Detroit’s Best Bloody MaryModified: April 10, 2023 | Story by Biba Adams
When it comes to brunch cocktails, it usually comes down to one or the other—a mimosa or a Bloody Mary.
Mimosas are made with champagne or Prosecco and juice that brings out the tart flavor of the sparkling wine. Mimosas are easy to drink and there’s no boozy brunch like one that features bottomless mimosas.
But, it takes a more discriminating palate to love a Bloody Mary. The cocktail is made with seven basic ingredients: vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, celery salt, Tabasco and lemon juice. The savory flavors lend themselves nicely to unique garnishes and some of Detroit’s best bartenders have embraced the trend turning the drink into a brunch dish all its own.
Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar
19400 Northline Rd. Southgate
Monster Bloody Mary, $39.99 or $49.99 for premium vodka
If you’re looking for an extreme experience, Mallie’s has it. The famed sports bar earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest commercially available burger that weighed in at 1,800 pounds and cost $9,000. But, for much less than that—you can try their Monster Bloody which is served in a 1-gallon jug and is topped with 10-skewers featuring olives, pickles, chicken wings, mini-tacos, and mozzarella sticks.
Vivio’s Food & Spirits
Eastern Market at 2460 Market St.,
The Big D, $20
A gigantic 32 oz., mug that is a meal all its own is topped with bacon, Pettus, spicy asparagus, prosciutto-stuffed olives, sliced provolone, a pickle spear, a hard boiled egg, and, wait for it, a meat straw. The $20 cocktail also features Vivio’s unique infused vodka and is so monstrous that it comes with a plate and silverware so you can eat your way through it.
400 E. Congress St. Detroit
Grandpa Steve’s Famous Bloody Mary, $9.25
Sweetwater is known for having some of Detroit’s best wings. So, it’s no surprise that their Bloody Mary is served with one of those same wings as a garnish. Grandpa Steve’s Famous Bloody Mary has a secret recipe and in addition to the chicken wing, it is also served with a skew of Swiss and cheddar cheese and salami.
27799 Woodward Ave., Berkley
Secret Menu Bloody Mary, $11
The secret in this Bloody Mary might be Sriracha giving it a spicy kick that is accented by a cheeseburger slider (without the bun) as the garnish along with bacon and pickles. The cocktail is served up with a choice of Valentine’s Vodka or Two James Whiskey.
The Brooklyn Street Local
1266 Michigan Ave. Detroit
Virgin Mary $3 and $9 for the spiked
Bloody Mary’s have been known to be a great hangover cure, so why not have a virgin one with brunch? Featuring a spicy and pickley flavor, Brooklyn Street’s Virgin Mary is still tasty even without the alcohol—and for the hair of the dog that bit you, try it with vodka. The restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients and that includes in their delicious drinks.
Grand Trunk Pub
612 Woodward Ave., Detroit
$7 and $1 for each refill
This classic pub which is based in one of the oldest buildings in Detroit serves up a Bloody Mary special that matches their mimosa special meaning only $7 for the first one and a buck for each after. The cocktail is a great accent to the restaurant’s many delicious burgers. Try it with the Foran—a burger topped with corned beef, New Holland Brewing Co Poet Stout Kraut, Swiss Cheese, and 1000 Russians Dressing on Brioche.
1300 Porter St., Detroit
$7 with bacon, $6 without
Stop by the Corktown classic on a Sunday and have a house-made bloody mixed with Detroit’s own Valentine Vodka. A Midtown staple for more than 15 years, Mudgie’s has some of the city’s best sandwiches and their Bloody Mary is a great accent to any of them. The cocktail is served up with or without bacon and fresh fruit slices.
1800 Michigan Ave., Detroit
This gastropub has an amazing Bloody Mary bar on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the build-your-own bar starts at just $3 for the base and features five different mixes, six different hot sauces, and five different seasonings to curate your own flavor. Bobcat also let’s you garnish the drink with bacon, mozzarella or pepperoni.