Bloody Mary took some vodka, gave her mother 40… what rhymes with vodka? Latkes? That doesn’t make sense. Who wouldn’t want 40 latkes? They’re delicious. And they probably go pretty well with Bloody Marys, which is what we’re actually here to talk about. They’re the hangover helpers, the celery sensations and the terrific, tomato tinctures that totally get you tipsy. Now that we’ve tickled your taste buds, let’s get moving to some of the best Bloody Marys in town.
What’s in it: kim chee Bloody Mary, American Harvest Vodka, shrimp, pickled mushrooms, celery, togarashi chili
It’s how much: $18
They call their restaurant Glutton. That says a lot. And before you say, “I can’t eat there,” It’s pronounced, “gluh-tuhn,” not “gloo-tehn.” Just don’t order a loaf of bread in your Bloody Mary and you’ll be fine. The whole restaurant is pretty much designed for people who look at food and go, “Yup. That’s for me.” And their brunch beverage menu is no exception. The “Glutton Mary” as they call it isn’t cheap, but it is full of more food than you’ll get on a single plate at that fancy tapas place. Be a glutton and don’t let anyone stop you from slurping down every drop of this Bloody Mary, even if you have to break out a knife, fork, spoon or your bare hands.
Park on Fremont
What’s in it:
- Texas Tuxedo: vodka, cucumber, basil, grape tomatoes, fresh house-made Mary mix
- Lady Cave: vodka, fresh house-made Mary mix, salt and pepper rim, celery stalker
- Derby Breakfast Club: bacon-infused vodka, hickory smoke, fresh house-made Mary mix, crispy bacon, pickled egg
It’s how much: Texas Tuxedo and Lady Cave are $10, Derby Breakfast Club is $12
We say lots of nice things about Park on Fremont. It’s just a really great bar. And its Bloody Marys fit perfectly with its hipster-ski-lodge vibe. Sit out on the patio and pretend your Bloody Mary was made just for you by whatever plaid shirt and ironic suspenders wearing faerie creatures probably live out there, or sit inside and stare at a meat dress—your call. Have some delicious food with your Mary and just enjoy the atmosphere. If it’s morning and the air is crisp, this is a great place to people watch. If it’s late at night and you’re for some reason ordering a Bloody Mary, live it up. At Park on Fremont, you’re never the weird one.
What’s in it: vodka, tomato juice, zesty mixes and delicious garnishes
It’s how much: $8.50
When you step inside the Peppermill, you don’t really see a lot of things that remind you of tomatoes with celery. It’s very purple and the indoor trees make you feel like you’re in a psychedelic apple orchard full of apples you probably shouldn’t eat without a babysitter. But you should eat everything at Peppermill because the food is fantastic and the atmosphere is out of this world. It’s open 24 hours, so you can pop in whenever the hangover hits you and get your Bloody Mary fix, or you can start your night with a Bloody Mary and a trip to the bathroom then do everything in reverse. If you take that approach be sure to get a DD, sobriety doesn’t actually cooperate with plans.
Society Café at Encore
What’s in it:
- Bacon Bloody: Bakon vodka, Chichicapa Mezcal, lime
- Bloody Caesar: Absolut Peppar vodka, Clamato, Society seasoning
- Ragin’ Cajun Mary: Absolut Peppar vodka, bayou seasoning, spiced tiger shrimp
- Dirty Mary: Absolut vodka, olive juice, blue cheese stuffed olive
- Society Classic Bloody: Absolut vodka, Society seasoning, lime, olive
It’s how much: $16
Upscale is in season at, well, all of Wynn and Encore. They make us pretty and special, even when we’re coming off a bender. At Society Café, you can throw on something casually befitting and try a variety of drinks from the “Bloody Society” section of the breakfast menu. Overlooking the name’s obvious allusions to the Decemberist revolt of 1825 (our editor is once again telling us our references to 19th century Russian history are too obscure; we care not), the “Bloody Society” section includes classics and new creations that make this the type of society that isn’t afraid to indulge. They even have a Bloody Mary cart that brings the Marys to you, so you can feel cooler than Nicholas I assuming the throne.
Tableau at Wynn
What’s in it: Absolut Peppar vodka, house-made Bloody Mary mix, wasabi powder
It’s how much: $16
Wasabi. Wasabiiii. We like wasabi. And when you add it to a Bloody Mary, aside from just being a genius and our new BFFFE, you create a taste experience that’s spicy, sultry and full of attitude. Tableau is one of Wynn’s finest fine dining restaurants, and the food alone is worth the trip. When you order the wasabi Bloody Mary, you’re getting something that will make at least a little bit of your vacation memorable. Even if you don’t like Bloody Marys that much, but have still read this entire post about Bloody Marys, give this one a shot. It’s a tasty way to have a high-end brunch while still feeling like a bit of a bad-ass for ordering wasabi in your Bloody Mary. If there’s anyone there who happens to be long-dead Russian royalty, use the boost of confidence you get from this cocktail to tell them off—it’s what Bloody Mary herself would want.
While we accept that many things about this post make absolutely no sense, the Bloody Mary choices are pretty solid. That said, we couldn’t hope to have every delicious Bloody Mary in this town represented. So, to provide some more options without really ranking anyone, we want to give a bloody shout out to: Burger Bar, Culinary Dropout, Hash House a Go Go, The Henry, Todd English P.U.B. and Veranda for all having outstanding Bloody Marys. Keep up the good work.
You can find more lists of your favorite drinks on our guide page.