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Quivey’s Grove | Madison, Wisconsin

Quivey’s Grove is literally in the middle of nowhere.  We went there recently for our Q edition of ABC’s of Milwaukee Dining.  Read Nick’s full post about Quivey’s food and service.  We got lost getting there because it’s so settled back into … well… no where.  Since we were there, I decided to order a Bloody Mary.  It felt weird ordering it so late in the evening (I think it was 8PM).  I was so hesitant, I first asked the bartender if he had to specially make it or if they even served them this late.  He was happy to make me one so I took him up on it.


Mix: Guys, Quivey’s kicked off my hotdog flavored Bloody Mary binge.  It seemed like after I had this one, I couldn’t kick the taste of it for weeks!  Actually, I disliked it so much that I’ve been dreading writing a review.  The truth is, Quivey’s Grove is actually really cool!  I just did not like their bloody mary at all!  Maybe the mix was old.  Maybe the bartender mixed it wrong.  I want to give them the benefit of the doubt and say they’re not always this bad but I don’t know.  And I probably won’t be back anytime soon.  The mix wasn’t thick but it did have a lot of spice in it.  A lot of spice mixed with something that tasted like meat.

Garnish:  Pickle spear, two green olives, a picked mushroom and a celery stalk.  Pretty bland.

Chaser:  No, this did not come with a chaser.

Size: Average 16 ounce glass

Buzz:  No buzz from the Bloody Mary.  I actually only drank about 1/4 of it and I felt so badly.  My friends bought it for me for driving us to Madison and I couldn’t drink it.  Actually, not one out of the seven of us wanted to drink it.  I washed the bloody down with a few beers which set off my buzz pretty well.  After those and a very filling rack of ribs, I fell asleep on the way home.

Cost: I’m not sure, as I didn’t purchase this one for myself.  However, I wouldn’t recommend this one if it was $1.

If you’re in the Madison area and looking for a cool spot to have dinner, I’d recommend Quivey’s.  The atmosphere, simply, can not be beat.  Quivey’s Grove is two century-and-a-half-old buildings housing two distinct dining options–the Stone House and the Stable Grill (both buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places).  It’s really a cool place… just don’t get the Bloody Mary.


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This entry was posted on October 11, 2013 by in Bloody Marys in the area, Guest Apperance and tagged , , , , .
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