The origin of the blood mary is shaky at best, and numerous mixologists have claimed to create the signature drink as far back as 1921. One thing is for certain however, this signature cocktail always has a different taste depending on the bar, and the flavors can vary considerably from venue to venue. Here is a brief list of Seattle spots that have been recommended for their blood marys.

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Hattie’s Hat
5231 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 784-0175

Price: Moderate
Hours: Mon to Fri – 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sat and Sun – 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
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Hattie’s Hat is Ballard’s oldest bar with over 100 years of service, technically making their blood marys the oldest in the neighborhood. Hattie’s Hat may have changed names over the years, but the drinks and food have always been high quality. Rumors abound as to the true origin of Hattie’s Hat, but one thing is for certain, Hattie’s Hat has been serving drinks since 1904 and stands as a staple to the community. Hattie’s keeps their bloody marys simple and sweet consisting of one part vodka and one part tomato juice. No extra garnishes to cloud the taste of this wonderful 1920’s throwback.

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Linda’s Tavern
707 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 325-1220

Price: Moderate
Hours: Mon to Fri – 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sat and Sun – 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Linda’s Tavern offers a small-town vibe that just boasts cool. A lit patio offers comfort and fresh air on even the chilliest of days. Linda’s is recommended for its cocktails, specifically bloody marys, but you always wind up staying for the atmosphere. Order your next bloody mary with a bit of fresh garlic. It will up the spiciness a notch and complement the aforementioned atmosphere perfectly by keeping you nice and toasty out on the patio during those cool and crisp evenings.

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Buckley’s in Belltown
2331 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 588-8879

Price: Moderate to high
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Sat and Sun – 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
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Buckley’s is a good old fashioned pub known as the spot for kickin’ back and catching a game. But what some might not realize is that their bloody marys come highly recommend by many who have stopped in to have a drink and grab a bite to eat. They mix close to twenty ingredients into each concoction, adding a twist that makes their bloody marys stand out against the rest. Ask them to mix you one with a bit of tequila to add an extra bite and layer to the flavor.


West 5 Lounge & Restaurant
4539 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98127
(206) 935-1966

Price: Moderate
Hours: Mon to Thurs, Sun – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Fri – 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
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The West 5 is owned and operated by Dave Montoure and Dean Overton, native Seattleites who both quit the corporate world in order to create a neighborhood establishment that would “keep it local.”  Blood marys are not their specialty per se, however regulars of the West 5 hail their tomatoey liquids as some of the best in Seattle. Their bloody marys are the perfect drink to couple with a morning breakfast, a little hair of the dog if you will. The bartenders might be tight lipped about the mysterious ingredients, but one thing is for certain, it’s a fan favorite that keeps bringing the customers back for more.

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