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The 11 Best Oyster Happy Hours in New Orleans

Published On 09/24/2014 Published On 09/24/2014
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1. Grand Isle Restaurant 575 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Central Business District)

This family-style resto focuses on fresh ingredients, whether it's their fish and seafood that they receive daily, or their garden salads that're always served w/ dressings made in-house.

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2. LĂĽke 333 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Central Business District)

Although this may be a New Orleans restaurant at heart -- complete with white tablecloths and old world courses like crab and corn bisque and fried oyster salad -- they've certainly perfected the burger, which is made from chuck and brisket and comes on a buttered brioche bun. French, German, and Belgian brews are also available, including three that are custom-made in Louisiana.

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3. Samuel’s Blind Pelican 1628 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Garden District)

With a full bar, an extensive menu of tasty fare from the sea, and a kickin' oyster happy hour, this Garden District spot is a go-to seven days a week.

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4. Bourbon House 144 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)

Bourbon House is a prime exemplar of what NOLA's all about, cuisine wise-- it serves up fresh seasonal, seafood dishes, has a great oyster bar on hand, and is home to more kinds of bourbon than you ever knew existed. This place is legit. The New Orleans Bourbon Society was created there, and continues to meet to discuss bourbon, drink bourbon, and even eat bourbon-themed meals.

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5. Red Fish Grill 115 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)

Part of the Ralph Brennan empire, this upscale seafood spot in the French Quarter offers terrific happy hour deals on both drinks and oysters, as well as a full, regularly priced menu featuring seafood and Creole favorites.

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6. Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar 4338 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Uptown)

Located in Uptown New Orleans, the name of this place tells you everything you need to know, except for the fact that they have sweet happy hours for both oysters and drinks. In fact, come late during the weekdays to get an extra special happy hour. Even though Superior is often frequented by tourists, you can carve out some bar space for you and your friends if you get to the bar early.

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7. Frankie & Johnny's 321 Arabella St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Uptown)

This Uptown jewel not only offers outstanding seafood and authentic Creole dishes, it also features a terrific happy hour including oysters, beer, wine, and cocktails.

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8. Pascal's Manale Restaurant 1838 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Uptown)

Look for the brightly glowing neon cursive on Napoleon Avenue, follow the tantalizing scent of Cajun spices, and voilà: you’ve arrived at Pascal’s Manale, a cozy Uptown joint where shellfish reign. Blending bold Creole flavors with Italian influences, the kitchen serves heavy-hitting favorites like frutta del mare drenched in homemade marinara sauce and the house specialty: Pascal’s Barbecue Shrimp, a local legend for its hefty portion and spice-obsessed butter sauce.

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9. Le Bon Temps Roulé 4801 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Uptown)

This Uptown bar and music club was founded by a death metal singer and is now famous for a Thursday night house party put on by a hip-hop/brass band hybrid, so you could guess that it's an interesting place to be.

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10. Basin Seafood & Spirits 3222 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Uptown)

This Uptown resto serves "modernized, lighter versions of traditional Louisiana dishes" that are made with locally sourced Gulf fish and locally grown seasonal veggies.

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11. The Half Shell Oyster Bar & Grill 3101 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119 (Mid City)

This Mid-City seafood joint offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while specializing in oysters and offering burgers, shrimp, po' boys and vegetarian items, as well as a super-cheap oyster happy hour.

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