The Cup Café
Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St., 798-1618, Cup Web site
It's not a sexy drink, like a metropolitan or a pomegranate martini; instead, this drink is a meal--and if made right, it can make for a fun evening. The guys at the Cup Café (and at the bar in the Hotel Congress lobby) get this; in the Tap Room, not so much. At the Cup, they use the better brands of vodka, while in the Tap Room, they reach for the large bottle of ehhh. Don't be fooled: The better the vodka, the better the Bloody Mary. At the Cup, they seem to mix it just right, too.