Bloody Mary's

Drink, Sydney / 12 August 2015

If the term ‘American-diner-cuisine’ conjures up notions of cardiac arrests and over-sweet everything, it’s time for you to try, Bloody Mary’s. There’s a more delicious, less-fried version of the American dream waiting for you in Darlinghurst.
Don’t expect garish red booths or sticky surfaces – this is Americana chic at its finest.  The interior is decorated vibrantly, with subtle red, white and blue accents reinforcing the upbeat nature of the restaurant.
As the focus wall so artfully declares, the Bloody Mary is the queen of brunch cocktails. But the drink has been reinvented over and over by the team behind the bar, and many different combinations have ensued, with base liquors including gin, tequila and the classic vodka.
Popular versions include the ‘Bloody Caesar’ – tomato juice served with an egg, cos lettuce, prawn and bacon – along with the ‘Bloody Hell’ – a fiery mix of chilli infused vodka and tomato juice, served with a slider and a buffalo wing.
If you’re heading out to Bloody Mary’s, go with friends, or, at least, someone you can stand to share plates with – there’s so much to try!
The buffalo wings are spicy and tangy, served with a creamy ranch sauce, along with slabs of celery to cool your burning tongue.
The carnivore in your life is definitely well-catered for here, with the Scotch fillet an appealing option. The steak is cooked perfectly, with a side of buttery button mushrooms and fresh salad greens. This, of course, goes beautifully with their truffle and parmesan fries (what wouldn’t?!).
If you’re more of a salad person, you’re in luck. The Caesar salad is quite possibly the best in Sydney. Long shards of crunchy lettuce are paired with soft-poached eggs (yolk porn alert), crispy bacon, soft slices of chicken and crunchy bagel croutons, drizzled with an impossibly light dressing. There’s not a soggy, drowned leaf in sight and it is a welcome surprise.
Of course, if (God forbid) you’re not actually a fan of Bloody Mary’s themselves – fear not! There are some delicious alternatives. The ‘There’s Something About Mary’ is so incredibly fragrant, it’s hard not to spend your time sniffing instead of quaffing. Fresh strawberries are paired with gin, mint, cucumber and lime to bring you a Sex-and-the-City-esque drink for the ages. Alternatively, there’s ‘The Wall’ – a mix of Sailor Jerry, pineapple, mint and dry ginger ale – equally as delicious.
Bloody Mary’s is set to become a favourite for locals and inner-city dwellers alike. It’s a great spot for a lively Saturday evening, or for hair-of-the-dog on Sunday mornings. If you can bear the sunlight, that is.
Bloody Mary Brunch
Bloody Mary’s
332 Victoria St, Darlinghurst
9360 5568
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