There's nothing quite like a perfectly executed Bloody Mary. Let's say you're out having one of the best brunches in Austin, desperately needing a hair of the dog, and a Bloody Mary lands next to your plate of bacon. One sip of expertly mixed tomato juice, vodka and hot sauce—not to mention a slew of hefty garnishes—and that brunch has just been taken to a level 10. We've found a selection of Bloody Marys at Austin's top bars, best BBQ spots and even Italian restaurants where this revered drink is at the top of its game.
Best Bloody Marys in Austin
You're not going to find a traditional Bloody Mary at this healthy café off South Congress, though you will find a Kale Mary. The veg-heavy substitute is made with kale, celery, Thai bird chili, fresh grape-tomato juice, horseradish, soy and Tru Organic Garden Vodka. So you can totally drink without the guilt, right?
Located within the W Austin Hotel, brunch at TRACE is a festive affair, one where you can score a Brisket Mary to wash down your pancakes. The savory cocktail uses George Dickel rye whiskey infused with fat saved from house-smoked Niman Ranch brisket, followed by a Zing Zang bloody mix and a splash of Austin Beerworks’ Pearl Snap pilsner for a Texan take on the OG Bloody Mary.
In the heart of Sixth Street, Casino El Camino’s allure comes from a combination of excellent bartenders, horror-meets-rock decor, Guy Fieri-approved burgers, and a Bloody Mary that comes with, well, pretty much anything you want: skewered grilled cheese sandwiches, taquitos, cheese, bacon, corn dogs, meatballs and more. Have at it.
Come for Frank's sausages but stay for the Red Headed Stranger, the downtown eatery's version of a Bloody Mary. Made with bacon-infused Tito’s vodka, Frank Bloody Mary mix, and Frank signature seasoned salt, this is a Sunday Funday beverage at its finest. Plus, it's garnished with bacon, cheddar cheese, a jalapeño stuffed olive and pepperoncini, so you can start snacking while you sip.
Freedmen's wins the Bloody Mary garnish game in Austin with a brunch cocktail so behemoth that it's really more of a meal. A quart of Forty Creek is combined with smoked tomato, lemon and worcestershire, then topped by a half pound of brisket, sausage and spare ribs. See? Definitely a meal.
You'll find plenty of hamburgers and beer at this East Austin haunt, but the Sake Mary is where it's at for brunch. A special house mix is combined with sake instead of vodka, and lightly garnished with salt, lime and olives. It's simple, but pretty damn perfect.
Popular downtown brunch spot Searsucker has a Bloody Mary that caters to those who like a little acidity. Featuring sriracha, Zing Zang mix and blue cheese, the breakfast beverage also comes with a plate of pickled garnishes that range from pickled carrots to pickled serrano and shishito peppers. Pucker up!
The West 6th bar has a rotating roster of local craft beer on tap, but it's the Hail Mary—a gargantuan Bloody Mary—that really stands out. Garnishes include everything but the kitchen sink: A mini donut. A slider. Pickled okra. Cheddar cheese. A hardboiled egg. The list goes on, as does our love for this Bloody Mary on steroids.
At this Mueller district restaurant, Bloody Marys are given a thoroughly Italian twist. Dubbed the Bloody Bartolo, this beauty uses roasted tomatoes (genius), plus Banner organic vodka, fermented chile, celery juice and celery bitters. Cheers!
Southern-inspired fare dominates the kitchen at Fixe, where chef James Robert channels his Louisiana upbringing into comfort food like deviled eggs, crispy catfish, fried chicken and blackened red snapper. On Sundays, the restaurant's all-day brunch features five different takes on a Bloody Mary, like the BBQ Bacon Bloody (Kettle One vodka, Fixe BBQ sauce, lime, Tender Belly bacon) and the Spicy Mary (Tito's vodka, lime, soy sauce, sriracha and wasabi dusted ginger).