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You can get Bloody Mary’s at most bars. If you can’t, then there’s something wrong with the bar. London has millions of people and thousands of bars, so you don’t have time to go around trying to gauge for yourself where to find the best spots in town for the classic cocktail. Leave it us. Here we’ve compiled a list of some of the places you should try. Some are known because they have been established for a long time; others, because they have won competitions. Read on and prepare your itinerary based on the description that pleases you best.
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This place has two locations, one in Covent Garden and another in Smithfields. There are a number of Bloody Mary variations to choose from, but first, why not order a steak? You’ll be in a steakhouse after all, and an acclaimed one at that. Now to the drinks. There are many, but the Bloody Awesome is what it claims to be. Otherwise, ask your server if he or she can’t supply you with one of the cocktails that won the 2010 Bloody Mary Challenge. A hint: it might be the bacon oil from cooking the house clams that makes it so awfully good.
Rightfully named for the building’s former use as an officer’s club, the Grenadier upholds the tradition of the space and conserves dated military flare on its walls. The place is comfortable in its building, which has been hidden away on Wilton Row since 1720. Aside from the venerable feel of the place, with its refined colours and stately furnishings, it is also the most comfortable place to seek a Bloody Mary. While we’re on the subject, you should know that they make an exquisite cocktail; only don’t ask, because the ingredients are secret.
The Mayor of Scardey Cat Town
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Yes, it’s a restaurant-bar. Yes, we wrote the name correctly. Yea, it’s a little strange. But they have a Bloody Mary, and it might be the best Bloody Mary cocktail the world has ever seen. Or it might be the worst. What we like about it is that it’s all up to you. You get to choose the ingredients that make up your Bloody Mary, and you get to choose from over 20 of them. So flip the coin, take the gamble; this might deserve to be on this list!
The Connaught Bar
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Finally, there’s the Connaught’s Bloody Mary specialty. You’ll surely like it. You might even love it. The ingredients include tomato juice, salt and pepper, coriander and lemon juice. You can opt to have it served with gin, tequila or the traditional vodka. The catch is that this little global classic gets turned on its head by the additional ingredient known as naga jolokia, also known as the Ghost Pepper. It is one of the hottest peppers in the world. But don’t fret—the drink won’t explode your brain, because our man adds only a bit of the powerful fruit/vegetable.