While they're delicious under any circumstances, there is only one drink that can cure a night of debauchery during a restorative brunch: Bloody Marys. Because of its complexity, the Bloody Mary gives bartenders a chance to showcase their skills and creativity through this beverage. Here, we give you everything from the classic to the outrageous, and everything in between.
In addition to their famous artisan sausages, Frank Restaurant also serves up finely crafted cocktails that can't be missed. The Red Headed Stranger in particular starts strong with bacon-infused Tito’s vodka and proprietary Bloody Mary mix. Signature touches include seasoned salt, jalapeño-stuffed olive, cheddar cheese, and more bacon. 407 Colorado St., 512-494-6916
Boasting a calming space that is reminiscent of a seaside cottage, this newcomer also happens to be a strong contender in the unofficial Bloody Mary contest. Alcomar's version is aptly named Latin Coastal Kitchen, and features serrano citrus-infused Tito’s and a house mix—however, it's what they set on top of the cocktail that brings this option to the top of our list: raw oyster garnish. 1816 S. First St., 512-401-3161
Like your Bloody Marys with a little bit of everything? Well, that can be arranged. Swift’s Attic has a fully stocked Bloody Mary bar during their Sunday brunches, which features a variety of hot sauces, all the fixin’s you will ever need (think pickled okra, olives, onions, peppers, and cheese cubes), and of course, crispy bacon to top it all off. 315 Congress Ave., 512-482-8842
A coffee shop by day and a hip lounge by night, Rio Rita embodies the eclectic east side. Snag a seat on one of their plush velvet couches and settle in for the ultimate hangover solution. Their Bloody Mary experience gives you the option to kick it up to your desired level of spiciness, thanks to their generous use of jalapeño and garlic or habanero and garlic infused vodka—though we need to warn you, these are not for the timid. 1308 E. Sixth St., 512-524-0384
One of the best Bloody Marys in the country hails from Austin's very own South Congress Café, which proves that perfect simplicity can achieve greatness (well, as simple as a Bloody Mary can be). Tito’s vodka is mixed with bell peppers, onions, celery, lemons, limes, garlic, jalapeños, and a spicy house blend for the perfect balance and the ultimate brunch libation. 1600 South Congress Ave., 512-447-3905
A Sunday barbecue brunch needs the perfect accompaniment, and Freedmen's has just the drink. Here, patrons order the smoky Bloody Mary made with tomato mix, lemon, Worcestershire sauce, and a little bit of "magic." But even braver diners can get what they've always dreamed about: a Bloody Mary topped with a half pound of brisket, sausage, and spare ribs, which everyone knows as the Holy Mary. Featuring a quart of Forty Creek whisky, smoked totato, lemon, and Worcestershire sauce, this concoction is something you need to see to believe. 2402 San Gabriel St., 512-220-0953