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Making cocktails in Las Vegas has become a competitive art these days, with each master mixologist attempting to top the next one. If you have a voluminous budget and a capacious liver, you just can’t go wrong with the myriad Las Vegas bars in the newer hotels and casinos along The Strip.
See 10 Insane Cocktails to Try in Las Vegas Slideshow
The bartenders are not just imaginative in the creation of the drinks themselves, but absolutely audacious in the choosing of ingredients as well, often digging into the historicity of drinking and coming up with some seldom-seen liquors: Nocello Walnut Liqueur at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino’s Sugar Factory, Luxardo Sangue Morlacco Cherry Brandy at Sage at ARIA, and Ecco Domani Moscato at Payard Pâtisserie at Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino, and so on.
Edible flowers and over-the-top garnishes adorn most drinks as well. Take the flowery Sichuan button at The Chandelier bar at The Cosmopolitan and the Love Unit with its large, succulent red bell pepper floating alongside a "spanked" Thai basil leaf (was this a drink or a date?) at Hyde at the Bellagio.
"A bartender is a perfect dichotomy of knowledge, spirit, passion, humility, listener, and showman," says Mariena Mercer, mixologist at The Chandelier. "Each trait is careful not to overwhelm but rather inform. I keep my feet in the foundation of classic cocktails and techniques and my head in the clouds, utilizing innovative and creative techniques and ingredients."
Drink-for-drink, the folks at Wynn Las Vegas have the most impressive drinks. Patricia Richards, master mixologist for Wynn’s staggering 21 bars, is very precise, even down to the individual pour at outposts like Botero and Mizumi, producing liquid perfection.
It was a tough job sipping our way through Las Vegas’ most insane drinks list, but The Daily Meal has whittled it down to 10 Insane Cocktails to Try in Las Vegas. There are even a few recipes to recreate these at home. Cheers.
Looking for the Best Food in Las Vegas? Get Far Away from the Strip
Pay too much attention to the flashy casinos and you could miss a restaurant revolution.
Chef Sheridan Su is proof that great Las Vegas dining isn’t just in flashy Strip casinos.
Su, who runs Fat Choy at the off-Strip Eureka casino and also presides over the tiny, lunch-only Flock & Fowl on West Sahara Avenue, has signed a lease to open a new restaurant in downtown Vegas. He plans to debut a larger version of Flock & Fowl, which is known for its excellent Hainan chicken rice, this fall.
Unlike the existing Flock & Fowl, which Su will continue to operate, the new restaurant will be a place where guests can hang out for a while.
“We’re able to accommodate groups and have a full bar,” he says. “We’ll be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. There will be a few more items, probably aiming toward something like the current Flock & Fowl meets gastropub.”
The new Flock & Fowl is the culmination of Su and wife/business partner Jenny Wong’s years of hustle after they decided to make a big gamble on themselves.
Su knew it was time for a life change when he got laid off from his job as executive chef of Comme Ca at the Cosmopolitan in 2011. This was during the recession, and Su realized that he was lucky to have other job options. But he didn’t want another gig cooking in a casino.
“The day after, I got three offers for chef jobs on the Strip,” he says. “I didn’t take any of them. I just needed to take a step back and see where I wanted to go in my life. I was putting in seven days a week, easily 100 hours.”
Su had opened Comme Ca and was an experienced chef who had been part of the opening team at Joël Robuchon (which brought him to Vegas as a line cook in 2005), Social House and Wazuzu. But he was ready to do something on a smaller scale.
Su, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, was inspired by the success of Roy Choi’s Kogi food truck in L.A.
“We bought a truck for $6,000,” says Su, who adds that his young son Sterling basically grew up in the truck. “I probably put in another $10,000 to get it wrapped.”
Su opened the Great Bao truck but quickly discovered that it was a money pit.
“It kept breaking down,” he says. “My entire savings went into the truck. And it still didn’t work.”
So Su and Wong decided to open a tiny restaurant, also named Great Bao, at a space they found inside a hair salon. At first, Su thought the setup was “just too weird.” But Wong convinced him that if he made good food, customers would find him. Su trusted Wong’s intuition, but it was a grind in the beginning.
“My first day over there, we bought about $500 worth of product and did exactly $14 in sales,” Su says. “I cried that night. I said, ‘This is scary, I don’t know what I got myself into.’”
But Su started getting good reviews from the local media, and the crowds did indeed find him.
Flash forward to 2017 and Su is leading the charge of chefs with extensive Strip experience doing their own thing in Vegas.
Brian Howard, who was executive chef at Comme Ca after working at Bouchon and famed rock-’n’-roll chef Kerry Simon’s Cathouse, opened Sparrow + Wolf on Chinatown’s booming Spring Mountain Road in May. This is an of-the-moment American restaurant with lots of Asian influences (Howard’s wife is Cantonese) and crowd-pleasing original dishes.
