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LA’s 12 Best Bloody Marys

Published On 07/17/2015 Published On 07/17/2015
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You say “tomato,” and I say, “should be turned into juice and combined with booze and Tabasco and a stalk of celery, especially by one of these 12 places, which are doing the best Bloody Marys in LA.”

The Drunken Tomato

Bacon Bloody Mary

Saddle Peak Lodge (address and info)
Calabasas
So you're in the West Valley and have a thing for taxidermy and great Bloody Marys, huh? Well, Saddle Peak Lodge and its bacon Bloody Mary should have you covered. The Mary features a bacon-infused house-made mix with slightly smoky, slightly sweet flavors, all topped off with a maple-glazed strip of more bacon. Because, duh.

The Drunken Tomato

Build-your-own Bloody

Attic on Broadway (address and info)
Long Beach
It might seem a little weird to have a build-your-own Bloody Mary on a list of the best Bloody Marys in LA (no offense to you), but it’ll feel less weird when you find out that you 1) get to pick your spirit here, and 2) choose from a variety of impressive Attic garnishes, like a pulled pork slider (wut) and Slim Jim-stuffed olives (WUT).

The Drunken Tomato

Bloody Mary pitcher

Congregation Ale House (address and info)
Multiple locations
Because let's be honest, you're in this Bloody Mary thing for the hair of the dog, and Congregation Ale House has got pitchers, and that is many hairs, and many dogs. The light, cilantro-centric formula comes at $7.50 per... PITCHER.

Catch and Release

Kale Mary

Catch and Release (address and info
Marina Del Rey
This new seafood shack in the Marina may have just started its brunch service, but its already got four vastly different Bloody Marys on offer. Check out the groundbreaking green version, adeptly named the Kale Mary. It’s made with roasted green tomatoes, tequila, kale/celery juice, and jalapeño. And even if you just totes came over to juice after your workout at the Equinox next door, this has kale in it, so it counts, right? Right.
 

Bloody Mary

Eveleigh (address and info)
Hollywood
This Sunset spot with a great patio only does its Bloody on weekends, but it's worth dealing with parking for: the red monster's garnished with a Chartreuse-pickled egg and okra, bringing its deliciousness level to nine. Sub in gin for vodka, and you'll be at a solid 10.

The Drunken Tomato

Bloody Mary

Sunny Spot (address and info)
Venice
It's not enough that one of the best Bloody Marys in town can be found alongside Roy Choi's culinary ode to Hawaii. For a mere $15 with entree, you can make that thing (and all the other brunch cocktails) bottomless, too. The seasonally complex, salty rim makes it over-the-top and will have you licking your lips for more, which you’ll get, because, again: bottomless!

The Drunken Tomato

Maryland Mary

Hungry Cat (address and info)
Santa Monica/Hollywood
Fresh tomato juice made of a secret blend of roasted and raw tomatoes is just the start of this simple and awesome Bloody Mary, a vodka version which holds up to the fresh seafood fare offered at both locations. The Maryland spice blend makes for a perfect rim that's expressly Hungry Cat; go ahead, take home a jar for yourself.
 

Bloody Mary

Normandie Club (address and info)
Koreatown
Because sometimes you just want a Bloody Mary at night, the classy Normandie Club's clarified version has all the flavor and none of the pulp, resulting in an extremely upscale version. Pinkies up, guys. Pinkies up.

Big Bar

Bloody Mary

Big Bar/Alcove Cafe (address and info)
Los Feliz
Two things to know about the Los Feliz favorite’s Bloody: 1) it uses a secret mix that blends eight ingredients (including fresh tomatoes -- duh -- and celery bitters), and 2) it's available all hours at both The Alcove and the adjacent Big Bar. When enjoyed on the outdoor patio with an entree of your choice, you basically win the citywide game of brunch.

Cadet

Bloody Ceasar

Cadet (address and info
Santa Monica
When you use clam juice instead of tomato juice, you've got a Bloody Caesar -- but that's not the only way Cadet's version bucks tradition: it also uses amontillado sherry, chili vinaigrette, white soy, and fish sauce for a savory-spicy flavor-bomb of a cocktail. The result is deliciously funky with just a hint of spice.
 

Mezcal Mary

Scopa Italian Roots (address and info)
Venice
This Italian spot takes your Bloody Mary to the next, more Mexican-y level with mezcal, which results in a version that is savory, balanced, and pairs perfectly with all of the killer brunch items.

