Find the best bloody marys in Reno/Tahoe!
By Britton Griffith
The leaves are falling, football season is starting and crisp autumn nights are making for perfect memories. Sometimes my favorite season has late nights that lead to mornings with me craving a cold, spicy, tall glass of the best kind of hair of the dog … bloody marys!
From scratch ingredients
If your late night has you up with an early start, Fox & Hound in South Lake is the place to kick off your morning. Open at 7:30 a.m. and serving breakfast until noon, this is the place to cure any hangover while you enjoy the views off their deck. Their award-winning, signature bloody mary is made with Tahoe Blue Vodka mixed with housemade chipotle and habanero barbecue sauce, barbecue rub and bacon salt. If you need more barbecue in your life, be sure to order the bloody mary and rib/meat combo, foxandhoundtahoe.com
Some things just get better with time, Genoa Bar and Saloon, the oldest thirst parlor in Nevada has the 80-proof evidence to prove it. Established in 1853 and still standing in the Wild West, the bloody mary at this historic treasure will take you back in time … even if just to cure the hurt from the night before. Across the street is the Genoa Station Bar and Grille, where everything is made from scratch and recipes have been carried down from the owner’s grandmother. Order their classic cowboy favorite bloody mary for just $5.00 and snack on some tasty bites including cowboy pizza and the cowboy country breakfast. genoabarandsaloon.com; genoastationbarandgrill.com
Fall means football and if you’re going to rise and shine the right way, you need a place to get a crisp drink and watch the game. McP’s Irish Pub & Grill has 19 screens always showing the latest pigskin plays. This is a one-stop shop for everything you need to enjoy the autumn months, including a dog-friendly happy hour (a.k.a. yappy hour) and late night dining. They are one of the largest Guiness retailers in California, but if you’re looking for a little more spice, order their bloody mary extra spicy to for some kick in your drink before kick off. mcpspub.com
If you find yourself by the Truckee River instead of Lake Tahoe, head to The Stick in the Riverwalk District. Tell them I sent you to order the Biggest Little bloody and get ready to be blown away at brunch. This drink has everything but the kitchen sink; garnished with a pork shank slider, bacon, shrimp, celery, lime, olives, asparagus, tomatoes, pickled green beans and pepperoncinis. thestickreno.com
If you woke a little sleepy and worn out, you need the beer+chipotle bloody mary at The Brewer’s Cabinet in the Riverwalk District. Made with jalapeno-infused vodka and topped with a slice of bacon, this is sure to get you back to your top shelf self. Be sure to ask for their Kegs & Eggs menu each Saturday and Sunday. This morning miracle cure buys you steak and eggs and two glasses or a taster set of the best local beers around. Head down to sit inside or on their pup-friendly patio to nurse the night before. Sample their beers, order some bloodies and let the chefs heal you. thebrewerscabinet.com
The perfect mix
If you find yourself at Silver Legacy Resort Casino in downtown Reno, your best bet is to head to Drinx for the DIY bloody mary bar. Indulge in this hangover heaven on the weekends from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to mix Absolute vodka and an array of garnishes including the classics such as celery, bacon, green beans, with a variety of creative stuffed olives. You’ll love the yummy blue cheese-filled additions. silverlegacyreno.com
The best way to fight away that pesky hangover is to keep having fun. Grab a friend or two, the closest celery stick and keep the memories of last night alive over a glass of tomato-filled goodness.