A Bloody Mary Bar? Why Didn't I Think of That?
We have salad bars and make-your-own sundae bars, even burger bars. It's about time somebody applied this idea to liquor! On weekends Rush Street in Culver City is offering a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar. They fill your glass with Ketel One vodka. You can ask for a different brand, although nobody has yet. Then the bartender meets you at the end of the bar.
They may ask your flavor and heat preferences and mix it according to your taste, or you can stand there picking each ingredient and insisting, "Just a little more celery salt, no, a little more, a little more, OK! Stop!" And if you are not that hands-on you can also put in a custom order from your table.
First you choose your juice - Campbell's Tomato Juice, V-8 or if you are kind of freaky, Clamato. I'm still baffled by Clamato. Then you have a variety of liquid fixins - a host of hot sauces, Worcestershire, et al. Next you choose from spices and flavorings, like celery seed, horseradish, Lawry's Seasoned Salt, Old Bay Seasoning, or you can even make a Cajun Bloody Mary. Then you choose your garnish. They have almond, garlic and bleu cheese-stuffed olives, plus all manner of fresh and pickled vegetables.
Might we recommend: Campbell's tomato juice, celery salt, Garlic Tabasco and horseradish garnished with pickled okra. Start the morning right and maybe even stay and watch the game. Go Steelers!
Previously on LAist: Rush Street Opens its Doors