Bloody Marys, perhaps one of the most controversial drink options with both a large cult following and a large group of objectors. With an assortment of veggies including tomato juice as the base (duh), Bloody Marys come off unappealing, however, the Tampa Bay area is home to some of the best spots for Bloody Marys! For those of you still on the fence—order a Bloody Mary at one of these hot spots and you will understand the hype and maybe even join the Bloody Mary lovers! Here are the Top 5 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! Guests who order the Build Your Own Bloody option on the specials menu, can order anything they like piled high atop their Bloody! Order shrimp, bacon, hot dogs, or even wings, skewered atop your Bloody Mary for a drink experience like no other!
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 of 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. This drink features Ella’s very own garlic-ancho- chipotle peppers vodka and their loaded Bloody mixture—yum!
1805 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL
If you’ve lived in the Tampa area for a while, then you’ve probably heard of Gaspar’s Grotto. Located in Ybor City off of historic 7th avenue Gaspar’s is a staple to the Tampa/Ybor area and pays homage to the notorious local pirate Jose Gaspar. What’s unique about Gaspar’s is their Sunday Booze Cruize Brunch which features 50+ feet of food, not to mention their menu changes slightly every week for a totally different dining experience every time you visit. The best time to visit Gaspar’s if you’re in need of a Bloody Mary would have to be their Booze Cruize Brunch. There, along with the insane buffet, guests can order a Bloody Mary from their very own Bloody Mary Bar!
2616 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL
Another local staple to the Tampa area is Datz. Datz is another eclectic, delicious spot with an American style gastropub. This hot spot features comfort food with a twist, craft beers, signature cocktails, and so much more. The best time to score a delightful Bloody Mary is during their weekend brunch from 8:30-3 p.m. on Saturdays and 8:30-9 p.m. on Sundays. The Datz-A-Mary is only $10 and features Wodka Vodka, Jones Bacon, celery, Salish Alder, and smoked sea salt! Check it out now!
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.
Craving a Bloody Mary yet? Thought so.
*Please drink responsibly.