The brunch staple and fave of fliers of the friendly skies (because tomato juice tastes better at 30,000 feet – and, dare we say, vodka, too?), we’ve never met a Bloody Mary we didn’t love. Whether they’re classic takes on or inventive interpretations of the universally beloved hangover cure, Bloody Marys are the ideal way to toast the weekend.

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Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba, Chicago, Illinois
Build your own bloody good Bloody Mary every weekend. The drink gets a Spanish accent with Uncle Dougie’s Torpedo Juice, Bloody Mary mix, or Gazpacho Andaluz. Coronate it with an array of garnishes like shrimp, date-glazed bacon, Gilda olives, pickles, jamón, and more. A buck scores you a beer back. Make a reservation at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba.

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Beatrix-Streeterville, Chicago, Illinois
This Make Your Own Bloody Mary Bar has the ‘write’ stuff. Head over on the weekend, and your server will bring you a sheet of paper. Check off everything you want, and then bring it to bartender for them to build your base, from an array of options including amped up tomato juices, various liquors, and mix-ins, like kung pao Brussels sprouts, potato salad deviled eggs, pepper jack cubes, and more. Make a reservation at Beatrix-Streeterville.