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 last year...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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Datz

For your weekend recovery brunch, head to Datz' new location in Downtown St. Petersburg next to  The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art. Their brunch cocktail menu is overflowing with delicious drinks, but our favorite pick for celebrating International Hangover Day is Datz-a-Mary. Their signature Bloody Mary features Wodka Vodka, bacon, celery, smoked sea salt, and the option of adding a mezcal floater. 

O'Maddy's Bar and Grille

This Gulfport staple is one of the best spots to grab a Bloody Mary without breaking the bank. Every Sunday at O'Maddy's, you can find some delicious $3 Bloody Marys and mimosas to ease those hangover pains. 

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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, and their breakfast bar serves up Luxury Bloody Marys with Skyy Vodka and a skewer. 

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 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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