Best Bloody Marys in St. Louis: A Roundup
The Famous Bar
(5213 Chippewa Street; 314-832-2211)
Bacon is in everything these days. Apparently putting bacon in bloody marys is a new thing, and we couldn't be happier with this development. Several bars offer bacon bloody mary options, but the Famous Bar's is by far the best. They use bacon-infused vodka and top it off with a skewer of beef jerky and a pickled quail egg. Oh, and the beef jerky is made by a local retired cop out of his house, so it's a total win for locavores. Also it's delicious, and it's pretty much a meal on its own. Dinner? Solved!
Most Exotic Bloody Mary
(1104 Locust Street; 314-241-8118)
Rooster has a unique bloody mary menu with eleven options, but the bartenders there will tell you the "Bloody Samurai" is the best. And they're totally right. It's an Asian twist on the traditional bloody mary that features sake instead of vodka. There's still tomato juice involved, but there's also soy sauce and wasabi peas for an extra bite. It's crunchy and spicy and makes you feel a little more cosmopolitan than the average bloody mary. So, embrace it, you worldly drinker, you!
15 N. Meramec Ave., Clayton, MO