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Oysters on the half shell from the raw bar.
Oysters on the half shell from the raw bar.
Jonathan Phillips

7 of Denver’s Tastiest Oyster Happy Hours

Where to find some of the city’s best oyster happy hours — served up briny, grilled, savory, and more.

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Oysters on the half shell from the raw bar.
| Jonathan Phillips

From sustainably sourced eateries and seafood institutions to flavor-infused new-comers and off-the-beaten-path locales, Denver restaurants know how to serve up oysters with some of the best classic and inventive flavors around the state. For that next after-work drink, or happy hour with friends, here are seven spots to check out that are dishing up some of the town’s tastiest oyster happy hours.

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Fish N Beer

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This RiNo abode hosts a seafood and beer-driven happy hour menu that runs Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. and all day Mondays with $1 raw oysters with cocktail sauce up for grabs at $1, as well grilled oysters served with garlic or devil butter at $2.50 a piece. Patrons can also dig into other tasty, happy hour fare including fried blowfish tails, shrimp jambalaya, and grilled artichokes. On the beverage side, libations include $6 infused mules, $1 off craft beers, and $8 house wines. 

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Oysters from Fish N Beer
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Cart-Driver

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For those looking for something a little different, head to the center of Denver’s art-driven, RiNo neighborhood. Housed inside a shipping container, this intimate restaurant serves up wood-fired pizzas, briny oysters, and classic Italian aperitifs during its savory happy hour. Patrons can grab two market oysters with horseradish, lemon, and mignonette for $5 as well as a glass of the on-tap prosecco for another five bucks. The happy hour menu is served daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and late night from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.

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Stoic & Genuine

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Located inside Union Station, chef Jennifer Jasinski’s restaurant cooks up a seafood happy-hour with a modern twist. Alongside $2 oysters, flown in fresh from both coasts, guests can dig into inventive small plates like octopus mortadella and mussels cooked in a chorizo-beer broth. Diners can pair their small plates with a glass of one of the $4 house wines or a $3 Utica Club beer. Happy hour is served Sunday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m.

Stoic & Genuine
Stoic & Genuine
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Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar

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A Colorado staple from the Big Red F restaurant family, Jax’s Fish House & Oyster Bar has been one of the go-to seafood spots for Colorado diners since 1996. This sustainably-sourced locale hosts its seafood-driven happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. and all night on Mondays. Try the East Coast oysters served on the half shell for $1.50 a piece, and some of the other seafood fancies like peel and eat shrimp with a house mustard sauce, or steamed mussels. For seafood fanatics outside of downtown, the restaurant also has locations in Boulder, Glendale, and Fort Collins.

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Jax Fish House/Big Red F
Jax Fish House/Big Red F

Guard & Grace

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Denverites looking for a sophisticated spot to unwind with an after-work cocktail — shrimp or beverage — can pull up a chair in this sprawling locale. Situated on one of LoDo’s bustling corners, this modern steakhouse hosts “social hours” from 3 to 6 p.m. during the workweek. The menu features a classic oyster and shrimp cocktail for $3 to nibble on and various cocktail concoctions to pair with including a rotating G&G Sparkler. Be sure to grab a space on the patio to enjoy some of that Colorado sun.

Denver Oyster Happy Hour
Guard & Grace
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Angelo’s Taverna

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Most don’t think of oyster happy hours and Italian restaurants synonymously, but this homey eatery in south Denver offers up one of the more generous oyster happy hours — with $1 oysters on the half shell and $2 grilled oysters served daily from 3 to 6 p.m. and from 9 p.m to close. Customers can also order Italian-inspired sliders and salads as well as $4 well drinks and $2 off wines on tap. 

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Angelo’s Taverna
Angelo’s Taverna [Official Site]

Blue Island Oyster Bar & Seafood

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The cozy, coastal vibe of this Cherry Creek restaurant is inspired by summers spent in fishing towns along the Northeast coast. Happy hour-goers can choose from shucker’s choice oysters, oyster shooters, or roasted oysters ranging from $1.23 to $4.99 each. Peel and eat shrimp, other seafood fancies, and colorful cocktails make an appearance on the menu as well — be sure to also check out the $6.99 elderflower basil martinis for a refreshing cocktail pairing. Happy hour is served daily from 2 to 6 p.m.

