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8 of Seattle's Best Oyster Happy Hours

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For this map, Eater has employed the help of longtime oyster eater and writer, Tallulah Anderson, who also happens to be the daughter of Seattle bar and nightlife magnate, Linda Derschang, who also (probably) loves oysters. Is your favorite oyster happy hour not on this list? Let us know in the comments.

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Let's just be clear about one thing: raw food can kill you, but it usually doesn't, especially if you are smart about where you are eating it. Consider yourself disclaimed. Now that we've determined you are an oyster-eating renegade, here are some of the best spots in Seattle to slurp those suckers.

P.S. To help prevent that super awkward, "Oh, I didn't realize you are (on an elimination diet, pregnant, afraid of small forks, etc.)" moment, included with each pick is a few suggestions on what else is good at happy hour. So, no, you won't have to sleep on the couch because you forgot about your girlfriend's potentially fatal shellfish allergy. Because you just remembered how much she likes, um, pasta. Right? Totally. Nice save.


Honorable Mention: Westward
Their daily oyster is "Leck's Choice" at market price. Happy Hour runs from 2:30 to 5pm with Oysters + Nibbles from 5 - 5:30. But technically, since it's market price it's not an oyster happy hour, just a really awesome happy hour with an oyster available.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Anchovies & Olives

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1550 15th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 838-8080
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From scallion mignonette to chili vinegar and chives, the oysters here are paired with flavors that both enhance the oyster and in some cases make them more approachable to the new oyster eater. Extra points for the All Clad dishes the oysters are served in, presentation gets an A+ for sure.
The Deal: You’ll find $1 oysters at Anchovies & Olives from 5 to 6pm and 10pm to close Sunday through Thursday, making this oyster happy hour a favorite late night pick.
Oyster Alternative: Pasta! Pasta! Pasta! For $10, you can get a bowl of delicious pasta sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Good luck getting them to share. Though the portion certainly welcomes it, the pasta is just too good.
The Drink: $6 Prosecco. It’ll pair nicely with everything from oysters to fried chickpeas.

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2. Ballard Annex Oyster House

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5410 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 783-5410
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With super high ceilings and a white tile floor, this spot just feels like a place to get oysters, and considering it’s kind of their thing (see name of restaurant), they really do it right. Perfect for those days when you miss brunch because you didn’t get up until 2pm and all you really want is a couple of raw oysters and a stiff Bloody Mary somewhere clean but not too bright.
The Deal: $1.50 oysters from 3 to 6pm and 10pm to close daily, and all day Wednesday.
Oyster Alternative: It’s all about the Old Bay French Fries. They’re not discounted during happy hour but the fries are only 4 bucks, big spender.
The Drink: Bubbles for 6 bucks? Sold.

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3. The Brooklyn Seafood, Steak & Oyster House

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1212 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 224-7000
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The Brooklyn is a super easy way to make your pre-game festivities a little more exciting: skip the traditional sports bar deal and eat oysters instead! The Brooklyn is close enough to the stadium to be convenient, but not so close that you’re overwhelmed by the rabid fan vibe.
The Deal: $1.50 oysters from 4 to 6pm daily in the bar, lounge and outdoor patio areas only.
Oyster Alternative: Get your oyster fried on a po' boy! It’s a great starting point for a future oyster lover and damn is it scrumptious.
The Drink: $5 wells. This ain’t the Metropolitan Grill people.

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4. Elliott's Oyster House

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1201 Alaskan Way Pier 56
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 623-4340
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A Seattle classic, this is often the first spot that comes to mind when friends from out of town are looking for a very “Seattle” experience. But for us locals, if there were ever a reason to suddenly “feel ill” and need to leave work right around 2:45, it would be to make it to Elliott’s Oyster House by 3pm for the progressive oyster happy hour.
The Deal: If you manage to make it by 3pm, oysters are $1.00 each, but come 4pm, you’re looking at $1.50, and the $2 at 5pm.
Oyster Alternative: The $3 tacos are sure to satisfy (because the tortilla is like an inch thick to absorb a secret sauce bomb that lies inside).
The Drink: Grab a $6 martini like the rest of the dads in the bar.