The Drunken Tomato

The Bloody Royale

Franklin & Company (address and info)
Franklin Village
Yes, you can pick your vodka at this Franklin Village gastropub, but you can also way more importantly choose your garnishes too, with options including a celery stalk, green olive, a pickle spear, bacon-wrapped avocado, pickled tomatillo, a fried onion ring, pepper Jack cheese, roasted Brussels sprouts, and even an English burger slider, which itself comes with a Dijon duck-fat aioli. Yet, somehow, this is still on the drink menu?

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1. Saddle Peak Lodge 419 Cold Canyon Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302 (Malibu)

The extensive wine list at this two-story stone lodge is completely California-made, all the time. So grab a bottle, or one of their famous Bloody Marys at brunch time. For eats, opt for the hand-chopped Angus beef tartare for a Summer dinner outside, or have a dish like Chilean sea bass done with a miso-sake glaze in spiced duck broth inside by the fireplace.

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2. The Attic 3441 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803 (Long Beach)

If you're at this eatery for breakfast -- which you should be -- and in the mood for eggs, The Blue Bayou with blue crab, jack cheese, scallions and served with potatoes is the way to go. The former craftsman house dots the menu with New Orleans, Southern Creole foods to complement the full bar and customizable Bloody Mary.

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3. Congregation Ale House 201 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802 (Long Beach)

The Congregational Ale House is a monastic-themed bars turned brewery with outposts in Long Beach, Azusa and Pasadena. CAH sought to bring a community and the spirit of Old World beers to LA. The chapters serve weekly drink and meal specials, including Serves food and weekly specials, including a la carte and combo options. With a diverse tap list, Congregation’s pourin’ for the masses.

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4. Catch & Release 13488 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 (Marina Del Rey)

This restaurant is "ocean-to-table" and makes you feel like you're in a particularly chic sailor shack. Try the bacon-abetted cod chowder and roasted scallops w/ charred spring onions.

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5. Eveleigh 8752 W Sunset, Hollywood, CA 90028

This rustic space has a reclaimed, wood-laden indoor/outdoor dining room with a communal table and sofa-like seating. Their outdoor patio is the real draw, where you'll feel as though you've entered a gorgeous garden party, surrounded by homegrown herbs and vegetables. From land (lamb meatballs) to sea (wild Pacific yellowtail), every dish on Eveleigh's delectable menu is market-fresh and crafted with care.

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6. Sunny Spot 822 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

On the border of Venice and Marina del Rey, Sunny Spot is a stylish Caribbean-influenced restaurant whose casual menu is heavy on comfort food. The offerings include waffle fry poutine, a double cheeseburger, and chimichurri skirt steak. Though dinner is a given, Sunny Spot has a stellar brunch scene with a savory-leaning plates and bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys, and rum punch.

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7. The Normandie Club 605 S Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005, Los Angeles, CA 90005

This stylish cocktail lounge in the Normandie Hotel serves a very select lineup of handcrafted drinks in a moody, modern setting.

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8. Hungry Cat 1555 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

This slick, beachy seafoodery serves up raw bites like oysters, along with cooked fishes, burgers, and artfully mixed 'tails. Whether for lunch, brunch, or dinner, The Hungry Cat has been the go-to for inventive, LA-style seafood dishes for over a decade. Do it up by starting with a 1-, 2-, or 3-tier seafood platter, and pair your meal with one of the market-fresh cocktails that complement basically everything on the menu.

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9. Big Bar 1927 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Los Feliz)

Big Bar's actually, well, a tiny little bar attached to the massive outdoor patio at the Alcove Cafe. It has a European feel thanks to a room-length, extra-wide marble bar, antique-looking oak cabinets, and custom-made, metal chandeliers.

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10. Cadet 2518 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Santa Monica)

Cadet brings a wood-fire grill concept to Wilshire and has a dark, date-friendly interior, and a long, date-friendly craft cocktail list.

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11. Scopa Italian Roots 2905 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90292 (Venice)

This Venice Beach Italian serves up a menu of inventive shareable plates that practically begs you to order one of everything. Start with some hot and cold antipasti before carbo-loading on pasta dishes like rabbit tagliatelle and vodka rigatoni. The space has a cool industrial aesthetic with exposed brick, giant mirrors, and warehouse ceilings.

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12. Franklin & Company 5923 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (Hollywood)

This casual neighborhood resto dishes out elevated American cuisine, including tasty bar bites/apps like bleu cheese tater tots, Scotch eggs, ahi tuna tacos, and fried oysters Rockefeller. And if you want a terrifically spicy Bloody Mary, look no further.

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