Raw bars in Key West may feel like a dime a dozen, but there’s a good reason for that. Nothing beats sitting down to a platter of freshly shucked Gulf oysters. To truly appreciate the flavors of the sea (and take advantage of killer discounts), we recommend checking out these tasting selections from the best raw bar happy hours in Key West 2021.
Alonzo’s Oyster Bar carries an amazing array of oysters from both sides of the country. Blue Points from Connecticut, BeauSoleils from New Brunswick, or Kumamotos from the Pacific - all offer a taste of pure oceanic bliss. Alonzo’s daily happy hour runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and features their raw oyster of the day for $2. 700 Front St.
Food & Wine Magazine recognized Half Shell for having the best local oysters, so chances are they won’t let you down. Enjoy the scene of the Key West Bight and wind down with their daily raw bar happy hour from 4:30 to 6:30. A half-dozen goes for only $5.99, and a dozen for $10.99. Other discounted happy hour plates include chilled peel and eat shrimp, fish dip, conch fritters, and clams on the half shell. 231 Margaret St.
Get your raw oyster fix at Schooner Wharf Bar’s morning (7 a.m. to noon) or evening (5 to 7 p.m.) daily happy hour. Their tender, succulent oysters on the pearly white half shell are served with special cocktail sauce by the half-pound for $8.50. Add fresh-off-the-boat drunken’ shrimp to your order for an additional special price. 202 William St.
4. White Tarpon
Running 4 to 6:30 p.m. daily, the newly reopened White Tarpon’s happy hour offers a sampling of fresh and unique seafood small plates at half-price. Plates like dockside mussels, yellowtail local ceviche, grouper bites, and half-pound peel and eat shrimp for $9 hit the spot, while White Tarpon’s tuna tartare served with homemade rice cracker, sea beans, and cucumber is always a fun addition to your seafood spread. 700 Front St.
5. Pepe’s Café
Serving up delicious eats since 1909, Pepe’s Café is the oldest eatery in Key West and is worth visiting for the history alone. Their daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. presents half-price raw or baked Gulf oysters, which are available in styles like Florentine, Mexican Roast, or Rudi-style (lemon pepper with Worcestershire sauce and parmesan). 806 Caroline St.
Gulf-harvested oysters served naked or steamed, middleneck clams, and Old Bay shrimp are only $.99 each during Pinchers’ 3 to 6 p.m. daily happy hour. The deal is so tempting, it’s hard not to go overboard while ordering. Dress your briny oysters with crackers and a shot of lemon, pinch of horseradish, and a spoonful of cocktail or Mignonette sauce. 712 Duval St.
This corner spot on Fleming Street serves a half-dozen Apalachicola oysters, ceviche du juor, and steamed PEI mussels with kaffir lime citrus, white wine, and lemongrass during their daily 4 to 6 p.m. happy hour. Other raw bar items (exempt from happy hour prices) include jumbo shrimp cocktail, middleneck clams, caviar service, and a Mermaid Royale Platter with oysters, clams, shrimp cocktail, and ceviche. 521 Fleming St.
Consistently voted as the Best Happy Hour in Key West, Two Friends Patio Restaurant has a wide selection of tasty half-price appetizers available during their daily 4 to 7 p.m. happy hour. Experience the true island flavor of the original Key West with plates like oysters on the half shell, Basin St. broiled oysters (broiled in garlic butter and topped with Italian bread crumbs, parmesan, and bacon), steamed shrimp, smoked fish dip, and fried calamari. 512 Front St.
Dante’s can satisfy your oyster cravings with the traditional half shell for only $1 each, shucked to order and served with lemon, cocktail sauce, and horseradish during their ‘Get Happy’ weekday happy hour from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Peel and eat shrimp boiled in Old Bay seasoning and ceviche are also available. 955 Caroline St.
10. Island Dogs Bar
Locals love Island Dogs for their laid back “come as you are” atmosphere, rotating lineup of musicians, and a chance to feel like part of the pack. Raw or Chargrilled oysters with butter and parmesan cheese come on the half shell. These salty gems are half-off during their weekday 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. happy hour, but vary depending on current market prices. 505 Front St.
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