Howard serves udon with a soul-warming lamb ragu.
“Two of my favorite things are udon noodles and a good Bolognese,” Howard says.
Another winning dish is Howard’s Chinatown clams casino, which are topped with Chinese sausage, uni hollandaise and shiitake mushrooms.
Sparrow + Wolf has quickly become an industry hangout, with casino executives as well as chefs and sommeliers from other restaurants popping by, especially late at night.
“We open until 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, and we get our third turn around 11:30, midnight, another 50 people,” says Howard, who serves a late-night burger starting at 11 p.m. “Right now, we’re selling 30 burgers in 15 minutes. It’s insane.”
Another new off-Strip restaurant/industry hangout is The Black Sheep, a Southwest Vegas spot that opened in May. At The Black Sheep, chef Jamie Tran is serving modern Vietnamese-American food like imperial rolls, bao sliders with housemade sausage, and braised Duroc pork belly with sticky rice. Tran was previously the executive chef at DB Brasserie and had also worked at Aureole.
And over in the Henderson suburbs, former Le Cirque executive pastry chef Jaret Blinn is making kouign amanns, short-rib hash and pretzel bagels with smoked salmon at buzzing brunch spot Craft Kitchen.
The fact that Flock & Fowl, Sparrow + Wolf. The Black Sheep and Craft Kitchen are all in different neighborhoods shows that Vegas is ready to embrace a diverse dining scene.
𠇏or this restaurant, there are no boundaries,” says Howard, who cooks in a glassed-in 𠇎xhibition kitchen” at Sparrow + Wolf. “We’re cooking the way we feel, what we like to eat. We’re not reinventing the wheel, but it comes down to hospitality and filling a niche that’s been missing in Vegas.”
Unlike cooking at a big casino restaurant, “We’re not held down by anybody but ourselves,” says Howard, who has plans for whole-animal feasts and other communal-dining events. “We can easily change the theme of the restaurant for a week if we want.”
Both Howard and Su say their Strip experience gave them the confidence to open their own restaurant. But obviously, having your own place is a lot different than running the kitchen of a shiny expensive restaurant funded by somebody else.
“When you have a pre-opening budget at a casino restaurant, you might buy four prep mixers,” Su says. “With your own operation, you buy a $700 Vitamix and you go, ‘Holy shit, I might not be able to eat out for a couple months.’”
But you can’t put a price on the freedom you get working for yourself.
𠇊 couple years ago on a trip to Taiwan, I had chicken rice that was so amazing I thought about it every day,” Su says.
So Su opened Flock & Fowl as a way to simulate this experience in Vegas.
9 Crazy Cocktails You Have to See to Believe
Why do drinks and a show when your drinks can be the show? From the Champagne flute that shoots off sparkles to the entire treasure chest of rum, these flashy cocktails are sure to be the talk of the night before you even take a sip. (Don't worry&mdashthey taste as awesome as they look.)
Why do drinks and a show when your drinks can be the show?
From a Champagne flute that shoots off sparkles to the entire treasure chest of rum, these flashy cocktails are sure to be the talk of the night before you even take a sip. Don’t worry — they taste as awesome as they look.
The Cocktail (above): White Cosmopolitan
The Ingredients: Vodka, white cranberry juice, St. Germain elderflower liqueur
The Theatrics: Bartenders freeze a bright orchid into a perfect sphere of ice, which comes floating in your glass like a magenta globe.
The Restaurant: Daniel, New York City
The Price: $21
The Cocktail: Old Fashioned in the Rocks
The Ingredients: bourbon, demerara syrup and orange bitters
The Theatrics: The drink is served inside a large, hollow ice sphere that the customer smashes with a custom “slingshot,” transforming the cocktail from “in” the rocks to “on” the rocks.
The Bar: The Aviary, Chicago
The Price: $20
The Cocktail: The Flaming Volcano
The Ingredients: Vodka, simple syrup, a mystery brew of liqueurs that create an orange flavor, and an apricot with 151-proof rum on its tip
The Theatrics: When the tip is lit with a match, the top of the drink is engulfed in flames
The Price: $10
The Cocktail: Menage a Trois
The Ingredients: champagne, cognac and 150-year-old Grand Marnier
The Theatrics: It’s all about the trio of “jewels” that come with the drink : 23-karat gold flakes, liquid gold syrup and a gold-plated straw studded with a real diamond
The Price: $3,000
The cocktail: Flaming Doctor Pepper
The ingredients: 151 proof rum, light beer, amaretto
The theatrics: Bartenders balance a shot glass of rum and amaretto on a pint glass of beer. When the shot is lit, the rum’s high alcohol content sets off a strong enough flame to push the shot glass into the pint glass. (The flame also burns off some of the drink’s sugar, making it taste curiously like Dr. Pepper.)
