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 Café2814 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.
Hambone Sports Bar903 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.
Oink Café1701 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.
Rúla Búla Irish Pub401 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.
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.
Scramble, A Breakfast and Lunch JointMultiple 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).
Stock & Stable5538 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.
Twisted Grove Parlor + Bar8220 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.
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Yucca Tap Room29 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.
Hash KitchenMultiple 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.