Signature Bloody Mary, Big Star

Not many things can get you out of bed on New Year’s Day, and do so enthusiastically. But this day marked a truly special occasion.

Big Star was serving a bloody mary.

With the glorious promise of tacos and our favorite tomato-based cocktail, we put our name on the wait list. Shortly after, a few seats opened at the bar. Lucky us.

This ended up being just a drinking occasion, which seems odd for New Year’s Day. We made a meal of the Plantanos Fritos (fried plantains with chile, lime, queso fresco, mojo de ajo and crema), girl talk, and two bloodies each.


We can’t say enough amazing things about this bloody mary. Made with jalapeno-infused vodka, tomato, smoked black pepper and bloody-mary bitters, it’s smoky, spicy and even a little sexy. According to the bartender, the smokiness comes courtesy of the chipotle and barrel-aged worcestshire sauce.

Finally, a beer back with a purpose. Normally, the small serving of beer feels like a cute accessory. This tumbler of Schlitz came to put out the flames.

This bloody also didn’t lack in garnish: lemon, lime, cilantro, salami, baby corn, pepper, onion and cheese. No wonder we didn’t order a real meal.

When can you get this gem with your tacos, you ask? A tweet from Big Star let us know that it will soon become Sunday menu fixture. Hooray!

Signature Bloody Mary:  Our rating (scale of 1–5)

Taste:        5

Spicy:       4.5

Treats:       3

Creativity: 4.5

Overall:      4.25

Cheers to our first bloody mary of 2013!  We’re off to a fantastic start.

Restaurant Information

* Restaurant Name
Big Star
* Overall
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
West Town
* Street Address
1531 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
* Phone
(773) 235-4039
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4 thoughts on “Signature Bloody Mary, Big Star

  1. ashuri00 says:

    Love Big Star!! No idea they had Bloody Marys…..Oh boy. 🙂

  2. This just made me want to brave the long wait and end over there!

  3. […] nearly jumped for joy when we saw that Big Star was featuring bloody mary on New Year’s Day. (After all, one half of this duo practically keeps the place in business.) […]

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