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Last January, when I was in New York, I visited the “o-fish-ial” Packers bar, Kettle of Fish, in Greenwich Village.

Even though I liked the bar itself and the folks there were plenty friendly, at the time I wrote: “I couldn’t help thinking that a Packers bar might have a Bloody Mary up to Wisconsin standards… no such luck. This Bloody Mary was flavorful, but severely lacking in “fixin’s”-no olives were harmed in the making of this beverage!”

I even had a chat with the owner, Patrick Daley, who was working at the bar the day we stopped in and encouraged him to bring Midwest-style Bloodies out to New York, but he said he had tried but it wasn’t successful.

In follow up to that visit, I stayed in touch with Patrick. We connected when he visited Milwaukee this past summer and I let him know when I was back in NYC in June (although I didn’t have the chance to go back to Kettle that time) and that I was coming in November.

When we arrived at the bar on a Monday, right before the Happy Hour rush, Patrick was not there, but they were ready for us. He knew we were coming and had set aside cheese and sausage specifically for us!


I couldn’t believe it! This just shows you the kind of people the owners of this bar are–completely above and beyond.

“Well, you complained there weren’t any fixin’s last time,” they said.

Which, is indeed true, but not uncommon of elsewhere in NYC.

Kettle’s original Bloody Mary by itself was quite flavorful and good. This was just icing on the cake, or, I should say “fixin’s on the Bloody.” (Note: Not everyone should expect to receive this version, we feel really special!)

Kettle of Fish

Thank you so much to Kettle of Fish for giving us a little piece of home while in New York. We have spread the word to everyone we know that they have to visit Kettle of Fish while in NYC.

Kettle of Fish


Also, in case you missed it, as fate would have it, right before our trip, the local paper published an article on Kettle of Fish. I encourage you to check it out and then check out the Kettle itself next time you’re in NYC!

Thanks again, Patrick & Co.! We love you guys!


We also heard good things about Tipsy Parson in Chelsea.

We love, love, loved the decor in this tiny establishment that you’d almost miss walking by it on the street. So quaint and charming.

This Bloody Mary was served in a cute mason jar and was very tasty. However, we must warn you—garlic was the predominant spice used here, for sure!

Mix: Made from scratch.

Chaser: No (spoiler alert—none of the NYC bars offered a chaser)

Fixin’s: Two olives, one lime


We recognize New York prices are in effect for all beverages (no $4 Steny’s specials here!), but this one was on the higher side for the amount included in the glass.

Next, we moved on to sample the Bloody Marys at a couple of places in Chelsea. First stop? The Cookshop.

Again, a place that came highly recommended, so I was excited to try their version of our favorite drink.

Mix: Made from scratch.

Chaser: No (spoiler alert—none of the NYC bars offered a chaser)

Fixin’s: Two olives, one lemon


This Bloody Mary was light and refreshing. The salted rim (with worcestershire sauce, I was told) was a nice touch. Again, because this Bloody Mary came so highly recommended, I was expecting something a bit more. And again, we have unique standards in Wisconsin. However, this was very flavorful and the menu here is fantastic. Definitely give it a go for brunch or lunch if you’re in the area.