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Ultimate Bloody Mary at Bobby Hebert’s
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15 of New Orleans’ Best Bloody Marys

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Ultimate Bloody Mary at Bobby Hebert’s
| Bobby Hebert’s Cajun Cannon/Facebook

Why are bloody marys so necessary to life’s happiness? So many reasons, but for one, the zing-zangy, tomato-forward, salty/spicy vodka-fueled drink is the best hair of the dog, no question. After a late night, ease into the next 24 hours with one or three of these beauties, and all will be well.

Said to date back to the 20s or 30s, first shaken in either Paris or New York, the bloody mary has many variations, which can include swapping out vodka for tequila (Bloody Maria), mixing with a beer (Michelada), adding clam juice (Bloody Caesar) or adding every imaginable garnish for a towering meal in a glass - see Stingrays, Shimmy Shack and Madigan’s Bar below. However you imbibe, this list will tease and please.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Stingray's Grill & Bar

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The very idea of a fried softshell crab as a garnish to anything, let along a bloody mary, seems bizarre. Until you try a Crabby Mary at Stingray’s, an unassuming seafood spot tucked away Esplanade Mall Road in Kenner. With pickled green beans for antennae and olives for eyes, this specialty is worth writing home about. Save some room if you can, the seafood is down-home good.

The crabby Mary at Stingray’s
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Bobby Hebert's Cajun Cannon

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Another place for a meal in a glass, Bobby Hebert’s Cajun Cannon adds a twist to its bloody by adding Absolut Peppar vodka infused with sun dried tomatoes into the mix. The drink is festooned with, among other things, cocktail onions, pickled green beans and olives. This is a super neighborhood sports bar with a vast menu of good grub - worth a visit.

Liuzza's By The Track

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Ground zero for bloody marys during Jazz Fest, Liuzza’s by the Track shakes a spicy mix rich with horseradish and Worcestershire. The bartender always asks if you want a double, so go for it. The ideal precursor for barbecue shrimp served in a toasted pistolette, legend in these parts.

Katie's Restaurant

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Katie’s is such a great spot, boisterous and family-oriented, famous for chef Scot Craig’s grilled oysters, towering seafood beignet and belly-busting portions of Italian-Creole specialties. The bar is equally crackerjack, so it’s no surprise that the spicy bloody mary is superb. Join the crowds for brunch on Sunday and the bloody marys (also mimosas and sangria) are bottomless for 15 bucks.

Marie's Bar

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One of the best dive bars in the Marigny, Marie’s is a family-run spot that combines a great juke box with seriously bad ass bloody marys (or Maries as they call them here). Shoot a game or two of pool and mingle with the regulars. A great place to dip in on Lundi Gras or Mardi Gras Day.

Shimmy Shack

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Who needs lunch when you can order a Shimmy Shack bloody mary? Pepperoni, cheese cubes, pickled okra, bacon, olives - it’s all in the towering mix, even a little plastic baby that’s gone AWOL from a king cake. Good local spot on the West Bank, this bank-turned-bar and restaurant has a solid menu and friendly regulars. Come hungry.

The Maison

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This tri-level Frenchmen Street hot spot offers swears by Tito’s Vodka infused with basil and garlic or jalapeno infused tequila along with the gold standard mix, Zing Zang. Yes to Tabasco and Worcestershire, yes to pickled spicy beans, bacon and olives. Music starts early at Maison on Saturdays, around 11, and there’s a super jazz brunch on Sundays.

“The Works” Bloody Mary
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Golden Lantern

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Self-proclaimed “Lantern Trash,” as the regulars call themselves, take great pride in this bar’s bloody mary, and with good reason. Priced to have more than one at just $7, this potent tomato-fueled libation is just about perfect. Always lively, the Golden Lantern is quite the scene during Southern Decadence.

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar

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Serving strong grog since the 1700s, Lafitte’s on the “quiet” side of Bourbon is a pirate’s lair pouring some of the best drinks in town. The hurricane is made with fresh juice and the bloody mary is a spicy delight, best enjoyed sitting out front, facing the parade of humanity passing by on the street.

Coop's Place

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Coop’s Place, a pinnacle of cheap eats and snarky service on Decatur in the Quarter since 1983, regularly draws lines of visitors and locals craving the likes of fried chicken, rabbit and sausage jambalaya and strong cocktails. The bloody mary’s are damn good and the kitchen stays open nice and late.

Molly's at the Market

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This serious drinking bar, famous for its St. Patty’s Day pub crawl, offers a choice of vodka or gin in its house-made bloody mary. Both are delish. Molly’s, owned by the same folks who serve grass fed burgers at Junction in the Bywater, has been teaching New Orleanians to drink since 1974.

Gazebo Cafe

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Home of the quite addictive ice cream daiquiri, the Gazebo is an ideal spot to fuel up before strolling along the river or in the Quarter. Order from the window - just follow the sound of the whirring blenders - or sit a spell and slurp an excellent bloody mary along with plates of New Orleans specialties, like red beans and rice and jambalaya.

Stanley Restaurant

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Breakfast is always on the menu at this French Quarter stand out, so of course the bloody marys are divine. Stanley’s marys have a hint of garlic in the mix, come with pickled green beans, a fave garnish, and lots of spicy heft, especially if you order the double. Get one to go to make people watching along Jackson Square that much better.

