Bloody marys are a must have for many people during weekend brunch. The drink is traditionally made with vodka, tomato juice and spices, but bartenders have been adding their own twists to the classic combination with many different spicy mixes, garnishes and hot sauces. Philadelphia has excellent bartenders who make some superb bloody marys and some great make-your-own-bloody-mary bars to boot. Here is where to find the best.
Atlantis, the Lost Bar
2442 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
The bloody mary served at Atlantis, the Last Bar is one of Philly’s best-kept secrets. Served only on “Sunday Fundays,” get there early (supplies may be limited!) to enjoy one of the fantastic bloody marys at this Kensington dive bar. Sunday brunch won’t be available, but on the upside, this bar is a BYOF (Bring Your Own Food). If you’d rather a cold and refreshing beer, Atlantis is located in close proximity to the Philadelphia Brewing Company and, in fact, many of its brews come from the PBC. The Lost Bar also has a jukebox and many games to keep you entertained, such as Connect Four and pool.
848 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
The bloody marys served here all day and night are called the “2nd Street Mary,” and they’re made fresh with organic ingredients, Prairie Organic Corn Vodka and Kennett’s own special (and spicy) bloody mix. Located in Queen Village, Kennett Café opened in 1924 and reopened under new ownership after closing in 1986. Kennett Café focuses on being environmentally friendly and uses only locally sourced products. The kitchen serves delicious wood-fired pizzas, small plates meant for sharing and hearty breakfasts during weekend brunch hours. Don’t feel like a bloody mary? Try one of Kennett’s 16 local craft beers or 20 different varieties of wine.
Lacroix At The Rittenhouse Hotel
210 W. Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
While enjoying one of the best brunches in Philadelphia, mix yourself a drink at Lacroix’s bloody mary bar. Made with Russian vodka, the bar includes a few of its house-made tomato mixers and a huge selection of hot sauces and garnishes. Brunch is served every Sunday from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., and isn’t for those with light wallets – the prix fixe meal can get expensive! However, you won’t leave disappointed. The constantly changing menu features delicacies such as fresh seafood from the raw bar, hand-carved meats and specialty entrées.
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Pub & Kitchen
1946 Lombard St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
“The Wrangler” at Pub & Kitchen was voted Philly Magazine’s Best Bloody Mary in both 2012 and 2013. Made with P&K’s own spicy mix and garnished with a pickled red hot chili, this bloody mary is a must-have during brunch (Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at this Rittenhouse establishment. To go with your bloody mary, Pub & Kitchen has a wonderfully crafted brunch menu of European and American influenced dishes. Try the croque monsieur, sourdough French toast (with caramelized apples, mmm!) or oysters.
The Strip Joint
918 S. 22nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Try the Strip Joint’s specialty bloody mary – dubbed “the Hamburger Mary” –for something truly unique. Garnished with a hamburger slider (and bacon, of course), the drink is mixed with the Strip Joint’s house blend and Pinnacle Vodka. Those who aren’t as daring can order the house bloody mary for only $4 during brunch (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday). The Strip Joint, located in the Graduate Hospital area, focuses on offering inexpensive but quality meals. Here, you’ll enjoy a decent steak for less than $20.
Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.