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10 Bonkers Bloody Marys in San Diego

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Popular legend taps a bartender by the name of Fernand Petiot, from Harry's New York Bar in 1920s Paris, as the possible creator of one of the world's most famous cocktails: the bloody mary.

A potent mix of vodka (sometimes substituted for gin, tequila or even sake), tomato juice, Tabasco, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and other assorted spices, today 'every bartender worth their celery salt' has a closely guarded recipe for this brunch table staple.

Whether you're looking for a hangover cure or tasty pick-me-up, the drink can be as quick to revive as it can to put you under again. And these days it seems the bigger the garnish the better!

Check out these 10 knock-your-socks-off bloody marys in San Diego that come adorned with everything from giant shrimp, crab claws, and octopus tentacles to an entire roast chicken.

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Farmer's Table

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Farmer’s Table boasts five impressive bloodies – including the veggie based Peter Rabbit and meat-centric Butchers Block. With a nod to Baja, The Tijuana is made with jalapeño vodka and comes topped with a bacon-wrapped hot dog, Mexican-style street corn, pickled jalapenos and carrots, but please behold The Barn Yard! Prepared in a pitcher this mega sized bloody is packed with a whole roast hen, roasted veggies, bacon wrapped shrimp, and pickled veggies. Priced at a hefty $36 it’s recommended for groups of four or more.

Small Bar

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All hail to the Bloody Mary Superior, which has graced ‘best of bloody’ lists from The Huffington Post to Thrillist. Crafted with house made bloody mix, Guinness, steak sauce, and chili-garlic vodka, it’s garnished with a rasher of beer-candied bacon, plus a shrimp, olive, tomato, pickled green bean and mushroom skewer. As if it couldn’t get any better the Superior comes with a free bag of pork rinds, and while it’s well worth the reasonable $8 price tag, can also come free as a ‘drink of choice’ with any brunch item.

Café 21

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Keep it simple with a Classic Mary at Café 21 or go big with the oft-photographed Prawn Star: stuffed with a giant smoked prawn it also comes with a veggie skewer and fresh basil. For a real meal in a glass try the California Greenin' comprised of housemade tomatillo mix it’s topped with veggies and miniature grilled cheese sandwiches.

Pi Bar

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Head over to Pi Bar at Liberty Public Market for their extreme-sized namesake bloody mary: the Market Mary. Priced at $17.50 this 32-ounce beauty is garnished with a skewer stuffed with fried chicken nuggets from Bottlecraft, Mastiff sausage links, artisan cheese from Venissimo, plus salumi, olives, and a cooked and peeled shrimp.

THE MED

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Keep it classy at THE MED with one of six elegant bloody marys made with your vodka (or tequila) of choice. Globally inspired sips include the Sriracha and soy sauce crafted Shanghai, a Tapatio-Clamato-tequila Maria, and the Bayou with Tabasco and a fried oyster. The jewel in THE MED’s bloody mary brunch crown has to be its namesake Lady V, which comes garnished with a crab claw, bacon and Himalyan salt and costs $19.

Davanti Enoteca

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Available on Saturdays and Sundays only, Davanti’s behemoth build-your-own bloody mary bar features 30 plus hot sauces, stuffed olives, pickled veggies, bacon and a plethora of tasty accouterments like prosciutto wrapped celery, with which to craft your very own work of vodka and tomato based cocktail art.

Great Maple

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Mid-century designer diner Great Maple boasts a sizeable and unique bloody mary presence on its menu - here you’ll find everything from the Pickle Mary to Johnny's Hangover Bloody finished with a chorizo and melted cheese topped crostini. Like anchovies? Try the Roman Mary: it comes with little floating salty fishes, salt and pepper rim and fresh lettuce leaf. Perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing (or alarming) of the bunch is the One Armed Mary, which is adorned with a spicy grilled octopus tentacle.

Breakfast Republic

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San Diego’s homegrown breakfast chain earns a spot on the map for its Jurassic Pork Bloody Mary. Made with Breakfast Republic’s own bloody mary mix the meal in a glass features a generous sized rasher of their signature thick cut bacon - marinated and baked with paprika and brown sugar - plus a skewer of stuffed pimento olives and requisite celery spear.

