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National Bloody Mary Day Arrives in Time to Console Southwest Airlines Travelers

The Moth's bloody mary is served with a beer chaser.
The Moth's bloody mary is served with a beer chaser. Lauren Drewes Daniels
New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, and there's no better way to start 2023 with a bang than a Sunday fun day that also happens to be National Bloody Mary Day. Fortunately, there is no shortage of places around the area concocting this beloved brunch drink.

Whether you’re looking for a classic bloody mary or a variation of the original to cure a New Year’s Eve hangover or to recover from the Southwest Airlines holiday travel meltdown, we have updated our list of great places to get this favorite libation. And who knows? For those who endured the holiday travel nightmare, perhaps your bar bill will qualify for reimbursement from Southwest Airlines to compensate for your pain and suffering.

Whatever your reason, cheers to a great 2023.

Armoury D.E.

2714 Elm St. (Deep Ellum)
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You'll love the craft Armoury D.E. puts into its Sunday Funday Bloody Cthulhu. (To those of you who get that pun: Happy New Year, fellow nerds.)
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Armoury D.E.'s
Sunday Funday Bloody Cthulhu is probably one of the most unusual and delicious bloody marys in Dallas. The house-made mix is blended with gin and garnished with charred octopus tentacle and served with a High Life pony.

Chef Point Bar & Restaurant

5220 Highway 121, Colleyville
If you’re looking to step up your bloody mary game, head directly to Chef Point Bar & Restaurant in Colleyville. Its version, known as the “bloody best,” is a double-sized bloody mary that includes their famous Better Than Sex Fried Chicken, a Nolan Ryan slider, waffle fries, grilled shrimp, jalapeno pepper, pickle spear and bacon.

Maple Leaf Diner

12817 Preston Road
This Canada-themed diner serves towering stacks of pancakes, gravy-laden poutine and, of course, excellent bloody Caesars. Made with Clamato juice, it’s a savory version of the classic cocktail and is perfect for curing any hangover.

Meddlesome Moth

1621 Oak Lawn Ave. (Design District)
The Meddlesome Moth's brunch is your standard Tom Landry defense: It's got flex. This bloody mary is backed by a light beer chaser, which, about halfway through, you pour into the bloody mary thinking, "Does this work?" Then you sip and say, "Yes, it definitely works."

The Nest Craft

5217 Alpha Road
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The Nest Craft's Best Maid concoction comes with a sidecar of pickle beer.
Hank Vaughn
New to the bloody mary scene is the Best Maid bloody mary at The Nest Craft. It consists of Tito’s vodka and a house mary mix garnished with a lime, olives and skewered bacon. But the icing on this drink is the sidecar of Best Maid Pickle beer. Get ready for your tastebuds to pucker with pleasure as the combination of the bloody and the pickle beer really work.

Ozona Grill & Bar

4615 Greenville Ave.
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Ozona's DIY bloody mary bar lets you explore your creative side, but keep it snappy. People are waiting to drink.
Angie Quebedeaux
With all the talk about signature bloodys, what if you don’t know what the hell you want in your drink? In comes Ozona’s amazing bloody mary bar with seven varieties of mix (including a house mix), more than 30 hot sauces and any topping you could conceivably require to create your masterpiece. So, get creative — just be aware they get busy, so keep the line moving, da Vinci. You’re drinking it, not displaying it at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Pie Tap Pizza Workshop

2708 N. Henderson Ave. (Knox-Henderson)
Brunch at a pizza joint? You’d be surprised to find that it’s quite delicious, and that includes the restaurant’s unique bloody mary. Instead of gussying up the mix, Pie Tap adds an original twist to its vodka, which is infused with all sorts of goodies. Bartenders let chilis, bell peppers, carrots, onions and celery soak in a blend of two vodkas, giving the spirit a spicy and complex flavor. It’s served with bloody mary mix and garnished with an appetizer of meat, cheese and a slice of pizza. Best, it's only $5 on the weekends.

Roy G’s

4001 Cedar Springs Road (Uptown/Cedar Springs)
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Roy G.'s Double Stuffed bloody mary is a meal that will please fans of efficiency.
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If you like to drink and eat your meal in a glass, check out the Double Stuffed bloody mary at Roy G’s. It's a pitcher of Tito’s bloody mary mix topped with two cheeseburger sliders, two chicken wings and celery, olives and bacon. You will not leave hungry or thirsty after indulging in this extravaganza.

Snooze an A.M. Eatery

5100 Belt Line Road
Five different types of bloody marys are on the menu at this brunch paradise, and if you want to clear your sinuses, the Thai bloody is just what the doctor ordered. The mix is spiced with wasabi, ginger, Worcestershire sauce, Tamari soy sauce and habanero- and jalapeno-infused vodka.

Union Bear Brewing Co.

5880 Highway 121, Plano
If you’re celebrating National Bloody Mary Day in the northern burbs of DFW, check out the 33RG Bloody Mary at Union Bear. There's house-infused Wheatley vodka, tomato mix, olive juice, tajin and beef jerky in this version of the beloved cocktail.

Whistle Britches

2405 Dallas Parkway, Plano
Hit this fried chicken favorite on the weekends for brunch, when the Dilly mary is served. It's spiked with Dilly vodka, freshly made bloody mary mix and moonshine pickle. Who needs anything more than this? We’ll take two and head home for an afternoon nap.
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Angie Quebedeaux is a freelance food writer for the Observer. A "ragin' Cajun" from Lafayette, she's been in Dallas since 2002. She is an HR director by day and loves to “laissez les bon temps rouler.”

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