The bar: Cheers Shot Bar, Austin
The price: $8
The cocktail: Magic Mojito
The ingredients: Rum, bitters, lime, mint, cotton candy
The theatrics: An enormous puff of pink cotton candy dissolves into the glass like a deflating balloon. Watch!
The bar: Bar Centro, Los Angeles
The price: $17
The cocktail: Treasure Chest No. 1
The ingredients: Guatemalan rum, fruit juices (passion fruit, pineapple, guava, lemon and lime), Dom Perignon
The theatrics: A treasure chest filled with the rum and juices is topped tableside with a bottle of Dom Perignon, while dry ice at the bottom of the chest creates a thick layer of fog. Drink this out of a two-foot-long straw.
The price: $385 (serves 6-8)
The cocktail: Sparkling Ginger
The ingredients: Champagne, Cointreau, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, dehydrated ginger puree
The theatrics: When the dehydrated ginger puree counteract with the bubbly, sparkles shoots off within the glass.
The bar: Bar Dupont, Washington D.C.
The price: $9
The Cocktail: Pop Rocks Rita
The Ingredients: Tequila, Grand Marnier, sweet and sour mix, cranberry and lime juices, Pop Rocks candy
The Theatrics: Pop Rocks rim the glass, which makes the drink sound like it’s exploding. Boom!
R&R toilet cocktail-anyone try it?
Saw an ad in magazine on my last flight for a 44 oz drink in a toilet bowl container at Rock & Rita's at CC. Going back to LV in July and must have one!
what kind of drinks are available?
Is it very heavy to carry?
OK to carry it out and drink it on the streets?
Can you buy extra toiilets as gifts for less than regular price?
Anyone finish their drink?
Glad you explained it as my first reaction to the thread title was "Heck no and why would I want to". Toilet cocktail just doesn't sound appealing =)
If your some sort of collector of toilets or something you might want to check out the Double Down saloon-they have wee toilets behind the bar for sale which they fill with their own a** juice. Quite cute they were :-)
Hahaha! No, I don't collect toilets but use them every day! Have never drank out of one either will do it this once!
Hahaha! No, I don't collect toilets but use them every day! Have never drank out of one either will do it this once!
Bikerbear-I looked up Double Down because I have never heard of them. Amazing, there are two places with toilet drinks!
Never tried one but might have to now! Ive read that they are ceramic but wouldnt imagine they are that heavy probably more awkward to carry. They is a little more info at the end of the article below.
Hisharonisme.I will be in LV 7/16-7/19. I may have write a report just on this toilet cup drink!
Ok, that article cracked me up. If I ever brave Circus Circus again, I will be tempted to order up "the crapper". The only trouble I forsee is the queasiness I could potentially feel after slurping down a 44 ounce alcohol filled sludgy. Having a miniature ceramic toilet in my hand may just invite the puke.
I brought up this very question on here some months ago, and I wasn't crude.
Almost got me banned. Im not kidding.
i just got the toilet bowl cocktail from kahunaville at TI soooo funny peoples looks!!
for comedy value worth every penny, cocktail was yum too
Cassie-Oscar, is the kahunaville toilet the same? If it is, I rather go to TI instead of CC.
greeenseahorse, yes, drink 44 oz and then if necessary you have the faux porcelain god in your hands!. The circle of life.
1. Donut Bar Las Vegas
The Big Poppa Tart at Donut Bar Las Vegas
Donut Bar Las Vegas is an upbeat, modern bakeshop offering oversized donuts in inventive daily flavors like their Unicorn Surprise donut or ice cream cone donuts. Pretty much everything the Donut Bar in Las Vegas makes is Instagram worthy. And be sure to check out their Big Poppa Tart Donut a super-soft, yeast donut stuffed with a Kellogg’s Pop Tart, filling, topped with our cake batter glaze, crumbled Pop Tarts, donut sprinkles, and a fun drizzle!
Located at 124 S 6th St #140, Las Vegas, NV 89101. Donut Bar Coupon!
Ice Cream Cone Donut from the Donut Bar Las Vegas
2. The Patio Desserts & Drinks
The Patio Desserts & Drinks photo by @romarealica
The Patio Desserts & Drinks is a patio-themed dessert shop serving Asian-influenced cakes, Hong Kong waffles & ice cream plus coffee & tea west of the strip. An Instagram favorite is their Over the Rainbow Crepe Cake, large Toasts, and Thai Tea Milkshakes.
Located at: 5255 S Decatur Blvd Ste 107, Las Vegas, NV 89118.
