drizzle of local honey.

For more spirited occasions, there’s no better spot than High West Distillery (27649 Old Lincoln Highway, Wanship, 435-649-8300, HighWest.com). It’s a bit of a trek, but you can easily make a day of it, sampling whiskey flights, taking a guided tour of copper stills or even going cross-country skiing at the nearby Lodge at Blue Sky. On Sunday, High West offers an all-you-can-eat brunch with smoked meats, fresh fruit and pastries like gooey cinnamon rolls. Turn it into a before-noon bacchanal with the Toronto, featuring Rendezvous Rye, fernet and angostura bitters.

When I’m craving a salad in a glass, I head straight to Tupelo (508 Main St., Park City, 435-615-7700, TupeloParkCity.com) a Southern eatery that stocks one of the best bloody mary bars in the state. Embellish your housemade mix and shot of vodka with a cornucopia of garnishes—bacon, hot sauces, crumbled cheeses and pickled everything. Your creation will play well with Shirley Bordas’ buttermilk biscuits and one of the inventive brunch dishes like the lobster frittata with Old Bay hollandaise.

If your day-drinking exploits are more marathons than sprints, session brews are the only way. As a frequent Great American Beer Fest award-winner, Red Rock Brewing (1640 Redstone Center Drive, Park City, 435-575-0295) is a great spot for brunch with pints. Try zesty Eggs in Purgatory with the crisp Frohlich Pilsner—and convince any beer-averse brunch mates to tag along with the promise of $2 bloodies and mimosas on Sundays.
May your brunch be boozy, your tipple tasty and your weekends more spirited for it.

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