As well as its prime riverside spot on Brisbane Powerhouse's ground level, the city's new all-day watering hole boasts something that most other bars don't: one hell of a tomato juice bill.
Now open in the space that was previously home to WATT Bar and Restaurant, Proud Mary slings southern-inspired fare and bloody marys as its drink of choice. Other cocktails, craft beers and wines are also on offer, but there's no doubting what the house favourite is. Choose from five different types of bloody mary, both as single drinks and in jugs to share — or tuck into a $45 five-course bloody mary brunch every Saturday, with optional bottomless booze (for an extra $30), too.
Focusing on New Orleans-style and other French-influenced southern meals, Proud Mary's culinary lineup is heavy on both seafood and comfort. Think oysters with gazpacho, king salmon ceviche and oyster po'boys sliders, plus griddled crab cakes, pork belly sandwiches, and poutine with cheese curds and gravy. On the share platter front, you can build your own brisket tortillas, opt for a spread of the ocean's finest or feast on buttermilk fried chicken.
Opening at 9.30am on weekdays and 8am on weekends, the brunch menu features croque monsieurs and madames, with specific weekend-only additions including goat's cheese tartine burgers, and hazelnut and almond-filled omelettes.
And if you'd like a little entertainment with your meal, Proud Mary's will also host live music every weekend — between 2–6pm on Saturdays and 1–5pm on Sundays.