Bloody Marys, perhaps one of the most controversial drink options with both a large cult following and a large group of objectors. The Tampa Bay area is home to some of the best spots for Bloody Marys! Spice up your weekend and raise a glass together.
Here are the Top 6 places to order a Bloody Mary in Tampa Bay:
610 S Armenia Ave, Tampa, FL
Located off of Armenia Ave. in South Tampa, The Soho Backyard is a bar and grill-style eatery with tapas-style foods as well as flatbreads and burgers.
While you dine, enjoy mood lighting, a relaxed atmosphere, and wall-to-wall TVs. This spot is great for the night owl because they are open every single night until 2 a.m. One of The Soho Backyard’s big attractions is their Bloody Mary!
The brunch menu features a signature Bloody Mary ($6), but the real fun comes with adding a skewer. For another $6, add a skewer loaded with duck wings, chicken wings, or fried lobster.
5119 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL
If you haven’t been to Ella’s, you must check it out – (especially if you’re craving a Bloody Mary!) This hot spot is an American-style eatery featuring all of your favorite comfort food and drink.
The restaurant is set inside a beautiful brick building with a delightfully eclectic, funky style that will bring you a unique way to feast.
Ella’s features their version of the Bloody Mary under their Specialty Cocktail section with the Bloody Ella for $13. This drink features Ella’s very own garlic-ancho-chipotle peppers vodka and their loaded Bloody mixture. To top it off there’s a BBQ rub rim and a hickory smoked rib. You can also get an 8-serving Bloody Ella To-Go kit for $25.
1102 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL
Head over to Brick House Tap and Tavern for a sports bar feel with a modern twist.
Enjoy the plushest seating around with high-backed recliners and delicious bar food. The environment is incredibly relaxed and is the perfect place to unwind on the weekend for the big game or on Friday nights after a long day of work.
When you open up the Drink Menu the very first drink is the Bloody Good Mary. This take on the classic Bloody Mary features Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Zing Zang, Guinness, and pickle juice topped with a deviled egg, salami, smoked cheddar, and an olive skewer.
1902 N Ola Ave., Tampa, FL
Located in Armature Works, Steelbach is a perfect brunch spot with ample outdoor seating to catch the breeze off the Hillsborough River.
The brunch menu is top-notch, with plenty of southern breakfast staples and sweet brunchy treats. Everything is made a bit better with “The OG Bloody Mary,” a classic take made with Reyka vodka, house Bloody Mary mix and celery for $11.
462 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater, FL 33767
Salty’s is a casual joint and is a great place for a laid-back day date (or night) or to catch the game on one of their bar TVs. They serve breakfast with a menu that includes items such as Crabby Benedict and Grouper and Eggs. If you’re there for lunch or dinner, you can’t go wrong with the Ahi Tuna Nachos, Seafood Pasta, Hogfish Snapper, Shrimp or Crab Boils, or their 1.5 pounds of Bairdi Crab.
You can wash it all down with a shareable cocktail bucket or Ultimate Bloody Mary with Bacon and Shrimp, their ima-GIN Mary made with Hendrick’s Gin instead of vodka, or the Miche-Maria, a tequila Bloody Mary topped with a Corona bottle.
202 N. Morgan Street, Tampa, FL
This British spot is a downtown Tampa staple. The location is perfect for weekday lunch, or a pre-Lightning game meal and drink. Brunch brings a great menu with an English influence (pot roast benedict, anyone?) and the added perk of bottomless drink options. Sip as many bloody marys as your heart desires for $14.99, or for an extra $2, make that bottomless mimosas as well.
Craving a Bloody Mary yet? Thought so.
*Please drink responsibly.
Featured Bloody Marys Image Credit: Tabasco
Updated March 2023 by Dani Meyering
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