5 Beijing Bloody Marys with a twist

The standard brunch cocktail gets a revamp at these Beijing restaurants

Pickled Jew at Okra

Pickled Jew at Okra


Okra head chef Max Levy turns out a top Bloody Mary garnished with the restaurant’s namesake, a piece of pickled okra. Instead of vodka, Levy dries tomatoes from his Shunyi farm, smokes them and marinates them in Japanese spirit shochu. 

Okra Second Floor, 1949 The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Bei Lu, Chaoyang district (6593 5087). Open 6-11pm Tue-Sun. 朝阳区工体 北路4号院

Spicy Bloody Mary at Taco Bar

Spicy Bloody Mary at Taco Bar

40RMB (Weekend brunch only) 

As the name suggests, Taco Bar’s take on a Bloody Mary is way on the spicy side. A dash of chilli powder and house hot sauce, in tandem with the traditional horseradish, kick it up to 11. It comes garnished with pickled carrots and fried okra. 

Taco Bar Courtyard 4 (next to Home Plate BBQ), Gongti Bei Lu, Chaoyang district (6501 6026). Open 5.30pm-late Tue-Sat; 11.30am-late Sun. 朝阳区 工体北路4号院北京机电院内

Beer Bloody Mary at Gung Ho!

Beer Bloody Mary at Gung Ho!


Gung Ho! riffs on the usual Bloody Mary recipe by adding a pour of Brooklyn lager and switching the standard booze for pepper vodka. A fierce bite comes from the spice of Thai chilies, with an unusual extra prickle from the beer’s carbonation. 

Gung Ho! Pizza 101, Building 3, China View, 2 Gongti Dong Lu, Chaoyang district (8587 1404; www.gunghopizza.com). Open 11am-midnight daily. 朝阳区工体东路2号中国红街3号楼101号

The Caesar at 4corners

The Caesar at 4corners


Chef Jun Trinh gives a shout-out to his home country in this delish Canadian classic. The salty-sweet concoction gets its vim and vigour from a dash of clam broth, made in-house, and a celery salt rim. 

4corners 27 Dashibei Hutong (off Gulou Xi Dajie), Xicheng district (6401 7797). Open midday-late Tue-Sun. 西城区大石碑胡同27号

Captain Mary at Slow Boat

Captain Mary at Slow Boat

45RMB (Sunday brunch only) 

Bloody Marys are all about the garnish and Slow Boat is getting up to some next-level antics on that score. This once-a-week special comes with a protein boost in the form of a chicken wing – yes, a chicken wing – skewered alongside a ‘stupid pickle’. 

Slow Boat Brewery Taproom 56 Dongsibatiao, Dongcheng district (6538 5537). Open 5pm-midnight Tue-Thu; 5pm-late Fri; 2pm-late Sat; 11.30am-10pm Sun. 东城区东四八条56号

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