Best Bloody Mary’s In Los Angeles By Neighborhood

August 19, 2015 3:42 PM

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If you’re like some of us, the best reason to get out of bed on the weekends, is brunch. And the best reason to go to brunch is to drink your calories, care of a tall glass of spiked tomato juice and seasonings. On this list, the garnish could be standard or supper, in and of itself. The venues range from divey to luxe, and the prices are all over the map. The one thing you won’t find anywhere is a bottle of Mr. & Mrs. T. So, without further ado, here is your definitive Bloody Mary drinking guide for all over L.A.

Hollywood
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(credit: Melanie Dunea)


Franklin & Company Tavern
5923 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 463-1552
www.franklinandcotavern.com

One can’t go to this American gastropub without picking up on some of the buzz about their famous Bloody Mary. The Bloody Royale ($15) isn’t just a drink. In fact, it’s more like a meal and a sight to behold, featuring (in addition to the standard celery stalk, green olive, pickle spear, pickled tomatillo, bacon wrapped roasted jalapeno), a fried onion ring, pepperjack cheese, roasted brussels sprouts and Franklin & Company’s English burger slider. Check please. Weekend brunch is served from 11am – 3pm.

Beverly Hills
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(credit Sandy C./Yelp)


Four Seasons Beverly Hills
300 S Doheny Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 273-2222
www.fourseasons.com

If your style is high class, the Bloody Mary at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills is probably already on your radar. Their renowned brunch is available every Sunday from 10am to 2pm, and features ten unique food stations, a fresh-squeezed juice bar, a glass of Prosecco, Bellini or Mimosa, and a separate bar dedicated to building customized Bloody Marys. From the vodka to the garnish, you control it all. Don’t let all that power (or alcohol) go to your head. $75 per person.

Brentwood
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(credit: Arianna Armstrong)


Baltaire
11647 San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(424) 273-1660
www.baltaire.com

This relatively recent Brentwood addition just added brunch service — and there was much rejoicing. Baltaire’s is a relatively classic preparation, but every part of the vegetable base is made in-house. They start by broiling carrots, jalapeños, onions, celery and tomato. This is juiced and blended with fresh tomato, Worcestershire, horseradish and their super-secret sauce. The Baltaire Bloody Mary ($15) is then garnished with Maytag blue cheese-stuffed olives, a leaf of basil, celery and a pearl onion. It’s extra enjoyable on their expansive patio. Brunch is 10am – 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Calabasas
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(credit: Men’s Journal)


Saddle Peak Lodge
419 Cold Canyon Rd
Calabasas, CA 91302
(818) 222-3888
www.saddlepeaklodge.com

Saddle Peak Lodge is a mainstay for those seeking an off-the-beaten path meal or exquisitely prepared game meats. It also happens to be an unbeatable spot for weekend brunch and Bloody Marys. From 10:30am – 2pm, guests can enjoy dishes like the Rosemary Roasted Leg of Lamb Sandwich (caramelized onions, mint pesto, goat cheese and arugula) ($16) or Roasted Alaskan Salmon (sautéed mixed greens, ratatouille, fennel, olive, radish, asparagus salad) ($17), paired with a bacon-y Bloody Mary ($12). Saddle Peak blends their bacon-infused vodka with their house-made tomato-bacon base and tops it with a thick strip of maple-glazed bacon. Bring your appetite — and your love of bacon.

Downtown LA
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(credit: TheMinty.com)


La Cita
336 S Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-7111
www.lacitabar.com

There is an expression, “no great story ever started with someone ordering a salad.” We think La Cita is sort of an exception. The salad in this case is the generous Bloody Mary bar served during their Sunday Bloody Sunday afternoons (from 2pm – 9pm). Drinkers craft their own concoctions, starting with a $6 pint glass of vodka and ice, and a foot-long skewer of bamboo. From there, if it fits in the glass or on the skewer, it gets to be part of the drink. Pickled vegetables of all sorts, celery, olives, and bacon, cheese cubes, shrimp, salami… In fact, the Bloody Mary at La Cita might be less of a salad and more an entire meal.