3. District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew.
District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew. offers waffle cheese fries, pork belly sliders, croquenuts griddled donut sandwiches, and of course all kinds of donuts! There’s just something about good looking donuts, especially their Pina Colada Donut.
Pina Colado Donut from District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew.
Cotton Candy Burrito from Creamberry
Creamberry has all kinds of colorful creations like rolled tacos made with ice cream and burritos made with cotton candy.
Located at: 7965 S Rainbow Blvd #140, Las Vegas, NV 89113
Dessert Tacos at Creamberry
5. CJ’s Italian Ice and Custard
Hot Loaded Hot Chocolate and a Lavendaer Bobalati at CJ’s Italian Ice And Custard | Photo by @eatingwiththebubs
Cj’s Italian Ice and Custard is a dessert shop with Dole Whips, large milkshakes, Bobalatis, and bizarre ice cream float combinations like the Chamango, a Mango and Chamoy ice layered with Tajin, Chamoy sauce, mangos, topped with Tamarindo and spicy mango pieces.
Located at: 3555 S Durango Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89147.
6. Cafe Hollywood
Milkshakes at Cafe Hollywood
Cafe Hollywood, open 24 hours a day, is a good place if you are after a freakshake this is a great option. They’ve got incredible Super Nova Shakes for $16 each! To wash down your treats they offer 24 wines by the glass, an interesting cocktail menu, and a full bar. And if you take a look at their Instagram page it appears that you have a high chance of seeing a celebrity here!
Located inside Planet Hollywood.
12 Best Milkshakes in Las Vegas
7. Truffles N Bacon Cafe
UBE french toast at Truffles N Bacon Cafe
Truffles N Bacon serves creative American foods like their UBE french toast or pancakes. Ube is a purple yam commonly used in sweets for their bright purple color. In addition to their sweets, the hamburgers are insane and Instagram worthy as well.
Located at 8872 S Eastern Ave #100, Las Vegas, NV 89123.
8. Jjanga Steak & Sushi
The sushi tower at Jjanga Steak & Sushi
Jjanga Steak & Sushi has an unbelievably sushi tower that is more than Instagrammable and it’s been featured on the Travel Channel! This is a sushi bar & a Japanese steakhouse with a full bar, hibachi grills & outdoor patio. Everything they serve is super colorful including their sushi tacos. They have an all you can eat sushi option for lunch and dinner.
Located at 6125 S Fort Apache Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89148.
9. LV Serenade Coffee Shop
LV Serenade Coffee Shop has rainbow coffees and elaborate dessert toast. I once drove all over Melbourne, Australia in search of a rainbow coffee and never found one. So, I am thrilled Vegas has one now!
Located at 7920 S Rainbow Blvd Ste 100, Las Vegas, NV 89139.
10. Craft Kitchen LV
Girl Scout Thin Mint Pancakes at Craft Kitchen | Photo credit: @ryusauce
Craft Kitchen LV is an eatery serving creative, locally sourced New American dishes. Their pancakes are a favorite on Instagram, like the Girl Scout Thin Mint Pancakes or the UBE pancakes! If they are offering a cheese board when you visit, it will likely be super colorful.
Located at 10940 S Eastern Ave Ste 107, Henderson, NV 89052.
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Uba pancakes at Craft Kitchen | Photo by @chefjaretb
11. Hash House a Go Go
Chicken and Waffles Hash House a Go Go
Hash House a Go Go is a popular breakfast restaurant with over the top food with several locations around the world. Their chicken and waffles appears often on Instagram
Located inside the Linq and at other locations around Las Vegas.
12. Sugar Factory
The Sugar Factory has reopened and it’s better than ever. Their colorful fish bowl drinks are extremely photogenic. Here’s a Sugar Factory coupon: $40 worth of food for only $28.
Located inside the Fashion Show Mall.
We have an entire post dedicated to colorful over the top cocktails, all of which would look good on your instagram. You can read our post here: 16 Crazy Las Vegas Cocktails.
13. Black Tap
2 of the milkshakes at Black Tap
Black Tap has finally arrived in Las Vegas and it does two things quite well, milkshakes and burgers. Their milkshakes are true freakshakes!
14. Guy Fieri’s Kitchen & Bar
Hangover Recovery Bloody Mary at Guy Fieri’s Kitchen & Bar has one of the most Instagrammable Bloody Mary’s in Las Vegas. It’s essentially an entire meal!
For thirteen more Bloody Mary’s in Las Vegas worthy of Instagram check out our post on the 10 best Bloody Mary’s in Las Vegas.
Unicorn grilled cheese at Fiddlestix
Fiddlestix is part of Gold Spike, which seems to be a night club most of the time. However, they have this cafe called Fiddlestix featuring a variety of large alcoholic milkshakes and Unicorn grilled cheese sandwiches.