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5. Mistral Kitchen

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2020 Westlake Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 623-1922
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The beauty of this spot is its ability to provide a few different experiences for the same, totally awesome oyster happy hour. Looking for a more intimate encounter? Get your oysters in the lounge. Like to be part of the action? Dine at the kitchen counter bar. The snacks are a little small, but they pack a tasty punch, and at $1 an oyster it’s a pretty sweet deal.
The Deal: Oysters are $1 a pop from 4 to 6:30pm daily in the bar, lounge, and counter only.
Oyster Alternative: The $5 pizza Margherita or if you’re in on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, check out their house made soft pretzels!
The Drink: Their cocktails are $4 off during happy hour, so grab yourself a Southside with Sun Liquor Hedge Trimmer gin for just 8 bucks. It’s refreshing and crisp — an awesome oyster cocktail!

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6. Shuckers

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411 University St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 621-1984
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Located in the Fairmont Hotel, Shuckers is one of Seattle’s oldest oyster bars, and it certainly looks the part: dark wood, an intricately detailed tin ceiling, and an atmosphere that feels like it hasn’t changed since the 1930’s.
The Deal: Oysters are a $1.50 Monday – Friday 3 to 5pm, with $3.75 draft mugs, an $8 house martini, and $5.50 red/white wine pours.
Oyster Alternative: Popcorn shrimp for $4? Yes please.
The Drink: A gin martini.

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7. Taylor Shellfish Farms

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1521 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 501-4321
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Consider it an educational experience. Go by yourself or bring a group, but either way ask lots of questions. These folks know their oysters and after spending a happy hour at Taylor Shellfish, you will too!
The Deal: $4 off a dozen from 2 to 4pm.
Oyster Alternative: Do not take your friend here, they do not deserve it.
The Drink: Whatever’s looking good! The experience is so interactive here that it’s best just to get a suggested pairing from your new oyster-shucking friend.

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8. The Walrus and the Carpenter

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4743 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 395-9227
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"O Oysters," said the Carpenter,
"You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?"
But answer came there none—
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd eaten every one
At 50% off with a glass of muscadet.
The Deal: From 4 to 5pm oysters are 50% off and from 5 to 6pm oysters are 25% off.
Oyster Alternative: Dinah’s cheese (Kurtwood Farms, Vashon Island) with Ballard Bee Co. honey. It’s not discounted at happy hour, but this cheese is worth it.
The Drink:: A glass of muscadet. It’s an ideal oyster wine and it’s discounted during happy hour. #winning

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1. Anchovies & Olives

1550 15th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

From scallion mignonette to chili vinegar and chives, the oysters here are paired with flavors that both enhance the oyster and in some cases make them more approachable to the new oyster eater. Extra points for the All Clad dishes the oysters are served in, presentation gets an A+ for sure.
The Deal: You’ll find $1 oysters at Anchovies & Olives from 5 to 6pm and 10pm to close Sunday through Thursday, making this oyster happy hour a favorite late night pick.
Oyster Alternative: Pasta! Pasta! Pasta! For $10, you can get a bowl of delicious pasta sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Good luck getting them to share. Though the portion certainly welcomes it, the pasta is just too good.
The Drink: $6 Prosecco. It’ll pair nicely with everything from oysters to fried chickpeas.

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1550 15th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

2. Ballard Annex Oyster House

5410 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

With super high ceilings and a white tile floor, this spot just feels like a place to get oysters, and considering it’s kind of their thing (see name of restaurant), they really do it right. Perfect for those days when you miss brunch because you didn’t get up until 2pm and all you really want is a couple of raw oysters and a stiff Bloody Mary somewhere clean but not too bright.
The Deal: $1.50 oysters from 3 to 6pm and 10pm to close daily, and all day Wednesday.
Oyster Alternative: It’s all about the Old Bay French Fries. They’re not discounted during happy hour but the fries are only 4 bucks, big spender.
The Drink: Bubbles for 6 bucks? Sold.

