Ah, the “what is the best cocktail” can of worms. Some open the can and settle quickly on an espresso martini, and others will gravitate to a margarita. The real ones know that the can isn't even worth opening. It's the bottle of tomato juice that's been on the IGA shelf for 4 months that's really worth opening.
Just like a good Bloody Mary, Hamish Macarthur is well seasoned. A seasoned musician, drumming in Perth band Death By Denim (by day) and self-proclaimed Bloody Mary connoisseur (by night, and the morning after). We asked Mr Macarthur for his juiciest recs for where to find the best Bloody Mary’s in WA—here's what he had to say:
Sayers Sister Cafe
In my humble opinion, Sayers Sister café gets the number one spot. It’s already a traditionally no-fuss, delicious tasting, Bloody Mary but the best thing is it comes out with extra Tabasco sauce, lemon, and salt and pepper to season to your liking.
Old Faithful Bar & BBQ
In a pint glass and served with a hefty snack of hot wings, bacon and pickles attached as a “garnish”? say less. Old Faithful Bar & BBQ is one of my must-visits in the CBD.
Margaret River Distillery
These seasoned professionals of the cocktail game are mixing Bloody Mary’s with your choice of spirit. You can't go wrong with the beautiful nature surrounding you while you sip and soothe your hungover head.
$12 on Sundays, live music, beer garden and walking distance from home. I’m yet to fault The Rosemount on any aspect of the Bloody Mary experience. Maybe if she appears in the mirror, I’ll deduct points, but for now it stays at 10/10.
Some like it hot. Get your hands on their Mexican take called a ‘Bloody Maria’, she has some kick (and snare) but holds one of the top spots in Perth. In general, El Grotto cocktails are some of Perth's best so its no surprise their spin on our favourite has placed highly.
Rounding out the list is Exhale Café. In a hot, small touristy town where the nights are flowing with beer, there has got to be a recovery breaky spot that serves the glorious blood Mary, and this is that place.
If you happen to find yourself outside of Western Australia now that the borders are open wide, here are some of the best Bloody Marys across the country.
Coopers Hotel—Newtown, Sydney
Naked for Satan—Fitzroy, Melbourne
Cafe Troppo—Whitmore Square, Adelaide
Death by Denim is touring nationally in March and April to celebrate the release of their sophomore album Moonbow, which you can stream now on Spotify.
Keep the drinks flowing with Perth's best margaritas.
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