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Friday, September 17, 2010

Sunday, Bloody Sunday: Hobson's Choice Has the City's Best DIY Mary Bar

Posted By on Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Ask the bartender for a glass of ice and vodka, then get to work. - CARINA OST
  • Carina Ost
  • Ask the bartender for a glass of ice and vodka, then get to work.
Brunch-goers fall into two categories: mimosa people and Bloody Mary people. If you're one of the latter, then we've found your mecca ― the Sunday Bloody Mary bar at Hobson's Choice. It puts all other build-your-own cocktail setups to shame.

You simply tell the bartender that you want to do the Bloody bar and you get a large tumbler filled with ice and vodka (ranging from $5.25 for well all the way up to $8.50 for top shelf). Then you get to work. The setup has both tomato and Clamato bases, then a series of Worcestershire and hot sauces, salt and pepper, lemons and limes, trailed by horseradish, hearts of palm, artichoke hearts, jalapeños, beets, onions, pickles, and red pepper. Lastly, you get the best stirrer ever: one large celery stalk.

Plus, nestled in the heart of the Upper Haight, Hobson's offers prime people-watching. Things we overheard last Sunday: "I would charge myself $45 for the Bloody Mary I just made at the bar ― there's, like, 82 ingredients up in this," and, "Oh my god, I am so proud of myself for drinking a salad."

Hobson's Choice: the essential choice for your Sunday, Bloody Sunday.

Hobson's Choice: 1601 Haight (at Clayton), 621-5859; Sunday Bloody Mary bar is open from about 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Read more from Carina Ost at Mission Fruition. Follow us on Twitter at @sfoodie.

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