National Bloody Mary Day lands on a significant day, Jan. 1 — the day after one of the biggest celebrations of the year. For those that want to keep the party going, need a little hangover cure, or simply want to make sure they’re getting all their veggies in to start the year off right, we’ve rounded up some of the best twists on the traditional Bloody Mary cocktails in the Los Angeles area that are sure to, at the very least, satisfy the taste buds.
Julia Caesar at Fresh
The plant trend is still going strong as Canadian vegan restaurant Fresh has opened its first U.S. location on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood. On the cocktail menu, you’ll find the cheeky named Julia Caesar is fresh, bright take on the brunch classic made with Corbin Cash sweet potato vodka, vegan clamato, horseradish, hot sauce, pepperoncini, crispy cauliflower, celery, cracked black pepper and a wild salt rim.
8768 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, freshplantpowered.com, @freshrestaurantsla
Green Bloody Mary at Greenbar Distillery
Inspired by Greenbar Distillery’s savory TRU Garden Vodka, which captures the essence of spring herbs and vegetables, this loaded bloody mary calls for a base of homemade green tomatillo salsa and is topped with a deviled egg and a fried oyster, making it the perfect boozy meal in a glass.
2459 E. 8th St., Los Angeles, greenbardistillery.com, @greenbardistillery
Farmers Market Bloody Mary at Alice
Alice Kitchen is the new marketplace restaurant concept by The h.wood Group. Located at the 1 Hotel West Hollywood, Alice features a casual walk in front area with seating at the cafe bar, marketplace and outside. Absolut Elyx vodka with Fresno chiles, market tomato juice, lemon juice, chipotle, celery seed, shiro dashi, Worcestershire and Tajin.
8490 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, alicewesthollywood.com, @aliceonsunset
Hickory Smoked Bacon Bloody Mary at Slater’s 50/50
This smokey, salty spin on a classic bloody mary is made with house-made bacon-washed vodka and Cutwater Bloody Mary Mix, and finished with thick-cut, hickory-smoked bacon and a Tajín rim. As with most of the menu at Slater’s 50/50 bacon is front and center and adds a smokiness and saltiness to the classic tomato-based hangover libation.
11 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, Slaters5050.com, @slaters5050
Wicked Bloody Mary at Weho Bistro
Start the New Year with Breakfast & Brunch Anytime at the cozy and lively French New American bistro and cocktail bar, WeHo Bistro. While chowing down on dishes such as Croque Madame, prepared with savory ham and lots of melted Emmental cheese or the La Bastide Omelette, made with bacon, chicken, tomato, shallots, basil, and jack cheese, sip and savor 2020 with a signature cocktail. Check out the Wicked Bloody Mary, made with Chopin Vodka, and loaded with Instagram-worthy surprises.
1040 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, WeHoBistro.com, @wehobistro
W&M Bloody Mary at Ways & Means Oyster House
Brunch lovers unite! The W&M Bloody Mary at Ways & Means Oyster House puts an ocean spin on the classic bloody by combining their house-made mix and vodka with the garnish of ALL garnishes: shrimp duo, bacon candy, olives, onions and celery.
21022 Pacific Coast Hwy. B140, Huntington Beach, wmoysters.com, @wmoysters
Bloody Gerry at The Bungalow
The Bungalow is known as one of the best spots for singles in Santa Monica so start off the new year by mingling with someone new at the retro-style, surf-themed space with a patio. Try out the Bloody Gerry, made with Venice-based Bloody Gerry Bloody Mary mix, vodka, Worcester sauce, hot sauce, garlic herbs, horseradish, salt, black pepper, lemon and lime juice, celery salt and olive garnish.
101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, thebungalow.com, @thebungalowsm
The Modern Mary at Redbird
Those looking for a lighter morning libation, head down to Redbird on the weekends and try out The Modern Mary. The clean twist on the classic drink is made with clarified tomato, clarified lemon, white balsamic, fennel, basil and pepper vodka.
