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Best Bloody Mary on the Emerald Coast

In addition to loving wine and craft beer, South Walton and Destin residents and visitors have an appreciation for the perfect Bloody Mary. 

What better way to honor this morning cocktail than to hold a Bloody Mary Festival to see which restaurant makes the most delicious Bloody Mary on the Emerald Coast? South Walton's Bloody Mary Festival is celebrating its 9th Annual Event on Oct. 14, 2023 at the Market Shops at Sandestin near Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort. Past “People’s Choice Winner” Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant in Seaside is a regular participant and popular winner. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Walton County. Learn more and purchase tickets here

The annual event inspired our team to share our TOP 5 Destin restaurants for the best Bloody Mary's: 

Harry T’s on the Harbor

Overlooking the Destin Harbor, Harry T’s signature Bloody Mary is made with New Amsterdam Vodka and Whiskey Willy’s Bloody Mary mix. Rose the bartender is ready to make it to your liking and asks if you want it spicy. Of course, we do! Not only is this morning cocktail delicious, but it’s beautiful too. The extravagant garnish of olives, pickled green beans, celery, lemon & lime does not disappoint. Located at 46 Harbor Blvd., Destin. Learn more here.


Another Broken Egg – By the glass or the pitcher

One of our popular local breakfast spots, Another Broken Egg, features some of the best Bloody Mary’s in Destin and gives guests FIVE options!  The Tito’s® Mary Tito’s ® features Handmade Vodka with their house-recipe bloody mary mix. The Bloody Maria features Milagro® Tequila with their house-recipe bloody mary mix. Abe famous infused Mary™ with Spicy pepper-infused vodka and their house-recipe bloody mary mix. (The winner if you like it spicy!) Bloody Bulldog featuring Hendrick’s ®Gin with their house-recipe bloody mary mix. Bloody Molly featuring JAMESON® Irish Whiskey with their house-recipe bloody mary mix and a splash of pickle juice. For the most options, ABE is the winner! Two locations to choose from: Destin- 4289 Legendary Dr Suite J118, Destin, FL 3254 or Grand Boulevard - 755 Grand Blvd Ste 107B, Miramar Beach, FL 32550. Learn more online.


Ruby Slipper Café

A New Orleans favorite, Ruby Slipper Café opened in a location in Destin, and brought their Award-Winning Bloody Mary recipe with them. Serving their spicy house-made mix paired with your choice of vodka, bacon-infused vodka or tequila blanco, the Ruby Sipper Bloody Mary has brought the best of the Big Easy or to the beach. Address:  34902 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32541. Learn more here.


McGuire’s Irish Pub

A Destin institution, the brunch and Bloody Mary’s at McGuire’s Irish Pub are a must-try when in Destin, Florida. Skip the standard Bloody Mary and order the Ultimate Bacon Bloody Mary loaded with Celery, Olives, Spicy Green Beans, Okra, Lemon, Lime and Applewood Smoked Bacon. Of course, you may be compelled to order one of their famous Irish Coffees. The McGuire’s Irish Coffee (frozen or hot) is the finest this side of Dublin, made with freshly brewed coffee, Bushmill’s Irish Whiskey, topped with rich whipped cream and (naturally) an Irish green cherry. Any Irish Coffee order comes with homemade French Quarter Beignets. Yes, please! Address: 33 US-98, Destin, FL 32541. Learn more here.


Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House

Located on the beautiful Destin Harbor, Boshamps specializes in the freshest seafood, and while they are not open for breakfast, it’s worth the wait for the Boshamp’s Bloody Mary featuring Effen vodka, Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix and house picked okra and shrimp. Pair with their homemade Gumbo or shrimp Po’Boy and you’ll see why Boshamps made our list. In addition, the sandy beach overlooking the harbor out back is great entertainment for the kids while you enjoy your delectable cocktail. Address: 414 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541. Learn more here.


Ready to plan your next Destin beach getaway?

Now is the perfect time. Visit in the fall during the Bloody Mary Festival to enjoy reduced fall rates and seasonal promotions coupled with the beautiful fall weather. View Newman-Dailey's collection of South Walton and Destin rentals online, including rentals at Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort less than a mile from the Bloody Mary Festival. Need help planning, call one of our friendly, local vacation specialists at 1-800-225-7652.

See you @ the beach! 

*UPDATED: SEPT. 28, 2023

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Published by Tracy Louthain
Tuesday, September 27, 2016