There is no "scientific evidence" to support the idea that Bloody Marys are good for a hangover. But like the hopeful brunch-goers we are, we continue to believe in the healing powers of tomato purée, horseradish, and Slim Jims. Since we know you love revitalizing brunch cocktails just as much as we do, we’ve curated a list of Austin’s finest Bloodys for all palates; salty, meaty, topped with crab legs & corndogs... we’ve got you covered.
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Jacoby’s brunch Bloody Mary is one of the newest and best ones we’ve tried. Vodka is added to its Bloody mix (garlic powder, fresh horseradish, Jacoby's homemade hot sauce, Worcestershire, pickling liquid, lemon, lime, black pepper), served in a Mason jar -- Jacoby’s signature drinkware -- and topped with the house-made summer sausage, a skewer of pickled veggies, and a spicy Trechas rim. Head over for brunch on weekends from 10:30am to 2pm.
Beachy and bright, Alcomar has a Bloody that will have you squealing with either delight or terror. The Bloody Cesar is a tangy blend of serrano citrus-infused vodka and house Bloody mix, rimmed with its secret el chile powder and a single raw oyster. Of course, we are of the disposition to say “Cheers!” and down the hatch it goes. During weekend brunch from 11am - 3pm, the Bloody Cesar is only $5.
The make-your-own Bloody Mary bar thing is nothing new, but Swift's Attic makes the cut on the strength of its spread. For around $7, you get a glass of vodka and full access to: two types of Bloody mix, 17-ish types of hot sauce, regular and/or stuffed olives, pickled okra, carrots, banana peppers, celery, lemon & lime wedges, spices, horseradish, green beans, pearl onions, jalapeños, cheese cubes, and, most importantly, bacon, plus some type of cylindrical meat stick. Mmm... meat sticks.
This behemoth is called the Hail Mary. A classic Bloody base is topped with skewer after skewer of (deep breath)... an all-beef hot dog, lil' smokies, hickory-smoked bacon, black cracked pepper & garlic shrimp, onion rings, a whole wheat cheeseburger slider, two chicken nuggets, a deviled egg, crab meat, pickled okra, cherry tomatoes, pepperoni, pepper jack cheese, AND A CINNAMON ROLL! Get it Sundays from noon-3pm and you won't even need dinner.
One of Austin’s most-loved Marys is right in the bustling vortex of South Congress. A tall glass filled to the rim with spicy mix, Tito’s vodka (infused with bell peppers, onions, celery, lemons, limes, garlic, and jalapeños), and served with celery, olives, and a pickled banana pepper, this version is better suited for those who like a "little hair on their chest."
Houston-based Liberty Kitchen has a comfort-food-meets-seafood brunch menu, with a Bloody Mary that belongs with Austin’s best. The 20oz drink features house-made Bloody Mary mix, Dripping Springs vodka, a fried oyster, fried okra, and pickled veggies. Want to get crazy? Add a crab leg! They don’t call it the Ultimate Bloody Mary for nothing.
The Bloody offered by super-chill, couch-filled Rio Rita is one of the city's most popular, and for good reason. You can choose from regular, jalapeño, or habanero-infused vodka -- but be careful, the latter is only for the very brave. The Bloody mix is the perfect balance of tomato-y, salty, and citrus-y. You won't get bacon or cheese on this one, but the crunchy celery, pickled okra, olives, and pile of banana peppers round out the flavors perfectly.
A blend of the house Bloody mix, your choice of vodka or gin, and a couple of VOX’s signature touches make this Bloody Mary one you will crave every weekend. Each one is topped with celery foam and a small pipette full of hot sauce, so you can customize the fire factor. And, because this is Austin, it comes with a cold glass of Lone Star on the side.
OK... ready for this? W Austin has taken Dickel Rye Whisky and added brisket fat that is smoked in-house at TRACE. As if that wasn't enough, it's topped with house-made pickles and a Pearl Snap floater. It's available Saturday and Sunday for brunch at TRACE and in the Living Room bars, both located in the W Austin. Go ahead and add the Brisket Bloody Mary to your Bloody Mary bucket list. You're welcome.
Frank's popular Bloody Mary, the Red Headed Stranger, is comprised of bacon-infused Tito's vodka, a house-made Bloody mix (containing 20-something-ish ingredients), a rim of "Frank salt," and then garnished with black pepper bacon, a jalapeño-stuffed olive, a pepperoncini pepper, and a little chunk of cheddar cheese! If only all redheads were this agreeable.
Head over to Casino this weekend and pay a visit to the barman known simply as "Frap." Here's how it'll go: a short consultation with Frap will determine what level of spiciness you can handle (be brave, go with an eight!). Then you will watch, and slowly mouth "ohmygod," while he skewers a taquito, rosemary focaccia grilled cheese, a meatball, sausage, a corn dog, a slider, and then sticks in lots of bacon, celery, olives, cucumber, lemon, various pickled items, and garnishes the drink with sprigs of cilantro. Pro tip: it opens at 11am, so get there early to make sure you get maximum toppings. They pile it up until they run out.
Freedmen's has taken its already amazing Bloody Mary and created the Holy Mary, a full liter of: Forty Creek Barrel Select Whisky, smoked cherry tomato Bloody mix, house-made two-day BBQ sauce, lime juice, and Fire and Damnation bitters, and topped it with, wait for it... a half-pound of brisket, sausage, and spare ribs! The "Texas Trinity" smoked meat topper is affectionately referred to as a "halo." Get it during brunch on Sundays, and consider yourself saved.
1. Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile3235 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin
2. Alcomar1816 S 1st St, Austin
3. Swift's Attic315 Congress Ave, Austin
4. Star Bar600 W 6th St, Austin
5. South Congress Cafe1600 S Congress Ave, Austin
6. Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar507 Pressler St, Austin
7. Rio Rita1308 E 6th St, Austin
8. VOX Table1100 South Lamar Blvd, 2140, Austin
9. The W Hotel200 Lavaca St, Austin
10. Frank407 Colorado St, Austin
11. Casino El Camino517 E 6th St, Austin
12. Freedmen's2402 San Gabriel St, Austin
Boasting a number of Southern-inspired menu items -- such as shrimp and grits, family-style braised greens, and pork confit fritters -- Jacoby's Mercantile is the perfect spot for al fresco with friends, offering a view of the Colorado River most people have never seen. Must-try items include the Muskoka Smash (Bulleit Rye, blackberry, basil, & lemon), and for "supper" a Bone-In Ribeye with a side of Mac-n-Cheese (made with sour cream and Roggenbier).
From the same restaurant group as El Chile and El Alma, Alcomar specializes in what's been dubbed a "Latin-inspired seafood concept." Set in a beachy and bright open space, it serves up ceviche, Gulf oysters, and fusion concepts like lobster enchiladas and octopus tostadas. Expect a variety of margaritas, served by the glass or pitcher, and a notable Bloody Mary served a single oyster.
Located the second floor of the historic (and now defunct grocery store) Swift's Premium Food Co. building on Congress Avenue, the appropriately named Swift's Attic serves up eclectic small plates and creative cocktails for hipstered out Austinites. Among a brunch Bloody Mar bar and generous daily happy hour deals, Swift's offers sophisticated meats, seafood, snacks, and cocktails. Must trys are Korean BBQ flank steak, squid "fries," and the Pop Rocks charred edamame.
Boasting an on-site food truck, Star Bar will keep you plied with BBQ and tacos while you sip away on beer from one of the 11 rotating taps. In addition, guests can also enjoy popular cocktails like Star's refreshing Emma Dalton (made with Hendrick's Gin, St. Germain, lemon, and Topo Chico). Two patios, eight televisions, and a famous, behemoth Bloody Mary -- topped with skewer after skewer of meats, eggs, chicken, and cheese -- make Stars a one stop shop for all of your needs.
The South Congress Cafe has you covered, offering everything from venison meatloaf to duck sopes to crab cake Benedict. Show up whenever you want for its daily brunch and enjoy a drink while you wait. We recommend the Bloody Mary, which happens to be one of Austin's most beloved: tall glass filled to the rim with spicy mix, Tito’s vodka (infused with bell peppers, onions, celery, lemons, limes, garlic, and jalapeños), and served with celery, olives, and a pickled banana pepper.
Houston-based Liberty Kitchen has a comfort-food-meets-seafood brunch menu, with a Bloody Mary that belongs with Austin’s best. The 20oz drink features house-made Bloody Mary mix, Dripping Springs vodka, a fried oyster, fried okra, and pickled veggies. Food offerings include a menu chock-full of treats such as oysters (fresh roasted or fried), Shanghai fried lobster, as well as an extensive selection of burgers, sandwiches, tacos, and pasta. Be sure to try the Thrashed at Maverick's burger, mad with mustard-sizzled onion-jalapeño-pickle, bacon jam, Stubb’s-RO hickory sauce, and pimento cheese.
Coffee joint by day and cocktail lounge/dive by night, Rio Rita is a cozy couch-filled respite on East Sixth that's great for grabbing a drink and a snack at any time. Try its jalapeño-infused margarita, made with 100% agave tequila, Paula’s Texas Orange liqueur, fresh lime juice, and agave nectar -- its spicy kick will wake you up. Bar bites include pizza (from East Side Pies), and homemade salsa and hummus with chips.
Vox Table is known around Austin for their killer New-American style small plates and lively craft cocktail bar, but this South Lamar restaurant serves up a serious brunch on the weekends. The must try of the menu is Olive Oil Pancakes with fig/walnut butter and maple syrup. If brunch isn't your thing, stop by and try dinner menu, featuring a wide variety of meat and fish entrees, or happy hour specials.
Just a few blocks from the mansion where another famous W rested his head as governor, the W's Austin branch has helped define the downtown 2nd St District, serving as a magnet for more youthful out-of-towners. Their WET Bar offers poolside sips and its Living Room Bar and TRACE has a menu that is updated frequently with new cocktails.
Although Frank is known for its creative hot dogs and sausage sandwiches made with nontraditional meats like antelope, venison, and kangaroo, it also boasts an extensive selection of fries, including chili cheese and Reuben waffle fries. Its cold beer menu includes gluten-free ales, rare craft beers, and ciders.
The bar known for its punk rock attitude is also known for its Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives-approved burger. Try the famous Amarillo Burger, three-quarters of a pound of Angus Beef, with Serrano chiles, jalapeño jack cheese, and cilantro mayo. Also stop by for one of its monster Bloody Marys. Choose a spice level (1-10) and watch as they pile on the taquitos, meatballs, sausages, bacon, celery, olives, cucumber, lemon, various pickled items, and cilantro garnishes.
This is not your average barbecue joint. Freedman's has a patio and outdoor beer garden that offers a variety of brews on tap as well as a retro soda shop-inspired cocktail list. If you're not a fan of the throwbacks, the $3 tacos, tamales and whiskey of the month happy hour should entice you. Check out this vintage-y, saloon style spot near UT for rollicking night out on the town.