Bloody Mary Bar, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

Getting older hurts a lot less if you’re drinking a bloody mary.

At least that’s our theory. And we tested out said theory a few weeks ago at Cafe Ba-ba-reeba when one half of this duo turned another year older.


We’d heard tons about the famed bloody mary bar at Ba-ba-reeba. And tapas here are pretty much standard with out-of-town visitors. Birthday brunch no-brainer.


As far as bloody mary bars go, this is a pretty great one. It starts off like most others. You get a glass of ice and vodka. And here, you actually get to pick your generous pour. We both went with Absolut Peppar. Because delicious. Next, you pick a mix. Options include organic tomato juice, gazpacho and Uncle Dougie’s Torpedo Juice. Then you customize with fixings, hot sauce and garnishes. Speaking of fixings, just the right amount. Not too overwhelming. Lemon juice, lime juice, Worcestershire, beef broth, Revolution beer, to name a few.  And if you lose your way while dressing up your bloody mary, recipe recommendations are readily available.

For your mix, we’d recommend going with Uncle Dougie’s Torpedo Juice or the organic tomato juice. Or a mixture of both. Yum. The gazpacho was a bit on the watery side.


Here’s where we’d rate the bloody with our scale, but that would be just vain since we made these ourselves. Maybe create a whole new scale for bloody mary bars? What should the criteria be? Holler at your girls.

Cafe Ba-ba-reeba is located at 2024 N. Halsted. 

Restaurant Information

* Restaurant Name
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!
* Overall
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Lincoln Park
* Street Address
2024 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60614
* Phone
(773) 935-5000
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2 thoughts on “Bloody Mary Bar, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

  1. darceyforbes says:

    Torpedo Juice? Gotta try that!

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