5169 Trumbull St
Detroit, MI 48208
Hours: Daily – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
“Eat. Drink. Detroit,” that’s the motto of Woodbridge Pub, located in the heart of city. This was once an abandoned building, but the owners have since turned it around to create a space with a vibrant atmosphere and some of the best bloody marys around. Their bloody mary is your seemingly typical fare since Woodbridge specializes in unique beers. However, they do the classic right because it still stands out as one of the best. Using traditional ingredients, these libations are blended perfectly with some of the freshest vegetable juice you have ever tasted.
The Bronx Bar
4476 2nd Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sat and Sun – 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Another ideal spot in Midtown, the Bronx Bar is your classic dive. The ambiance is dark, smoky and filled with interesting people. It’s an atmosphere best suited for a classic cocktail like their tasty bloody mary, which matches the same attitude as the bar. This cocktail is simple, maybe even a little mysterious, and doesn’t include all the garnish fluff that other bars provide. Easy to drink and simple to look at, it’s the very definition of a dive bar bloody mary.
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22740 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220
Hours: Daily – 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
If you’re not a fan of the dive bar, Dino’s Lounge in Ferndale is one of your best bets for a scrumptious bloody mary. Their motto, “Upscale not uptight,” is a perfect explanation of the restaurant and bar. This lounge features live entertainment, participates in Ferndale’s Bar Crawl and offers a full menu at the bar. The bartenders maintain the classy vibe with their bloody marys. Fresh ingredients and significantly more flare than a dive bar version, Dino’s serves a full-flavored beverage topped with a mouthful of garnishes.
Lily’s Seafood Grill & Brewery
410 South Washington Ave.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Fri and Sat – 10:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sun – 10:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Another great place for a bright atmosphere, Lily’s can be found near downtown Royal Oak. This establishment, and their delicious drinks, have been part of the community for quite some time. Offering Cajun and Creole food, their menu is the perfect companion for a delicious bloody mary. Following the theme of the restaurant, their bloody mary has a serious kick to it. Even though the taste might be disguised by their unique bloody mary mix, there’s no skimping on the vodka. Lily’s serves drinks on the stronger side, so consider sticking to just one on your next visit.
203 Pierce St.
Birmingham, MI 48009
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 7 a.m.m to 12 a.m., Fri and Sat – 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sun – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If looking for an urban vibe with a younger crowd, Toast Birmingham is your best option. Located right in the extravagant downtown area of Birmingham, Toast offers a full menu and serves as a perfect bar for groups of friends. This spot provides a little more variety in the bloody mary department. Choose between the bomb bloody mary packed full of 14 secret ingredients, the garden mary flavored with cucumber and fresh dill or the bloody maria which substitutes tequila for vodka. Whichever your preference, Toast will not disappoint.
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