Aside from the salty, spicy, furiously red mix of a good Bloody Mary, the best thing about the a.m. cocktails may be the insane toppings some bars and restaurants will use to crown them. It’s almost a sport for some places to load bloodies with as many items as they can. Bloody Marys have gotten next-level. From Mexican street corn and deviled eggs to sticks of beef jerky and even a brownie on top, here are five of the more imaginative, over-the-top Bloody Marys in metro Phoenix.
DeSoto Central Market
915 North Central Avenue
You’ll need both hands to carry this drink back to your table, as the DeSoto Market's Kraken is rightly dubbed “a meal in a glass.” It comes complete with all the fixings – meaning the usual stalk of celery, olive, carrot, and asparagus sticks – plus a straight-up slider and brownie on the end of the monster skewer. The Kraken is served daily till 10 p.m. for $18.
An imaginative breakfast eatery and bar, Hash Kitchen is known for its zany brunch menu and – why we’re all here – its Build Your Own Bloody Mary bar. The BYOBM bar has more than 40 toppings for participants to mix and match and create the wildest Bloody Mary they can for $12. In addition to your vodka and house Mary mix, you can also add pickled mushrooms, pickled eggs, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, your classic leafy celery stalk, and much more. Just get ready to wait for such a treat, or a table.
525 South Central Avenue
Everyone’s favorite wrestling-ring-turned-night-lounge has one mean cocktail menu. And of course, there's a Bloody Mary to be had. The Bloody Mary 1934 blends Prairie Organic Vodka with local homemade Bloody Mary mix, fresh-squeezed lime and lemon juice, and olives, and maybe even a pickle or mint. Enjoy your Bloody in the signature mason jar served with all cocktails at this unique spot.
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546 East Osborn Road
There might be no better place to enjoy an extremely imaginative Bloody Mary than within the historic walls of Taco Guild. The Holy Mother Mary is made with Tito’s vodka and pequin-pepper-infused Bloody Mary mix. Plus, this version is topped with Mexican street corn, deviled eggs, jalapeño-infused bacon, and longaniza sausage. This Mary goes south of the border, and we're happy for that.
5223 North Central Avenue
Since its debut in 2012, the Bloody Mary bar at Windsor has been a smash hit. Start with the $5 traditional Bloody Mary with tomatoes, roasted vegetables, Fresno chiles, and fresh horseradish. The Sunday Bloody Sunday cart allows anyone to wander up and adorn their cocktail with a selection of spices, salts, pickles, and garnishes from the cart. The only thing better than a Bloody Mary bar is one that moves to you.