Food & Drink

Habanero vodka and beef sticks: these are MSP's best Bloody Marys

Published On 02/03/2014 Published On 02/03/2014

In honor of football, drinking, America, and YOU, we proclaim the Monday after the Super Bowl shall henceforth be known as National Hangover Day. It’s a day for hangovers to be celebrated, embraced, and combated in the most enjoyable of ways -- namely, eating delicious food, and possibly drinking more. The ultimate goal? Getting the entire country a day off work, a beautiful dream you can help make happen by signing this petition to our sports-loving President right here and tweeting it.

The immediate goal, though? Fixing that hangover, which is why we've got MSP's best Bloody Marys, right here...

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The Triple Rock Social Club
West Bank
If you're a music lover, chances are this is the place you got your hangover, so make a repeat appearance and grab one of their super-stiff Bloody Marys the next morning, but be warned: if you want a drink filled with pickles and olives and meats and cheeses head elsewhere -- these suckers are a lot like the rest of the bar: no frills.

Republic

Republic
West Bank
If you don't like Republic's Bloodies, you have no one to blame but yourself: take a glass of vodka over to their decked-out Bloody bar and see if you can discover the perfect combination of meats, cheeses, garnishes, sauces, spices, and mix to help you overcome last night's bad decisions.

Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen
Downtown
Served with a sidecar, beef stick, and tasty dill pickle, the "Bloody Hell" tastes like it ought to be a sin. Oh, and even better, the servers wear their pajamas to work, so you won't look out of place when you crawl out of bed.

Ike's
Minnetonka
Known simply as the "Weekender", Ike's' decked-out Bloody can be a day-ender if you're not careful, and it rocks a skewer that just keeps on going... from cheese cube, to Summer sausage, to olives, to pickles… OMG, more cheese?!

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Legends Bar and Grill
Northeast
No need to order anything else when you get Legends' "Big Bloody", aka the meal in a mug. Celery, olives, pickles? That green stuff is weak, which is why Legends'... um, legendary cocktail sports a beef stick and a shton of shrimp. 

Red Stag Supperclub

Red Stag Supper Club
Northeast
After a particularly wild night out, it might do you some good to say a few Hail Marys, and drink a few of the Red Stag's "Hail Marys", which feature jalapeño-infused vodka that'll put you right back where you were last night, and this morning: on your knees.

Carl Brenden

Bryant Lake Bowl
Uptown
They've been making this habanero-infused number for close to 20yrs, and that whole time it's been both forcing bowlers' shots into the gutter, and helping you get over spending part of the night in one.

Muddy Waters Bar and Eatery
Uptown 
Basil-infused vodka make MW's Bloody Mary a far more refreshing option than the usual spicy numbers, and even better, it's available with -- instead of a sidecar -- a whole sidevan, aka a pint of Surly Furious alongside your already awesome 'tail.

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1. Bryant Lake Bowl 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

The rare combination of bowling alley, restaurant, and cabaret theater, BLB got shows almost every day, from comedy to burlesque.

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2. Triple Rock Social Club 629 Cedar Ave , Minneapolis, MN 55454 (West Bank)

This bar and music venue is often blessed with brews curated by Artisanal Imports, and rocked by tunes from local favorites such as The Dead Pigeons, Crankshaft, and L’Assassins.

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3. Republic 221 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454 (Downtown)

With more than 30 reasonably priced brews on draught, 30-foot oak bar, and gastropub-quality food, Republic will find its way into your heart quicker than its gastropub-quality food.

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4. Hell's Kitchen 80 S 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402 (Downtown)

In the heart of downtown Minneapolis, appropriately located in a beautiful underground space, you’ll discover a chef-owned restaurant known for its damn good food: unique but not fancy, interesting but not fussy. Open for for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks 7 days a week, the restaurant/bar also offers free live music most evenings and during weekend brunch, plus late night “rock-the-house” shows Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays til 2am.

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5. Ike's Minnetonka 17805 Highway 7, Minnetonka, MN

Like every friend who got married and moved out of the city for better school districts, larger lot sizes, and proximity to the lake, Ike's has set up shop in Minnetonka. Unlike with every friend who's moved, though, you'll actually want to visit Ike's, who're bolstering their white-jacketed waiters and neo-Bogart aesthetic with a fireplace'd patio and expanded menu.

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6. Legends Bar & Grill 825 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Northeast)

This boozer serves up classic American eats like burgers and sandwiches and will gladly host your party at their tap-outfitted bar.

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7. Red Stag Supperclub 509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Red Stag's got organic, Northwoods-inspired eats, classic cocktails, and live music nightly.

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8. Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery 2933 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

Moving on up after a recent rent-jacking, the storied Uptown coffeehouse has transformed a storage building down the street into an indoor/outdoor, loft-like wonderland with mismatched vintage décor and exposed concrete fronting a full kitchen and bar, all in an effort to create the feel that "an amazing party happened there 80yrs ago", meaning it's probably now safe to show up without looking like you had nothing to do beforehand.

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