These 10 oyster hours offer fresh shucks and a range of drinks at affordable prices.
Connoisseurs describe oysters like wine and pair them with fine champagne. For the casual enthusiast, though, the goal is to find the best oyster happy hours that also offer decent beers, wines and spirits. If you’re craving a half dozen of freshly shucked oysters at good value, look no further. Muscle in on these awesome oyster hours (sorted by price per shuck) at top restaurants and drinking dens that will leave you happy as a clam.
Still can’t get enough of these slippery bivalves? The 5th World Oyster Festival by Greenwood Fish Market is back. In the month of July, savour over 20 varieties of oysters from around the world at their Bukit Timah and Sentosa restaurants. Varieties include Tsarskaya No. 3, Dutch Creuses and Golden Mantle. It’s time to slurp them all up—flesh and liquor!
Angie’s — $1/oyster
Lift your spirits after a hard day’s grind and visit Angie’s, an oyster bar located on the 45th floor of Singapore Land Tower. Snag an outdoor seat and enjoy the soothing sunset while slurping dollar-oysters in their Buck a Shuck promo (Mon-Sat, 6-8pm), shallot vinaigrette included. For drinks, sample Lervig craft beers from Norway (3 for $15, 5 for $20). Otherwise, happy-hour Prosecco or pint of the day costs a mere $10. #45-01 Singapore Land Tower, 50 Raffles Place (map). Tel: 6221 9555
Greenwood Fish Market — $1.50/oyster
Fresh seafood purveyor Greenwood Fish Market has had over 700 Oyster Tuesdays since its inception in 2003. For the entire day, oysters cost only $1.50 each at Greenwood Avenue and $1.99 each at their new Sentosa Cove outlet when you order a main course. Be sure to request for condiments such as Tabasco, raspberry vinaigrette and cocktail sauce to complement the saline shellfish. 34 Greenwood Avenue (map). Tel: 6467 4950 // #01-04 Quayside Isle, Sentosa Cove, 31 Ocean Way (map). Tel: 6694 3410
Tanuki Raw — $2/oyster
Between 5 and 8pm daily, Tanuki Raw at Orchard Central serves $2 oysters with any alcoholic drink (six pieces per drink). But if you can only make time for weekend bevvies, this enticing happy hour runs all weekend at the National Design Centre outlet. Oysters are served with lemon and red wine vinegar, and may be savoured with $10 cocktails and $12 pints. Before 7pm, each happy hour drink also entitles you to two free beef gyoza. #04-01 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road (map) // #01-05 National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road (map)
The Secret Mermaid — $2/oyster
For more oyster delights, swing over to The Secret Mermaid from 7 to 10pm on weeknights. This watering hole in the wall, which specialises in American craft spirits, serves oysters at $2 a shuck with every regular-priced drink. Knock off work as early as you can—from 5 to 7pm, indulge in stellar cocktails at $14 (instead of $20), along with $5 salmon sashimi. #B1-08 Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay (map)
The Black Swan — $2/oyster
The lush al fresco area at The Black Swan is a welcome oasis amid the concrete overgrowth of the CBD. Indoors is a different kind of escape, where art deco stylings transport you to a luxe, classy past. During happy hour (Mon-Fri, 5-8pm), enjoy $2 oysters (up to six per drink) with yuzu kosho mignonette as well as $9 drinks—draught pints of Stella Artois, house wines and house pour spirits. 19 Cecil Street (map). Tel: 6438 3757
Wharf — $2.96/oyster
On Wednesdays and Thursdays (5-11pm), Wharf offers a dozen oysters at half price (U.P. $71 regular, $83 premium). Located in the charming CHIJMES courtyard, the bar serves oysters with three condiments—whisky, shallot vinaigrette and truffle oil—as well as dry ice for dramatic effect. Before 9pm, Asahi draught (regular or dark) costs $12 a pint, while selected Chilean and Australian wines are $8 a glass. #01-19 CHIJMES, 30 Victoria Street (map). Tel: 6332 6789
Humpback — $3/oyster
Humpback showcases melon-sweet oysters sourced from the inlets and canals around Seattle on the American West Coast. Besides their 5-8pm happy hour on Tuesdays to Saturdays, discounted oysters ($3 instead of $7) are available all day Mondays (5pm-12am) and Sundays (11am-3pm). Platters come with house-made rhubarb mignonette, fresh horseradish and lemon. Oyster happy hours are also available at sister establishment and cocktail bar Gibson, located on the second floor. 20 Bukit Pasoh Road (map). Tel: 9772 9896
Southbridge — $3.33/oyster
If there was an award for best view, we’d give it to Southbridge, a rooftop bar along Boat Quay. Five storeys may seem like a modest height, but the location offers truly stunning panoramas that skim the tops of shophouses and encompass the Singapore skyline. During happy hour (weekdays, 5-8pm), enjoy a half dozen signature oysters at $20 instead of $24. They come in three luscious preparations—Umami (ponzu and yuzu), Tropical (chilli, garlic and calamansi) and Habana (mint, cucumber and vermouth). Level 5, 80 Boat Quay (entrance on South Bridge Road; map). Tel: 6877 6965
db Bistro & Oyster Bar — $3.33/oyster
For an upscale restaurant like db Bistro & Oyster Bar, the attractive oyster hour for diners at the 24-seat bar (Mon-Fri, 3-6pm, no reservations) is a pleasant surprise. Oysters are $20 for a half dozen and are served with lemon, mignonette and cocktail sauce. Additionally, Menabrea draught beer—Lager or Amber—is one for one, and McGuigan wines are $10-12 a glass. B1-48 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue (map). Tel: 6688 8525
The Pelican — $3.33/oyster
Across the water from Marina Bay Sands, The Pelican at One Fullerton offers 3 for $10 oysters on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9pm. Selected drinks are one for one—including whiskies, cocktails and bottles of Spanish beer Estrella Galicia. Visit during your birthday month and receive half a dozen oysters on the house! #01-01 One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road (map). Tel: 6438 0400