Cafe Atchafalaya

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Brunch is legend at this uptown spot, which offers a “vodka salad bar” with endless toppings and garnishes - a make your own bloody mary bar that puts the customer in the driver seat. Atchafalaya offers live music on Sundays and a menu with the likes of duck hash and shrimp and grits keeps the crowds coming.

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Madigan's Bar

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This low key little Mid-City spot on Carrollton delivers a first rate double shot bloody mary for $12, garnished with a veritable garden of pickled veg. Madigan’s dishes super bar food too, from quesadillas and burgers to potato skins. There’s a patio for sipping drinks outside.

Stingray's Grill & Bar

The crabby Mary at Stingray’s
Stingray’s Grill and Bar/Facebook

The very idea of a fried softshell crab as a garnish to anything, let along a bloody mary, seems bizarre. Until you try a Crabby Mary at Stingray’s, an unassuming seafood spot tucked away Esplanade Mall Road in Kenner. With pickled green beans for antennae and olives for eyes, this specialty is worth writing home about. Save some room if you can, the seafood is down-home good.

The crabby Mary at Stingray’s
Stingray’s Grill and Bar/Facebook

Bobby Hebert's Cajun Cannon

Another place for a meal in a glass, Bobby Hebert’s Cajun Cannon adds a twist to its bloody by adding Absolut Peppar vodka infused with sun dried tomatoes into the mix. The drink is festooned with, among other things, cocktail onions, pickled green beans and olives. This is a super neighborhood sports bar with a vast menu of good grub - worth a visit.

Liuzza's By The Track

Ground zero for bloody marys during Jazz Fest, Liuzza’s by the Track shakes a spicy mix rich with horseradish and Worcestershire. The bartender always asks if you want a double, so go for it. The ideal precursor for barbecue shrimp served in a toasted pistolette, legend in these parts.

Katie's Restaurant

Katie’s is such a great spot, boisterous and family-oriented, famous for chef Scot Craig’s grilled oysters, towering seafood beignet and belly-busting portions of Italian-Creole specialties. The bar is equally crackerjack, so it’s no surprise that the spicy bloody mary is superb. Join the crowds for brunch on Sunday and the bloody marys (also mimosas and sangria) are bottomless for 15 bucks.

Marie's Bar

One of the best dive bars in the Marigny, Marie’s is a family-run spot that combines a great juke box with seriously bad ass bloody marys (or Maries as they call them here). Shoot a game or two of pool and mingle with the regulars. A great place to dip in on Lundi Gras or Mardi Gras Day.

Shimmy Shack

Who needs lunch when you can order a Shimmy Shack bloody mary? Pepperoni, cheese cubes, pickled okra, bacon, olives - it’s all in the towering mix, even a little plastic baby that’s gone AWOL from a king cake. Good local spot on the West Bank, this bank-turned-bar and restaurant has a solid menu and friendly regulars. Come hungry.

The Maison

“The Works” Bloody Mary
Olivia K./Yelp

This tri-level Frenchmen Street hot spot offers swears by Tito’s Vodka infused with basil and garlic or jalapeno infused tequila along with the gold standard mix, Zing Zang. Yes to Tabasco and Worcestershire, yes to pickled spicy beans, bacon and olives. Music starts early at Maison on Saturdays, around 11, and there’s a super jazz brunch on Sundays.

“The Works” Bloody Mary
Olivia K./Yelp

Golden Lantern

Self-proclaimed “Lantern Trash,” as the regulars call themselves, take great pride in this bar’s bloody mary, and with good reason. Priced to have more than one at just $7, this potent tomato-fueled libation is just about perfect. Always lively, the Golden Lantern is quite the scene during Southern Decadence.

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar

Serving strong grog since the 1700s, Lafitte’s on the “quiet” side of Bourbon is a pirate’s lair pouring some of the best drinks in town. The hurricane is made with fresh juice and the bloody mary is a spicy delight, best enjoyed sitting out front, facing the parade of humanity passing by on the street.

Coop's Place

Coop’s Place, a pinnacle of cheap eats and snarky service on Decatur in the Quarter since 1983, regularly draws lines of visitors and locals craving the likes of fried chicken, rabbit and sausage jambalaya and strong cocktails. The bloody mary’s are damn good and the kitchen stays open nice and late.

Molly's at the Market

This serious drinking bar, famous for its St. Patty’s Day pub crawl, offers a choice of vodka or gin in its house-made bloody mary. Both are delish. Molly’s, owned by the same folks who serve grass fed burgers at Junction in the Bywater, has been teaching New Orleanians to drink since 1974.

Gazebo Cafe

Home of the quite addictive ice cream daiquiri, the Gazebo is an ideal spot to fuel up before strolling along the river or in the Quarter. Order from the window - just follow the sound of the whirring blenders - or sit a spell and slurp an excellent bloody mary along with plates of New Orleans specialties, like red beans and rice and jambalaya.

Stanley Restaurant

Breakfast is always on the menu at this French Quarter stand out, so of course the bloody marys are divine. Stanley’s marys have a hint of garlic in the mix, come with pickled green beans, a fave garnish, and lots of spicy heft, especially if you order the double. Get one to go to make people watching along Jackson Square that much better.

Cafe Atchafalaya

Atchafalaya
Brasted

Brunch is legend at this uptown spot, which offers a “vodka salad bar” with endless toppings and garnishes - a make your own bloody mary bar that puts the customer in the driver seat. Atchafalaya offers live music on Sundays and a menu with the likes of duck hash and shrimp and grits keeps the crowds coming.

Atchafalaya
Brasted

Madigan's Bar