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Our travels took us to San Francisco, where we enjoyed breakfast at Kitchen Story.

We truly weren’t planning on ordering a Bloody but when we saw that their Millionaire’s Bloody was a winner of numerous awards, we felt like it was our duty to see how it stacks up.

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Spice: A tad spicy

Mix: House Mix

Fixin’s: Millionaire’s Bacon, olive, celery, salted rim

Chaser: None offered.

Price: $14

The verdict: A little pricey, but so was the cuisine (not atypical for San Francisco, however). I wouldn’t go out of my way to come back here again for the Bloody Mary but it’s a cute spot with good food and I might recommend it if you’re in the area.

I’ve been visiting San Francisco and checking out its bloody mary scene for awhile now, so I feel like I’ve hit many of the major hot spots, especially after my most recent trip.

I finally made it to Foreign Cinema, a place that has popped up on many “best” lists in my research.

Per Thrillist, “In line with the restaurant’s wide-ranging use of spices from all over the world, this mary combines tomato juice, lime, sherry vinegar, South Indian curry, and sumac for a flavorful morning beverage.”

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The stats:

Spice: Sumac rimmed/Persian style

Mix: Housemade

Chaser: None Offered

Fixin’s: Celery, olives and assorted pickled veggies/strips

Price: $12.60

This bloody mary was indeed delicious, but it was so built up in my mind that it was a little bit of a let down by the time I finally got to try it.

The fixin’s were odd in my opinion–they looked like they were there more for decoration than to be consumed and I really couldn’t tell quite what I was eating. The venue/restaurant itself is really cool, however, and it looks like they have a lot of great menu items as well.

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Some may advise you to take professors, not classes; read authors, not books… how about bartenders, not bars?

We enjoyed our Bloody Mary at Presidio Social Club so much that we followed Bar Manager Scott Brody to his other gig at Louie’s in San Francisco.

Louie’s feels like your local neighborhood bar; it has a very fun vibe, showing old movies on the TV, music blasting, people socializing on a Friday night. Delicious food that’s a step above pub fare, too.


As for the Bloody Mary:

Mix: Homemade

Chaser: Yes

Fixin’s: Lemon, onion, olive

Price: $?

Looks like Scott can whip up a variety of great Bloody Marys no matter where he goes. This one was not as horseradish-y as the one at Presidio, but had its own unique flavor. I also like the fact that he strongly believes in chasers.

One thing I would like to see are more fixin’s, but I’m aware that those are more common in the Midwest. When I travel elsewhere, it is usually a happy surprise to find more than lemon, lime, olive and pickle.

Thanks again, Scott!


While in San Francisco, I happened to meet the bar manager of Presidio Social Club who invited me to try their Bloody Mary. I happily obliged.

The restaurant itself is located in the Presidio of San Francisco, as I am sure you could have guessed.

Driving up to it, you feel like you have left the city; it is in a very pretty, tranquil spot. The place reminded me of a modern old-fashioned supper club.

Presidio Social Club

Mix: Homemade

Chaser: Yes

Fixin’s: Lemon, olive, onion and mini pickle

Price: This one was on the house!

This Bloody Mary was very tasty and if you’re a fan of horseradish, you’ll be especially pleased. I was also happy to see that this one came with a chaser. Special thanks to Scott Brody for bringing us here and being our expert mixologist.


The next stop in SanFran was Park Tavern in North Beach. 

We must have got our tip from an old list because a variety of Bloody Marys was not offered here.

Park Tavern Bloody Mary


Chaser: No

Fixin’s: Pickle and 2 olives

Price: $?

I was highly disappointed with this Bloody Mary; however, in talking to the barkeep, it does sound like they have a special Bloody Mary served on Sundays which includes beef jerky. Bummer!


We had amazing luck with Bloody Marys in San Diego, so we were hopeful that northern California would also take great pride in their bloodies.

Again, we did a little research a head of time and headed to Zuni Cafe, where we tried their Balsamic Bloody Mary.

