I love all kinds of happy hours, but oyster happy hours are the BEST kind. Half off? $1 each? Whatever the special is it probably works for me. Not going to lie, I’ll totally splurge on the salty bivalves even when they’re not discounted, but they just taste a little bit better when they’re cheaper – right?
Atlanta may not have a drop of salt water nearby, but that doesn’t stop us from having fabulous oyster bars. Here are the oyster happy hours around town that leave me happy as a… clam.
299 N. Highland Ave.
Upon stepping foot inside BeetleCat you feel like you’ve boarded a boat, ready to set sail to some far off destination. There likely won’t be any actual sailing, but get ready to relax for the next couple of hours. Their oyster bar is lovely, but I recommend sitting outside if the weather is right. You can catch their $1 oyster happy hour from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. I do love BeetleCat’s cocktails (split the Baybreeze with a friend if you’re feeling frisky – it’s served in a gold pineapple) but with oysters, I usually go for a glass of cava or rose.
If you’re still hungry, order the lobster roll. Do it. Don’t overthink this. Forgoing tradition, the $25 lobster roll is served on a hamburger bun instead of a hoagie roll, but that’s okay. The lobster is plump and complemented nicely by a dollop of aioli. The house-made potato chips on the side don’t hurt, either.
On the other hand, you may choose to keep it light with their wood-roasted shrimp salad. At dinner, the shrimp is served over a papaya salad and for lunch it’s served over cabbage. Both have peanuts and nuoc cham sauce (fish sauce). Below, you can see the lunch version of the salad. It’s really not too heavy but packs a wonderful pop of tangy flavor and plenty of spice.
303 E. Howard Ave.
Sometimes it pains me how far I work and live from Decatur, because the oyster happy hour at Kimball House is hands down one of the best. I had to wait until I had a day off to go because it’s only Monday through Friday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. But it was worth the wait, and I’m already making plans with myself to go back on my next day off. All the oysters are half off, and the restaurant boasts the widest selection of oysters in the city. I also love their descriptions for each oyster. A lot of the places that take oysters seriously have oyster descriptions, but Kimball House’s are particularly punchy: “Glacier Point from Halibut Cove, AK: salted melons; terrific” or “Wild Goose from Narragansett Bay, RI: beachside prosciutto”.
914 Howell Mill Rd.
Yes, another Ford Fry restaurant because I’m a total shucker for $1 oysters and pretty spaces. 😉 The Optimist’s interior is a little less like a boat, and more like a beach house. The oyster bar is snug, so grab a booth in the bar area instead – unless you can’t resist seeing those oysters get shucked. I could sit in the sun-filled bar all afternoon, but the happy hour only runs from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with an added bonus of 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. They also offer a $5 mug of punch that can be quite irresistible during the summer.
You can eat your fill of cheap oysters and not need anything else, but you may also want to treat yourself a bit extra and order a couple of their dinner rolls. They come out hot, buttery, and topped with a delightful sprinkling of fleur de sel aka thick sea salt. Still hungry? Go for the hushpuppies.
The Pig & the Pearl
1380 Atlantic Dr. NW
This lovely Atlantic Station Spot has $1 oysters from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. everyday. $5 cocktails are also available. These days, I don’t make it to AS that often, but The Pig & the Pearl is a great option if you’re in the area for a movie or some shopping.
Hook, Line, & Schooner
4600 W. Village Place
If Smyrna has another oyster happy hour spot I’d love to know, but as far as I know this is it for us Smyrnaites. HLS is conveniently situated right off of I-285 and Atlanta Rd with plenty of free parking. Their oyster happy hour is only on Thursdays: $1 per oyster after 6:00 p.m. On Monday through Thursday, though, you can find half off peel n’ eats. I haven’t been here in awhile, but I remember being smitten with their nautical decor.
Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar
4475 Roswell Rd.
It has “oyster bar” in the name so it has to be good, right? Drift was a welcome addition to the East Cobb area when it opened last year. It’s pretty, high-end, and serves delicious seafood dishes. They also have a great oyster happy hour! From 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday you can post up at the bar and get half off oysters, $1 oysters of the day, and $5 punch. Save room for dessert!
Where do you like to get your oyster fix? Where should I check out for my next oyster happy hour? Tell me your thoughts below!
Can’t get enough oysters? Grain Bar in Midtown offers an oyster shucking and cocktail making class!