Feeling the effects of over-indulging the night before? Treat yourself to a spicy Bloody Mary to take the edge off—just be sure to eat some brunch while you’re at it, otherwise you’ll be in the same predicament tomorrow. Read on to see where you can sip on the most flavorful Bloody Marys in D.C.
Hours: Mon-Tues: Noon – 10:30 p.m.; Wed-Thurs: Noon – 11 p.m.; Fri Noon – 12 a.m.; Sat: 9 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Sun 9 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Featuring a fun and dynamic Bloody Mary bar, The Heights can serve up the best Bloody Mary for your palate. Choose your favorite kind of vodka; juice that is mild, spicy, or very spicy; extras such as lime juice, wasabi, or horseradish; and additions that go way beyond celery, such as jicama, crispy potato strings, and pickled ginger. Can’t decide? Go with the cool cucumber made with cucumber vodka, tomato juice, lime juice, and a cucumber with cream cheese as a garnish.
Hours: Mon 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Tue-Thu 11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.
A Bloody Mary like no other: tequila or vodka is mixed with a refreshing tomato sangrita, topped with a sweet, smoky roasted maguey heart and served in a glass rimmed with Sal de gusano, a powdered combination of salt, chilis and roasted gusano worm from the state of Oaxaca.
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Fri: 5 p.m. – 3 a.m.; Sat: 11 a.m. – 3 a.m.; Sun: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Indulge in all-you-can-eat tapas and bottomless Bloody Marys at Masa. At a price of 14 for $35, itdoesn’t get any better than that. Classic flavors of vodka, tomato, celery, Worcestershire, and horseradish make Masa 14’s Bloody Mary a hit. It is the perfect complement to the Latin-Asian fusion cuisine served at the restaurant. If you only want one Bloody Mary, they’re $5 a pop.
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri: 7 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Sun 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Try a delicious and spicy Poste Mary for $8. Made with horseradish, jalapeno-infused Square One Vodka and freshly made tomato juice from Poste’s own garden, it is best enjoyed on Poste’s outdoor patio.
Hours: Mon: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Tues-Thurs: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Fri: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Sat: 2 p.m. – 12 a.m.; Sun: 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
It may be expensive, but the pepper-infused vodka is made in house at Founding Farmers, as is the Bloody Mary mix. Fresh and spicy, this Bloody Mary manages to be hot and heavy, smooth and refreshing, all at the same time.
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Priya Konings is a child welfare attorney and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her restaurant reviews can be found here.