The Bloody Caesar is a hangover cure that was invented in Calgary, after a hotel manager was asked to create a drink for a new Italian restaurant, and apparently thought to himself "There's not nearly enough seafood in booze these days." Since that creative day in 1969, Canadians have been knocking back an estimated 350 million Caesars every year -- and some of the finest are served at these 10 venerable institutions.
The 10 Best Bloody Caesar Joints in Montreal
What you're getting: Kyo Cesar
Kyo is known for its exceptional sushi and Japanese donuts with yuzu sauce. But in between sushi and donuts comes a cocktail, and Kyo’s Asian take on the Bloody Caesar is the perfect in-between-dinner-course drink. Made with vodka, kimchi, wasabi, and shochu, it's the perfect precursor to a donut...
What you're getting: Champagnerie’s Bloody Caesar/Le Bloody Craby
Winner of the 2014 Best Bloody Caesar in Town from Mott’s Clamato, La Champagnerie’s Bloody Cesar is one to beat. It's made with celery salt, vodka, lemon, chipotle Tabasco, and bitter Sriracha and is accompanied with a juicy tiger shrimp and an oyster, while its Bloody Craby is made with Walter Caesar mix, orange Grey Goose, bitters made of habaneros, and cranberries. Not sold yet? It comes with soft-shell crab tempura.
What you're getting: Brazil Caesar
Along with beautifully plated dishes and cappuccino artwork, Les Enfants Terribles has a Brazilian Bloody Caesar that should be on everyone’s list/in everyone's bellies. It is made of fresh chilies, a homemade Caesar mix, steak spices, Cachaça -- a Brazilian spirit made of sugarcane -- and garnished with a jumbo shrimp.
What you're getting: Garde Manger’s Caesar
Garde Manger, owned and operated by celebrity chef Chuck Hughes, has a Bloody Caesar that is thicker and spicier than most. It blends vodka, Montreal steak spice (roasted in-house), celery root puree, horseradish, Tabasco, and Worcestershire sauce. And because Hughes is obsessed with fresh seafood (he has a lobster tattoo), it should come as no surprise that his Bloody comes with a huge crab leg.
What you're getting: Seafood Bloody Caesar
Are you in the mood for raw seafood? Would you like booze with it? Try Lucille’s Seafood Bloody Caesar: it's an appetizer and a cocktail in one! The drink comes with a crab leg, an oyster, a clam, and a jumbo shrimp.
What you're getting: Triad Caesar
Cold? What could keep you warmer than double the quantity of vodka and a full-sized chili pepper? Along with the comically large pepper, it includes horseradish, steak spice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, and is garnished with dill, olives, and a gherkin pickle. Vegetables, as we all know, always taste better with a double shot of vodka.
What you're getting: L’Gros Caesar
Le Gros Luxe’s menu contains seven Bloody Caesars, so picking one is difficult. But you gotta go big or go home, so the winner is L’Gros Caesar. The vodka-based cocktail comes with a full meal on sticks that stand proudly inside your drink. The drink’s garnishes are a grilled cheese, a fried pickle, onion rings, a mini burger, and spring rolls.
The Gay Village
What you're getting: Saloon César/Bloody Pickle Martini
Le Saloon has two tasty Bloody Caesar cocktails: its Saloon César is a fresh and citrusy concoction made with lemon-flavored vodka, fresh basil, balsamic reduction, olives, and cherry tomatoes. If you want to go classy, however, order the Bloody Pickle Martini. Made of gin, Jameson, pickle juice, celery salt, and Worcestershire sauce, this martini takes the working man’s Bloody Caesar up several levels.
What you're getting: Bloody Brutus
Montreal’s all-bacon bar Brutus has a Bloody Caesar. Yes, it has bacon. In fact, it's topped with a bacon rose. What should you pair with it? Try the Brutus PLT: a pretzel sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes, and bacon, or go for Brutus' Jäger Poutine.
What you're getting: Smokin’ Caesar/Basil Sesame Caesar
We’ve saved the best for last. Le Slang’s Smokin’ Caesar includes a Worcestershire sauce that has been infused with five-times-smoked bacon and olive brine. But its Basil Sesame Caesar blends sesame oil, sweet basil caviar, and sambal. Glorious.
1. Kyo Bar Japonais711 Côte de la Place d’Armes, Montreal
2. La Champagnerie343 Rue Saint-Paul, Montreal
3. Les Enfants Terribles1257 Ave Bernard, Montreal
4. Garde Manger408 rue Saint-Francois-Xavier, Montréal
5. Lucille’s Oyster Dive5626 Ave Monkland, Montreal
6. SuWu3581 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal
7. L'Gros Luxe3807 Saint-André, Montreal
8. Saloon Bistro Bar1333 Ste-Catherine Est, Montreal
9. Brutus1290 Beaubien Est, Montreal
10. Le Slang5669 Monkland Ave, Montreal
This slick Japanese izakaya offers over 25 varieties of sake and wine, an impressive sushi bar, and killer cocktails like the wasabi-infused Kyo Cesar or Sake Colada.
Unsurprisingly, this Old Port drinkery specializes in all things Champagne. However, its eats and non-Champagne cocktails are also worth trying, especially the Bloody Caesar.
With its full bar, seasonal patio, and fine selection of French-inspired comfort food, this place is anything but Terribles. The sidewalk seating is heated as well, so you don't have to worry about your Enfants freezing while you eat.
This dimly-lit, Old Montreal resto's blackboard specials change on the regular and include staples like seafood platters, lobster poutine, and braised short ribs.
Lucille's has been dishing out tasty seafood (especially oysters) since 2009. And if you're in the mood for raw seafood and would like booze with it, try Lucille’s Seafood Bloody Caesar: an appetizer and a cocktail in one. The fishy cocktail comes with a crab leg, an oyster, a clam, and a jumbo shrimp.
Inside SuWu, you'll find comfy antique sofas, pinball machines, and super-awesome drink prices that're all half-price from 5-7p. And if you're hankerin' for some eats, they have a menu loaded with tasty options like their amazing mac n' cheese grilled cheese.
This bistro, coffee shop, and bar offers up high-quality eats at affordable prices, and with multiple branches, it's easy to satisfy your cravings for breakfasts and main courses that are cheap and come in large portions.
Nestled in the heart of the Gay Village this resto and bar serves an array of items, from pasta and pizza to seafood, sammies, and burgers.
Head to the Plateau to visit this drinkery where drinks are made with bacon-infused vodka and will have guys feeling the romance with their garnishes: bacon roses. The awesome and quirky menu does not end with drinks. Everything on the food menu includes bacon, like the bacon caramel donuts and the Brutus salad, which comes in a bowl made of bacon.
This Notre-Dame-de-Grâce drinkery has distinguished itself from the rest of the area bars with an impressive menu and even more jaw-dropping drinks, from a Basil Sesame Caesar to an exceptional Old Fashioned.