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San Francisco 2nd Annual Bloody Mary Festival
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San Francisco 2nd Annual Bloody Mary Festival

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Updated: 11 December 2015
On Sunday, September 20, 2015, the Bloody Mary Liberation Party hosted the second annual San Francisco Bloody Mary Festival at SOMArts Cultural Center. The powerful concentration of spices and peppers created an intoxicating scent that wafted down the block, greeting guests before they even reached the doors.

The event featured 12 Bay Area bars and restaurants that competed for for the ‘People’s Choice’ award for ‘The Best Bloody Mary’ in the Bay. Attendees enjoyed music by DJ Mancub and food samples by Cypress Grove Chevre, as well as food for purchase at El Tonayense Food Truck. The SOMArts Cultural Center main gallery was also open, where visitors could peruseThe San Francisco Foundation & SOMArts’ Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition while sipping on one of the many delectable drinks..

Participants strolled through the booths, watched cocktail demonstrations, browsed the gallery, and lounged in the patio area during the three hours allotted for unlimited bloody mary tastings.

The People’s Choice Award, which was decided by ballot (attendees were each given a token and instructed to vote for their favorite recipe) was awarded to Finnegan’s Wake, a neighborhood bar in Cole Valley. Runners up were 1760 on Polk Street and Picán San Francisco in Oakland.

Finnegan’s Wake, 937 Cole Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 731 6119

1760, 1760 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 359 1212

Picán, 2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA, USA, +1 510 834 1000

Judges also voted, deeming Mission Bowling Club the makers of The Best Bloody Mary. Judges also voted that Cliff House and Finnegan’s Wake tied for The Best Traditional Bloody Mary.

Mission Bowling Club, 3176 17th Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 863 2695

Cliff House, 1090 Point Lobos Avenue, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 386 3330

The Bloody Mary Liberation Party has hosted this event in cities nationwide, including Brooklyn, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia.

SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 863 1414