Food & Drink

Atlanta's 11 best Bloody Marys

Published On 09/03/2014 Published On 09/03/2014
Sebastian Davis

Given that you can get chicken and waffles (emphasis on the waffles) pretty much anytime around here, Bloody Marys are basically the only reason anyone goes to brunch in Atlanta, but you can't let just anybody with a bottle of vodka and some tomato juice make you one. No, you need one of the 11 best Bloody Marys in the ATL...

Holeman and Finch Public House

Holeman and Finch

Made with with gin (and love), this is the perfect complement for the H&F burger, mostly because of the sauce: hand-milled tomatoes, fresh lime juice, cayenne, horseradish, Worcestershire, cream sherry, salt, black pepper, and celery seeds are just a few of their “secret” ingredients. Your secret is that you’re totally already on your second one.

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The Nook

All you Bloody size queens will be satisfied by The Nook’s 32oz Bloody Best. It starts with 6oz of Absolut Peppar and their custom Bloody Mary mix, and then there're the toppings: steak, tots, pepperoncinis, jalapeños, a hard-boiled egg, lemon, lime, and a slice of toast top it off. Pro tip: hold off on eating the beef straw until the end.

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Dakota Blue

Grant Park
Lots of Bloody Marys come with a mix of vodka and tomato, plus things like Worcestershire sauce, bacon, olives, onions, etc., but how many are hopped up with your favorite IPA? Hint: at least one.

The Porter

The Porter Beer Bar

Little Five Points
Little Five Points’ best beer bar is giving you a pepper vodka-based quart of good times, and since they do everything so right at The Porter, their blend of tomatoes and spices hits all the right notes, and might just make you forget about their 800 beers. Or, like, an entire day if you're not careful.

Elbow Room

Elbow Room Bar

The Hail Mary is an impressive stack of a stromboli slice, bacon, a meatball, capicola, pepperoni, and every cocktail veggie you can imagine. It's the reason Elbow Room is so popular with industry types who know what a real meal-drink is.

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So Ba

East Atlanta Village
Their Hangover Helper includes a medium bowl of pho and a Bloody Mary for just $12 on Saturdays or Sundays. Or, knowing you, Saturdays AND Sundays.



This is quite possibly the craftiest Mary in Atlanta. San Marzano tomatoes are blended with fresh tomato juice to give you a rich and salty drinking experience. They even bottle the stuff so you can make the magic at home. 



Consistently topping the list of Atlanta’s best, Executive Chef Brian Traudt may not give you the exact recipe, but we know it comes with bacon, pickled okra, and a savory house mix that goes great with a heaping pile of fried avocados.

Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House

Six Feet Under

The Fish House Bloody Mary starts with Absolut Peppar & Zing Zang’s Bloody Mary Mix. Things go into overdrive with a peppered cayenne rim of salt, all the veggies, and a shot of stout. Oh, and there’s a raw oyster to top it all off.

Jack's Pizza & Wings

Jack’s Pizza and Wings

Old Fourth Ward
Jack’s Bloody Sundays are a weekly holiday where your present is always booze, and you’re never disappointed. You can go cheap and basic for just four bucks, get it made with their marinara or wing sauce, or get “fancy” with nice vodka and fixins. Whatever you choose, you’ll have the perfect beverage to dip your food into.

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You get to be the bartender, blending your own mix of Babs’ proprietary Mary mix with draft sake. At 14% ABV -- and served chilled -- this is the level of sake that you are robbed of at the average, cheap sushi place. Find your perfect mix and the house mascot will happily watch you consume it.

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1. Holeman & Finch Public House 2277 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Buckhead)

Let's be honest: you're coming to this contemporary gastropub for the famous Holeman & Finch cheeseburger, which, you should know, is now permanently on the menu, day and night (it used to be a secret of which only the lucky few knew, exclusively served when the clock struck 10pm). One of the best in the country, it's a double patty on a house-made bun with melty cheese, pickles, onions, and a side of fries. They have other quality dishes like shrimp & grits and lamb sweetbreads, but seriously, order the burger.

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2. The Nook 1144 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

A neighborhood tavern with tasty bar eats that're actually affordable -- they've got a whole 10-10 menu stocked with 10 items for $10 or less. We're pretty sure Charlie Sheen would call that winning.

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3. Dakota Blue 454 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Grant Park)

This Grant Park joint is known for their breakfast/brunch and Tex-Mex cuisine. But we think you definitely need to try one of their Bloody Marys that come with things like Worcestershire sauce, bacon, olives, onions, plus your favorite IPA.

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4. The Porter Beer Bar 1156 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Little 5 Points)

Grab a casual dinner & brew at The Porter Beer Bar in L5P, outfitted with comfy wooden booths and exposed bricks.

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5. Elbow Room Bar 248 Pharr Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

This Buckhead joint serves up classic American fare in a relaxed setting. We suggest trying their Hail Mary if you're in the mood for a great Bloody.

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6. So Ba East Atlanta Village 560 Gresham Ave, Atlanta, GA 30316

This Vietnamese resto has some great eats, including the Pho King Challenge, which isn't for the faint of heart. This monstrosity is the equivalent of three pho bowls all in one.

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7. Rosebud 1397 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Morningside)

Enjoy American fare with a Southern twist at this neighborhood resto serving brunch (Saturday & Sunday, plus Monday nights!), breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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8. There 305 Brookhaven Ave NE #1200, Brookhaven, GA 30319

Consistently topping the list of Atlanta’s best, Executive Chef Brian Traudt knows how to create killer dishes and cocktails. Try the Bloody Mary with bacon, pickled okra, and a savory house mix that goes great with a heaping pile of fried avocados. The space is dressed up with shark-fin blue walls (it's a real color), an original painting by Herbert Creecy (a Jackson Pollock student), and a J-shaped bar made from recycled hardwood floors.

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9. Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House, Westside 685 11th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Home Park)

The Westside outpost of Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House is home to exactly what it boasts in its name: beer and seafood. The Southern-inflected menu features a bivalve heavy raw bar, a variety of seafood soups -- like fish stew, chowder, and gumbo -- seafood-centric sandwiches and platters, as well as cornmeal-crusted, deep-fried shrimp, catfish, or oyster baskets, all served with chips, jalapeño tartar sauce, and jalapeño hush puppies. Enjoy the bounty of the sea with any of two dozen rotating draft beers, and take in the unparalleled views of Atlanta’s skyline from the outdoor rooftop bar.

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10. Jack's Pizza & Wings 676 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Old 4th Ward)

The folks at Jack's fashion the place as a dive bar and they aren't wrong. But with some of the cheapest beer and tastiest pizza and wings around the Old Fourth Ward, labels don't matter much in this joint.

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11. Babs 814 Juniper St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Midtown)

This is a great place to hang with friends and relax. Be sure to try this Midtown joint's Bloody Mary (that you can mix with sake!)