Food & Drink

Candied bacon & BBQ sauce: Portland's 8 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 Portland's best Bloody Marys, right here...

Olympic Provisions

Olympic ProvisionsNorthwest
Once they figured out that adding cured meat to a Bloody Mary is the best idea since, like, our crawl of sweet sausage dishes, OP embraced it so completely that they... um, probably should have been included in our crawl of sweet sausage dishes.

Urban Farmer

Best Toppings / Accoutrements
Urban Farmer, Downtown
Not only is this a good place to get the party started, it’s great place for some hair of the dog, thanks to a rotating pickle selection and maple-cured candied bacon, as well as two different types of Mary.

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Screen DoorEast Burnside
It's got a thick tomato base and so much tabasco and Creole spices that, with apologies to the lovely ladies at these fine establishments, it's probably the hottest thing you can find at a bar in Portland.

Podnah's Pit BBQ

Podnah’s Pit
This untraditional Mary is packed with all sorts of made-in-house goodness in the form of meat & veggies cooked over their pit with a healthy dollop of BBQ sauce.

Irving Street Kitchen

Most Refreshing
Irving Street KitchenThe Pearl
This refreshingly citrusy/tangy Bloody is made with entirely housemade and/or organic ingredients, most notably lemon juice and fresh grated horseradish. 

Woodsman Tavern

Barrel Aged-iest
Woodsman TavernDivision
Could also be called the most Portland: it's a solid, salty 'tail with some serious added depth, thanks to its time spent in the barrel.

Flickr User eliduke

Classic / Blue Collar
It’s exactly what you'd think it'd be from a seriously overlooked breakfast spot that's too often passed over in favor of flashier, and presumably more-easy-to-pronounce, spots. 


Overall Best
Its only got 12 tables, and handful of bar seats, but this Swedish spot could easily fill 'em all on the strength of a Bloody Mary that gets its spicy sophistication from a splash of Aquavit.

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1. Urban Farmer 525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204 (Downtown)

An actual sustainably sound restaurant (not just another trend-follower...), Urban Farmer boasts "barrel to bar" drinks, beef-cut options that will make you pound your chest, and sides like Asparagus and Lefse (asparagus and what?), which consists of crème fraîche, confit lemon, and dill. It's located on the 8th floor atrium of the Nines Hotel and is open daily for breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner. There's also a popular weekend brunch complete with a Bloody Mary bar.

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2. Olympic Provisions 1632 NW Thurman, Portland, OR 97209 (Nw Portland)

OP Northwest is setting you up with some fine fowl and more, either for dine-in or take-out. A string of patio lights in an otherwise industrial area alerts you to the location where you can enjoy spit roasted pork shoulder crepinette, eggplant, piquillo peppers and stewed corona beans. They're also known for their next-level charcuterie plates, with high quality meats like proscuitto and chorizo.

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3. Screen Door 2337 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214 (Kerns)

Screen Door knows Southern cookin', modeling their menu off of such spots as South Carolina Lowcountry and Cajun flavors from New Orleans. What's more, their meals are made with local organic produce and meats to ensure you appreciate the food as much as they do.

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4. Podnah's Pit BBQ 1625 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211 (Ne Portland)

Podnah's Pit's a smoked meat temple in Portland with BBQ styles emulating Carolina and Texas. According to locals, there is no finer barbecue fare in Portland than the dishes served up a Podnah's, and we can't help but agree. Their ribs and brisket are as close to perfect as barbecue can be.

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5. Irving Street Kitchen 701 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 (Pearl District)

Irving Street Kitchen's got a classic space with wood-accented bar and serves up a killer Bloody Mary.

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6. The Woodsman Tavern 4537 SE Division, Portland, OR 97201 (Se Portland)

The Woodsman Tavern is a gastropub delivering upmarket takes on American favorites like fried chicken, broiled cod, and New York strip steak, all the while slinging craft beer, vintage bourbon, win, and a handful of house specialty cocktails. The burgers here are unforgettable and some of the best in Portland -- the two stacked patties come straight from Lanet Family Farms and meet raw onions, pickles, and lettuce on a toasted bun.

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7. Sckavone's 4100 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202 (Se Portland)

This family owned Italian resto has become a staple of the PDX brunch scene. Try the house-made entrees ranging from bennies to Florentine or their chicken-fried steaks. You can also enjoy the spicy bloodies and other b-fast 'tails, as well as the cute servers.

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8. Broder Cafe 2508 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202 (Se Portland)

Established in 2007 -- and the older sibling of Border Nord -- Broder is a small, Scandinavian eatery/bakery specializing in breakfast. European eats like pytt i panna (hash), lefse (Norwegian potato crepes, with various filling options), and köttbullar (Swedish meatballs) can be found here. Your move, IKEA.



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