114 E. 2nd St., Los Angeles, redbird.la, @redbirdla
Bloody Maria at Bar Calo
aBar Caló in Echo Park will be hosting an all-day New Year’s Day Brunch from noon until 8 p.m. While noshing on specials such as Breakfast Nachos, Breakfast Taco Gigante and Pozole Rojo, take advantage of the $8 Bloody Marias made with mezcal, tequila, house bloody maria mix and fresh grapefruit juice.
1498 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, barcalola.com, @barcalola
House Bloody Mary at Ashland Hill
Located in the heart of Main St in Santa Monica, gin bar and restaurant, Ashland Hill is celebrating 2020 with a New Year’s Day Pajama Brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ashland Hill is encouraging guests to arrive in their pajamas to receive special drink offers including $8 Bloody Marys made with vodka, house Bloody mix, lime juice, garnished with bacon, celery, lime and olive. The patio is also dog-friendly, so pets are welcome to join.
2807 Main St., Santa Monica, ashlandhill.com, @ashlandhillsm
Bloody Good Bloody Mary at Chez Jay
If guests partied a little too hardy on New Year’s Eve, recovery will definitely be on the agenda for New Year’s Day. Head to Chez Jay and bounce back with the Bloody Good Bloody Mary, made with long-time Chez Jay Bartender Petter Wickerman’s very own Wickie’s Bloody Good Bloody Mary Mix. The creation of this special Bloody Mary began over 20 years ago when Wickerman first began bartending at Chez Jay and set out to create a classic cocktail that guests would enjoy and come back for over and over again. After years of testing and trying, Wickie’s Bloody Good Bloody Mary Mix was born! Wickerman’s handcrafted mix is made up of 11 ingredients including freshly ground red hot chili peppers, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, lemon juice, black and white pepper, celery salt, and more. Every Bloody Good Bloody Mary at Chez Jay is prepared with vodka, Wickerman’s mix, and garnished with olives, a slice of lemon and lime, and celery salt rim. And since its National Bloody Mary Day, the Bloody Good Bloody Mary will be offered for $10 all day long.
1657 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, ChezJays.com, @chezjay_sm
Mega Bloody Mary at Center Hub
Rimmed with “Bloody Salt” and garnished with olives and celery, the bloody at Center Hub might be traditional, but it was SUPER-SIZED to a whopping 34 oz for $23. Don’t waste time ordering back to back Bloodys — the MEGA Bloody Mary has you covered.
2222 Michelson Dr., #220, Irvine, centerhubbar.com, @centerhub_bar
Mezcal Bloody Mary at Neighbor LA
Neighbor is a cozy garden bistro and cocktail bar nestled on one of LA’s busiest streets, Abbot Kinney Blvd. Fashioned from an old house on Venice Beach’s main drag, Neighbor is a fresh and charming social space, featuring a best in class coffee bar, cocktail program and a market-fresh menu. Their Mezcal Bloody Mary is killer, made with mezcal, tomato juice, Worcestershire, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper.
1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., neighborla.com, @neighborla
Bloody Fia at Fia
Fia, Santa Monica’s new must-visit restaurant, recently added Sunday brunch to its coastal-inspired offerings. Served in Fia’s bright backyard garden or inside one of its cozy dining rooms, Executive Chef Brendan Collins’ brunch menu ranges from classics like Huevos Rancheros and Eggs Benedict on house-made English muffins, to global delicacies like a Fiery Southern Fried Chicken & Biscuits or Corned Beef Hash “Loco Moco.” To pair with the wide range of dynamic cuisine, L.A.’s “Godfather of Cocktails” Vincenzo Marianella, has stirred up a few original brunch drinks of his own, including a farmer’s market-inspired take on the classic Bloody Mary called the Bloody Fia made with vodka, Cynar and house Bloody Mary mix.
2454 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, fiarestaurant.com, @fiarestaurant
House Bloody Mary at Connie and Ted’s
Connie and Ted’s is known for bringing New England seafood classics and raw-bar options to the west coast. Behind the bar, their House Bloody Mary is made from the bar’s house recipe and celery-bay leaf infused vodka, and garnished with a skewered pimento-stuffed olive, a lemon wedge, cocktail onion and celery stalk.
