The Bloody Mary was invented in Paris, but it might just have been perfected in Melbourne. Give these five a try and you’ll see what we mean!
It’s a breezy cafe during the day and a slick European restaurant by night, and Pope Joan does both exceptionally well. The rustic aesthetic and top-notch staff make it a wonderful place to be, and the Bloody Marys hit the spot just right. There’s three to choose from, but our favourite has to be the Bloody Mary-Lou. That’s chipotle vodka, pickle juice, smoky salt, and their special Mary mix. Spicy and salty and perfectly balanced, it’ll set your taste buds alight!
“Fabulous! Great food and amazing coffee. Staff are lovely too!” – coaster
Famous for its legendary buffalo wings, the Kodiak Club is a kind of American-Canadian-Mexican hybrid. It’s big on bourbon, craft beer and atmosphere, and the secret tequila bar is always worth a visit. But before you start on the slammers, you need to try their Bloody Caesar. It’s a Canadian twist on the Bloody Mary – with vodka, clamato juice (tomato juice flavoured with spices and clam broth), lemon, hot sauce and spices – and it’s the best in town.
“Came for wings, would come back again and again for wings. Although this place is a bar, there are seats (limited) to eat. Not only do they sell wings, they have an endless selection of bourbon as they’re known as a bourbon bar. A bit on the pricey side just for wings, but the quality is amazing. Only downfall, as this place is a bar, it’s a bit dark to eat here.” – mass.d
Le Bon Ton is a lush and decadent venue that fully embraces its classical New Orleans influences. From the ornate ceilings to the French-style sofas, everything about this place just screams élégance. The Le Bon Ton Bloody Mary is a must-try. It’s a mix of vodka, smoked tomatoes, grilled capsicum, citrus, pickle juice, red wine, jalapeño hot sauce, and Old Bay seasoning. Supremely indulgent, and with all those fruits and vegies, it’s basically a salad. Right?
“Southern cooking at its smokiest and greasiest! A fun place to share some beers and eat some ribs or smoked meats. Obviously, not a place for vegetarians. Great staff make it a fun night out and they are open quite late at night which is great for after a show.” – starwoman8
Leonard’s House of Love is all beer, burgers and Rolling Stones pinball machines (hey, why not?). It’s South Yarra’s very own slice of Americana, and it’s always a blast to visit. Especially if you order Leonard’s Bloody Mary, with vodka, tomato juice, jalapeños, mint, lemon, a unique mix of spices, and even a Pringle rim. Because everything is better with Pringles, obviously.
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If you ever get a pining for all things Polish, Borsch, Vodka & Tears is your number-one stop. The drinks are strong, the food incredible, and beautiful ivy is strewn about with joyful abandon. The Bloody Mary here is, of course, one for the ages. It’s made of garlic-and-chilli vodka, tomato sauce, tabasco and lemon, and garnished with celery, olives and cucumber. Rich and flavoursome, you won’t forget it soon.
“Love this place! A must go to for Vodka lovers – the menu is as thick as a book with 90% being on Vodkas. The food if amazing and I struggle every time ordering but can never pass up their white borsch, or lamb chops and Saganaki. The staff are super knowledgeable and helpful, and seem to all get along with each other well often having fun while doing an amazing job which helps create a really great atmosphere.” – Katie Laidlaw