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5410 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

3. The Brooklyn Seafood, Steak & Oyster House

1212 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

The Brooklyn is a super easy way to make your pre-game festivities a little more exciting: skip the traditional sports bar deal and eat oysters instead! The Brooklyn is close enough to the stadium to be convenient, but not so close that you’re overwhelmed by the rabid fan vibe.
The Deal: $1.50 oysters from 4 to 6pm daily in the bar, lounge and outdoor patio areas only.
Oyster Alternative: Get your oyster fried on a po' boy! It’s a great starting point for a future oyster lover and damn is it scrumptious.
The Drink: $5 wells. This ain’t the Metropolitan Grill people.

[Photo Credit]
1212 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

4. Elliott's Oyster House

1201 Alaskan Way Pier 56, Seattle, WA 98101

A Seattle classic, this is often the first spot that comes to mind when friends from out of town are looking for a very “Seattle” experience. But for us locals, if there were ever a reason to suddenly “feel ill” and need to leave work right around 2:45, it would be to make it to Elliott’s Oyster House by 3pm for the progressive oyster happy hour.
The Deal: If you manage to make it by 3pm, oysters are $1.00 each, but come 4pm, you’re looking at $1.50, and the $2 at 5pm.
Oyster Alternative: The $3 tacos are sure to satisfy (because the tortilla is like an inch thick to absorb a secret sauce bomb that lies inside).
The Drink: Grab a $6 martini like the rest of the dads in the bar.

[Photo Credit]
1201 Alaskan Way Pier 56
Seattle, WA 98101

5. Mistral Kitchen

2020 Westlake Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

The beauty of this spot is its ability to provide a few different experiences for the same, totally awesome oyster happy hour. Looking for a more intimate encounter? Get your oysters in the lounge. Like to be part of the action? Dine at the kitchen counter bar. The snacks are a little small, but they pack a tasty punch, and at $1 an oyster it’s a pretty sweet deal.
The Deal: Oysters are $1 a pop from 4 to 6:30pm daily in the bar, lounge, and counter only.
Oyster Alternative: The $5 pizza Margherita or if you’re in on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, check out their house made soft pretzels!
The Drink: Their cocktails are $4 off during happy hour, so grab yourself a Southside with Sun Liquor Hedge Trimmer gin for just 8 bucks. It’s refreshing and crisp — an awesome oyster cocktail!

[Photo Credit]
2020 Westlake Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

6. Shuckers

411 University St, Seattle, WA 98101

Located in the Fairmont Hotel, Shuckers is one of Seattle’s oldest oyster bars, and it certainly looks the part: dark wood, an intricately detailed tin ceiling, and an atmosphere that feels like it hasn’t changed since the 1930’s.
The Deal: Oysters are a $1.50 Monday – Friday 3 to 5pm, with $3.75 draft mugs, an $8 house martini, and $5.50 red/white wine pours.
Oyster Alternative: Popcorn shrimp for $4? Yes please.
The Drink: A gin martini.

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411 University St
Seattle, WA 98101

7. Taylor Shellfish Farms

1521 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Consider it an educational experience. Go by yourself or bring a group, but either way ask lots of questions. These folks know their oysters and after spending a happy hour at Taylor Shellfish, you will too!
The Deal: $4 off a dozen from 2 to 4pm.
Oyster Alternative: Do not take your friend here, they do not deserve it.
The Drink: Whatever’s looking good! The experience is so interactive here that it’s best just to get a suggested pairing from your new oyster-shucking friend.

[Photo Credit]
1521 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

8. The Walrus and the Carpenter

4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

"O Oysters," said the Carpenter,
"You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?"
But answer came there none—
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd eaten every one
At 50% off with a glass of muscadet.
The Deal: From 4 to 5pm oysters are 50% off and from 5 to 6pm oysters are 25% off.
Oyster Alternative: Dinah’s cheese (Kurtwood Farms, Vashon Island) with Ballard Bee Co. honey. It’s not discounted at happy hour, but this cheese is worth it.
The Drink:: A glass of muscadet. It’s an ideal oyster wine and it’s discounted during happy hour. #winning

[Photo Credit]
4743 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

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