Fresh-shucked oysters are synonymous with Seattle, and restaurants devoted to the all holy mollusk have offered oyster happy hour for years, as you'll see in our "Guide of Seattle’s Oyster Bars." But we wanted to introduce a few relative newcomers to the scene, and a one-day event with bivalves for a buck and free wine.
Wine World and Spirits with Taylor Shellfish
Let’s start with the "Sip-N-Slurp" event at Wine World and Spirits on Saturday, June 22 from 2 to 5pm. You'll sample tastes of the winning wines from the 2013 Pacific Coast Oyster awards, ahem, for free. And shucking experts from Taylor Shellfish will be in the house to serve $1 oysters to pair with those nice crisp whites.
The Bookstore Bar at The Library Bistro
Right off the lobby of the Alexis hotel is a quaint bar perfect for a post work cocktail. And now you can order one off the new happy hour menu, which also includes local draft beers and house red, white, and rose for $5. From 4 to 7pm daily, oysters on the half shell are only $1. Chef Chris Lobkovich selects the varieties, though expect to see kusshi, Barron Point, and Gold Creek on the list. The rest of the menu is seafood driven with mussels two ways, chowder or clam steamers, all for around $5.
Ballard Annex Oyster House
It's all about seafood at this classic East Coast eatery in Ballard. From 3:30 to 6pm daily "shucker's selection" oysters are $1.50, but on sweet, sweet Wednesday that special lasts all night long. The HH menu now includes drink specials, too. Nautical themed cocktails like a Dark and Stormy, Old Cuban, or a Scurvy are $6. White or red wine for $5, bubbles for $6, and a couple tap beers for $4 will help keep that bar tab down, but the drink tally up.
This Magnolia seafood bistro represents with its "fisherman to table" motto. The fish and shellfish options are sustainable and locally sourced. And the happy hour menu, which runs daily from 5 to 6pm, is no exception. A local oyster trio with an apple-shallot mignonette is $5, along with 14 other snacks ranging from $3 to $5. Fresh market ceviche and sea bean salad pair nicely with a glass of Adelsheim pinot gris or a "one cup" glass of chilled Ozeki sake.
It's been a big year for Chef Brendan McGill. He was voted the Food and Wine's People's Best New Chef in March. And his cozy restaurant on Bainbridge Island thrives with residents and tourists lured by classic cocktails, like a Negroni or Manhattan for $5 at happy hour. A select Pacific oyster is $1 and a handful of $5 snacks are available, from wood-fired manila clams to duck liver mousse with quince. "Cocktail hour" runs Tuesday through Friday from 5 to 6 and again from 9 to 10pm.