Boozy breakfast or hangover helper, whatever your reason, check out the best Bloody Marys in Leeds.
The Bloody Mary is a stone cold classic and you can get a mighty fine one in Leeds. In fact, we’ve got five for you to choose from. The standard brings together vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, lemon, salt, pepper and celery, but these Leeds bars each put their own twist on this old-school favourite.
It might be famous for its craft beer, but North Bar know how to make a mean Bloody Mary. They use their own horseradish-infused vodka and add Henderson’s Relish instead of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce – that’s right, their Bloody Mary is vegan-friendly. Topped with Eager tomato juice, tobasco, salt and pepper to taste, it’s finished with half a lemon squeeze and a celery garnish, all for £4.50. And if you pop in for their Recovery Sunday, they do the same drink with gin, tequila, cachaca and whiskey.
North Bar, 24 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.
Gaucho is famous for its steaks, but their signature Bloody Mary is worth a try too. They use Ketel One vodka as the base, before mixing it with tomato juice, horseradish, a dash of citrus and a healthy dose of tabasco. Want it mild? No problem – they’ll do it just the way you like it. It’s finished with lemon, salt and pepper, but the ingredient that makes Gaucho’s Bloody Mary stand out from the crowd is the chimichurri. The Gaucho Bloody Mary costs £7.95.
Gaucho, 21-22 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JF.
Restaurant Bar and Grill
The Bloody Mary at Restaurant Bar and Grill is a masterpiece. Served in a champagne flute, it’s made with Finlandia vodka, Frobisher’s tomato juice and their secret house spice mix. Ask for your preferred level of spiciness to make it just right, before they finish it with a slice of lemon and a celery stick for £8.50. Feeling extravagant? You can get a Bloody Mary paired with your choice of half a dozen fresh Maldon Rock or Blackwater Wild oysters for £14.75.
Restaurant Bar and Grill, The Old Post Office, 3 City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2AN.
Browns has a reputation for its Bloody Mary and one sip is all it takes to see why. It comes in a tall glass, with a mixture of Ketel One vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce and tobacco – remember to ask them to tone it down if you’re not feeling the heat. It’s finished with a squeeze of lemon, a dash of salt and pepper and a stick of celery, but they also have a secret ingredient – they use balsamic vinegar to add a sharpness that makes this £7.50 day-starter stand out.
Browns, Unit H28 The Light, 70-72 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ.
Outlaws Yacht Club
The Bloody Mary at Outlaws Yacht Club is an absolute classic and one of the drinks they’re most famous for. It’s made with Russian Standard vodka, mixed with a pour of tomato juice, a dollop of Worcestershire sauce and a splash of tabasco. Throw in a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of salt and pepper, before that final celery stick goes in and finishes the drink. It’s made to your taste, so just tell them how fiery you want it. And the best bit? It’s just £4.50 Monday to Saturday, and you can see off your hangover with 2-4-1 Bloody Marys on Sundays.
Outlaws Yacht Club, 38 New York Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DY.Cover image © Copyright Leeds-List 2018 by Alia Drewery.