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Eight Oyster Happy Hours to Try Now

The approaching cooler weather means prime oyster slurping time.

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Shorter, cooler days signal the oncoming winter, and that can only mean one thing: it's oyster time. Here, in a list first compiled by Eater contributor Tallulah Anderson, is an updated guide to Seattle's best oyster happy hours, taking into account selection, price, ambiance, and duh, drinks. Slurp's up.

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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 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. 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 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. daily.
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. 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 $1.50 an oyster it’s a pretty sweet deal.
The Deal: Oysters are $1.50 a pop from 4 to 6:30pm daily in the bar, lounge, and counter only.
Oyster Alternative: Oven-roasted manilla clams, charcuterie, and pork belly steamed buns.
The Drink: Their featured classic cocktails are $6, draft beer is half off, and selected wines are $6 a glass.
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4. Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar

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2121 Terry Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 462-4364
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John Howie's Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar opened above the SLU Whole Foods adjacent to the Pan Pacific Hotel five years back.
The Deal: $1.50 daily oyster specials arrive with either mignonette or spicy cocktail sauce during happy hour; Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. and Sunday from 5-9 p.m. in the bar only.
Oyster Alternative:Truffle potato chips for $4.50
The Drink:Blue Hawaiians for $8, because why not?
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5. 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! And now with multiple locations, you can slurp in Pioneer Square, Lower Queen Anne, or Capitol Hill.
The Deal: $4 off a dozen from 2 to 4pm.
Oyster Alternative: Xinh's Oyster Stew, for the win!
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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6. 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: Monday through Thursday 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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7. Coastal Kitchen

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429 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 322-1145
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Coastal Kitchen's brilliant addition of an oyster bar brings a selection of bivalves from Taylor Shellfish and Hama Hama to Capitol Hill's 15th Avenue. The oysters complement the bar's fresh seafood dishes, also sourced from local waters.
The Deal: $1.25 oysters during daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight.
The Drink: A great selection including $4 drafts and wine, $5 well drinks, and $6 martinis and manhattans. [Photo Credit]

8. 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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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 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. 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 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. daily.
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.
[Photo Credit]
5410 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

3. 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 $1.50 an oyster it’s a pretty sweet deal.
The Deal: Oysters are $1.50 a pop from 4 to 6:30pm daily in the bar, lounge, and counter only.
Oyster Alternative: Oven-roasted manilla clams, charcuterie, and pork belly steamed buns.
The Drink: Their featured classic cocktails are $6, draft beer is half off, and selected wines are $6 a glass.
[Photo Credit]
2020 Westlake Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

4. Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar

2121 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
John Howie's Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar opened above the SLU Whole Foods adjacent to the Pan Pacific Hotel five years back.
The Deal: $1.50 daily oyster specials arrive with either mignonette or spicy cocktail sauce during happy hour; Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. and Sunday from 5-9 p.m. in the bar only.
Oyster Alternative:Truffle potato chips for $4.50
The Drink:Blue Hawaiians for $8, because why not?
[Photo Credit]
2121 Terry Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

5. 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! And now with multiple locations, you can slurp in Pioneer Square, Lower Queen Anne, or Capitol Hill.
The Deal: $4 off a dozen from 2 to 4pm.
Oyster Alternative: Xinh's Oyster Stew, for the win!
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

6. 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: Monday through Thursday 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

7. Coastal Kitchen

429 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
Coastal Kitchen's brilliant addition of an oyster bar brings a selection of bivalves from Taylor Shellfish and Hama Hama to Capitol Hill's 15th Avenue. The oysters complement the bar's fresh seafood dishes, also sourced from local waters.
The Deal: $1.25 oysters during daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight.
The Drink: A great selection including $4 drafts and wine, $5 well drinks, and $6 martinis and manhattans. [Photo Credit]
429 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

8. 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.
411 University St
Seattle, WA 98101

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