Is there anything better than a good bloody mary? The tangy tomato juice, the smooth vodka, the slightly bitter Worcestershire sauce, the little kick of Tabasco…it’s like a meal in a glass. And the tomato sauce and celery stalk mean it’s healthy too, right? You can get a bloody mary in any number of bars and restaurants, but these 9 have been named as some of the best in Nebraska.
9. Report In Pub, Omaha
This. Is. Bonkers. The Report In's Giant Bloody Mary will set you back $18, but it includes a 1/4-pound cheeseburger, two wings, two onion rings, a fried pickle, celery, and green olives...all stuck into 36 ounces of tomatoey goodness.
Find them at: 12100 West Center Rd, #204 Bel Air Plaza, Omaha
8. Bison Witches Bar & Deli, Lincoln
Beware: if you order a bloody mary at this sandwich joint, you may not have room for anything else. These puppies are huge, they're strong, and they're delicious.
Find them at: 1320 P St #100, Lincoln.
7. Gillies Bar, Kearney
Do you know what you're looking at here? It's a pickle spear, a cube of cheese, a garlic stuffed olive, and a strip of bacon, all topping a tasty bloody mary. Yes, please.
Find them at: 1822 Central Ave, Kearney.
6. Krug Park, Omaha
Krug Park offers all kinds of embellishments for their bloody marys - there are 13 different types on their menu. From the basic to the bacon-stuffed, there's a mary here for every taste.
Find them at: 6205 Maple St, Omaha.
5. Ken and Dale's Restaurant, Alliance
You probably know them for their steaks and sandwiches, but Ken and Dale's does breakfast/brunch as well...and that includes some fabulous (and affordable) bloody marys.
Find them at: 123 W 3rd St, Alliance.
4. Leadbelly, Omaha
Leadbelly took home the crown in the 2016 Nebraska Bloody Mary State Championship, but it isn't just pretty to look at. This bloody mary, made with house-made mix, is full of delicious kick.
Find them at: 3201 Farnam St #6101, Omaha.
3. Anthony's Steakhouse, Omaha
Anthony's won top honors in the 2015 Nebraska State Bloody Mary Championship and the people's choice award in 2016, and it's no wonder. Look at that beauty topped with a slider and a shrimp! That is quite literally an entire meal right there.
Find them at: 7220 F St, Omaha.
2. Union Bar, Gering
The Union Bar has been a big winner in a few different categories in recent years. In 2015 it won for best presentation and best garnish as well as people's choice. This thing of beauty right here is the bloody mary bar where you can
build your own for just $2.00. Or have the bartender make it for you, also for $2.00. Find them at: 1403 10th St, Gering.
1. Coop's Corner, Lincoln
The small, family-owned Coop's Corner took away the top award in 2016 for their classic take on this iconic drink.
Find them at: 4947 Holdrege St, Lincoln.
So who’s ready for an epic brunch? Give me some scrambled eggs, a pile of hash browns, and a couple of bloody marys and I’ll be happy all day. These are, of course, not all of the great bloody marys in our lovely state. Where’s your favorite? Give it a mention in the comments!