While anyone who's had a hangover will be quick to tell you that they're not something to celebrate, who doesn't want an excuse to go out with friends and sip on some good drinks? Bloody Marys are a classic hair-of-the-dog hangover "cure," but unfortunately, it can be hard to come by an outstanding one.

Read on to find some of the best Bloody Marys in St. Pete and Clearwater for the next time you need a quick hangover fix.

Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe

Although this Bloody Mary is across the Bay at a restaurant in North Tampa, it ranks top on the list of the best Bloody Marys around.

Ella's took home the trophy for Best Bloody Mary from Creative Loafing's Best of the Bay awards a few years back, so take one taste, and you'll understand why.

Red Mesa Cantina

This Downtown St. Petersburg joint features modernized Mexican eats and hand-crafted cocktails, as well as a rooftop patio with views of the city.

They took runner-up to Ella's in the Best Bloody Mary rankings, but their brunch menu boasts more than just a mean Bloody Mary. Red Mesa also serves up micheladas and breakfast shots with Jameson, butterscotch schnapps, OJ, and bacon. 

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Stillwaters Tavern


Known for an attractive space that offers hearty yet elevated American fare, Stillwaters Tavern is a must-visit if you like good food and delicious drinks. The place has a diverse menu for its strong beers and cocktails.


Their delicious tavern bloody mary drink is prepared by adding datil pepper infused vodka, bloody mix, and mixed pickled vegetables. What adds in those extra flavors is the olive and house bacon just on the top!

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Clear Sky Beachside Cafe

This place may be the perfect recipe for a hangover cure. Their extensive breakfast menu is sure to satisfy any sluggish stomach with everything from burritos to crepes.

Additionally, their breakfast bar serves up Luxury Bloody Marys with Skyy Vodka and a skewer. So, do try it out!

Pete & Shortys

If you've never had an Iowa Bistro Brunch at Pete & Shorty's you've got to pencil it into your calendar, and pronto! You can kickstart your day with their Zing Zang Bloody Mary, which holds one of the highest Bloody Mary rankings on Yelp in the 727area.

You can sip your hangover away while chowing down on their hearty breakfast dishes like country-fried pork and Iowa benedict. 

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Next time you're craving a Bloody Mary to wash away the pain from the night before (which hopefully won't be until you are celebrating International Hangover Day) stop by one of these brunch restaurants in St. Pete and Clearwater to make sure you're getting the best of the best. To stay up to date on all of the latest and greatest bars and restaurants in the 727area, be sure to join our network today! It's easy and free to register on 727area and 813area

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