The mother of all cocktails is more than just a glass of tomato juice. When prepared properly, a Bloody Mary should come with a spicy kick and a crown of garnishes — the perfect hangover cure. As any diehard fan would know, not all Bloody Marys were created equally. Make a beeline to these spots to try The Loop’s favorites.
Over in Kennedy Town, Catch has a pretty kick-ass Bloody Mary. It’s simple and to-the-point, with a super spicy blend, fresh tomato juice and minimal garnishes. The hearty cocktails makes for a satisfying complement to the Melbourne-style brunch menu, which takes place every weekend and public holiday ’til 3:45pm. Expect the best of down-to-earth Aussie-style cooking, plenty of avo and a coffee from Roasters Alchemy.
93 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town.
A perennial favorite, The Globe’s secret recipe Bloody Mary comes with big-ass chunks of tomatoes and a base that has irresistible spicy undertones. The drink is served in a mason jar — but it’s been this way since way before all the new hipster bars followed suit. Alongside the legendary Bloody Mary, the gastropub serves up one of biggest and best selection of craft brews in Hong Kong.
G/F, Garley Building, 45-53 Graham Street, Central, 2543-1941.
Offering up some of the most creative spins on the Bloody Mary, Armani Prive offers up three options to choose from. Our favorite is the black garlic and bell pepper variety. You’re not just drinking a run-of-the-mill Bloody Mary — the juice is made with organic Italian plum tomatoes and it tastes as impressive as it sounds.
2/F, Chater House, 8 Connaught Road Central, 3583-2828.
Keep things simple at Posto Pubblico, where the Bloody Marys are served the classic way. The drink consists of vodka and a house Mary mix, garnished with fresh lemon. It goes down pretty well with Posto’s signature hearty Italian dishes.
28 Elgin Street, Central, 2577-7160.
We love Yardbird’s Bloody Kim Jong Il for its spicy, moreish kick. The Asian-inspired take on the classic is made with kimchi with vodka and tomato juice, and goes down pretty well with the restaurant’s signature KFC, Korean fried cauliflower. It’s served in a simple glass with chili powder on the rim as garnish.
154-158 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, 2547-9273
From its digs on Third Street in Sai Ying Pun, this Bali transplant serves up a mean Bloody Mary. The bar’s cocktails have a Balinese-inspired feel to them, and the mighty Bloody Mary is no different. The Indo Bloody Mary is made with pepper-infused Ketel One vodka, tomato, beetroot and carrot juices, plus a potent mix of sambal, tamarind, clove, fresh red chilli, coriander leaves, red pepper, citrus, cracked black pepper and sea salt. It’s served with cherry tomatoes and Asian celery.
G/F, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, 2858-3036.
[Updated December 2018]