16. Stacks & Yolks
Captain Crunch French Toast at Stacks & Yolks
Stacks & Yolks have interesting breakfast foods like Captian Crunch French Toast and peanut butter pancakes with Reese’s peanut butter cups.
Located at 7150 S. Durango.
17. Cafe Zero Degrees
Cafe Zero Degrees has good-looking milkshakes, smoothies, and teas.
Located at 4001 S Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
18. Antojitos Guayabitos
Their Michloka creation is insane. It’s a Michelada drink with ceviche on top. Note that these are non-alcoholic because it is a food truck. If you are looking to booze bring something to mix in.
Located at 1000 N Nellis Blvd, Las Vegas.
19. Amano Las Vegas
The “Fat Babies at Amano’s look pretty tasty. It’s an open ended hero stuffed with pasta sauce and your choice of stuffings. They have creations like the “The Fuhgeddaboudit”, a fat baby stuffed with Mozzarella, Arborio Rice, Parmesan, Cream Cheese, Calabrian Peppers, Provolone, Penne Pasta, Celery, Shrimp, Langostine, Chicken, Italian Sausage and Wings!
Located at 5601 N Tenaya Way #106, Las Vegas, NV 89130
Where is the most Instagrammable food you have found in Las Vegas?
This list should keep you busy for a while! We wish you happy eating and drinking. And if you know of a great place we missed it us know in the comments below.
If you do not have time to visit all these places consider taking a Boozy Brunch Tour.
Top Speakeasy Bars In Las Vegas
There will be no spoiler alert, but Capo&rsquos Restaurant & Speakeasy truly takes the experience to a new level. Be prepared after parking to be transported to the Prohibition era. The entire décor and wait staff is also adds to the ambiance and the feeling one has walked into a time machine. There are no surprises when it comes to the selection of wines and cocktails available and made by the knowledgeable bartenders. The establishment been a staple in Las Vegas for years and is often referred to as &ldquoThe Original Las Vegas Speakeasy.&rdquo
The Commonwealth in downtown Las Vegas is the hip bar of urbanites. Hidden within its confines is The Laundry Room, a speakeasy where no photography is allowed and patrons are only allowed to stay for two hours. The intimate 28-seat room is marked with a laundry pin on the outside. As for the menu, only cocktails are offered with no beer or wine allowed. How the cocktails are created is to tell the bartender what spirit is enjoyed and they will create something to drink. A specialty menu is also available with a wide variety of cocktails to enjoy.
Herbs and Rye embraces the past first with its nondescript building and deserted parking lot during the day, but beginning at 5 p.m. until late into the night, this drinking establishment is serving cocktails made with recipes from the 19th and 20th century with attention to detail. Specialty drinks include Brandy Crusta created with a recipe from 1930, Mint Julep from a recipe found from 1803 and a Frisco found in a book printed in 1907. Combine drinks with a long bar, cozy booths and low lighting for capturing that speakeasy attitude.
The first test is finding and opening the door to the Downtown Cocktail Room hidden in a converted office building next to an alley. After walking inside the red-hued space (including red lights), comfortable seating, low bars with the room divided by sheer drapes next is ordering the perfect cocktail. Old school classics include Pilgram Punch and Side Car with several rumors on how it got its name. The most famous is Harry&rsquos Bar in Paris in the 1930s where an American soldier supposedly arrived on motorcycle with a sidecar and ordered this cocktail. Live entertainment and DJs add to its underground feel.
Another slang for speakeasy is blind pig and The Blind Pig seeks to recreate the retro feel with its bar and drinks menu. Handcrafted cocktails, craft beers and a nice selection of wine are featured in a dark but elegant lounge with the pig décor to a minimum. The Blind Pig cocktail is sweet combination of mixture of raspberry vodka, Grand Marnier, lime juice and orange angostura. Mom&rsquos apple pie blends Angry Orchard cider, Barrett&rsquos ginger beer and Fireball foam. While out of the way in a luxury high-rise, consider this an homage to speakeasies with a 21st century appeal.
5 meals to try in Las Vegas this week
Stuffed french toast with berries, whipped mascarpone, berry gastrique and chantilly cream is on the menu for the new brunch at RM Seafood at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place.
Stuffed french toast with berries, whipped mascarpone, berry gastrique and chantilly cream is on the menu for the new brunch at RM Seafood at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place. Available 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, the brunch menu also includes dishes such as the Lobster Benny, Short Rib Benny and salmon with caper-crusted egg and latkes, plus specialty cocktails. Call 702-632-9300.
The flavors of the Umbria region of Italy will be the focus of a special menu being offered Friday at Lupo at Mandalay Bay. Dishes such as Stringozzi alla Spolentina, tagliatelle-style pasta with peppers and plum tomatoes, prepared tableside for two, and Porchetta e Salsa Verde, roast pork with charred spigarello (similar to broccoli rabe) and salsa verde, are available a la carte, starting at $12. Call 702-740-5522.
