I've spent many morning, noon, and late nights testing 7 different establishments in the area over the past few months to find the best bloody mary. It's been a wild ride but I think I can confidently say I've found some great drinks and stories along the way as well.

My mission was to find not only a tasty drink but also a memorable experience. Most of all, I had fun! So if you're looking for a good Bloody Mary in North County San Diego, then keep reading to hear which establishment won top spot on my list!

The Roxy Encinitas

The Roxy Encinitas
🗺️ 517 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
☎️ 760-230-2899
🌐 Website
Sunday: 10 AM–10 PM
Monday: 3–11 PM
Tuesday: 11 AM–10 PM
Wednesday: 11 AM–10 PM
Thursday: 11 AM–11 PM
Friday: 11 AM–12 AM
Saturday: 10 AM–12 AM

The Roxy Encinitas has a unique, homemade bloody mary recipe that is the talk of San Diego. The mix consists of Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, freshly-squeezed lemon juice and tomato juice, secret spices, and premium vodka. All these ingredients combine to create a masterpiece that even the most experienced bloody mary enthusiast would be proud to drink.

The garnishes are what really set The Roxy's bloody mary apart from any other: olives, pepperoncini, celery sticks, pickles--all served on a bed of crushed ice! This attention to detail makes for a refreshing and unique experience that you won't find at any other bar or restaurant in North County San Diego.

But don't just take my word for it; try it for yourself! I'm confident that you'll agree The Roxy Encinitas makes the best bloody mary in North County San Diego.

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Union Kitchen and Tap

Union Kitchen and Tap
🗺️ 1108 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
☎️ 760-230-2337
🌐 Website
Sunday: 9 AM–12 AM
Monday: 11 AM–12 AM
Tuesday: 11 AM–12 AM
Wednesday: 11 AM–12 AM
Thursday: 11 AM–12 AM
Friday: 11 AM–2 AM
Saturday: 9 AM–2 AM

Their bloody mary is thick, spicy, and savory. It contains a variety of vegetables like celery, pickled okra, and olives. The spiciness is just right - not too hot for novices but flavorful enough to keep experienced drinkers coming back for more.

I'm also impressed with their garnishes. The bacon wrapped jalapeño gives the perfect kick without being too overwhelming and the chunks of applewood smoked bacon add an extra special touch that makes this an unforgettable experience.

To top it off, the staff at Union Kitchen and Tap are friendly and knowledgeable about craft cocktails. All in all it's a great place for anyone looking for an amazing bloody mary and great service in North County San Diego.

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Toasted Gastrobrunch

Toasted Gastrobrunch
🗺️ 339 N Cleveland St, Oceanside, CA 92054
☎️ 760-438-1212
🌐 Website
Sunday: 8 AM–8 PM
Monday: 8 AM–8 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM–8 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM–8 PM
Thursday: 8 AM–8 PM
Friday: 8 AM–8 PM
Saturday: 8 AM–8 PM

The garnish is on point! The combination of the pickled vegetables, celery stalk and lemon wedge on top of the spicy mix is a flavor combination that can't be beat.

The bloody mary mix itself is just right - not too thin or thick, with a nice balance of spices and tomato juice. It's not overpowering but still has enough kick to let you know it's there.

When all these wonderful ingredients are combined together in a glass that has been rimmed by a seasoned salt and pepper mixture, you get what I believe to be one of the best bloody marys in North County San Diego! There's no doubt in my mind why Toasted Gastrobrunch tops my list - it truly is an experience like no other.

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Pillbox Tavern

Pillbox Tavern
🗺️ 117 Plaza St, Solana Beach, CA 92075
☎️ 858-436-7016
🌐 Website
Sunday: 11 AM–9 PM
Monday: 11 AM–9 PM
Tuesday: 11 AM–9 PM
Wednesday: 11 AM–9 PM
Thursday: 11 AM–9 PM
Friday: 11 AM–10 PM
Saturday: 11 AM–10 PM

Not only is the bloody mary flavorful and well-mixed, but the presentation is top notch. The bartenders make sure to add a little something extra to make your experience even more enjoyable. The garnish is always so fresh and vibrant, they give their bloody mary's the pizzazz that makes it stand out!