Blue Island Oyster Bar
Blue Island Oyster Bar
Blue Island Oyster Bar/Adam Larkey

Fish N Beer

Plate of oysters on ice
Oysters from Fish N Beer
Adam Larkey

This RiNo abode hosts a seafood and beer-driven happy hour menu that runs Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. and all day Mondays with $1 raw oysters with cocktail sauce up for grabs at $1, as well grilled oysters served with garlic or devil butter at $2.50 a piece. Patrons can also dig into other tasty, happy hour fare including fried blowfish tails, shrimp jambalaya, and grilled artichokes. On the beverage side, libations include $6 infused mules, $1 off craft beers, and $8 house wines. 

Plate of oysters on ice
Oysters from Fish N Beer
Adam Larkey

Cart-Driver

Cart-Drive
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For those looking for something a little different, head to the center of Denver’s art-driven, RiNo neighborhood. Housed inside a shipping container, this intimate restaurant serves up wood-fired pizzas, briny oysters, and classic Italian aperitifs during its savory happy hour. Patrons can grab two market oysters with horseradish, lemon, and mignonette for $5 as well as a glass of the on-tap prosecco for another five bucks. The happy hour menu is served daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and late night from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Cart-Drive
Cart-Driver/Facebook

Stoic & Genuine

Stoic & Genuine
Stoic & Genuine
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Located inside Union Station, chef Jennifer Jasinski’s restaurant cooks up a seafood happy-hour with a modern twist. Alongside $2 oysters, flown in fresh from both coasts, guests can dig into inventive small plates like octopus mortadella and mussels cooked in a chorizo-beer broth. Diners can pair their small plates with a glass of one of the $4 house wines or a $3 Utica Club beer. Happy hour is served Sunday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m.

Stoic & Genuine
Stoic & Genuine
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Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar

Jax Fish House/Big Red F
Jax Fish House/Big Red F
Jax Fish House/Big Red F

A Colorado staple from the Big Red F restaurant family, Jax’s Fish House & Oyster Bar has been one of the go-to seafood spots for Colorado diners since 1996. This sustainably-sourced locale hosts its seafood-driven happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. and all night on Mondays. Try the East Coast oysters served on the half shell for $1.50 a piece, and some of the other seafood fancies like peel and eat shrimp with a house mustard sauce, or steamed mussels. For seafood fanatics outside of downtown, the restaurant also has locations in Boulder, Glendale, and Fort Collins.

Jax Fish House/Big Red F
Jax Fish House/Big Red F
Jax Fish House/Big Red F

Guard & Grace

Denver Oyster Happy Hour
Guard & Grace
Guard & Grace [Official Site]

Denverites looking for a sophisticated spot to unwind with an after-work cocktail — shrimp or beverage — can pull up a chair in this sprawling locale. Situated on one of LoDo’s bustling corners, this modern steakhouse hosts “social hours” from 3 to 6 p.m. during the workweek. The menu features a classic oyster and shrimp cocktail for $3 to nibble on and various cocktail concoctions to pair with including a rotating G&G Sparkler. Be sure to grab a space on the patio to enjoy some of that Colorado sun.

Denver Oyster Happy Hour
Guard & Grace
Guard & Grace [Official Site]

Angelo’s Taverna

Denver Oyster Happy Hour
Angelo’s Taverna
Angelo’s Taverna [Official Site]

Most don’t think of oyster happy hours and Italian restaurants synonymously, but this homey eatery in south Denver offers up one of the more generous oyster happy hours — with $1 oysters on the half shell and $2 grilled oysters served daily from 3 to 6 p.m. and from 9 p.m to close. Customers can also order Italian-inspired sliders and salads as well as $4 well drinks and $2 off wines on tap. 

Denver Oyster Happy Hour
Angelo’s Taverna
Angelo’s Taverna [Official Site]

Blue Island Oyster Bar & Seafood

Blue Island Oyster Bar
Blue Island Oyster Bar
Blue Island Oyster Bar/Adam Larkey

The cozy, coastal vibe of this Cherry Creek restaurant is inspired by summers spent in fishing towns along the Northeast coast. Happy hour-goers can choose from shucker’s choice oysters, oyster shooters, or roasted oysters ranging from $1.23 to $4.99 each. Peel and eat shrimp, other seafood fancies, and colorful cocktails make an appearance on the menu as well — be sure to also check out the $6.99 elderflower basil martinis for a refreshing cocktail pairing. Happy hour is served daily from 2 to 6 p.m.

Blue Island Oyster Bar
Blue Island Oyster Bar
Blue Island Oyster Bar/Adam Larkey

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