Well, that phrase holds true and in Austin. They keep it big and do it in a wonderful style of weird. There are many choices when you visit Austin for an over the top Bloody Mary.
Star Bar in South Austin was founded in 1995 and has a drink that is something to behold. It is a Bloody Mary gone wild. This one needs a plate, napkin and an empty stomach. Oh, and patience as this one will take a while. This truly is the kitchen sink kind of drink. What isn’t included may be an easier description for me to retell.
I thought I had seen it all until I found it on Instagram. When I saw it I knew I had to put it on the list to visit. This bad boy is only served on weekends and in limited supply. Only 12 are served in a day unless you call ahead and “reserve” yours. Not even joking! There is a lot that goes into this for sure and Paul, the Manager, was kind enough to oblige my curiosity on a Monday.
The atmosphere is industrial with rolled up garage like walls for an open atmosphere with two large patios. You get the feeling this place must spill over with folks coming out for the many beers on tap, TVs to watch and great atmosphere. It has a laid back vibe for sure. They do not have kitchen but food trailers are found right next door to whet your appetite. This is a place of drink and be merry and relaxation. If you are hungry…..you can order the Hail Mary for a drink and a meal. Ready for the list?
P Terry’s Cheese Burger ( a local favorite like our In and Out but more hyper-local which has to be delivered)
Hard Boiled Egg
Lil Cheddar Smokies
Powdered Mini Donut
Pepper Jack Cheese
No, I am not kidding. That is all adorned above a Zing Zang base as it takes a supporting role to this concoction. It is mixed up with pickle juice and creole seasoning for added flavor.
Watching it being made brought a giggle to my local friend, Wendie, as she joined me on this pilgrimage. I don’t think she really believed this was my hobby and these crazy drinks exist. I am glad she enjoyed the hilarity of this moment with me on a rain-soaked day. Our cheeks and stomachs hurt after this adventure.
Paul (Star Bar Manager) and Ebony (Bartender/Assembly Line Mary Maker) took great care of us that day and created a great memory and entry into the never ending adventures of the Bloody Mary Tourist. Next time you are in Austin do not pass this up if you are looking for a great venue to enjoy an extraordinary libation of extraordinary proportions. It is well worth the wait and the photo opportunity!
The only negative about this place…..It’s a Packers bar. Son of a Nutcracker. A Packers bar. Go BEARS!