Hangover or no, a Bloody Mary is damn delicious (and, properly prepared, is basically a meal in and of itself). If you did happen to make some poor life choices last night, we found five eateries with top-shelf Bloody Mary bars that will bring you back to the land of the living. Heavy on the Tabasco, please!
1. 1215 Wine Bar + Coffee Lab
Head to this hipster bar any time before 4 p.m. on the weekends and choose between a spicy or mild tomato-based cocktail. Pick your own garnish, like locally pickled ramps from Hen of the Woods, or try one of their suggested recipes such as The Mary Jane—a Bloody Mary with liquid smoke, Frank’s hot sauce, bacon salts, pepperoncini brine, and more hot sauces. 1215 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 429-5745, facebook.com/1215WineCoffee, Bloody Mary Bar Sat. & Sun. before 4 p.m.
2. Orchids at Palm Court
After you splurge on the buffet brunch, stop by the bar to top off your Bloody Mary with house-pickled vegetables or spiced ham, along with the usual toppings. And yes, it will be delicious—this very magazine has named Orchids the best restaurant in Cincinnati. 35 W 5th St., downtown, (513) 421-9100, orchidsatpalmcourt.com, Brunch Sunday 10:30 -1:30 p.m.
3. Teller’s of Hyde Park
This unique cafe is styled like a bank, probably because it was once the historic Hyde Park Savings and Loan Building. Visit the self-serve cocktail bar to garnish your Bloody Mary with classic pickles, celery, asparagus, and blue cheese stuffed olives. If you’re feeling gutsy, check out the array of hot sauces or add a dash of horseradish. 2710 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, (513) 321-4721, tellersofhydepark.com, Brunch Sat. 11-2 p.m., Sun. 10-3 p.m.
4. Red Feather Kitchen
This Oakley restaurant has an impressive house-made pickle menu that includes pickled okra, daikon, fennel, and shishito peppers. Be sure to add a garnish of candied bacon, because candied bacon. 3200 Madison Rd., Oakley, (513) 407-3631, redfeatherkitchen.com, Brunch Sundays 11 – 3 p.m.
5. Habits Café
Stop by on a Sunday to grab lunch, have a drink, and hear a ghost story. Yes, a ghost story: The café and bar has a history of supernatural activity. If the haunted tales don’t scare you away, have a Bloody Mary with some jalapeno-infused vodka and Cajun seasonings. Then say Bloody Mary three times in the mirror. 3036 Madison Rd., Oakley, (513) 631-8367, habitscafe.com, Bloody Mary Bar Sunday 11 -2 p.m.