Some weekends, it's all you can do to get out of bed, but it's easier if you know there's a Bloody Mary in your future. So put your pants on one leg at a time. Here are five places in North Texas you can find a rejuvenating cocktail that will provide both your buzz and daily dose of vegetables.
Ozona Grill and Bar (Dallas)
Bloody Marys are not a one-size fits all kind of drink, which is why Ozona is such a popular place to grab one. This Tex-Mex spot provides the ultimate DIY cocktail experience. Simply choose your poison, whether it's a $4 well vodka or a classy top shelf for $8.50, and then head over the the Bloody Mary bar to dress your drink. Ozona offers about 10 different mixes and 20 hot sauces alongside a salad bar worth of garnishes. We're talking shrimp, bacon, banana peppers, green beans, pico de gallo, avocado and more. The price of your libation depends on the vodka you order; it's only an extra 50 cents to access the Bloody Mary bar.
Ozona Grill and Bar serves the Bloody Mary bar during brunch hours: Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sixty Vines (Plano)
Here's my issue with Bloody Marys. They sound so good. But they're heavy. Halfway through a pint of thick, potent tomato juice, I realize I'd really rather something less ... I dunno ... blood-colored. Sixty Vines' Bloody Mary — called the Bloody Grü-V — is made with Grüner Veltliner, a white wine. It's the brunch lover's answer to a lighter, pre-lunch beverage. What's more, you can drink more than one, and don't ask how I know that. Sixty Vines is Plano's hottest new spot, with a delicious food menu, a beautiful atmosphere and a well-priced list of cocktails and wine. If you're into food, you'll want to get there. — Sarah Blaskovich
Sixty Vines serves its Bloody Mary during brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Anvil Pub (Dallas)
If you're more the type to go big or go home, Anvil Pub is calling your name. On weekends, the Deep Ellum dive serves F* Brunch, which is essentially a meal and cocktail in one glass. It's 32 ounces of Bloody Mary garnished with a bacon cheeseburger slider and other sides, such as onions rings, shrimp, and cheese-stuffed olives. If you're craving something else, the bar offers three other giant drinks you can nibble on: a mimosa with a breakfast sandwich, fruit and cinnamon roll; sangria with Tex-Mex bites such as fajita meat and a chimichanga; and screwdriver with breakfast sandwich, fruit and tater tots. All four cost $20, but trust us, you're getting your money's worth.
Anvil Pub serves its Bloody Mary during brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Smoke (Dallas and Plano)
In the mood for a hearty mix of booze and tomatoes? Hit one of Smoke's locations in Dallas or Plano. This smokehouse is renown for its meats, but the Bloody Mary (pictured at top) is also one of its most popular menu items. That's because Smoke makes a house mix from smoked tomatoes and other veggies, then adds a plethora of spices. We wish we could tell you exactly what's in it, but the recipe is a house secret. Just know this isn't for the faint of heart — the cocktail is so thick you practically need a milkshake straw to enjoy it. But the smoky, spicy flavors make it one of the most coveted and memorable in town.
Smoke serves its Bloody Mary during all business hours, except on Sunday before 10 a.m. (TABC's rules, not the restaurant's.)
Pie Tap Pizza Workshop (Dallas)
Brunch at a pizza joint? You'd be surprised to find it's actually quite delicious, and that includes the restaurant's unique Bloody Mary. Instead of gussying up the mix, Pie Tap adds an original twist to its vodka, which is infused with all sorts of goodies. Bartenders let chilis, bell peppers, carrots, onions, and celery soak in a blend of two vodkas, giving the spirit a spicy and complex flavor. It's served with Bloody Mary mix and garnished with an appetizer of meat and cheese. The cocktail is served at both Dallas locations in the Design District and on Henderson Avenue.
Pie Tap serves its Bloody Mary during all business hours, except on Sunday before 10 a.m. (TABC's rules, not the restaurant's.)