New York is next on the itinerary of Culinary Road Trip Dinners by chef Scott Commings at Freedom Beat at the Downtown Grand. Set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, it’ll start with a house-made onion bagel and lox and a mini-Reuben, move on to meatballs and marinara and New York-style pizza and conclude with Baked Alaska. It’s $35 for tickets, go to www.eventbrite.com.
Red Rock Resort and Green Valley Ranch are offering Taste of Rock and Taste to Share, respectively, as tasting tours of their restaurants. The Red Rock version is available from 5 to 7 p.m. weekdays, the Green Valley one from 5 to 7 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays. For details, visit redrock.sclv.com or greenvalleyranch.sclv.com.
Carve at the Eastside Cannery has a new menu centered around slow-roasted prime rib. It’s available in single cuts or the three-slice English cut in sizes ranging from 10 to 28 ounces, along with steakhouse sides. Entrees such as chicken Marsala, shrimp scampi and fresh fish also are available. Call 702-856-5425.
The 25 Most-Over-the-Top Bloody Marys in America
The streamlined initial recipe of vodka and tomato juice now serves as a mere jumping-off point for everything under the sun in these 25 totally off-the-wall Bloody Marys.
Photo By: Rockit Ranch Productions
The Barn Yard Bloody Mary at Farmer's Table, La Mesa, California
While largely an ode to refined, farm-to-table cuisine, this Cali eatery has tongue-in-cheek fun with its theme during brunch, when five wacky Bloody Marys are on offer. The Peter Rabbit (cheese-stuffed mushroom caps and assorted veggies) and the Butcher's Block (sage-fennel sausage and braised short ribs) set the stage in a comparatively sedate way, but the showstopper is the $45 Barn Yard, a cornucopia of bacon-wrapped shrimp, fresh mozzarella, seasonal vegetables and a whole roasted chicken, meant to satisfy four thirsty (and famished) farmhands.
The Sumo Mary at Sunda, Chicago
You'll need a pretty strong constitution to wrestle with the 32-ouncer at Chicago's Southeast Asia-referencing Sunda. It tips the scales with half a grilled cheese sandwich, braised pork belly, Chinese broccoli, pickled daikon, shishito peppers and roasted potatoes, a crab sushi roll, the Filipino spring roll known as lumpia and a saucy duck bao. Talk about a knockout.
Mama Betty's Bloody Mary at The Bellwether, Studio City, California
Sharing is encouraged during The Bellwether's convivial brunch hours &mdash except, that is, when it comes to cocktails. That means you're fully within your rights if you bogart your Bloody Mary, appetizingly assembled from house-infused habanero vodka, house mix, bacon salt, pepperoncini, cornichons and an adorable mini BLT.
The Brunch for Two at Party Fowl, Nashville, Tennessee
This Nashville funhouse certainly isn't guilty of false advertising when it comes to its infamous Brunch for Two. There's no reason to bother with anything else on the menu, considering this goblet-proportioned offering provides patrons with more calories than they can possibly need in a day, presented on sticks precariously stacked with fried okra, a halved avocado, Scotch eggs, olives and two split hot Cornish game hens.
The Big Fix at Flipside, Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville strikes again, thanks to Flipside, which makes a play for Party Fowl's Bloody Mary crown with The Big Fix. A dill pickle and bacon share real estate in a frosted mug with a skewer brandishing fried chicken cutlet wedges and Tater Tots, and a massive snow-crab claw is draped dramatically over the side.
The BBQ Bloody Mary at That Boy Good BBQ, Oceanside, California
That Boy Good treats its Bloodys in much the same way it approaches its low-and-slow-smoked meats. The chef whips up his own Mary mix (flavored with a dash of BBQ sauce, of course) and uses his all-purpose rub to rim the glass. Jalapeno-infused vodka joins the party, as do celery, olives, limes, pickled veggies and the coup de grâce, a hulking smoked rib.
The Motherlode Mary at Black Iron Kitchen & Bar, Telluride, Colorado
You may want to postpone hitting the slopes after you've gotten a load of the Mary at this apres-ski lounge at the Madeline Hotel. Not only is there a fair amount of vegetation involved (cherry peppers, pickled okra, haricots verts and baby corn), but it packs a protein punch, too, thanks to multiple rashers of crisped bacon and a brawny lamb slider.
The Bloody Best at The Nook, Atlanta
We've got Georgia on our minds, thanks to the awe-inspiring Bloody Best at The Nook. A 32-ounce tumbler barely contains the lava-red drink soused with black pepper vodka, to say nothing of the skewers strung with steak, Tater Tots, pepperoncini, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, beef straws and a slice of buttered toast.