Echo Park
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(credit: bsideblog.com)


Mohawk Bend
2141 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 483-2337
www.mohawk.la

No matter what one orders at Mohawk Bend, one can feel good about it. Not only does the vegan-friendly restaurant offer charitable pizzas, they also source all of their cocktail ingredients from California. Their horseradish-y Bloody Mary ($10) is a satisfying combination of Napa Valley Vodka and house-made Bloody Mary mix, along with locally-grown seasonings. Olives and seasonal vegetables top off the traditional presentation. Brunch is served weekends, 9:30am – 3pm.

Glendale
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(credit: Oshin P./Yelp)


Jax Bar & Grill
339 N Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91210
(818) 500-1604
www.jaxbarandgrill.com

Unless you and H.G. Wells know something the rest of us don’t, there’s no way to travel back in time. Sipping Bloody Marys at Jax Bar & Grill is as close to the real thing as one can get. What better way to enjoy your Jax Bloody Mary then accompanied by free, live jazz? The bartender starts with your choice of vodka and Jax’s own horseradish-heavy house mix. These are shaken and poured over ice. Finishing the drink is a foot-long celery stalk, a few olives and a slice of lemon. Although Jax recalls Mad Men, we recommend you skip the three martinis, and instead enjoy one of their Blue Plate Specials with your Bloody ($7). Open daily from 4pm (11am on Sundays).

Hermosa Beach
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(credit: Sophia V./Yelp)


Dia de Campo
1238 Hermosa Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 379-1829
www.diadecampohb.com

Looking for a little “hair of the dog?” Look no further than Dia de Campo’s “Hangover Cure” Bloody Mary ($12 for one, endless for $18). They start with house-made mix and then you’re invited to “pick your poison”: “serrabañero”-infused vodka, cucumber infused vodka, or make it a Bloody Maria with Cazadores Blanco. Might as well stay and enjoy the fresh oysters or taco bar. Brunch is Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 2pm.

Hollywood (and Santa Monica)
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(credit: Sheldon L./Yelp)


The Hungry Cat
100 W Channel Rd
Santa Monica, CA 90402
(310) 459-3337
www.thehungrycat.com

The Hungry Cat is an old favorite. It’s hard to find a Best Bloody Mary in L.A. list that doesn’t include the seafood spot, and with good reason. Their made-from-scratch tomato base is blended with spices (including Old Bay), before getting a dose of Worcestershire, a spritz of citrus and a kick of heat ($12). A garden of seasonally fresh vegetables is added as garnish, or you can order the Maryland Mary ($15), which is finished with a fresh oyster from the restaurant’s unbeatable raw bar. Brunch is served from 11am – 3pm on Saturday and Sunday at both locations. Bloody Marys are also available during weekday lunch service.

Larchmont
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(credit: Osteria La Buca)


Osteria La Buca
5210 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 462-1900
www.osterialabuca.com

Starring in Osteria La Buca’s newly-launched brunch menu is their show-stopping Maria Verde ($11), Wes Miles’ modern take on the classic Bloody Mary. Lime juice and house pickling liquid dissolves into Loft & Bear vodka, and is combined with the Osteria’s own tomatillo mix (honey, salt, basil, tomatillos and olive juice). The cocktail is topped with black pepper and Cholula hot sauce, and garnished with a cocktail onion, castelvetrano olive and pickled green tomato. All ingredients are sourced from Southern California. Every sip is spicy refreshment. Brunch is served Sundays, 10:30am – 2:30pm.

