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I love a good Bloody Mary (or Maria). It is the perfect amount of spicy and savory flavor, combined with the obvious essentials, vodka or tequila. Not only is it the perfect companion to almost any meal (besides dessert, but hey, I’m sure that’s arguable), but you can also drink a good ol’ Mary any time of day!

Since we all know how much Gay San Francisco loves to brunch, I’ve compiled a Bloody Mary Bucket List for you to try some of the best Bloody Marys of the Castro District. Whether you spread it out over a couple weekends, or jam-pack this Bloody Mary action all into one day — well, that’s up to you. Enjoy!

1. Bloody Mary Shelly — Harvey’s (500 Castro Street)
Everyone needs a challenge: Can you handle Bloody Mary Shelly’s hotness? Made with Stoli Jalapeno in a glass rimmed with spicy salt — this Mary will have you screaming (or steaming) for more.

2. Bottomless Bloody Marys — Bisou (2367 Market Street)
What’s better than one good Bloody Mary? Unlimited good Bloody Marys! Not only will you be able to enjoy the seemingly endless supply, but the friendly staff may also give you a couple Bloodys while you wait for your table. “The drinks were pretty strong and I love that they have bottomless Bloody Mary's — not many places do,” said Joyce C., from Cupertino, CA in a Yelp review. Très belle, Bisou!


Bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas at Bisou [Photo: Cityfoodsters.com]

3. Soju Oyster Shooter — Anchor Oyster Bar (579 Castro Street)
Calling all oyster lovers! This handsome Bloody Mary-like drink will send you sailing through a sea of bliss. “The Soju Oyster Shooter was essentially a Bloody Mary with one raw oyster. A bit [pricey] but the Bloody Mary was perfectly concocted with just the right balance of tang and heat and the oyster was like silk,” said Yelper Cherylynn N., from San Francisco, CA. Aphrodisiacs on top of aphrodisiacs? Yes, please.


The Soju Oyster Shooter [Photo by Yelper Cherylynn N.]

4. Bloody Mary (Fully Loaded) — Hi Tops (2247 Market Street)
Want to drink your dinner? Come to Hi Tops for a Bloody Mary that will fill you right up. “Kind of like a gazpacho loaded with many types of pickled vegetables and then spiked,” said Yelper Adam B., from San Francisco, CA.

5. Sriracha Bloody Mary — Barracuda Japanese Restaurant (2251 Market Street)
An ode to our favorite rooster sauce — this Bloody is shaken, not stirred with Sriracha hot sauce, pepper, salt and a dash of wasabi. Need I say more?

6. Pilsner Inn Bloody Mary — Pilsner Inn (225 Church Street)
The Bloody Marys at Pilsner Inn are a popular choice among Castro residents and Yelp reviewers: “Now I've had my share of Bloody Marys. But this by far is the BEST one I've had,” said Yelper Kristina C., from San Francisco, CA. “May be the best Bloody Mary in town,” said Kevin S., from San Francisco, CA. Is it the best Bloody in the Castro? You’ll just have to see for yourself!


Bloody Mary from Pilsner Inn [Photo by Yelper Meredith S.]

Have you tried any of these? What’s your favorite Bloody Mary in the Castro?