Offer someone a bloody mary, and you’ll get one of two reactions, an eager yes or an involuntary gag. This is one of those drinks that people either love or hate. The bloody mary is traditionally made with vodka, tomato juice and other flavorings such as Worcestershire sauce, tabasco sauce, celery salt, pepper and lemon juice. These restaurants, however, are getting creative with their bloody mary bars. Read on to see what kind of creativity you can expect from these Tampa Bay restaurants.


13205 Gulf Blvd
Medeira Beach, FL 33708
(727) 398-4103

Price: $3 weekend bloody mary bar
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Fri and Sat – 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Latitudes boasts that it has the “Best Bloody Mary Bar on the Beach,” and locals agree. With live music, daily specials, a waterfront view and even a dessert of the month, do you really need another reason to check this place out? How about a $3 bloody mary bar on the weekends? Offering traditional garnishes, as well as Slim Jims, pepperoni slices and red and green bell peppers, this bar is both affordable and fun. The generous spread also includes a variety of mixers, such as Clamato juice, low-sodium V8 and spicy V8.

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Gaspar’s Grotto
1805 E 7th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 248-5900

Price: $3 bloody mary a la carte
Hours: Daily – 10:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Arrrrgh! If a bloody Mary is your grog of choice, this pirate-themed bar has the treasure you’re looking for. Check your sword at the door and receive a three-ounce carafe of vodka. Then journey to the bar and build your own bloody mary. Navigate through skeletons and treasure chests, rim your glass in salt and choose from a selection of traditional garnishes.


Beak’s Old Florida
2451 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
(727) 321-9100

Pricing: $4.95 build your own bloody mary bar
Hours: Mon – Closed, Tue to Fri – 3:30 p.m. to 12 a.m., Sat and Sun – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

This restaurant for grown-ups was popular to begin with, offering cleverly named menu items like huge honker pork ribs, well endowed ten-inch quesadillas and booty cake. In January 2011, Beak’s added a build your own bloody mary bar, which starts at only $4.95. A variety of tomato juices are offered, including a house-made mix. The garnishes available are constantly changing, but the adventurous can expect to find capers, Old Bay spice, picked cabbage, okra, asparagus, green beans, olives and even cheese sticks and sausages.

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Café Alma
260 1st Ave S #100
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 502-5002

Pricing: $8.50 bloody mary bar
Hours: Mon and Tues – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Wed and Thurs – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri – 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., Sat – 9 a.m. to 3 a.m., Sun – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Café Alma’s motto, “Work. Play. Eat.,” seems to fit just right. Elegant décor, great food and live entertainment makes Café Alma an ideal place for a business lunch, a casual night out or a first date. Spend $8.50 for a trip to the bloody mary bar, which is unlike any other. For starters, Café Alma uses Three Olives tomato-flavored vodka, greatly enhancing the flavor of the drink. The garnishes include mushrooms, picked zucchini and 20 kinds of pepper and hot sauces to achieve just the right amount of heat.

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1610 W Swann Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 254-5870

Pricing: $9 bloody mary bar
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat and Sun – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This Italian chophouse won’t send you home hungry. The extensive menu includes all kinds of traditional Italian fare, including meatball bolognese, veal piccata and shrimp fra diavolo. The bloody mary bar is available on Saturdays and Sundays and uses Finlandia Vodka. The bar includes the traditional fixings, in addition to asparagus, onions, capers, cucumbers, chives and blue-cheese-stuffed olives. Add a dose of Sriracha for heat.

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Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at