5 Long Beach Versions of the Classic Bloody Mary, the Unofficial Cure-All Cocktail

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 A Bloody Mary is one of the best ways to cure a hangover.


Bloody Marys have long been one of the unofficial cure-all cocktails for hangovers. Despite the fact that a few people have claimed to be the inventor of this “hair of the dog” drink, one thing cannot be disputed about this almost century old cocktail; it’s a popular brunch favorite. The perfect combination of tomato juice and vodka with variations in seasonings and Worcestershire sauce serves as a perfect, stomach-soothing drink in addition to your omelette or serves as a meal in and of itself and you don’t have to wait for that acceptable noon hour. So, let’s investigate the best local spots to grab this special drink.

The Breakfast Bar

70 Atlantic Ave.

Monday through Thursday 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday-Saturday 6 a.m-8 p.m. Sunday 6 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Breakfast Bar serves up Bloody Marys three ways: The OG Mary, The Mid-Grade Mary, and the Queen Mary. The OG Mary, an original made with well vodka, house bloody mary mix and your cocktail glass is salted with celery salt. The Mid-Grade Mary is made with Stolichnaya vodka, house bloody mix, L.B. jerky and bacon, a salted rim and a topping of choice. The Queen Mary is the mother of all cocktails and is made with Ketel One vodka, Bloody Mary mix, L.B. jerky and bacon, garnished with cocktail shrimp, and topped with more bacon and jerky. You can’t go wrong with any of these options.

The Crooked Duck

5096 E. Pacific Coast Highway

Monday 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday 8 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.- 9 p.m.

Listen for the bell at the Crooked Duck where your Bloody Mary is served beginning at 8 a.m. Try the “Duck” Bloody Mary made with a homemade Bloody Mary recipe, vodka and celery salt, or customize your mary with bacon, bleu cheese or jumbo prawns for an additional cost. You can also try the “Duck” Michelada made with homemade Bloody Mary mix, Tecate, salt and lime.

Starling Diner

4114 E. Third St.

Closed Monday; Tuesday-Sunday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Starling Diner serves its delicious version of the Bloody Mary in a mug. It is a concoction of Petrov’s fermented vodka, Bloody Mary blend and garnished with a lemon, greens and a crab claw. This restaurants has covered all the basics in serving up a hearty cocktail.

The Attic

3441 E. Broadway Ave.

Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Customize your Bloody Mary at The Attic with shrimp, stuffed Slim Jim olives, pepper jack cheese, pickles and baby-back ribs to name a few options. The most impressive of them all is the Meaty Man with bacon-infused vodka, jalapeno tabasco, a salted rim and topped with a bacon and short rib slider. Is this a drink or a meal? In this case it’s both!

Claire’s at the Museum

2300 E. Ocean Blvd.

Closed Monday-Wednesday; Thursday 11 a.m – 8 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.

At Claire’s, mixologists create a San Marzano tomato base and muddled fresh herbs that lends a unique selection of Bloody Mary’s. Three Bloody Mary’s are featured: Roasted Blend Bloody Mary, Bacon Bloody Mary and Shrimp Bloody Mary. The Roasted Blend Bloody Mary consists of vodka, fresh lime juice, crafted tomato base, all natural Tabanero hot sauce, muddled cucumbers, celery and cilantro, garnished with a medley of vegetables and rimmed with baked green olive soil. The Bacon Bloody Mary consists of the first three ingredients from the first recipe, but with muddled basil and maple bacon bits, rimmed with a cajun sea salt and garnished with a pair of thick, applewood bacon bits. The Shrimp Bloody Mary features vodka, fresh lime juice, fresh, grated horseradish, muddled cilantro and a crafted tomato base, garnished with a pair of tiger shrimp and rimmed with Cajun sea salt.

Now get the hell up, It’s time to start drinking!

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