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Best Places For Bloody Marys In Los Angeles

January 27, 2016 3:19 AM

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(credit: Ramon L. Farinos/shutterstock)


A true breakfast of champions isn’t complete without that sweet, spicy, sour concoction that is the Bloody Mary. This tomato-based boozy delight is the ultimate hair of the dog cure providing a swift daytime kick in the butt. Here are some of Los Angeles’s best takes on the beloved brunch staple.
(credit: Andy N. - Yelp)

(credit: Andy N. – Yelp)


The Attic
3441 E. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 443-0153
www.theatticonbroadway.com

Bigger is better when it comes to this Long Beach brunch destination’s signature drink “The Meaty Man,” which is more of a meal than a cocktail. The Attic brings the kitchen sink for this gut-busting beverage that pairs bacon-infused vodka with tomatoes, jalapeños tobasaco sauce, a celery salt rim, plus a short rib slider for good measure. This ain’t your mama’s Bloody Mary.

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(credit: Michael J. -/Yelp)


Bottega Louie
700 S Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 802-1470
www.bottegalouie.com

Sometimes simple is better, something which the team behind Bottega Louie knows all too well. Fans of the frequently-packed downtown favorite keep coming back for the restaurant’s classic Italian favorites, as well as their tasty macarons. But, when it comes to their bloody mary, Bottega Louie keeps things familiar for the most part, with the addition of caperberry, which is a welcome to the fray. The result is perfection and shows that this downtown eatery is known for more than just its beautiful display of colorful macarons, exquisite interior and great food.

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(credit: Melanie Dunea)


Franklin & Company
5923 Franklin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 463-1552
www.franklinandcotavern.com

While this Los Feliz brunch hot spot features several members of the bloody mary family, such as Bloody Maureen (which includes Guinness and a pickle spear) and the Bloody LeRoy (for those yearning for a dash of fresh horseradish and bbq sauce), the Bloody Royale truly reigns supreme. Bacon wrapped roasted jalapenos, roasted brussels sprouts, pepperjack (yes, this royale has cheese) and an English burger slider are just some of the many accouterments that make up this delicious bloody mary. All hail Franklin & Company’s regal feast in a glass!

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(Credit: Sheldon L./Yelp)


The Hungry Cat
1535 Vine St.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 462-2155
www.thehungrycat.com

Hungry Cat chef/owner David Lentz has set the standard for the new wave of innovative bloody mary cocktails. Made with Maryland spice mix, and quality vodka, the main ingredient is freshly roasted tomato juice, which means you’ll never want to go back to those regular bloody mary’s at other locales using V8 juice. The Hungry Cat’s Bloody Mary is the ideal choice for the restaurant’s fantastic brunch and anything off the raw bar.

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(Credit: Aaron E./yelp)


Baco Mercat
408 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-8808
www.bacomercat.com

Over the years the definition of what constitutes a bloody mary continues to blur. The Baco Mercat bloody mary happens to use beer instead vodka. It also includes house made sun-dried tomato juice, celery vinegar, and harrisa mix for added kick. Is it a bloody mary, or maybe even a michaleda? Perhaps something worthy of its own name? All that truly matters is that it’s bloody delicious.

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(credit: Donna A. Yelp)


Tiki-Ti
4427 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 669-9381
www.tiki-ti.com

Walk into this Tiki bar and your first instinct is to order a zombie, a pina colada or a mai tai. You know, something tropical and fruity. Well, tomato is technically a fruit and Los Feliz’s Tiki Ti’s take on the bloody mary certainly brings the island heat. The Bloody Tiki is Tiki-Ti’s very own recipe, highlighted by a blend of house spices and hot sauce. This self-described “liquid salad” is truly a main attraction.

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(credit: Roxy H. Yelp)


The Misfit
225 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 656-9800
www.themisfitbar.com

Santa Monica’s The Misfit lives up to its name with a bar signature bloody mary served in a villain-adorned glass. The housemade bloody mary here packs a considerable punch while the addition of seasonal pickled vegetables provides an added kick. This is one drink you can’t pass up on.

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(credit: Maxene A. – Yelp)


Pok Pok
978 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 613-1831
www.pokpokla.com

Since opening in 2015, Pok Pok has been able to standout in L.A.’s crowded and exceptional Thai food scene by offering faithful renditions to local cuisine with a few innovative flourishes. Such is the case with Pok Pok’s bloody mary, which is kicked up a notch by a fierce and flavorful combination of Thai chilies and aromatics which have been pounded together in a mortar and pestle. While the bloody mary isn’t a drink normally associated with Thailand, Pok Pok’s thoughtful interpretation of the beverage makes it seem like it’s been passed down through generations of Thai families.

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(credit: Saddle Peak Lodge)


Saddle Peak Lodge
419 Cold Canyon Rd.
Calabasas, CA 90232
(818) 222-3888
www.saddlepeaklodge.com

The Bloody Mary at Saddle Peak Lodge is often in the conversation for best bloody mary in the country, a distinction that could probably be attributed to one special ingredient: bacon. We’re talking bacon infused vodka, mixed with a tomato and bacon base, topped off with a mouth-watering strip of maple-glazed bacon. Sweet, smoky, and salty, this might as well be renamed a Bloody Umami. While the Kardashians are often the first thing that come to mind when people think of Calabasas, the Saddle Peak Lodge bloody mary deserves top billing instead.

Article by Dave Klein.

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