Who’s craving a Bloody Mary? Do you like yours extra spicy? With tons of accoutrement attached? Do you want to make your own Bloody Mary or turn over the honors to the professionals behind the bar? There are so many intangibles to the perfect combination of tomato juice, hot sauce, celery salt, Worcestershire and booze. We’ve read the reviews from professional critics and amateur bar flies alike to find the bars that have perfected the art of the Bloody Mary. Don’t see your favorite on the list? Email us at [email protected] and tell us.
Blue Front, Lake Worth
1132 N Dixie Hwy
Lake Worth, FL 33460
You wouldn’t think that a BBQ joint would have a respectable cocktail menu, but Blue Front does. Despite the temptation of the Jamaican Crawler and Sky Juice (gin and cream of coconut), the Blue Front Bloody Mary is the winner with vodka, homemade mixer, celery, blue-cheese stuffed olives and a St. Louis rib right on top.
Cork Soakers Deck and Wine Bar, Cape Coral
837 SE 47th Terrace
Cape Coral, FL 33904
You might not need a main entree if you order the “Bitch Slap Bloody Mary” at Cork Soakers. Available only on Sundays, it includes shrimp, jalapeno, bacon, asparagus, celery, salami and more. We’ll let you know once we reach the bottom of the glass. And if tomato juice isn’t your preferred mixer, try their “Hobo Tea,” a combination of sweet tea vodka, citrus vodka, fresh lemon juice and Sprite.
Lighthouse Cafe, Sanibel
362 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL 33957
No vodka here! Instead the Lighthouse Bloody Mary is powered by sake and served in a chilled mug with a celery garnish.
Rebel House, Boca Raton
297 E Palmetto Park Rd
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Where to start? Well, maybe with the mini-corned duck Reuben or the mushroom-asparagus and gouda spring rolls. Not adventurous enough? Okay, then try the seared foie gras French toast au poivre. Just remember to rinse it all down with the Dirty South Bloody Mary, topped with house-cured meats, pimiento cheese, peppers and, well, we can only imagine.
The Brick, Jacksonville
3585 St Johns Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32205
Best consumed the day after the annual Florida-George game in Jacksonville (preferably after a Gator victory), The Bloody Marys at The Brick include a spicy habanero edition and this one with a bacon garnish.
The Ruby Slipper Cafe, Pensacola
509 S Palafox St
Pensacola, FL 32502
It takes discipline when ordering anything at the Ruby Slipper. Craving an eggs benedict? They have six varieties to choose from. Of course, maybe you had your heart (and stomach) set on the BBQ shrimp in grits? Make up your mind and then proceed to the Bloody Mary menu, which includes one version made with tequila and another that uses bacon-infused vodka.
The Wicked Wheel Bar & Grill, Panama City Beach
10025 Hutchison Blvd
Panama City Beach, FL 32408
The menu at the Wicked Wheel is racing-infused and southern-fried all the way. How else do you explain the presence of “Gasoline Tea” on the drink menu? (It’s 100 proof moonshine, rum, gin, tequila, triple sec, sweet and sour with a splash of Coke.) But you came here for a Bloody Mary, so start your engines and get ready for three ounces of Tito’s Vodka mixed with Whiskey Willy’s Bloody Mary mix served in a souvenir glass and garnished with greens. Best consumed while sitting on one of the motorcycle bar seats.
Dexter’s, Winter Park
558 W New England Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789
Nobody quite enjoys their restaurants and cocktails like the Winter Park crowd, and Dexter’s has long been one of their faves. Dexter’s Ultimate Bloody Mary offers up Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix, a bacon salt rim and a skewer of shrimp, blue cheese olive, pepperoncini and a sliced cucumber. (Regulars will whisper to ask for yours made with gin instead of vodka. Nod and comply.)
Blue Macaw Island Eats & Bar, Key West
804 Whitehead St
Key West, FL 33040
Is there a town in Florida that knows bars better than Key West? So naturally we find one of the best Bloody Mary bars here at the Blue Macaw Island Eats & Bar. Those “Party Patch” hangover cures sound pretty enticing as well.
The Broken Shaker
2727 Indian Creek Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33140
The Bloody Mary – called the “Out for Blood” at this bar inside the Miami Freehand Hotel – is only on the seasonal menu. Why? (Maybe because their shaker is broken?) Anyway, that’s just Miami for you. But ask for it anyway. The green cocktail gets its color from fresh-pressed cucumbers and green chilis. House-pickled veggies and a stuffed olive make it complete.