The Chubby Mary at The Cove, Leland, Michigan
Seafood (in the form of oysters, shrimp and lobster) is a pretty standard addition to Bloody Marys. Yet The Cove, situated in Leland's Fishtown neighborhood, serves a Bloody that's, well, a fish out of water in a rather delectable way: A whole smoked chub rises from its brackish, horseradish- and vodka-spiked depths.
The Pizza Bloody Mary at Homeslice, Chicago
While we don't necessarily think of pizza parlors as standard brunch destinations, this quirky Chicago pie slinger is actually a brilliant option for anyone whose go-to fast breaker is a leftover, refrigerated slice. And truly, there's no better hangover cure than a spicy, tomato-rich Bloody, crowned with a chilled triangle of Hawaiian-style 'za &mdash although the accompanying Miller High Life pony might just jump-start a new buzz.
The Bloody Mary Bar at Andiron Steak and Sea, Las Vegas
Not only is Andiron's Bloody Mary bar DIY, but it's bottomless as well, meaning you can spend the better part of the day composing bespoke cocktails from bottles of original, spicy, roasted tomatillo or briny, clam-permeated juice, plus 12 salts, 21 hot sauces, and myriad bowls overflowing with Marcona almond- or blue cheese-stuffed olives, beef jerky, bacon, poached shrimp and Slim Jims. And it's up to you how heavy a hand you use with the vodka or tequila. Hey, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
The Shellfish Bloody at Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille, Pittsburgh
This seafood haven carries its under-the-sea motif straight through to brunch, gamely loading pint glass-proportioned Bloodys with everything from spice-rubbed prawns to whole, flash-fried soft-shell crabs in season, adorably adorned with two pimento-stuffed olives for eyes.
The F*%# Brunch Bloody Mary at Anvil Pub, Dallas
Anvil Pub may thumb its nose at brunch with its colorfully named cocktail, but it's only served to bolster the weekend crowds at this Deep Ellum haunt. One of four flagrantly insane tipples (the others are a breakfast sandwich-mounted mimosa, a chimichanga-capped sangria and a cinnamon roll-cloistered screwdriver), the Bloody comes reinforced with revolving toppings such as a bacon cheeseburger, beef jerky, Brussels sprouts, shrimp, asparagus, crawfish and a half-pint of PBR.
The Bloody Buck at Buck's Naked BBQ, Maine
Dry-rubbed, hardwood-infused meat finds its way into most everything at this duo of Maine-based BBQ joints. And that very much extends to the drinks menu, where margaritas, dark and stormys and, yes, piquant Bloody Marys come opulently accessorized with slow-smoked baby back ribs.
The Build Your Own Bloody at The Wayfarer, New York
The most-jaw-dropping aspect of The Wayfarer's Bloody Mary is how utterly customizable it is. In fact, it's possible to come up with well over 1,000 variations by mixing and matching ingredients from the stupendously stocked bar. Start with a base of traditional mix, tomato water or kale-enriched green juice, pick your poison from a selection of house-infused cucumber or black pepper vodka, individualize your rim with poppy and sesame seeds, smoked paprika or celery salt, and go nuts with garnishes such as shrimp, roasted tomatoes, cheddar cheese, pepperoncini and pork rinds.
The Hail Mary at Star Bar, Austin
Taking the "everything's bigger in Texas" motto to heart, Star Bar proudly proffers this veritable kitchen sink of a drink &mdash if you can even call it that. You'll need to plow your way through a cheeseburger, chicken nuggets, cheddar smoked cocktail sausages, cubes of cheddar and pepper Jack cheeses, hard-boiled eggs, pickled okra, dill pickles and gherkins, cherry tomatoes and celery, as well as powdered mini doughnuts and a full-sized honey bun, before you get to anything that can be consumed with a straw.
The Chicken Fried Bloody Beast at Sobelman's Pub & Grill, Milwaukee
Family-owned Sobelman's rules Milwaukee's Bloody Mary scene and regularly nabs national press for its 40-ounce behemoths. And while that amounts to a pretty stiff pour of Tito's, the alcohol is effectively counteracted by a serious serving of food that's more full-on brunch than mere garnish. Celery stalks and skewered vegetables are overshadowed by bacon-wrapped jalapeno cheese balls, cheeseburger sliders and (this is the "Chicken Fried" part) a whole four-pound bird, procured from Ray's Butcher Shoppe in Greenfield.
The Bloody Homer at Icehouse, Minneapolis
This may be Minneapolis, not Springfield, but we have no doubt that Homer Simpson would make Icehouse his home away from Moe's &mdash especially since his eponymous cocktail comes in a Duff-emblazoned glass, thoroughly swine-ified with both candied bacon strips and a mini, "bacon-bedazzled" doughnut. Mmmm . bacon-bedazzled doughnut .
