Cocktails

10 Places to Get Your Bloody Mary Fix in Metro Phoenix

The Bloody Maria from Barrio Café with chile de árbol.
The Bloody Maria from Barrio Café with chile de árbol. Barrio Café
There's no more iconic breakfast drink than the bloody mary (yes, we are fully ignoring the mimosa and coffee). And while many places can whip one up, there just a few versions naturally standing out. These 10 savory morning cocktails are worth seeking out any time of day, even if you aren't in need of a hair-of-the-dog tonic. But be warned: Not all of these are available all the time.

Barrio Café

2814 North 16th Street

Of all the bloody marys on this list, this is the only one without any vodka — instead there's Herradura Silver tequila. The Bloody Maria from Barrio Café is a spicy drink, topped with a lime wedge and a chile de árbol that's trimmed with a spicy salt rim that runs about halfway down the glass.

click to enlarge The much talked-about bloody mary at Hambone Sports Bar in Mesa. - LAUREN CUSIMANO
The much talked-about bloody mary at Hambone Sports Bar in Mesa.
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Hambone Sports Bar

903 East Main Street, Mesa

Word has traveled far about the phenomenal bloody mary at this unassuming Mesa pool hall. Longtime bartender Mel makes a mean drink, and her personal bloody mary concoction deserves all the chatter. The spicy drink comes in a standard pint glass topped with fresh lime, olives, and a shrimp. The light rail runs right past Hambone Sports Bar, so feel free to have a few.

click to enlarge A bloody mary flight from Oink Café. - OINK CAFÉ
A bloody mary flight from Oink Café.
Oink Café

Oink Café

1701 East Warner Road, Tempe

The Tempe location of Oink Café offers six bloody marys: the Classic, the Braveheart (made with Scotch whiskey), the Bloody Maria, the Spicy Thai (heavy on the Sriracha), the Verde Mary (the only green drink on this list), and the Oink Bacon bloody mary. If you can’t possible choose, Oink offers a bloody mary flight of four of the available six.


click to enlarge The Rula Bula bloody mary is under the Tempe pub's Hair of the Dog specials. - LAUREN CUSIMANO
The Rula Bula bloody mary is under the Tempe pub's Hair of the Dog specials.
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Rúla Búla Irish Pub

401 South Mill Avenue, Tempe

What would a weekend stroll along Mill Avenue be if it didn’t have a good hair-of-the-dog stop or two? And Rúla Búla — the classic Tempe Irish pub and restaurant — should definitely be one of them. The Rula Bula bloody mary can be found on the brunch menu under the Hair of the Dog specials. It comes topped with lemon, lime, olive, and a splash of Guinness, just for good measure. Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. every weekend.

click to enlarge Try the Tito’s Texas bloody mary with a touch of Frank's RedHot at Rustler's Rooste. - RUSTLER'S ROOSTE STEAKHOUSE
Try the Tito’s Texas bloody mary with a touch of Frank's RedHot at Rustler's Rooste.
Rustler's Rooste Steakhouse

Rustler's Rooste Steakhouse

8383 South 48th Street

At one of the Valley’s best-known Western theme restaurants, Rustler's Rooste, has the Tito’s Texas bloody mary. This savior is served in a Kerr wide-mouth Mason jar and dressed with a salted rim, olive, lime wedge, and leafy stalk of celery. Your bartender will likely encourage you to try it with a splash of Frank's RedHot, and we suggest you comply.

click to enlarge Scramble in Scottsdale has the Bacon Infused Bloody and the Rattlesnake. - SCRAMBLE
Scramble in Scottsdale has the Bacon Infused Bloody and the Rattlesnake.
Scramble

Scramble, A Breakfast and Lunch Joint

Multiple Locations

One of the ultimate bright-and-sunny brunch places, Scramble offers two bloody options: the Bacon Infused Bloody (house-made bacon-infused vodka, applewood-bacon strips, tomato juice, Worcestershire, horseradish, celery, olives, and fresh lime) and the Rattlesnake (jalapeno-infused vodka, sliced habanero and jalapeno peppers, tomato juice, Worcestershire, horseradish, celery, olives, and fresh lime).

click to enlarge Pop uptown for the Stock & Stable bloody mary. - STOCK & STABLE
Pop uptown for the Stock & Stable bloody mary.
Stock & Stable

Stock & Stable

5538 North Seventh Street

The brunch menu at The Colony's anchor restaurant offers food, yes, but just as important, it lists the signature Stock & Stable bloody mary. You’ll get a tall glass of morning relief dressed with a celery stalk, and skewered lime, olive, and onion. The drink is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

click to enlarge Crafted bloody marys from Twisted Grove Parlor + Bar. - TWISTED GROVE PARLOR + BAR
Crafted bloody marys from Twisted Grove Parlor + Bar.
Twisted Grove Parlor + Bar

Twisted Grove Parlor + Bar

8220 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale

Brunch at Twisted Grove is up and running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. That means for one day only you can grab the Crafted Bloody Mary. It contains a house-made mix with 360 Vodka — ordered spicy or not. And what's more, you can add bacon for an extra buck.

click to enlarge An early-drinker's drink at Yucca Tap Room in Tempe. - LAUREN CUSIMANO
An early-drinker's drink at Yucca Tap Room in Tempe.
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Yucca Tap Room

29 West Southern Avenue, Tempe

The ultimate morning drink meets the ultimate morning bar at Yucca Tap Room. They don’t get fancy here with the house bloody mary, but it gets the job done. Opening daily at 6 a.m., the mix of vodka, tomato juice, olive, fresh lime, and more vodka is available at the Yucca Tap Room 20 hours a day, seven days per week.

click to enlarge A perfectly reasonable bloody mary from Hash Kitchen. - HASH KITCHEN
A perfectly reasonable bloody mary from Hash Kitchen.
Hash Kitchen

Hash Kitchen

Multiple Locations

For the unfamiliar, Hash Kitchen is the spot for bloody marys, and that's due entirely to its 60-item, build-your-own bloody mary bar. Pick your own house-infused vodka flavor, then your scratch-made bloody mary mix, then your salt. Then, you top, with options including everything from pickles, olives, bacon, and vegetables to beef jerky and fried ravioli.

Editor's note: This story was originally published on July 14, 2017. It was updated on January 1, 2020.
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Lauren Cusimano is Phoenix New Times' food and drink editor. She is a journalist and food waste writer based in Tempe. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.
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