By Jeffrey B. Roth, Examiner.com
While there are a number of folk remedies that claim to help cure a hangover, none is quite as tasty or enjoyable as the versatile Bloody Mary. And believe it or not, there is a basis for supporting the claim that Bloody Marys are an antidote to hangovers. Essentially, when a Bloody Mary is consumed by a hangover sufferer, the body switches its focus from processing the old alcohol and turns its energies to processing the new alcohol that has been introduced; while, at the same time, the body is being replenished by the nutrients and vitamins contained in the tomato juice and celery. The hot sauce and spice also help reverse the affects of the hangover, so belly up to the bar of one of these Philly haunts, order a Bloody as spicy as you can handle, and let this magical hangover remedy cure what ails you.
Pub & Kitchen
1946 Lombard St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
If there’s truth to the claim that spice can cure your hangover, you’ve come to the right place at Pub & Kitchen. This Rittenhouse Square hotspot calls named its bloody “The Wrangler,” and it’s sure to battle your hangover into submission. Made with Absolut Pepper, celery salt, white and black pepper, fresh horseradish, lemon and topped with a hot cherry pepper, this classic cocktail will take you out of your hangover slump.
Tashan Restaurant & Lounge
777 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
For a Bloody Mary with an Indian influence, try the Bloody Mohini at the Tashan Restaurant and Lounge. Made with saffron infused Penn 1681, tomato juice and carrot juice, the drink is one of a number of Indian-influenced cocktails available. The restaurant is designed to reflect a global culture. Its small plate menu features authentic Indian cuisine combined with other culinary influences from around the world. Tashan, which is the Hindi word for style and attitude, features an elegant, but sleek modern decor that incorporates Hindi and global culture in a comfortable atmosphere.
Alfa American Tavern
1709 Walnut St.
Located in the Rittenhouse-area, Alfa American opened in 2006 as a casual bar featuring quality drinks and affordable dinners. Known as one of the best Bloody Mary bars in Philadelphia, Alfa’s version of this brunch staple includes fresh tomatillos, pineapple and cilantro. The tavern also features a Sunshine Mary made with Odwalla carrot juice and sriracha and Seranno peppers, and a Thai Curry Mary, which includes coconut rum. Its food menu offers snacks of deviled eggs, fried pickles, kettle nachos, fresh oysters and other favorites.
124 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Try a signature Togarashi Bloody Mary made with wasabi, lemon juice, roasted tomatoes, fish sauce and Ketel One and a Togarashi rim at Sampan Philly. The all-weather patio Graffiti bar features a colorful, backlit mural, creating a relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy Asian-inspired cocktails. The drink menu also features a curated selection of beer, sake, wine and cocktails. Sampan’s menu features satay choices of lamb, jumbo shrimp, kobe beef, chicken and BBQ beef. Small plates offerings include pork potstickers, Philly cheese steaks, shrimp and lobster dumplings and more.
529 N. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
If you like your Bloody Marys with a side of a few more Bloody Marys and you’re still nursing a lingering hangover, be sure to stop into McCrossen’s Tavern. Famous for its $3 Bloody Marys or Mimosas with Saturday and Sunday brunch, McCrossen’s Tavern, is located in a brick 19th Century-era building. The building has served as a floral shop, a German bakery and now as a classic tavern. For appetizers to complement the house Bloody Marys, try a fig arugula salad or French onion tripe soup. The restaurant also serves a variety of burgers, including its own M Tavern burger.