Craft & Commerce

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While vodka might be a dirty word at Craft & Commerce gin is not! Hence C&C’s House Bloody Mary, which is made with gin and garnished with a tasty Korean barbecue chicken wing.

Et Voilà!

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Worth a mention is the tempura mushroom topped Bloody Marie at modern French bistro Et Voilà! Made with Skyy Vodka and housemade bloody mary mix it’s served with an extravagant garden garnish of micro veggies and peppers.

Farmer's Table

Farmer’s Table boasts five impressive bloodies – including the veggie based Peter Rabbit and meat-centric Butchers Block. With a nod to Baja, The Tijuana is made with jalapeño vodka and comes topped with a bacon-wrapped hot dog, Mexican-style street corn, pickled jalapenos and carrots, but please behold The Barn Yard! Prepared in a pitcher this mega sized bloody is packed with a whole roast hen, roasted veggies, bacon wrapped shrimp, and pickled veggies. Priced at a hefty $36 it’s recommended for groups of four or more.

Small Bar

All hail to the Bloody Mary Superior, which has graced ‘best of bloody’ lists from The Huffington Post to Thrillist. Crafted with house made bloody mix, Guinness, steak sauce, and chili-garlic vodka, it’s garnished with a rasher of beer-candied bacon, plus a shrimp, olive, tomato, pickled green bean and mushroom skewer. As if it couldn’t get any better the Superior comes with a free bag of pork rinds, and while it’s well worth the reasonable $8 price tag, can also come free as a ‘drink of choice’ with any brunch item.

Café 21

Keep it simple with a Classic Mary at Café 21 or go big with the oft-photographed Prawn Star: stuffed with a giant smoked prawn it also comes with a veggie skewer and fresh basil. For a real meal in a glass try the California Greenin' comprised of housemade tomatillo mix it’s topped with veggies and miniature grilled cheese sandwiches.

Pi Bar

Head over to Pi Bar at Liberty Public Market for their extreme-sized namesake bloody mary: the Market Mary. Priced at $17.50 this 32-ounce beauty is garnished with a skewer stuffed with fried chicken nuggets from Bottlecraft, Mastiff sausage links, artisan cheese from Venissimo, plus salumi, olives, and a cooked and peeled shrimp.

THE MED

Keep it classy at THE MED with one of six elegant bloody marys made with your vodka (or tequila) of choice. Globally inspired sips include the Sriracha and soy sauce crafted Shanghai, a Tapatio-Clamato-tequila Maria, and the Bayou with Tabasco and a fried oyster. The jewel in THE MED’s bloody mary brunch crown has to be its namesake Lady V, which comes garnished with a crab claw, bacon and Himalyan salt and costs $19.

Davanti Enoteca

Available on Saturdays and Sundays only, Davanti’s behemoth build-your-own bloody mary bar features 30 plus hot sauces, stuffed olives, pickled veggies, bacon and a plethora of tasty accouterments like prosciutto wrapped celery, with which to craft your very own work of vodka and tomato based cocktail art.

Great Maple

Mid-century designer diner Great Maple boasts a sizeable and unique bloody mary presence on its menu - here you’ll find everything from the Pickle Mary to Johnny's Hangover Bloody finished with a chorizo and melted cheese topped crostini. Like anchovies? Try the Roman Mary: it comes with little floating salty fishes, salt and pepper rim and fresh lettuce leaf. Perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing (or alarming) of the bunch is the One Armed Mary, which is adorned with a spicy grilled octopus tentacle.

Breakfast Republic

San Diego’s homegrown breakfast chain earns a spot on the map for its Jurassic Pork Bloody Mary. Made with Breakfast Republic’s own bloody mary mix the meal in a glass features a generous sized rasher of their signature thick cut bacon - marinated and baked with paprika and brown sugar - plus a skewer of stuffed pimento olives and requisite celery spear.

Craft & Commerce

While vodka might be a dirty word at Craft & Commerce gin is not! Hence C&C’s House Bloody Mary, which is made with gin and garnished with a tasty Korean barbecue chicken wing.

Et Voilà!

Worth a mention is the tempura mushroom topped Bloody Marie at modern French bistro Et Voilà! Made with Skyy Vodka and housemade bloody mary mix it’s served with an extravagant garden garnish of micro veggies and peppers.

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