8171 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, connieandteds.com, @connieandteds
Sunday Bloody Sunday at Sibling Rival
Nestled downtown in The Hoxton Hotel, Sibling Rival is the west coast outpost from the team behind Brooklyn’s uber-popular restaurant Sunday. Here in L.A., enjoy the Sunday Bloody Sunday, a potent combo of mezcal, tomato, sambal, horseradish, Worcestershire and lemon that satisfies any day of the week.
1060 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, siblingrivaldtla.com, @siblingrivaldtla
Candied Bacon Mary at Nighthawk
At Nighthawk, it’s always breakfast. The breakfast bar was inspired by the iconic late-night rock ‘n’ roll breakfast in Los Angeles, where musicians in the late ’80s and early ’90s would top off their nights eating in diners after the end of their shows on the Sunset Strip. To go along with their signature dishes like Drunken French Toast and Chicken & Biscuits, check out one of their Candied Bacon Mary made with vodka, house-made tomato juice, pepper and spice blend and Tapatio candied bacon.
417 Washington Blvd., Venice, nighthawkrestaurants.com, @nighthawkrestaurants
Proud Mary at Jones
The classic Jones Bloody Mary, made with house-infused Hera The Dog Vodka, Dirty Sue premium olive juice and a secret blend of spices. You can feel extra proud while enjoying this drink. L.A.-based Hera The Dog Vodka gives back to local animal rescues.
7205 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, joneshollywood.com, @joneshollywood
Georgia’s Bloody Mary at Georgia’s Restaurant
New Year’s Day Brunch at Georgia’s Restaurant is kicking off 2020 with a bang as they are serving their Southern soul food brunch all day long. The table can share savories such as the Fried Egg Sandwich, Co-Owner Nika Shoemaker-Machado’s personal favorite, the hearty Steak and Eggs, the Grilled French Toast or the Cinnamon Apple Waffle. For those looking for a little hair of the dog after a big night out, the Georgia’s Bloody Mary made with their secret recipe will have you ringing in New Year’s Day just right.
4104 McGowen St., Suite 155, Long Beach, Georgias-Restaurant.com, @georgiassoul
Classic Bloody Mary at Mi Piace
Welcome in 2020 with the iconic tradition of watching the 131st Rose Parade and then head to Mi Piace located right on Colorado Boulevard after viewing the many magnificent floral floats, marching bands, and equestrians to continue the celebration. This iconic Italian eatery opens its doors to all parade-goers for a festive day welcoming the New Year. Being that New Year’s Day is also National Bloody Mary Day, it is only right to kick things off by enjoying the Mi Piace Classic Bloody Mary, comprised of Absolut vodka, house-made spicy Bloody Mary mix, celery salted rim, and crisp celery stalk garnish.
25 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, MiPiace.com, @mipiacepasadena
Hair of the Dog Bloody Mary at Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar
As its name implies, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is a pawsitively perfect place to hang with your pooch. The chain restaurant has a large patio and a menu just for dogs featuring grilled hamburger patties, grilled chicken and brown rice bowls to treat well-behaved furry friends. Owners can indulge is the aptly named Hair of the Dog Bloody Mary made with vodka, tomato juice, black pepper, fresh lime, horseradish, garnished with olives, pickled green beans and celery.
3525 W. Carson St., Torrance, lazydogrestaurants.com, @lazydogrestaurants
DIY Bloody Mary Bar at The Belmont
If you are super particular about how you take your Bloody Mary, give the bartenders at The Belmont a break and help yourself to the DIY Bloody Mary bar. Their house Bloody Mary mix arrives at your table and the rest is up to you. You have your choice of spirits from gin to vodka, alongside spicy peppers, pickles, and herbs, fun garnishes and plenty of citrus.
747 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, belmontla.com, @belmontla
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