7 Awesome Bloody Mary Alternatives in Philly

Morning-after pick-me-ups minus the mix
July 8, 2015
by Caroline Russock

After a particularly rough night, there is no arguing with the restorative powers of a Bloody Mary. Unfortunately too many brunch spots rely on bottles of premade mix, resulting in a subpar morning-after pick-me-up.

Here’s a look at the best spots in town where you won’t find Mr. or Mrs. T behind the bar.

Bloody Maria at Loco Pez

This Fishtown LA-style taqueria meets dive bar blends their own Bloody mix and finishes glasses with a spicy, salty rim. But if you want to up the ante, swap out vodka for a smoky house-infused chipotle tequila in a Bloody Maria ($7).

2401 E. Norris St.; 267-886-8061

Oyster Shooters at Oyster House

The thought of eating freshly shucked bivalves with a hangover might be a little rough, but bear with us. Oyster are full of good-for-you vitamins and immune-system-boosting zinc. At this Center City seafood house they make ‘em go down a little easier in the form of oyster shooters with your choice of booze and oyster-appropriate garnishes ($5).

1516 Sansom St.; 215-567-7683

Ghost of Mary at The Industry

This Pennsport restaurant biz favorite takes all of the elements of a good Bloody Mary ($8) and lightens them up by replacing tomato juice with a nearly transparent and very fresh tomato water. The cocktail is finished off with a briny olive and a sweet and spicy salt, pepper and sugar rim.

1401 E. Moymensing Ave.; 215-271-9500

Havana Hottie at Cuba Libre

This Old City Cuban destination’s morning-after remedy ($9, pictured above) is virtually a salad in a glass with tomato juice, strawberry purée, balsamic vinegar, ginger, basil, habanero and white wine with your choice of vodka or dark rum.

10 S. Second St.; 215-627-0666

Smoked Rye Bloody Mary at Ela

With bourbon-spiked Vietnamese iced coffee and a watermelon mimosa on the menu, this south of South Street corner’s take on a Bloody ($8) is obviously going to be out of the box. Instead of using a neutral spirit like vodka, the bartenders here sub in a heady smoked rye. A bold move? Sure, but the smokiness of the rye pairs perfectly with spicy tomato juice.

627 S. Third St.; 267-687-8512

Michelada at Distrito

This Mexican morning picker-upper ($8) is an easy drinking combo of beer and Clamato juice with a splash of hot sauce for good measure. Don’t knock it until you try it; a little bit of clam juice adds a lot of savoriness to the cocktail.

3945 Chestnut St.; 215-222-1657

Hail Mary at Bardot

The fresh ingredients used to make this NoLibs bistro’s Bloody ($8) add a whole lot of kick with grated horseradish, black pepper, Tabasco and habanero-infused vodka.

447 Poplar St.; 267-639-4761

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