The Bloody Mary at The French, Naples, Florida
What's in a name? Not a whole lot when it comes to The French's far-from-basic Bloody that brings a taste of France to Florida, by way of fresh-pressed tomato juice embellished with cornichons, pickled onions, salami, spicy boiled shrimp, steak tartare on a toast point and a tiny French flag.
The Bloody Best Bloody Mary at Chef Point, Watauga, Texas
Unsurprisingly, you could easily fill a list of over-the-top Bloody Marys exclusively with entries from Texas. Watauga joins the fray with this leviathan cocktail from Chef Point, based on a double order of spicy Bloody Mary plus 16 ounces of domestic beer. If that sounds like a lot of alcohol, know that it's hardly a match for the sheer amount of booze-absorbing food that umbrellas it: a portion of "Better Than Sex" fried chicken, a cheeseburger, waffle fries, bacon, a blistered jalapeno pepper, asparagus spears, assorted pickled things and a pair of poached shrimp.
The Lobster Bloody Mary at Brant Point Grill, Nantucket, Massachusetts
Bloodys brimming with hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, mac and cheese, brownies and whole fried chickens not your style? Elegant imbibers will appreciate this crustacean concoction courtesy of the Brant Point Grill at the White Elephant Hotel. It features housemade tomato juice mix, locally distilled vodka, a spicy bacon salt rim, and a quarter-pound of lobster.
The Bakon Bloody Mary Masterpiece at Sam's Tavern, Seattle
Since it's off-menu, we're letting you in on one of Seattle's best (but not all that well-kept) secrets: Sam's is home to one of the best darn Bloodys in town. It certainly doesn't hurt that it's spiked with locally made, bacon-infused vodka. But as usual in the world of out-of-bounds Bloody Marys, it's the accoutrements &mdash celery, cheese cubes, tomatoes, olives, onions, cocktail weenies and a cheeseburger slider with the works &mdash that send this drink into the brunchtime-tipple stratosphere.
The Meaty Man at The Attic, Long Beach, California
You may not expect to find something so unapologetically meat-centric in sunny SoCal, yet the folks at The Attic seem wholly unconcerned with beach-physique maintenance &mdash at least when it comes to their Bloody Mary. It's enriched with a triad of indulgent proteins: a short-rib slider perched on a house-baked bun, a rasher of thick-cut fried bacon and a Slim Jim-stuffed olive.
The Southwestern Bloody Mary at Kachina, Denver
So special it's available only on Sundays, Kachina's Southwest-inspired Bloody Mary bar is truly beautiful to behold. Sure, you'll find the usual suspects like celery and bacon, but you can really go for broke with more novel add-ins such as prosciutto, Manchego, chorizo-stuffed olives, pickled cactus, shrimp escabeche and blue corn waffles.
The Checkmate at Score on Davie, Vancouver, British Columbia
Oh, Canada! You may want to consider taking a day trip across the border for brunch, in pursuit of Score on Davie's totally off-the-wall Bloody. Boozy tomato juice is merely the base (and practically beside the point) in this eminently edible cocktail that's chock-full of roasted chicken and chicken wings, a Sriracha-glazed pulled pork slider, a hot dog topped with pulled pork mac and cheese, a full-size burger, a batch of onion rings . and, oh, a brownie for dessert.
4 Chin Chin (Hawaiian Roll, Tuna Tataki, Orange Chicken)
Located in New York New York Hotel on the strip, this restaurant has cozy booths and comfortable tables where you can indulge in some seriously delicious Asian dishes, sushi, and more.
It’s hard to choose just one dish, so it’s best to order the big portions and eat family style. Make sure to start with a Hawaiian roll and the melt-in-your-mouth tuna tataki. Fill up on a selection of other rolls if you’re in the mood for sushi (it’s some of the best in Vegas), but don’t forget to grab an order of orange chicken and Chinese chicken salad for the table. If you still have room for dessert, the cheesecake is an indulgent must-try. There’s also a fantastic breakfast buffet, so check it out in the morning, too.
1. Golden Steer Steakhouse
The Frank Sinatra booth at the Golden Steer Chris Wessling
Old school Vegas comes back to life at the Golden Steer, open since 1958. Booths here come with plaques remembering the stars of yesteryear who dined at the steakhouse. Mobster Tony "The Ant" Spilatro, actress Natalie Wood, singer Nat "King" Cole, bases player Joe DiMaggio, Elvis Presley and race car driver Mario Andretti along with the Rat Pack stars Frank Sinatra, boxer Muhammad Ali all dined here. Table-side carts dish out Caesars salads, while anything with red meat is a must-order.