Day Drinking

6 of Seattle's Best Bloody Marys

Brunch's signature cocktail, from subtle to skyscraping

By Darren Davis February 16, 2015 Published in the February 2015 issue of Seattle Met


Image: Barbie Hull


Matt's in the Market

Robbie’s Bloody Mary 

Technically Matt’s does lunch, not brunch, on weekends, but daytime bartender Robbie McGrath has made the bloody mary his signature—it’s clean, savory, with just the right amount of spice. It also comes with a beer chaser for a little Midwest flair.


Skillet Diner

Bacon Jam Bloody Mary

Plenty of places use bacon-infused vodka in their brunch cocktails, but Skillet’s kicks up the spice into five-alarm territory. Balancing the heat with simple ingredients and garnishes keeps this brunch staple from obliterating your palate.


Hattie’s Hat

Mezcal Maria

A south-of-the-border detour from the standard base spirit; the smokiness of the mezcal is distinct without overpowering. You may never go back to vodka. 



Bell and Whete

The Garth

Curry spice and cider might seem like a late-night mistake, but this Belltown bloody mary is sophisticated—the Sunday-morning drinker’s equivalent of streaming cricket matches instead of watching football. And not just because it’s served in a chalice.



Monsoon Seattle

A Bloody Alternative

A bloody by name, sure, but only the tomato juice is recognizable. The sweet-savory libation contains a shot of actual pho broth, plus pineapple juice, kummel (a caraway seed liqueur), and gin.




Sam’s Tavern

Sam’s Bakon Bloody Masterpiece 

The Mount Rushmore of Seattle bloody marys. Except instead of notable American presidents, this monolith is a standard-issue bloody bedecked with celery, lime, pickled asparagus, pepper jack cheese, a little smokie, and, to top it off, a slider. Yes, a miniature cheeseburger garnish.




Meanwhile, check out our roundup of Seattle's Best Brunches.


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