One thing I particularly enjoy about Pillbox Tavern is that they always use high quality ingredients and are willing to switch things up depending on what you'd like in your drink. From olives to bacon, they can provide whatever you need. Even more impressive, is that they don't skimp on giving you enough of whatever it is you choose!

Overall, if you're looking for the best bloody mary in North County San Diego - look no further than Pillbox Tavern!

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T's Cafe Solana Beach

T's Cafe Solana Beach
🗺️ 271 N Hwy 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075
☎️ 858-755-7642
🌐 Website
Sunday: 8 AM–2 PM
Monday: 8 AM–2 PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 8 AM–2 PM
Thursday: 8 AM–2 PM
Friday: 8 AM–2 PM
Saturday: 8 AM–2 PM

I absolutely love their bold and spicy recipes. The horseradish kick is strong enough to make me come back for more, but not overwhelming. They also don't skimp on the mixology - the perfect balance of flavors ensures that every sip is delicious.

The garnishes are my favorite part; they always have something unique and unexpected. Whether it's a salty pickled asparagus or a creamy shrimp, there's never a dull moment here! And if you don't find anything that appeals to you, they have tons of other options like olives, celery, and bacon - just ask and they'll take care of you!

Bottom line: T's Cafe Solana Beach is definitely my top pick for the best bloody mary in North County San Diego. Their bold flavor and exciting garnishes make this place one to remember.

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Miss Kim's by That Boy Good

Miss Kim's by That Boy Good
🗺️ 207 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
☎️ 760-433-4227
🌐 Website
Sunday: 11 AM–9 PM
Monday: 11 AM–9 PM
Tuesday: 11 AM–9 PM
Wednesday: 11 AM–9 PM
Thursday: 11 AM–9 PM
Friday: 11 AM–9 PM
Saturday: 11 AM–9 PM

I've been to plenty of places for a bloody mary, but the one at Miss Kim's stands out far above the rest. Their Bloody Mary is made with a unique blend of spices and flavors that result in a perfect balance of spicy and savory. It's definitely one of the tastiest I've had!

The atmosphere at Miss Kim's is also top-notch. It's cozy, inviting, and friendly. The staff is always ready to help with any questions or requests you have, making sure you have the best experience possible.

Overall, I'm confident in saying that Miss Kim's by That Boy Good has some of the best bloody marys in all of North County San Diego! I highly recommend giving it a try if you're ever in the area!

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North Bar

North Bar
🗺️ 200 W El Norte Pkwy #7, Escondido, CA 92026
☎️ 760-480-8228
🌐 Website
Sunday: 10 AM–2 AM
Monday: 10 AM–2 AM
Tuesday: 10 AM–2 AM
Wednesday: 10 AM–2 AM
Thursday: 10 AM–2 AM
Friday: 10 AM–2 AM
Saturday: 10 AM–2 AM

The ** Bloody Mary** at North Bar is made with only the finest ingredients. The tomato-based mixture is rich, robust, and seasoned to perfection. Every sip brings a flavorful burst of spices that complements the natural flavor of the tomatoes perfectly. The tomato juice itself is absolutely delicious and full-bodied; you can taste the freshness in every sip.

The garnishes are nothing short of amazing too! Thick slices of bacon, bright green jalapeños, and a big ol' hot pepper all come together to create a visually stunning masterpiece. Not only do they look great on top of the drink, but they add their own unique flavors that blend together deliciously.

All in all, the Blood Mary at North Bar offers an unforgettable drinking experience that can't be matched. It's definitely worth trying if you're ever in North County San Diego; it's easily one of my favorite places for getting the best bloody mary in town!

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Brad Thomas

With a true passion for exploring all that San Diego has to offer, Brad takes great pleasure in discovering new spots and sharing his experiences with his readers. From hidden gems to tried-and-true favorites, he doesn't miss a beat when it comes to exploring different corners of town. When he's not writing or dining out, Brad can be found soaking up some sunshine at the beach or taking an outdoor adventure around SoCal.