Top 14 bloody mary spots: have yours with cheese curds, a chicken slider or an oyster shooter.

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Bloodies have been a staple on the brunch (and hangover) scene as long as most of us can remember.

Whether you prefer sticking to the basics with a simpler bloody mary sans garnishes, or you want a bloody mary that could effectively be a meal, bloodies could be the best justification to brunch more. Spend time with your friends while you fill up on nutrients from your bloody and reap the benefits.  

“Bloody marys are great for hangovers because of why you get hangovers. Alcohol makes your body severely dehydrated and the results of this tend to be headache, dry mouth and upset stomach,” said Britta Byrd, general manager at Vivace. “In addition, your body goes through a rapid withdrawal when you stop drinking and accelerates these symptoms.”

According to Byrd, between the vodka, tomato juice, citric acid, antioxidants, vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin A in your bloody mary, your body will still start to be replenished with nutrients (and a little hair of the dog to ease your way out of your hangover.)

Want to enjoy your hair of the dog at home?  “Bloody marys are best made with good quality tomato juice, fresh lime juice, spices, fresh horseradish — and of course, hot sauce,” Britta said.  

Or check out any of these spots around Charlotte to get your fix:

(1) All American Pub

200 E. Bland St.

Price: $4
When to go: Saturdays and Sundays
Tip: Mimosas are $2 on Saturdays and Sundays if you want something lighter. Expect a loud crowd, particularly when the game is on.

(2) Bistro La Bon

1322 Central Ave. or 274 S Sharon Amity Road

Price: $5
When to go: Saturdays and Sundays
Tip: On Sundays, Bistro La Bon serves a buffet brunch. On Saturdays, try the Pyttipanna with your bloody.  

(3) Boudreaux’s

501 E. 36th St.

 

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Price: $2.50
When to go: Sunday
Tip: Take advantage of Boudreaux’s Southern brunch, while you visit their bloody mary bar, complete with habanero-infused vodka and other bold flavors. It doesn’t sound like a brunch staple, but order a cup of the She Crab Soup. You won’t regret it.

(4) Brazwell’s

1627 Montford Dr.

Price: $4
When to go: Saturdays and Sundays
Tip: Stay for a while and enjoy the drink specials while watching the many TVs around the bar.

(5) Cajun Queen

1800 E. 7th St.

 

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Price: $9
When to go: Sunday
Tip: Along with Cajun Queen’s more traditional bloody mary (pictured above), order the Muddy Waters, an oyster shooter made with their homemade bloody mary mix. It pairs incredibly well with the spicy Cajun flavor. It is full of flavor — just like their food. Have yours with the Shrimp and Grits.

(6) Duckworth’s

330 N. Tryon St., 4435 Park Road and other locations in Charlotte.

Price: $6
When to go: Saturdays and Sundays
Tip: Duckworth’s makes for a good game spot, with TVs everywhere.

(7) Graham Street Pub & Patio

400 S. Graham St.

Price: $4
When to go: Sundays
Tip: Graham Street Pub makes for an ideal Sunday spot with its impressive Uptown views, bloody mary and mimosa specials. Expect the pub to be packed out.

[Related: 13 spots to have bubbly for breakfast: best mimosas in Charlotte]

(8) Improper Pig

110 S Sharon Amity Road

Price: $18
When to go: Monday-Sunday
Tip: The mammoth B.A.B. (Big A** Bloody) includes house-made bloody mix, Tito’s vodka, topped with a smoked pork and chicken slider, a smoked wing, 2 house made onion rings, a jalapeno, cornbread fritter, bacon celery and fruit. If you don’t want all that, the Improper Pig also offers $4 Bloody Mary special on Sundays.

(9) Moo & Brew

1300 Central Ave.

 

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Price: $18
When to go: Monday-Sunday
Tip: Come hungry: The Large Marge is no joke and counts as both a meal and a cocktail. It is a 20 ounces, with two shots of Tito’s Handmade Vodka topped with a jalapeño firecracker, Wisconsin cheese curds, two grilled cheese sandwiches, an Angus burger slider, fried green tomatoes, applewood smoked bacon — and it comes with a mini Miller High Life on the side.

(10) Seoul Food Meat Co.

1400 S. Church St.

 

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Price: $6
When to go: Saturday and Sunday
Tip: They have a full bloody mary bar along with a mimosa bar. Grab your drink of choice while you enjoy some Korean-inspired Southern barbecue. Try some games or karaoke while you’re there.

(11) Sea Level NC

129 E. 5th St.

 

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Price: $8
When to go:
Tip: Sea Level’s Bloody Maria, complete with Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila and spicy seasoning, is the perfect pairing with Sea Level’s seaside foods —  from their oysters and tacos to their lobster rolls.

(12) Vivace

1100 Metropolitan Ave.

Price: $2
When to go: Saturday and Sunday
Tip: Mimosas and bloody marys are $2 until 3:45. The Brussel Sprouts ($8) make a great starter to share with the table. They have crispy potatoes, bacon and Parmesan cheese.

(13) Whiskey Warehouse

1221 The Plaza

Price: $4
When to go: Saturdays and Sundays
Tip: On Sundays, this Plaza Midwood staple offers a $4 bloody mary bar, as well as specials on Tito’s, Bud Light and mimosas. On Saturdays they have a $4 bloody mary bar, and specials on Miller Lites, Dos Equis drafts and mimosas. Check out the view of Charlotte’s skyline and expect it to be pretty busy.  

(14) Workman’s Friend

1531 Central Ave.

Price: $10
When to go: Monday-Sunday
Tip: If you’re feeling brave, order a Pickle-Back shot ($7) with this unique twist on a bloody mary. The bloody jimmy is filled with bacon-infused Jameson, house-made bloody mix and pickle juice.

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