Long Beach
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(credit: Ana C./Yelp)


The Attic
3441 E Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 433-0153
www.theatticonbroadway.com

The Attic doesn’t mess around. With five Bloody Marys on the menu, plus the option to design your own with options like Slim Jim- or bleu cheese-stuffed olives, a rainbow of rims, and even baby back ribs, the Bloody Mary maven is limited only by her own imagination. But for the true The Attic experience, go with The Meaty Man Mary ($12). Hefting a slice of bacon and short rib slider on top of the bacon-infused vodka, demi sauce and jalapeno Tabasco cocktail, the Meaty Man is sure to quench even the most manly of man-sized Bloody Mary cravings. But if it’s not enough spice to start your day, try the famous Mac ‘n’ Flamin’ Hot Cheetos ($8).

Los Feliz
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(credit: cheersonline.com)


MESSHALL
4500 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 660-6377
www.messhallkitchen.com

The brunch at MESSHALL has been voted one of LA’s best and certainly the Mary is part of the reason. They use a blend of garlic and shallots to pack one heckuva flavor whallop, without being overwhelming. The concoction is such an effective post-party-pick-me-up, they renamed the drink “Get That Girl A First Aid Kit” ($11).

Westwood
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(credit: Chris Godley)


Tanzy
10840 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 307-7004
www.tanzyrestaurant.com

For a Bloody Mary with an Italian accent, Tanzy is your destination. Basil-infused vodka and scratch-made mix (made with Marzano tomatoes), are garnished with seasonal Italian savories ($9). It’s crisp and refreshing, and a perfect pairing with their “Bacon & Eggs” Ravioli (soft poached hen egg, ricotta cheese, wilted spinach, bacon vinaigrette), which is worth a trip, in and of itself. Brunch is served from 11am – 3pm, Saturday and Sunday.

Venice
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(credit: Jamie B./Yelp)


Sunny Spot
822 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292
(310) 448-8884
www.sunnyspotvenice.com

It doesn’t get much better than Bloody Marys at the beach, and Chef Roy Choi (of Kogi BBQ truck and A-Frame) has put together an A-game beachy brunch at Sunny Spot. For only $9, you can enjoy their salty/extra spicy Caribbean Islands-inspired Bloody Mary, (garnished with cucumber and a wedge of lime) on the summery patio. With the purchase of an entree and $15, the Bloody Marys become all-you-can-drink. We can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday.

West Hollywood
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(credit: Cecconi’s)


Cecconi’s
8764 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 432-2000
www.cecconiswesthollywood.com

Fancy is as fancy does and Cecconi’s does fancy and then some, with their incredible Bloody Mary cart. These are Bloody Marys at their customizable finest, with tableside service from a wooden bar cart. Guests start with aged house mix and go from there. Spicy? Try the ghost pepper salt or horseradish root, or add a fresno chili pepper as garnish. If peppers aren’t your thing, perhaps you’d prefer pickled cauliflower, carrots or okra. Tone down the spice with a splash or port, or — better yet — substitute in tequila or gin for the traditional vodka ($14). Sunday brunch is served from 10am – 3pm.

Santa Monica
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(credit: Heidi H./Yelp)


Blue Daisy
609 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-9777
www.bluedaisycafe.com

Blue Daisy is all about organic, health-conscious food. So you might think of their Bloody Mary as a bacon-infused alcoholic smoothie. After all, it’s got the veggies (tomatoes, celery, olives), and protein (bacon). It’s also topped with giant slices of lemon, which practically guarantees an immunity to scurvy. Just don’t tell your trainer. This bacon-flavored Bloody is spicy and invigorating ($10).

Manhattan Beach
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(credit: Arianna Armstrong)


Fishbar
3801 Highland Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 796-0200
www.fishbarmb.com

Come to Fishbar for the award-winning Bloody Mary ($10), stay for the fried lobster & waffles ($13.99). The laid-back, family-friendly beach favorite has a menu nearly as long as their bar (more or less), but their Bloody Mary is a stand-out. The elegance is in its simplicity. Absolut Peppar and Citron, house mix, seasoning and spices, and a garnish of a succulent jumbo shrimp, a slice of applewood smoked bacon, and pickled asparagus.

Article by Arianna Armstrong.

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