Zuni Cafe Balsalmic Bloody Mary

Mix: Homemade with Smirnoff Vodka, tomato juice, Tabasco, salt, pepper, spicy pepper-onion relish and… 6-year old balsamic.

Chaser: No

Fixin’s: Lemon and celery

Price: $12

The verdict? This Bloody Mary was pretty good; you could definitely taste the pepper-onion relish, which was a little strange to have a few chunks in the drink. Other than that, this Bloody definitely had a distinct taste, but if I  hadn’t known that balsamic vinegar was the key to this drink, I would not have been able to identify it.

If you find yourself at Zuni, you should definitely try it, but it doesn’t hold a candle to any of the ones we experience in the Midwest and San Diego.


As I mentioned in my previous posts, I was recently in San Francisco and had the chance to sample a few Bloody Marys.

The last Bloody Mary I had a chance to sample in San Francisco was at Lefty O’Douls, 

Francis “Lefty” O’Doul, one of the New York Giants most colorful and popular personalities, was born in San Francisco. He played in the Pacific Coast League as well as the Major League, where in 1929 he had a .398 batting average. It was the highest average of any National League outfielder in the 20th century.

According to the establishment’s website, “Lefty was a highly-respected coach and manager for the San Francisco Seals baseball team. He was a friend and teammate to some of the great players of our time, such as; Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth, and Ty Cobb…Lefty was credited for bringing America’s favorite pastime to Japan…” And in 1958, he opened the restaurant bar, which has served many famous baseball players and Hollywood entertainers over the years.

A baseball bar quite near where I was staying–and bonus: a piano bar!–how could I pass it up?

I was surprised to learn that Lefty’s bottles their own mixes, including a Bloody Mary mix.

Lefty BM Mix

Of course, I had to order a Bloody Mary to test it out:

Lefty ODouls

Mix: Homemade


Fixin’s: Lime, 2 Olives

Price: $6.75

This was one tasty Bloody Mary, plus the atmosphere was great and the people were fantastic. While I sipped this delight, I talked to two men from Australia who were in town for a tech conference on my left, and a woman who owns a bar on the East Coast where she is famous for her bloodies (she took one of my cards–if you’re reading this, please drop a line so we can reconnect!).

I highly recommend you pop in to Lefty’s when you’re in the area–and try their famous Bloody Mary mix, my favorite Bloody in the bay!


As I mentioned in my previous post, I was recently in San Francisco and had the chance to sample a few Bloody Marys.

While MarketBar was primarily as a lunch spot  where I happened to order a Bloody Mary, Zeitgeist was a researched excursion. Self-billed as San Francisco’s No. 1 Beer Garden, they were also at the top of several Best Bloody lists when I did my homework before coming to the city. They even have a “Bloodys” link on their homepage.




Mix: Homemade


Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime, 2 Olives and a 2 Beans

Note: We think the fixin’s were specially placed in the drink to mirror the bunny logo of the bar:


Price: $8

Again, it was a beautiful day when I visited Zeitgeist, so my friend and I enjoyed our drinks out in the sun.  These Bloodies were quite spicy, quite strong and quite good.

However, while very good, this would still be maybe just a slightly above average Bloody back home. Oh San Francisco and other states, you have so much to learn!

On a recent trip to San Francisco, I had a chance to sample a few Bloody Marys.

The first was within an hour of arriving: MarketBar, an American brasserie located in San Francisco’s historic Ferry Building.

MarketBar offers a seasonal menu inspired by fresh ingredients sourced from the weekly Farmer’s Market. We took advantage of the warm weather and sat outside on the patio, enjoying one of the most charming and lively vantage points in the city.

Over a delicious lunch, I enjoyed a pretty standard Bloody Mary:



Mix: Unsure


Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime

Price: $Unknown

As I’ve stated several times–I have learned not to expect much in the way of Bloody Marys when traveling, so I wasn’t too disappointed with this one. It was flavorful and hit the spot on the nice sunny day.