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In researching the best Bloody Marys in Pittsurgh, we were pointed toward Meat and Potatoes, which features a legendary Bloody Mary Bar on Sundays.

Fortunately, we were in town on a Sunday and we were able to swing by and check it out. For just $7, this is an absolute steal!


First, you choose your infused vodka. As you can see below, there are many options.Meat and Potatoes Bloody Mary Bar

Start with your flavored vodka, a blank slate!

Start with your flavored vodka, a blank slate!

Next, you get in line. The good folks at Meat and Potatoes have dedicated one whole side of their bar to fixin’s… everything from hot sauces and spices to cheeses, meats, seafood and olives galore:

We tried to take a panoramic view to do it justice.

We tried to take a panoramic view to do it justice.

Here are some close ups:

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MIX: House, with choice of infused vodka

CHASER: None offered

FIXIN’S: See photos! We were a bit overwhelmed, but in, like, a really good way.


This is hands down one of the best build-your-own bloody mary bars we’ve ever experienced. They seem to have thought of everything. We were very impressed. Here’s our finished product:

Our only gripe? Wish we had a bigger glass!

Our only gripe? Wish we had a bigger glass!

The food here was also top notch, although truth be told, we made our bloody into a meal in and of itself! Great brunch menu and we even returned for dinner, which was excellent as well.

Do yourself a favor and check out Meat and Potatoes the next time you’re in the ‘Burgh!

While in Pittsburgh, we also stopped at the Industry Public House for lunch.

On this particular day, we enjoyed a great burger and a Bloody Mary.

Industry Public House Bloody Mary

Mix: Homemade

Chaser: Nope.

Fixin’s: Lemon, olive and pickle

Price: $6

This drink was pretty plain and simple as far as Bloody Marys go, but we liked it a lot. They make their own mix, which has a smooth, easy texture and a very fresh flavor. The pickle was also a little different, in a good way and the price was reasonable, too.


I recently visited the fine city of Pittsburgh. Prior to my trip, I did a quick search to find the best Bloody Marys in the city. Google was not helpful in my quest. No one place stood out, so I headed to the city thinking it would be a dud in terms of beverages.

However, I do believe in fate because I was walking down the street one day and came across this sign in front of a place called Luke Wholey’s:

Luke Wholey's

They also had a sample Bloody Mary set up on a cart. That grabbed my attention and got me in the door.

I quickly learned they are known for their seafood topped Bloody Marys and according to Earl, my bartender, they’re even been ranked #1 in the city by Pittsburgh Magazine (I could not find an online link to confirm, but he was so friendly I will give him the benefit of the doubt).

Anyway, he gave me the scoop on their bloodies, of which it is obvious he takes great pride in. He says they plan to offer a Bloody Mary menu at some point to feature their different varieties and house-infused vodkas.

By the time I arrived on a Saturday morning, they had sold out of the Crabby Mary simply because their shipment of crab is limited and the drinks are popular. I was still able to get this one with prawns:
Luke Wholey's Bloody Mary

Mix: Homemade–and spicy. They use Clique, a local vodka, and house infuse it with peppers to make a 5-alarm vodka.

Chaser: Nope.

Fixin’s: Celery, lemon, lime, olives, 2 prawns, 1 pickle

Price: $9

This drink was delicious and I highly recommend you check them out if you’re in the area. The restaurant is located in the Strip district and you’ll find many fun things to do right around there, like eclectic shops, farmer’s markets and other nearby cafes and restaurants.

Hopefully next time I’ll get to try a Crabby Mary or another variety!